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Hey everyone!
First off, just a little background on myself...
This is my first time posting on this forum, though I have been reading your guys' posts for a few months now (quite helpfull and informative, too!). I'm 18 and have been suffering from acne for 5 years. My acne has never been quite severe, but definately moderate and VERY persistant. I'm positive all of you are aware of the devastating effects this pointless disease has on us, both mentally and physically. I know exactly what your going through. Being a bodybuilder, I tend to be very self concious of how my body is being presented to the world, and acne has just been a terrible terrible experience for me to deal with, especially in the social part of my life- not wanting to go out and meet new people, avoiding eye contact, just a complete devastating blow on your self esteem- and this is definately not how I want to go through my life any longer.

I've tried every "remedy" there is. Topicals (somewhat effective), antibiotics (didn't notice much results), B5 (showed minor results), and diet (most effective so far)
With the strict dieting I follow consisting of almost entirely whole, natural foods and NO dairy, I seem to have gotten good results over the past 6 months. I even did a liver/galbladder flush which seems to work somewhat as well. Green tea is also an excellent choice. I truly do believe acne is largely determined by what we put into our bodies (as well as several other factors). But even knowing this and adhering to a healthy diet (low fats, no oils, citric fruits, simple/white carbs, dairy, etc) I still continue to suffer from breakouts, though not as bad as before. I seem to have a little control on my acne, but not nearly where I think it should be. So, I've one thing left to try.

For the past few years, I have had several friends (of the same age as me) try and succeed with accutane. At the time, I didn't think much of it because a more "natural" approach seemed more sensible. But, looking back, their skin was in the same condition as mine, if not worse. Their diets were terrible compared to mine, and yet, after the Tane, their skin became gorgeous. Huh, maybe I'll try it in the future I thought to myself. Well, I think that time has come.

I begin my course on Monday at 40mg. I'm anxious, scared, excited, and somewhat relieved all at the same time, though I am also aware of the long road ahead in these next few months. I strongly feel a community type atmosphere of positive reinforcment and encouragement is important to anyones personal battle with this damned disease. So, I want to open this thread up to anyone out there in a similar position as me. If you've just started, are going through, or have finished the accutane journey, feel free to give your comments, feelings, and suggestions.

Thanks everyone! And keep up the fight! :wave:

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