Yay! I’m so excited to finally start writing about my acne journey. I’ve recently started an acne treatment therapy, but before I get into details I want to give you a little “history” or “background” information about my acne, so you know what I’ve gone through in the past.
The acne started in about grade 9. Ooh shocking, right? Typical age to start getting acne because of puberty, obviously. So I didn’t really think much of it, because almost everyone my age was getting some acne here and there. It start lightly on my forehead but moderately kept getting worse and worse, spreading to my cheeks and chin. Plus, I started getting a lot of blackheads on my nose and under my eyes. At this stage, it was a constant up and down between getting worse and getting better again.
In grade 10, I started using ProactivThe Proactiv really helped. But as I got older my acne continued to worsen and the Proactiv just wasn’t strong enough. I used it for about a year before I transitioned back to regular drug store face washes. If you have light acne, I do really recommend Proactiv, because it’s affordable and can fight off the light blemishes.
Now we’re in 2017 and I’m still struggling with acne and blackheads.. pretty much all over my face. The spots that are most noticeable under natural light are the ones on my neck, temples, chin and nose.
I absolutely hate it.. like anyone would, and want a change. This is kind of a touchy subject for me as it takes a toll on my confidence level. But I’m ready to share my experience with everyone and hopefully I’ll see improvements in the next six months.
The Isotretinoin Treatment
So the actual Accutane treatment. If you’re wondering why the packaging doesn’t say Accutane, it’s because in Germany we don’t have Accutane and instead we use IsoGalen, which is the exact same thing. They both have the same pharmaceutical drug, Isotretinoin.
I’m starting a 6 month Isotretinoin acne therapy, beginning with 10mg a day. I take the drug every morning right after breakfast with a big glass of water. The pills have a brown colour and don’t taste like anything.. obviously..because you just swallow them whole anyways.
This therapy is supposably the most effective way of getting rid of acne, and actually keeps it away forever once the treatment is over. It rarely returns after you’ve stopped taking it.
The Side Effects
But “Sometimes bad things have to happen before good things can”. Yes, this is very true with many things in life. Including this acne treatment. There are so many side effects that could come up when taking this pill, it’s overwhelming, and kind of made me nervous as I read the brochure.
Dry lips is very common. Joint and back pain. Feeling dizzy, drowsy, tired and nervous. Extremely dry
skin everything. Severe pain in upper stomach. Hearing problems. Blurred visions. Depression. Nausea and Vomiting.
And the list continues. Obviously, those aren’t all going to occur when you take this because the majority are rare. But still, who wouldn’t be nervous to start this after reading that!
I’m ready to conquer this acne though. I can’t stand it and just need to try this as my last resort.
With that saying…
Every week I’m going to post update blog posts with images so everyone can see how my body and face is dealing with this new treatment. And to see if there are improvements or if my acne just gets worse.
These posts are for anyone thinking about trying an acne treatment like this, and also just for myself so I can document my experience and can look back at this post in 6 months and again.. see if there are any improvements!
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Just get to the first update already!
OK! Here it is.. my very first acne update. This is what we’re working with. I haven’t started the treatment yet, and I’m taking my first pill tomorrow.
This series of pictures was taken after I had just washed my face. That’s why you can really see the blemishes. Plus it’s taken in the bathroom in front of “white” light. So very similar to day light. Sorry my face expression is really dumb but I didn’t think I would pick these pictures to go in my blog post. These pictures were taken on an iPhone 7, but I’m going to try to take the next ones on my DSLR for better quality!
You can see that my entire T zone is very red. There’s a bunch of pimples on my temples and forehead. Along the edges of my chin there’s a bunch of small little pimples as well. They’re hard to see because they’ve tucked themselves right under jaw line. Also, I have a bunch down my neck. Up until this summer, I never had anything down my neck (sad face). I hate having it there.
So, I really hope that my face gets clearer, after taking this acne medication everyday for 6 months and that I see significant improvements each week. I’m excited to share my Accutane experience with you all and hope you continue to read each week!
Have a wonderful day my friends and until next time.