My name is Stephanie and I am a 22 year old college student. A little about my acne background, I started getting acne in the 6th grade. Once I got it, I haven't been able to get rid of it. I started using topical medication in middle school along with regularly washing my face twice a day. On the topical side of things, I have used products ranging from over-the-counter medication such as Proactiv and Murad to prescription medication like Differin gel, Benzaclin, and Tazorac. I have also been on countless types of oral medication and nothing seems to do the trick. As I have gotten older and have seen most teenagers grow out of their acne phase, I have gotten more and more frustrated with mine. I recently have decided to take certain foods out of my diet to see if those had any influence on my, what I refer to it as, pizza face. I cut out gluten for six weeks, dairy for six weeks, then sugar for six weeks. Nothing changed so I decided to cut out all of those together for six weeks and again, I am left with acne galore! I also stopped wearing makeup, changed the products I was using on my face and nothing happened. So, I finally decided I was fed up with always having to wear makeup to cover up my acne and I made an appointment with my dermatologist to start the accutane process. Needless to say, she didn't argue!
The process is long and tedious. Pregnancy and liver test the first month, pregnancy test and liver test the second month, THEN you can finally have the medication. So, here I am, 100% baby free and happy to have finally received my 30-day supply of Absorbica in the mail. Since it is 4th of July weekend, and I do enjoy beer, I decided to hold off on the start of accutane until the weekend was over. You are strongly advised not to consume alcohol during your treatment period as liver failure can occur.
As I am not a small lady, I was prescribed 80mg/ day. That is two pills, one in the morning and one at night, 40mg each for 5 months. I have known many people who have had to be treated more than once to achieve clear skin. Fingers crossed this will do the trick!
I have been warned about dryness of the skin and lips, a massive initial break out to flush the toxins and dry hair/scalp.
So, follow my journey with me to clear skin!
Here are initial photos of what my face and chest look like today, day 1 of Absorbica.