I don't remember exactly, but when the acne first started appearing, which was when I was about 13, I didn't really bother dealing with it, I thought it would be a short phase of just "teenage spots", which of course, could've been the case, but that dragged on for about 2 years. Not only did it not improve, but it gradually became a lot worse, it mainly covered my entire forehead, and I would get spots on my nose quite frequently as well.
So I decided to pay a visit to my GP, who prescribed Duac to me, which is a gel that you apply to the affected areas on the skin, I used it for about a year, and from what I remember, it didn't really make much of a difference.
I then went back to the GP and was prescribed Tetracyline, which is an antibiotic that fights bacteria within the body, they come in a capsule form which you take orally with water. This method worked better than the gel, most of the acne on my forehead and nose cleared up, and I only got the occasional few bumps. However, I started developing acne on my cheeks and jaw line, which I rarely had before, but I must say, it wasn't as bad as how my forehead initially was. Although my skin improved a lot more, a lot of it was still there, and I found that as soon as I stopped taking the capsules my skin would become a lot worse again.
Therefore, after taking the antibiotics for a year, I decided I wanted something that would help my acne permanently, so off I went to the GP again, she referred me to a dermatologist, who prescribed Roaccutane to me. It contains isotretinoin, which works by suppressing the activity of sebaceous glands in the skin, which therefore reduces the production of oil.
Taking this medication of course meant that I had to stop taking tetracyline, therefore, for the first few days, I started to break out quite a bit, I had a few large spots dotted all around my face, I especially had quite a few on my forehead and nose. Furthermore, I noticed that I had a lot more blackheads on my nose as well, not only that, but I also got several spots on the décolletage area, which I scarcely ever had before. And of course, a very common side effect amongst many, which I pretty much instantly developed is dry lips.
So this is it for the introduction to my experience with acne and roaccutane so far, I hope you found this somewhat helpful. I will definitely be posting more reports to update you, I think I will be going through some of the side effects i've been having next, so be on the look out for that.
What are your thoughts on acne medication?