Hi, I'm a 23 year old guy who has experienced acne since I was 14. Had completely clear skin through middle school but literally one week before high school I got my first pimple. Completely has ruined my self esteem and confidence for years. Despite this, I'm still an attractive guy and still have managed to get girlfriends, but when I look in the mirror I'm disgusted with myself. I never had clear skin since that age, as soon as one pimple went away, a new one would appear. At 16 my skin got really bad, and at this point I was just using OTC products, which I realize were horrible for my face since they're too strong for my sensitive skin. Made my acne even worse. At 18 I finally went to a dermatologist and he prescribed me some pills, don't even remember the name of them but they didn't work. At 20 I went to a different dermatologist and he prescribed Doxycycline and Epiduo I believe it's called, anyway that didn't work either.
My father had acne until he was 26, when I first told him about Accutane he advised against it because it has bad side effects (I agree with him there) and he just kept saying my acne isn't a big deal and it will clear up eventually. Well I'm sick of it and I want it gone now! So I just decided to get on accutane.
My dermatologist was skeptical about it, since I'm diagnosed with bipolar and clinical depression, which can be a lethal combination since many patients commit suicide, but I said fuck it, I've got nothing to lose and everything to gain. Anyway heres what I've been experiencing:
Day 1-7: not too many side effects, dry lips, not many new break outs. I have been noticing my bones feel weaker. When I wake up I feel like a 90 year old man lol.
Day 8-11: extremely dry lips, I'm breaking out A LOT! My skin is starting to look how it did when I was 18. I have a giant cyst under my eye, it seriously looks like I was in a fight. One thing I have noticed is my acne clears up faster. I had a pimple on the side of my nose like 2 days ago and it's already gone. So I suppose that's a good thing. From what I've read I'm currently going through the stage where you're skin gets the worst, but I don't mind it too much since I lost my job and not in school. Hardly anyone has to see my face.
Oh well I just cant wait to have clear skin