Earlier this year I wrote about my daughter Kalissa’s acne. I wrote the post because Kalissa asked me to. She was sure that one of my readers might have a child or grand child who might be suffering with severe acne like she was. We had tried everything that we knew how to do…everything over the counter…everything that is on the internet. Nothing worked.
We ended up at the doctor and she was prescribed accutane. It is a controversial medication. It is not for everyone. You can read more about that HERE when I first told about the medication.
Tuesday marked her final appointment so it was time to take some before and after pictures. Here is Kalissa on the day when she went in…on what we thought was a good day.
Here she is today.
Here is a side by side picture that is very telling.
Kalissa’s acne had gotten so bad that I was sure it was going to scar. I was sure that she would end up with a “crater face”. Thanks to the medication she doesn’t. Below is another before picture.
As I said, accutane is a controversial medication. Some of the side affects are hard to manage. The ones Kalissa had trouble with was the severe chapped lips, head aches, dry skin, sun burn easily and chest pain. She did not have any emotional problems because of it.
At Thanksgiving I was looking at her and honestly I didn’t realize how bad it actually was. When you’re a mom, your kids are always beautiful to you….acne or no acne. I don’t think I really “saw” it until now when it is no longer there. Now she so much happier and it was definitely worth it. Another after picture with her boyfriend Craig.
I see kids when we are out and about and I just want to walk up to their parents and say…acne can be fixed. Thankfully my husband has amazing insurance and it covered 90% of the doctor visit costs and the medicine was minimal with our insurance. Many aren’t as lucky with their insurance but honestly, even if we would have to pay it out of pocket, I still think it would be worth it.
Kalissa has been very generous with her time and has offered to answer any questions you might have. Feel free to contact us by leaving a comment here… Life is so much easier when a person feels good about themselves. I am so glad Accutane was here to help Kalissa.