Hey guys, I figured since there are not to many men(24, almost 25) keeping an accutane log I'd start one. Here is a little background about me and what led me to this day.
My history with acne: I had acne in high school but it wasnt to bad, at age 19 I began getting cystic acne and its never let up. Some seasons its mild when I'm lucky, usually its moderate which means about 4-8 active, and occasionally it would get severe but it would never leave. I've tried every single antibiotic and topical that has been created basically, and I gave them all a real shot by sticking to it for 6 months. I've also tried about a dozen diets, and I also stuck to each diet for 3-6 months to be sure of its effects. Ive tried eliminating dairy, sugar, meat, preservatives, gluten, bread ect... I noticed some were slightly working but I could never tell if it was in my head or if it was actually working because I would stlll get break outs. I could go on for pages and pages about the struggle I've been through and how much I hate acne, I can say its made me a better person to an extent, from the cockier kid I use to be, but I miss my confidence so much and it feels like its been forever. I now care about people that have to go through any type of struggle now, more than ever. I've matured rapidly but wish I could be happier. I never wanted to do accutane but now honestly I wish I had done it years ago.
My current state: I have 8 active cycts. Normally they last for 10-14 days and the mark will last 2-5 months. I have about 10-15 pigmentation marks right now not including the actives, some newer than others. I'm a pretty good looking guy, so I've heard, so usually I can get away with having acne if its a mild season. When I say "get away with" I mean they didnt look twice at my face for the wrong reasons, I hate that but I'm use to it. Best thing to do is act confident and smile even though thats not how I feel usually. I'm not depressed, I just despise this mentally and physically damaging disease. While Im typing this I'm about to pop my first 40mg pill of Clavaris. I'll upload before/after pictures down the road as I gain confidence. I am expecting an Initial breakout, dry skin, dry lips, dry scalp, blurry vision, joint pains. Feel free to post anytime guys, I'll be updating every few days!