My mom and bf both want me to go on Accutane. If you're unfamiliar with it Accutane is a pill that you take generally for around 6 months. It completely dries out your skin by stopping oil production and slows down cell regrowth. Ultimately you come out with clear skin. Generally it seems that it does its job of clearing up your skin. The downside? There are A LOT of side effects, and the side effects are pretty common. Severe side effects are also common, hair loss, irritable bowl and joint and muscle problems are the major common effects.
They think it's worth it. My mom cringed when looking at my face this past weekend and said, "You're so beautiful but then you have that crap on your face that hides it." My bf (luckily for him) won't say something that blunt but since hearing my mom talking about it to me he's been strongly encouraging it. I know he would rather look at me w/o all this disgusting acne on my face, and I would LOVE for it to be gone. But at what cost? I already have arthritis in both my elbows and wrists (onset from an injury I recieved in the military) as well as back problems, I can't stand to think about putting myself into a situation to make it worse. Hairloss is another major concern, I have very thin hair that I am already self conscious about. Do I trade one beauty evil for another? I have been on antibiotics, over the counters and am currently using Retin-A. Nothing works, well, it does start clearing it up for about a week or two but then it is back wih a vengeance.
I want to be beautiful, I want my bf and mom to be proud of what I look like, but I don't want to take a chance in sacraficing my health for it either. Of course there are success stories, I have know a few people that are so thankful they used it and had nothing major happen to them. But they are not me, my bosycould easily react differently than theirs.
How far are you willing to go for beauty?