So here I am again, staring at that familiar image of the pregnant woman with the international no symbol and as I peel it away, I think to myself "149 of these little ladies to go."
At least 149 more to go.
How did I get into this situation where I have a junkie bruise on my left arm and am now having to pop pills for the next 5 or so months?
Ah yes, that's right.. ACNE. Assh*le.. teehee.
I'm 33 years old and have put up with moderate acne since the puberty fairy visited me 20 years ago (damn I sound old..haha). Most of it was just an annoyance but 5 years ago, I had a wild hair up my rear and decided to go all holistic and stuff. Let me tell you something: Lemon juice and apple cider vinegar = PISSED OFF SKIN! My experiment blessed me with cystic acne. The kind that hurt to the touch, looked like I had some contagious disease and had the power to make people laugh at or pity me. Fun times! Weeeeeee..not.
I visited a couple dermatologists and every single one of them, without missing a beat, said "Accutane." So I went on a fun little odyssey of blood draws, eating lots, the "don't get pregnant illustration" and aquaphor. Six months later, I was CLEAR!! Hallelujah!!
While my skin never returned to how horrid it was with the cystic nodules, over the years I had started to get inflamed crap cropping up again. Oh yeah, and Exxon called me asking if I could donate the oil on my face for refining into gasoline.
Most derms that I visited including my old one who put me on Accutane just gave me topicals and waved me out the door. It wasn't until I visited my current dermatologist that I got his Accutane blessing.
That blessing did come with a price: being a human pin cushion for the phlebotomists. I gave blood before my doctor's appointment and I was given the "good" news of having to give blood again with a follow up in two weeks and then two weeks after that (refill time!). My veins are already screaming and so will I when I go back for lab work.
And so begins my journey. Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay!
This blog is mostly for me to post how my progress goes but also to hopefully provide you with entertaining bathroom reading on your smart phone Enjoy!