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Week 1



So, I literally just took my first Absorica. My dermatologist has me on 80 mg a day, so I will be taking one pill in the morning and one at night.

Just some background.... I was very hesitant to start this blog but I found that while trying to decide if I was going to take this medicine reading posts up here was extremely helpful so I am hoping someone else may find the same. I also would love to connect with people who are in a similar stage as me for encouragement and support.

I am 25 and have struggled with acne for years. I have had periods where I would be completely clear and then periods where I was so broken out I did not want to leave the house. I have been to several dermatologists over the past years and this was the third one that said Accutane would be my best option. Because I was so afraid of the side effects I never really considered it until now. I have tried EVERYTHING. Antibiotics, birth control, spiro, all the topicals you can name, proactiv, rodan and fields, etc. You name it, I've tried it. My dermatologist seemed very optimistic about accutane. He gave me a prescription for doxycylicine, onexton, and tazorac for the month of waiting before accutane and that did not help at all. He told me that after 5 months this would cure my acne as opposed to constantly applying creams well into my 30s. So here goes nothing!

My acne is mainly hormonal, large cysts all over my chin and sometimes my cheeks. I also have extremely tiny areas all around my lips and chins that are flesh colored. No clue what the are. And of course the dreaded blackheads all over my nose.

I am very nervous and excited to see what this drug will do for me. I am dreading the dry skin and lips, but for 5 months I think I can handle it. I am a nurse and work 12 hour shifts so that scares me. I am so used to constantly checking the mirror to see if my makeup is okay or if I need to reapply to cover another spot.

I know this is really long and disorganized :) I would love to connect with anyone. If anyone has advice for how to battle side effects I would love to hear them!


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