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Before accutane



I'm 23 and have had acne of varying degrees of severity since I was 16. In those 7-8 years I've tried pretty much everything (oral/topical antibiotics, benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, exercise, every diet, lifestyle changes, etc.) except isotretinoin/accutane. I was stubborn and the side effects / stories I read kept putting me off...

Unfortunately, at times my acne was severe enough to cause keloid scars on my chest. Other times it was just about manageable with regular antibiotics (doxycycline/erythromycin). That being said, even during those time periods my skin was never good by normal standards - I'd just learned to live with sub-par skin with the hope I'd grow out of it (no signs of that happening any time soon). That changed this year when my skin started getting even worse, and so I decided to take the leap and try to get on accutane.

I started the accutane course on July 12th. This blog will document my weekly experiences with it: how my skin's doing, my mood, other side effects, etc. I plan to post pictures in the future, but I'd prefer to wait until I start getting results (fingers crossed).


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