Hey everyone, today is my second day of being on Claravis, the generic form of Accutane.
Let me just give you a brief history of my acne struggles:
I started breaking out when I was about 12. I am now almost 18. At first, the breakouts were nothing to be worried about, I only got about 2 pimples or so, but since the beginning they have always been cystic. When I was a freshman in highschool, I started breaking out pretty badly but it was still considered moderate. I started getting facials done with AHA's and BHA's and my aesthetician recommended me to go to see a dermatologist. My skin did improve slightly with the facials, but not enough to satisfy me. When i visited my derm, she prescribed Duac gel and Clenia. Duac in the mornings, and the Clenia cream at night. These creams were a miracle. My skin cleared up completely. I would be able to touch it without worrying that I would wake up the next day with a pimple. For about 2 and a half years after that, I pretty much never broke out. I started breaking out again my junior year, but it was nothing bad, just a few pimples but it was still a pain in the ass. When i visited my dermatologist again, she told me to continue using the gel and cream and told me to cleanse my liver by doing this liver flush, and also told me to get garlic cayenne pepper herbal supplements. I followed these steps, and my skin was once again clear. That same summer, I discovered that I had a lot of annoying black heads and I wanted to get rid of them. So I would pick them. This is where my major problem began. My whole life I've had very sensitive skin, and the slightest picking or squeezing would make my zits so much worse. Of course, after squeezing out the black heads, my face started breaking out with white heads. I would pop those too. Pretty soon my face was covered in zits, and once again, i visited my dermatologist. She prescribed me tetracylcine and a new cream called Aczone, neither of them helped me at all. So we started doing these facial masks that were supposed to clear up your skin, along with microdermabrasions. These helped slightly, but still no significant improvement. After doing these masks and micros, we decided to try the IPL laser, along with the Laser Genesis. These helped a lot, but then my skin was covered in a lot of tiny pimples that looked like milia bumps. After doing about 6 laser sessions, we went back to the microderms and the masks. Then my derm suggested doing 30% salicylic acid peels. These peels completely burned my skin and didn't help much at all, so finally my dermatologist recommended Accutane. I've always heard of Accutane, but I was always too scared to do it and the thought of it made me cringe. However, I was also sick of having acne because it seriously ruined my entire social life. So one day I gave in and decided that I was going to take it after all.
The iPLEDGE crap took forever, and the waiting period of 30 days was the longest 30 days of my life. Throughout these 30 days, I talked to a lot of people that I knew that were on Accutane, and read a LOT of blogs about peoples' experiences with Accutane. Reading and talking to people helped me feel better about my decision, and I wasn't scared anymore.
I am taking 40 mg a day, 20 mg two times a day. Yesterday was my first day, and I'm not experiencing any side effects yet.
I really hope this stuff works for me, because I honestly have not been myself ever since my acne came back at the beginning of my senior year. I'm ready to get it over and done with, and forget about my acne for the rest of my life!