Since I've been struggling with acne since the fourth grade, I’ve searched every infomercial ad and drugstore counter for a cure. Proactiv, Neutrogena, and multivitamins were not working for me, though. I had learned to manage and cope with my skin since it was all I could do.
After years of coping, I had a major breakout my senior year of high school. I was once again determined to resolve the issues I had been dealing with most of my life. I finally saw a dermatologist who barely took a second glance at my face before prescribing Accutane. The results I had seen online seemed very promising.
For those who don’t know, Accutane is basically a very concentrated pill of vitamin A which limits oil production all over your body during treatment and will eventually cure most acne. Due to its severe reactions to a fetus, pregnant women are forbidden to take it. When I first started taking it, I had the tell-tale signs of VERY dry lips and face. I couldn’t go anywhere without chapstick. Unlike other people, my skin on the rest of my body seemed quite normal. To my relief, my hair didn’t fall out either. My scalp didn’t get oily at all and was a pretty nice side effect of Accutane.
Everything seemed to be going fine. I had been taking Accutane twice a day and with a medium sized dosage for my weight but still wasn’t seeing the benefits. I started to worry that Accutane, just like everything else, wouldn’t work for me. It wasn’t until maybe four months in that my skin did start to improve. The improvements were very slow and not very dramatic but I was happy to see some kind of improvement. Around this time, though, I started to get back pain every time I would get into bed or get out. It was uncomfortable but luckily I could handle it. This is a normal side effect that people can experience and is a result of dry joints from Accutane.
By six months, my results were at their peak. I couldn’t wait to get off the treatment, though. I hated my lips being dry all the time and having to see my dermatologist 45 minutes away at home while I was off at college. When the six-month mark came, I had skin that had less acne, less oil, and fewer blackheads. For me, my skin did not become magazine perfect, but I was still very impressed and happy with the results. Dealing with scars and maintaining the clear skin is what I’m going through now, a year after treatment.
My recommendation is to do your research and see if you are willing to go through the side effects. This treatment is bound to give you at least some results and I’m overall very happy that I chose to take it.
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