27 Year Old Female.

Battled acne for almost 10 years. It was bearable...

Battled acne for almost 10 years. It was bearable until age 24. It has gotten worse around the cheek area. My dermatologist had been trying to get me to go on isotretinoin (accutane) for almost 2 years but I was hesitant. Finally I decided to go for it. I didn't want to ruin my skin any longer. I will say hands down it was the best decision I have ever made regarding my skin. I was on it for 6 months, yes it got a little worse for about 2 weeks but then about 3/4 months in it began to get crystal clear. Even my marks went away. My only side affects were very dry lips and eyes and a bit more tired than normal. It was well beyond worth it. I debated for so long about taking this. Listen to your dermatologist, trust them it works. It takes a little time but you will LOVE your skin after. Imagine glowing skin and being able to look in the mirror and think "wow that's my skin, it's perfect." At least that's how I feel. Go gain your confidence back because that's what this will do for you. For all you acne sufferers, you understand what I mean :) (start date was in November and finished in June 2014 )

2 months post

I'm about 2 months post isotretinoin. (accutane) I've gotten a few tiny pimples but nothing like before. Still was well worth the 6 months of treatment.
New Haven Dermatologist

5 out of 5 stars Overall rating
5 out of 5 stars Doctor's bedside manner
5 out of 5 stars Answered my questions
5 out of 5 stars After care follow-up
5 out of 5 stars Time spent with me
5 out of 5 stars Phone or email responsiveness
5 out of 5 stars Staff professionalism & courtesy
5 out of 5 stars Payment process
5 out of 5 stars Wait times
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Do you have a before accutane picture??
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I'll look for you! I don't think I took too many pictures when my face was bad :(
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You look amazing! I am starting next month, from years of being hesitant as well. I am 26 years old and finally at my wits end. I tried everything and every hormonal/thyroid/food allergy test, I even did Chinese Med and practiced some holistic approaches. Every topical and antibiotic including Spiro. And I am DONE with acne. I am curious if you noticed any hair loss during or after your treatment? Did you take any supplements with your course? Did you experience a lot of facial flushing? Thanks!
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Thank you! I noticed a bit of hair shedding but not bad at all! Nothing I would worry about honestly. I did not take any supplement while on it either. Only vitamin C here and there! I was perfectly fine, I think you will do well on it and will be very happy after! Face flushing, yes! Not too bad but I would tend to get red later in the day for some reason. Good luck! Xo
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I also forgot to ask about your initial breakout (if you got one) how bad was it! I asked my derm to start me on 20mg instead of 40 mg so my body can adjust for that month. Then probably be on 40mg for two months then 60mg and probably 80mg. What was the timeline of your doses? Sorry, I ask so many questions! And I know everyone is different!
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It's ok! Here to help :) I did get a breakout about 3-4 weeks into treatment. It wasn't horrible and it did go away pretty fast. Again it's worth it though for the end result. I took 40mgs a day. 20 in the morning and 20 at night for 6 months. I probably should have taken 60mgs but was nervous. I'd def. take what your derm reccomends though so that it really works!
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Thank you so much for sharing your story. I want to keep in touch, in case of side effects or what not. :) I will let you know how it goes!
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Your welcome! Yes let me know! Good luck :)
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Your skin looks amazing. I agree, I am in my third month and my skin looks great. I was so hesitant to try it. You hear such horror stories about it. Best decision I ever made.
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Thank you! It feels like it takes forever to get there! I know, I remember hearing horrible stories but was just at the point where it didn't matter. Wait until you finish you will be glowing :) I threw away all of my concealer. Just Chapstick and mascara for me! Good luck with the rest of your treatment! :)
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