I started Accutane 2-26-2014 (yesterday as I am writing this) I do not have sever cystic acne.. but I have very very persistent acne on my face chest and back since I was 16, and I am 22 and it has rapidly gotten worse over the last year... I have done all the topical creams, birth controls and regimens. proactive seemed to work a little, until I stopped using it, a 30 day supply cost me around $60... I am a young mom, can't afford to keep that up. I have insurance so I finally went to the dermatologist a month ago, she suggested Accutane right away.
I was very nervous to start the Accutane after doing my research, just based on the rare side effects (esophagus damage, digestive issues etc. all long term or permanent.) I will deal with the dryness of Accutane, BUT, I have read a lot of success stories and I am sick of being covered in acne, doesn't make me feel womanly or pretty at all..
so yes, I am taking my chances. My derm. also prescribed an antibiotic to take for the first month, Cefdinir.
On my first day of Accutane I did notice that when I got very hot/exhausted my face got very very red and felt and looked as if I was sunburnt. But by the morning it was gone.
I am not sure when to see things clear up, I assume it has to get into my system over the next couple months.
I am going to keep up with my progress here over the next 5 months.
anyone with any comments on side effects or progress please let me know!