In her early teens our daughter, Kalissa, had regular teenage acne…a zit here…a blemish there. It was just the same that all of our other kids had. Then at 17 it became much worse. We tried Proactive (we don’t recommend that at all). We went to a dermatologist and she ended up trying everything he recommended including birth control, antibiotics, vitamins, scrubs and face washes. Still, nothing worked.
At one point, Kalissa came to my crying, saying she just hated how she looked. I knew it was bad and I also knew that I was doing everything I knew to do. Make up couldn’t hide it. Changing foods and soaps didn’t help. Her acne was starting to scar her face. We didn’t know what to do. Then Kalissa heard that there was a new physician’s assistant in our area who specialized in pediatric dermatology. She asked if she could go. There is no way I would say no….
The doctor recommended Accutane. After hearing about the medicine, I was nervous. If someone would get pregnant while taking the meds it is guaranteed to cause severe birth defects and likely death of the fetus. Some people say it prompts suicide. Severe dry lips and probable sunburn are also side effects.
Kalissa begged me to let her try it. The doctor was very reassuring saying that she works kids all the time and that the suicide myth really wasn’t true. She said in fact, most kids gain a wealth of self esteem just because they end up looking better. She also said, 95% of users see amazing results after six month of use and typical users only need it for six months.
At this point our family decided it was worth a try.
Kalissa is now on month number 3. It hasn’t been easy. She has experience a lot of dehydration. Chap stick and sun screen are constant must haves…but she is happy. This is her with no make up.
Isn’t the difference amazing??? She says it is totally worth it. Kalissa wanted to share her story here on the blog so that if any of you have kids or grand kids that might need some help with their acne, her story might help them.
As Kalissa’s mom, I can say that I can see a big difference in her self esteem. I can see her being more confident when she performs. I can see her more confident with her friends too. She will start going off the meds gradually on month #5.
I do keep a close eye on Kalissa but so far, no depression problems. The doctor keeps an eye on her too. As part of her appointments she is required to fill our surveys about her emotions and how she is feeling.
I just wish we would have known about this sooner. I remember so many days that she was crying and upset, we could have avoided so many of them had we only known about Accutane earlier. For many kids acne doesn’t get so severe but for those that do, I am so happy that there is something that can help them.
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.