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My Accutane Journey- Day 4

I thought I would make a blog to help others out who are already on accutane or thinking about starting it.

I'm a 19 year old college sophomore and have finally decided to take the plunge and start 'tane. I'm on 40 mgs/day and started 3/27/08, so today is day 4.

I have mild/moderate persistant acne since I was 12 but the antibiotic Bactrim cleared my skin up perfectly. After being on it for 7 years, however, it has taken it's toll on my body and I am no longer allowed to take it. I was swapped to minocycline (which made me horribly nauseous) which did nothing and I started having break outs again. Accutane is pretty much my last hope for long lasting clear skin.

It took me a long time to decide to start this process b/c I was terrified of the horrible side effects that can occur (and seeing some of the posts on here sure didn't help!). I told my derm I would not take accutane under any circumstances but after talking to her and listing my concerns/fears I was persuaded to give it a shot b/c as she said you can stop taking it at any time. Now that I've taken the plunge, though, I'm determined to see this through to the end!

I've been on accutane for 4 days now and so far no side effects. I did get one small cyst on my cheek but that could also be attributed to traveling/not eating very well the day before. I don't think it's IB related. I am DREADING the initial breakout though and am just hoping it goes away quickly and that I can handle it psychologically.

As painful as it is I'm going to keep this blog updated with pics (no laughing though as I will try to wear absolutely no make up in any of them). These are from today, no makeup:




My skin has always been just a little dry (and oily, how does that work?!) but since starting tane I've switched to only using ceraVe cleaser and moisturizer and my skin feels amazing...I wish I had discovered it prior to this!

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