When I was eighteen years old, I packed my room up and moved across the state of Michigan to Grand Valley State University where I would spend the next four years learning, growing, and developing before embarking off into the “real world”. I figured since I was off to college, I must be (somewhat) an adult. And when you’re an adult – you don’t have acne.
Boy, was I wrong.
As nights became later, morning became earlier, food became greasier, and class became harder – my body was overloaded with all sorts of “toxins” I couldn’t fully control. Within the first few months at GV I began to develop deep, painful spots on my face…leading to indentations and hyper-pigmentation from picking and squeezing. I couldn’t believe how rough my, once porcelain doll-like, skin had become.
From dermapens, to chemical peels, topical ointments, and oral antibiotics…nothing seemed to make my acne surrender.
So here I am.
In August 2017 (after extensive research), I made the commitment to start Claravis (Accutane) and officially popped my first day of pills on October 28th, 2017. This whole journey was kind of scary for me, but I’m buckled down and ready for six (probably seven – but I’ll explain in another post) total months of sensitive, dry skin (along with the other side effects).
Before starting Hectically Simplified, I started an Instagram account solely dedicated to my accutane journey called Blame the Accutane. I’m just about halfway through my projected 6 month journey and have had a number of experiences as each month progressed.
While this post was extremely hard to publish and share with the world, I’m extremely proud of how far I’ve come – both physically and mentally when it comes to acne. Look forward to my accutane series in the next few weeks as I deep dive into my experience with acne.
THIS POST IS IN NOW WAY A PROMOTION FOR ACCUTANE. ACCUTANE IS A VERY SERIOUS DRUG WITH INTENSE SIDE EFFECTS AND IS NOT RECOMMENDED FOR EVERYONE. I AM ONLY BLOGGING ABOUT MY EXPERIENCE (AFTER YEARS OF TRYING SAFER TECHNIQUES) FOR THOSE THAT ARE RESEARCHING ABOUT THE PROCESS TO MAKE THEIR OWN PERSONAL DECISIONS REGARDING ACCUTANE. TALK TO YOUR DERMATOLOGIST BEFORE MAKING A DECISION IF ACCUTANE IS RIGHT FOR YOU..
UPDATE – Check out my top skincare products in my Accutane Series: Win for the Skin