Going on Accutane was one of the best things I've ever done for my skin and confidence. I did not realize the negative effect acne had on me until my skin was clear. It had taken away so much of my confidence. I began to deal with acne in the 5th grade, so I believe I was around 10 years old. It was embarrassing in junior high because I was as awkward as any tween and I had acne when most of my friends still had pimple-free faces. It was consistently bad in high school (mostly on my cheeks but still all over) and as I went to college, it just got worse. I had always thought that by the time college came around, I would have grown out of it. Since this was not the case, I began to get really frustrated with my skin. I was eating very healthy, sleeping on clean pillowcases, and treating my skin with extreme care. None of this was working and I had already tried many different acne drugs and topicals. I was starting to think I would just have to live with my bad acne for as long as it wanted to stay, but then I found people on YouTube talking about their Accutane experiences. I started looking into Accutane and decided I wanted to try it. I went to my dermatologist, Dr. James Childs in College Station and discussed my options. We talked about all the things I had tried in the past and how my skin was still overproducing oil and covered in acne. He decided to start me on the Accutane process. I was a little worried because I had read a few things about people having bad reactions to the medication, but Dr. Childs was great about really explaining everything to me and reassuring me that everything was going to be fine. I was actually put on Absorica, which is just another brand of Accutane (it does the same thing). I was put on a 5-month track, set at 30 milligrams twice a day. I did that dosage the entire time I was on the drug. Thankfully my insurance covered it so I only had to pay $5.00, Dr. Childs also gave me a discount card and without the card I would have had to pay $30.00 a month. I had blood testing once a month for the whole process which also cost me $5.00 as my insurance covered it. I have never been good with needles, so I was a little worried about that part. However, the lab I went to had the nicest people and they always took care of me. The whole 5-month process went so smoothly. To my relief, I experienced very few side effects the whole time. I did become very dry, mostly on my lips, scalp, and hands. However, as long as I moisturized my skin and hair a lot and kept Aquaphor on my lips I was fine. My skin started to clear up after just a couple of weeks! Thankfully I experienced no purging stage, which many people experience on the drug. Once my skin started to clear, it stayed clear the entire time. I could not remember the last time I had gone more than a couple of days without a breakout and then once on the medicine, I went for months without one. It was amazing! I've been off Accutane for about 4 months and my skin still looks so good (only 2 tiny pimples)! People actually don't believe when I tell them I used to have bad acne. I also have strangers comment on how clear my skin is. Accutane has cleared my skin and I have so much more confidence and I don't ever have to cover my skin with makeup to feel better about myself! I did great on the drug and I would recommend it to anyone that has tried other medications and is still really struggling with bad skin.