Let me first start off by giving a little history of my life with acne. I am 25 and have had, and been fighting, terrible acne for as long as I can remember, atleast 10+ years. I have tried everything imaginable-antibiotics, creams/ointments, cleansers,Proactiv(which made it worse), chemical peels, microderms, diets, exercise, changing of shampoos/soaps/lotions/detergents-you name it, I've tried it, down to hypoallergenic sheets and pillow cases. For a short while, some helped a little, but nothing completely or permanent. I have always been incredibly self conscious about my face and skin, but have become more so due to it spreading to my chest, shoulders, neck, and back and also since becoming a mother. I hate going out in public and sometimes don't, especially when it is flared up more than normal. It breaks my heart when my 4 year old daughter asks why I have "boo-boos" all over my face, trys to kiss them to "make them feel better", and because they literally cause severe pain, tells me that she wishes they would "go away" and that I didn't have them. I have been given the opportunity and choice to start taking Accutane but am very nervous and worried about doing so. I have done my homework and researched everything, about both acne and Accutane. As I'm sure all have been about taking the medication, the side effects are what worry me the most. I have heard and read the horror stories but have also read great things as well. So I guess what I am asking for is a little guidance and hope from those who have been in the same situation, because those are the only ones who have any idea what its like to look in the mirror, see the same things and feel the same way as I do. Thank you for taking the time to read and share, I appreciate more than you know.