24 year old full-time Uni student about to start Accutane.
Dental school is absolutely crazy! (((
Here is a little information about my pre-accutane journey.
I had the normal break-outs as a teenager, and gradually it got worse and my mom insisted it was because I wasn't taking good care of my skin even though I washed it like mad and went for the bazillion facials which i thought were useless. I hate facials urrgh.
I went to a dermatologist who gave a me whole regiment to follow and to be quite honest, it did work. But being a teenager, it was just so hard to follow 5 steps in the morning and at night. Sometimes I'd slack off, and during my periods, they'd come. And the acne grew bigger and more cystic due to the use of the medicaments that I'd used.
I went off to uni, and still acne persisted as usually mild acne on the face. If i'd slack off or be stressed and sleepless, it would get really bad. Huge cystic. Exam time I would look pretty bad. And of course post-exams, you want to have fun and enjoy. But my mom would fret each time I'd go back home from Uni after exams.
So I kept gg back to the same derm, who said that I may not outgrow this problem, by this time it was already about 7 years on her regime. It was partly my fault that I hadn't been very good with sticking to it esp during exam time. But seriously, exams are shit. i hardly sleep for 3 weeks and chug chemicals/sugar/junk in my body to stay awake.
We went to another derm, who gave a second opinion that I should consider Accutane. I did some research earlier this year. Was really nervous about the side-effects. But because most of th eyear I'd be at uni, so I had to go to a specialist which was near Uni. That in itself took another crazy 5 months! Dental school = no free time during office hours. I had to cancel like 4 appointments and the waiting list for the specialist was soo long.
Finally went to the dermatologist this morning. Wasn't particularly impressed by her establishing rapport skills compared to the other doctor. But that's because i guess she has a long list of patients. My appt was at 8.40 am and I saw her only at 9.30 am. I don't have that luxury of time when I'm desperately trying to squeeze time between uni to just see her.
Been reading up more about accutane today, nervous about the flare-ups and major side-effects.
Dental school is already pretty stressful, am I starting tx at the wrong time?
How bad will my flare-ups be?
Will i be so listless that I can't study/run around and do clinical/lab work?
Uni is pretty uch 8-6 everyday. I don't want to sound like a whinger and make it sound like Uni is end all and be all and the xcuse to no t do anything.
Will the fasting month affect my hydration and health as well?
I haven't read the accutane intro pack yet. So nervous!!!