As I open this page, I am not sure where it will go. But to begin it in a properly dull manner, (and since I have no idea what I'm supposed to do here anyway) I suppose I should introduce myself.
My name is Matt, and I'm 27 years old.
I am a kinda-health nut, working out pretty regularly. I don't eat junk food, fast food, sweet food, or fried food much. Nothing with more ingredients than I have fingers and toes, really. I'm pretty fit, overall. Average-looking, though kinda skinny. Smoked for 10 years, but quit a few years back. Quit drinking alcohol and soda completely, too. (Can you tell how fun I am at parties yet?)
I absolutely love music, and consider it one of my life's true passions. I have a wide range of favorites.
I am an *extremely* amateur guitar
None of that matters. Truth be told, I decided to start this blog as a way to tell others about my experience with the drug Accutane. See, I lived with severe acne from the time I was 14 years old, until I found Accutane (which is the same drug- isoretinoin- as the generics versions, Amnesteem and Sotret) This past summer, for five months, I used the last resort 'nuclear option' of acne treatment.
So far, it has worked. After a decade of horriffic, self-confidence-crushing skin, only the fading scars remain-- a 1000% improvement.
In doing research, leading up to, during, and after the treatment, I discovered a few really helpful sites that were laid out like journals; documenting the experiences of the people taking the drug, it's side-effects, and their general thoughts on the whole thing. They all proved invaluable to me during what was an admittedly difficult five months. I'll link to them when I re-find them all. (I invite you to let me know of any you find as well--I'll put them up here for others that may also find them useful)
But here's the thing-- I never did find a place that did a clear, unvarnished, visual week-by-week display of how their skin looked during the whole ordeal. There is one particular site, that had a few poor-quality lo-res pics of the girl's cheek here and there--but you never really got to see the stuff work.
Writing about it is one thing, but witnessing it working in pictures is another. The day I began my treatment, I swallowed my modesty (when you see the pics, you'll understand) and took clear, close-up pics of my upper body in sections--face, neck, chest, back-- and would continue to do so at exactly 1-week intervals throughout my Accutane regimen.
The resulting visual log of my progress, while admittedly disgusting and embarrassing, is something that I honestly hope and believe will help educate people that are trying to learn about the drug, and those who might be considering its use. I go through those pics today and see, week-by-week, how the drug took my skin from bad, to horrible, to nightmarish, to steadily better, better, and clear right before my eyes.
There are enough sites screaming about the danger of women becoming pregnant while on the drug that I will not dwell on that here. Much. And the other side-effects are possibly serious as well. I was lucky and had very few of significance.
But, as my introductory post has grown larger than needed, I will end it now.
Please, use what you find here to settle some reservations or answer some questions. I hope it's helpful to you. If so, click on one of my little google ads there as you pass on through-- I know, I know-- but it would mean a lot to me :)
Until next time...