Today I took my first-ever dosage of Accutane. Well, technically it's the generic Isotretinoin. I took 5mg this morning and I will take another 5mg tonight, for a total of 10mg/day. I will maintain this 10mg/day for at least 2 weeks, and possibly as long as a month, depending upon how my body reacts.
Admittedly, my acne is not as bad as it has been in the past. I have always secretly sort of hoped that my acne would eventually go away on its own. But, I'm going to be 23 soon and, honestly, I'm too old for this crap.
My acne first surfaced when I began college (Fall 2008). I was almost 18. The first year was horrible. In high school I very rarely had any acne at all, and never had any reason to wear makeup, etc, so this whole acne treatment thing was new to me. I tried every kind of facial soap on the market that my college student budget could manage, I washed my face 5 times a day. Of course, all of this only made my acne WORSE. So, it took the first year or so before I learned that washing more than twice a day was doing more harm than good.
In the meantime, I've tried a few topical prescriptions that I don't remember the name of. None of them worked. I've tried Doxycycline, which actually worked enough for me to forget to wear makeup a few times. I've tried probably 3 types of birth control. Birth control did not work for me, and I did not appreciate the side effects (mood swings and weight gain of nearly 15lbs).
My doctor has never offered me Accutane. She loves beating around the bush and making me suffer. So, after having a really nasty breakout over the past few weeks, I began doing research on how to obtain Accutane (Isotretinoin) without a prescription. Because I'm technically self-treating, I am taking a low dosage. There has been much research that suggests a lower dosage of 20mg/day is equally as effective as 40mg/day. Plus, my acne these days is more on the moderate side as opposed to how severe it was a few years ago.
It came in the mail yesterday and I waited until this morning to begin. I've got my fingers crossed for something good to come of it. Here goes nothing.