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Personal Acne History

I just wanted to write a brief history of my experience with acne before going into writing accutane blogs. 

I have had acne since I was nine years old. When I was younger it was only a few pimples but it got worse throughout middle school. It seemed to calm down in high school and college but I still never had clear skin. Now after graduating college it has all flared up again. 

When I was in middle school I used Retin-A and differin topical creams that were prescribed to me by my primary care doctor. But those only seemed to dry out my skin and did not help so eventually I just stopped using them. Throughout high school and college I did not really use any medication for acne and it seemed to be getting better. But toward the end on college I started getting awful red pimples so I decided that I should finally see a dermatologist. I told them that I wanted accutane since I have had acne for so long but they told me that I should try other medications first and prescribed me minocycline but after about a month I started having awful headache everyday so they switched me to doxycycline. I was on doxycycline for five months and my face was becoming so smooth and clear but during around May 2016 I started getting these small tiny bumps all over my face called Closed Comedones, which I had never gotten before. I immediately freaked out and called my dermatologist for an emergency appointment and I asked to be put on accutane. They told me that accutane probably wasn't necessary because topicals usually work for closed comedones so they prescribed me retin-a and duac.

At this point I was very frustrated because all this time they have been prescribing me medications that weren't working and I only really wanted accutane and it all felt like a waste of time. But I started on retin-a and duac anyways and used it for two months. When I went back for my next appointment and told them I saw no improvement, the dermatologist said " have you ever heard of accutane?" and I wish I could have just eye-rolled at him since I told him from the beginning that that was what I wanted. 

So I finally was prescribed accutane. And I took my blood tests but my dermatologist never gave me the slip for the pregnancy test and only gave me the slip for the other blood tests so when i went back a month later to get my prescription he told me I have to wait another month. So, I was insanely angry.  I waited another month since I had already been waiting so long and started in October 2016. So far everything is going well but I will update on the next blog post.



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I had a really hard time getting on accutane. The first time I went to pick up my prescription I found out that my insurance wouldn't cover it because of a mix up with iPledge, making it so that I missed my 7 day window to pick it up. It was thoroughly a pain in the butt so I definitely understand the insane anger towards having to wait an additional month.

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On 11/30/2016 at 0:44 AM, ParSnip said:

I had a really hard time getting on accutane. The first time I went to pick up my prescription I found out that my insurance wouldn't cover it because of a mix up with iPledge, making it so that I missed my 7 day window to pick it up. It was thoroughly a pain in the butt so I definitely understand the insane anger towards having to wait an additional month.


How is accutane going for you? or are you finished already?

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