well, I'm finally taking the plunge! I'm a 23-year-old female and I've had moderate acne for about ten years. I've used pretty much every topical, antibiotic, vitamin supplement, OTC treatment, and crazy home remedy there is. tretinoin, benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, sulfur washes, erythromycin, doxycycline, monocycline, Vitamin A, Vitamin B, Vitamin E, the pill, Differin and Duac, etc. I feel like I've tried EVERYTHING out there and nothing has really given me the skin I deserve. I went to a new derm this year and she was the first derm to suggest I try Accutane. I'm a smart, funny, pretty, confident girl - but lately my acne has really been giving me major self-esteem issues. I'm an actress and hate showing my face on camera. I literally hide at home, afraid to go out in public and see my friends because I am so embarrassed by my skin. but this morning I had the last blood/pregnancy test I need to fill my first Sotret prescription!! so I'm waiting for my derm to get the results and confirm me in iPledge and then I'll start my journey early next week.
I'm really excited at the prospect of never having acne again, and never having to deal with painful cysts, and never spending any more time or money on makeup and irritating creams. but I'm also terrified. I'm really scared of all the side effects. and I'm really REALLY scared that this won't work. but I'm gonna do my best to stay positive. I've spent a lot of time on this website, and everyone's stories have been so helpful and encouraging - so I'm gonna document my Accutane experience in and hope that someone else will be inspired to finally take the plunge.