Hi everybody, this is my first post on acne.org. I'm 26 years old, an hard longtime acne sufferer as you might think, and I decided to stop here and take my time to follow and share with you my whole experience with this drug. I think I'll need some support as I already know how this thing works on the human's body...I was on it 8 years ago.
After my first experience with Accutane on 1997, I had a new acne crisis on August 2005, and the dermatologist put me on a treatment with MynocinÂ© and Diane 35Â© (anti-androgens). This treatment had good results on 4 months. I took minocin for two months and Diane for a year.
I thought I'd never have acne never again!
I had some pimples periodically, but nothing serious till new flareups started on 15 august 2007, so ending the european summer... (by the way, I'm on Switzerland, and I'm a french mother tongue speaker, so sorry for my not very good english) and I've tried EVERYTHING by my own during last 3 months : changing cleansing regime, diets, homeopathy, even Minocycline again (which turned my stomach on a mess!), but no give. I still have acne.
First, it started with little whiteheads on my cheeks and forhead, then, red cysts and pustules...they multiplicated till I was full of red cysts only over my cheeks.
Mynociclyne helped, of course, but I have the impression that my skin became red, even if the cysts are almost gone and I still have flareups but they're less infected.
The thing is, I realized there's no way to stop my acne... so I decided to visit a dermatologist, afraid of what he might say : to get on Accutane again... and actually that's what he said.
So here I am, once again... I've just swallowed the pills (30 mg) with a very greasy meal! LOL The dermatologist gave me a prescription from now up to six months.
I got to confess I'm very optimist regarding this treatment, even if I know the risks of using Accutane, and because I'm persuaded that this drug can effectively suppress the acne, but not HEAL the causes, which is important for me. I prefer to know what triggers acne rather than supress the symptoms. But I can't anymore looking myself at the mirror with all those red pimples on my face... and using foundation and camuflating my skin everytime I go out.
I lost my confidence since I'm having flareups all the time, I avoid dating new people, or even going out with my friends, I feel unattractive, and always hiding something on me...... I gave up.
I never wanted to feel like a victim and never let acne rule my life as I'm always doing efforts to live with it.
Despite acne, I'm a very healthy person, I'm rarely ill, I practice mindfull eating, I DO sport, I do have regular sleeping paterns, sometimes I get depressed but I quickly recover as we all do...it's s incredible how this illness come to be a part of our lives, we, sufferers, we just can't avoid it. Even if I'm a woman, and can use make up to disguise my acne, is not funny at all having it.
I'm pretty sure that having acne is not that simple, there must be an explanation behind it to answer why some people have it... and this is something science can't explain yet. I'm sure there are too many factors we just can't understand.
That's because I think we should turn ourselves on alternative medicine to prevent illness and to help us keeping a positive attitude towards life and understand our body, our whole living being and how to heal it.
Well, enough talking... I want to share with you some pictures and some personal appreciations about using Accutane and acne on general. I think while using this drug we got to adopt a VERY healthy lifestyle, and it starts by doing the necessary to don't agravate the secondary effects.
I'll try to post here regularly to keep you updated of the progress...I cross my fingers!
Please look on my gallery for some actual pictures !!!