Be Well: Confessions of an Accutane Patient

I, like many other bloggers out there, have a host of beauty products that I use, love, and look forward to sharing with you guys. But, before I post about any of those products, I have something to confess: I am currently taking Accutane to treat my very serious acne. And I'm on the drug for the second time. I have had stubborn, consistent acne since I was 11 years old, the kind of acne that simply can't be treated by over-the-counter facewashes, pore-clearing strips, astringent, or any other topical beauty product. I want to be clear, here in my first post about beauty products, that nothing that I use is capable of clearing my skin. Except Accutane. So if you have always struggled with broken out skin, if you know what it's like to feel like you can't leave the house without makeup, if you know what it's like to cry yourself to sleep because you spend ten horrible minutes getting ready for bed and staring at your scarred skin every night - I just want you to know that I understand one million times over. Accutane is not something I wanted to resort to, especially not a second time. I don't know why it didn't work for me the first time I took it, but things are looking good this time around. No twentysomething (or thirtysomething! or fortysomething!) should have to have the skin of a high schooler. I wish I had pictures to show you of how awful my skin was before I started taking Accutane two months ago, but I essentially refused to step in front of a camera for the recent eight months that my skin looked akin to a mountain range. I don't think there is any way I would have ever started this blog if I hadn't found an acne treatment that worked for me. Maybe it sounds like something out of a Neutrogena commercial, but clearing my skin truly gave me my confidence back. If you are feeling down about yourself and your looks because of your skin, I urge you to do what I did, make a dermatologist appointment, and proactively start down the road of getting to a place where you like the way you look. Trust me on this one: rejuvenating your confidence often pays dividends in your life ten-fold. Have a very confident Thursday.