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So.. hellooo. After checking this site almost daily for three months I have finally decided to start my own blog. I'm having a tough time with my accutane right now and I could use the support of this community.

About myself- I am 21 years old, I have had acne since I was 14. Throughout the years I have been on every antibotic and every topical and nothing has ever worked for me. Two years ago my derm wanted to put me on accutane, I freaked out at the side effects and didn't go back to see her for 2 years. Over the summer, my boyfriend of 6 years broke up with me and my face exploded. I decided it was time to get on accutane. In Sept I went back to the derm and once again got scared of the side effects, and she put me on Spiralactone (sp?) for 2 months. It didn't work out and I decided to brave accutane.

I took my first pill Nov 30, I'm on day 25. I HATE accutane already. The first 2 weeks I had severe back pain, but that has subsided. Right now, I have horrible cysts on my forehead and chin. I have gotten cysts before, but usually one at a time. I have never had 5 at once. I also have these strange small bumps all along both sides of my mouth from my lips down to my jawline. The look like they could be whiteheads beneath the surface or something. Anyway, it's Christmas Eve, and I was at my cousin's house and he took a picture of me. I have about 5 pounds of makeup on, which I thought was cleverly masking my huge breakout. When he showed me the picture, I was shocked to see how bad my skin looked. When I was at church tonight talking to a family friend, I could see him staring at my breakout along the side of my mouth. Whenever I talk to my brother, I can see his eyes scanning my face looking over all my blemishes. I'm really getting sick of this.

I would like some advice from people who are past the 25 day mark. How long has everyone's IB lasted? Do you have another IB when your dosage is increased? Oh, and I'm on 30mg a day. Seems kind of low compared to what I am seeing on here. Also, I have seen a few people talk about putting neosporin on their pimples at night. What kind of pimples does that help, cysts or just zits?

Since I am on this site almost daily checking everyone else's blogs, I am sure I'll be posting on the reg. Have a good Christmas everyone!

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