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Getting on T and acne concerns, trans guys help please

Discussion in 'Gender Identity and Expression' started by Volnev, Apr 7, 2021 at 11:31 AM.

  1. Volnev

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    So, for a bit of background I'm a trans male, 15, and I'm getting on testosterone soon. I look at changes that come with getting on T a lot, and one of the main ones listed is worsening of acne. And from what I've heard, a lot of trans guys do experience this in the first 6 months- 1 year of being on T. This is pretty damn concerning to me, not like not go on T concerning but enough to make me scared. My family and I have TERRIBLE acne. My Brother and Dad both were on Isotretinoin, a very potent acne drug that works very well but also has some bad side effects. I have gone to the dermatologist before and they prescribe me antibiotics (doxycycline) and Epiduo (Adapalene and Benzoyl Peroxide), which work decently but never fully clear up anything, and they don't put me on isotretinoin due to serious birth defects if I got pregnant (which wouldn't happen since I currently date somebody who was afab but that didn't really give them a good excuse). I'm on a pretty good skincare routine and it works well enough to keep terrible breakouts away, but I still suffer with a lot of acne.

    So, I'm pretty scared that my acne will become HORRIBLE on T, and I don't really know what I should/will do? Like I said, I have a good skincare routine but I don't know what to do if my skin becomes worse. Would I go on Isotretinoin? Would the doctors even let me? I know this might be a lame concern but acne has destroyed my self esteem and I'm so scared to get it even worse. To any trans guys out there who suffered with acne, what did you do to keep your skin relatively clear? If you went on Isotretinoin what was that experience like? Any response is appreciated, thank you for reading.