I did all the preliminary testing for the drug and got the reading materials, and as I went through it, I thought to myself, “Wow, this drug is intense; it could deform my baby if I get pregnant, but no more acne ever!”
So I suffered through the horrendously dry skin, the no-drinking rule, the multiple forms of birth control, the monthly pregnancy and blood tests, the hypersensitivity to sun, and the worsening of my vision. (Seriously, even my eyes were affected by Isotretinoin.) And after three months, my skin was flawless. The usual cycle for Accutane is four to five months, and my nurse cleared me after four. Since my skin had already looked great for a month before that, she said I should be good to go. She warned me, though, that Accutane doesn’t always stick. She said the majority of people are done after one cycle, but about 10 to 15 percent of people need to do a second round.
But my skin had cleared up so easily! I was free of acne!
For the first time in my adult life, I was able to go without makeup and not feel self-conscious. I felt better than ever.