Just the mere mention of Accutane scares so many people off. Thanks to negative publicity about Accutane (the generic name is isotretinoin), saying it causes depression and even suicidal thoughts, those with severe acne who could really benefit from its use, shy away from using it. Accutane is considered a “last resort” drug because of all of its potential side effects and risks, but for those who have taken it, the benefits almost always outweigh the negatives. One young woman name Lauryn shared her Accutane story on the beauty blog Into the Gloss.
Lauryn tells the blog: “Around the time of my 23rd birthday, I had this realization that I had been struggling with acne for 10 years, and worries about my skin were weighing on me every day. Each morning I would inhale deeply, preparing myself to look in the mirror.”
She then made the decision to go on Accutane again, for the second time in her life. But for the second time around, Lauryn went on Absorica, which is a form of isotretinoin that’s easier to absorb than Accutane. With Absorica, she did not have to eat the same large amount of calories as she did with Accutane, since it absorbs better. She did have to abide by the same rules as before though, in terms of going on birth control and completing online quizzes about her mental health. She also had to layer her face and body with moisturizer daily to counteract the dryness that occurs with isotretinoin. But in the end it was worth it and she’s now able to wear much less makeup than she had to before, when she would use loads of foundation and concealer just to get to a neutral place.