The problem being, of course, acne. Everyone on this site, whether daily contributor or lurker (I fall into the latter category) is all too familiar with this problem. We've been scarred, if not physically, then certainly emotionally. And at times, it can feel like we are alone in the problem, out in space, with no one around to sympathize with - especially when we look around and there seems to be perfect skin everywhere we look! I promise you, you are not alone. A few days ago, I blasted off into the world of Accutane and I'm starting to make entries into this blog in order to document progress in a way that pictures will never be able to.
My skin's short biography, written by me: zits started to make landings on my face as early as fifth grade, but it didn't become a real problem until sixth/seventh grade. Went on doxycycline. Worked? I type a question mark only because the memories are a bit blurry as far as my skin goes from that time (maybe I just partied way too hard back in my middle school days). Stopped working (notice the lack of question mark). Then there was some retin-a, some harsh BP wash, crazy home treatments, etc. the point is, nothing worked. I suppose the closest I got to being clear was with The regimen which just took up so much time - at least an hour every days. Quit that (and everything else) at one point only to have perfect skin for a couple of months. I kid you not, my skin was looking awesome. I was doing nothing to it but washing it and it was seriously clear. Of course, that didn't last. Huge breakout that took forever to get under control. Another round of Doxycycline and epiduo, which just about cleared me...until I went off of it. Broke out again. Went back on Doxy for a couple of months to get me thought the holidays. Went back to the derm. Prescribed me Claravis. One week (or so) later, here I sit.
I am currently prescribed 40 mg/ day. I am a 16 year old male. I weigh about 160 lbs (72ish kg) and stand at 5'10" (yea, let's go with 5'10").
Actually, not really the first week. More like five days. The week before I started, my skin was looking good. Really good. I was nervous to start my pills just for the fact that I actually kidded myself into thinking I didn't need this medication. Pfft, please. I have been slathering my face with aquaphor at night and using cetaphil daily moisturizer during the day. No dryness, so far. A few zits here and there have been popping up, nothing too bad. My problem with after I get a zit is more the red marks left behind that don't fade right away. I'm mostly left with them at the moment. I'm really nervous for the IB. I hope that I can just get it out of the way ASAP.
Really wish I were able to think of a good line or two that continued with the space/rocket ship/astronaut metaphors that could wrap up this post but they're just up in space at the moment. (Dang, aren't I clever?)