My name is Natalia and I have been suffering with acne for about a decade. My acne started off mild, but got worse over the course of ten years. I began seeing a dermatologist when I was 14 years old, in hopes that there was something that they could give me that would help, and they did. However, this topical medicine's magic did not last for long. After using it for 6 months, my acne began to return. I was then given another topical to use. It worked at first, but the same pattern happened over again. And again. And again. I tried every topical medication you could think of until I ran through all of them and there was nothing left to try. After that, I gave 2 different types of antibiotics and 3 different types of birth control a shot. None of them worked the slightest bit. After 2 years of trying, at 16 years old, I was recommended Accutane by my dermatologist. Although the ending result was tempting, I was too worried about the side effects that came with it and refused to try it. After all, I was only 16 years old and thought that I was still young and had a chance of growing out of my acne. Now, I am in my early 20's and I have tried different diets, teas, supplements, you name it. Every option I could possibly try has been crossed off the list, except for one last thing. At this point in time, I have learned that I am not "growing out of it" at all, and have made the decision to try my last resort option: Accutane. Over time, after I was in the dermatologist's office at 16 and was worried to take this medication, I have met over 10 people who have done Accutane and had the common side effects, but overall a good experience with it. On this blog, I plan to document my Accutane experience because I want to help all of the people that felt like me at 16 suffering with acne and being afraid to try this medication. I hope that my experience can help!
Also, below are pictures of my acne BEFORE beginning Accutane (left and right side are included).