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Posted by worried Dad, 24 June 2013 · 352 views

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Never Blogged before so forgive my ineptitude and be gentle with me!!!
 
So, being a Dad just became a whole lot harder.  My 15 year old son has been suffering with acne for the last 6 months.  It has now spread into his hair, causing patchy hair loss. GP been treating it to no avail.  First visit to Dermatologist today.  He did very well, talked very openly, and showed the doctor everything she needed to see. Prescribed Ru accutane. 
 
Poor lad wont get his hair cut to hide the patches, terrible when it occasionally gets warm. I don't understand what has caused it to be so bad, but the stress he has had to put up with, that is not his fault, is likely.  As I am responsible for a lot of the stress it makes me feel awful.
 
I didn't get a chance to read the Ru accutane leaflet, so read up on Acne.org. I hope that we have done the right thing? I also hope that the side effects are not too bad and that the treatment works. 
 
My son is very like me which makes me realise how terrible this condition can be. 
 
I will try to keep this blog going from a parents view.  My son wont speak about it, so I am often observing rather than stating facts.
 
I would love to have other parents contribute with any tips or advice that I can maybe sneak into his life to help. As well as all those who also suffer this problem.
 




I would say be supportive of whatever he wants to do and what the dermatologist prescribes. I thought about Accutane in high school and I really wish my Mom had considered it more thoroughly before telling me that it was not an option. My dermatologist in high school said it was an option for my type of acne, which he was partially right. Usually, Accutane is not prescribed to treat moderate acne, but when it is persistent for over 10 years, it becomes a valid option. I will be starting Accutane in a month or so, and I hope it helps! Good luck with everything. Just try to keep the lines of communication open with your son and let him know that he can come to you for help/ advice.

God bless you! Acne is such a debilitating condition and it is hard talking about it as many view it as a purely cosmetic or teenage thing. I am 29 and i cannot talk about my acne with people in my real life. Don't let your son go through the same thing. Be there to listen to him if he wants to talk, encourage him when he feels down and allow him to be upset but not too upset. As for accutane, it is a VERY serious drug with very real side effects so watch him on this drug. Tell him to listen to his body. Realize that things will likely get worse before they get better but if it works, the pay off is good. Keep up the good work

I would say be supportive of whatever he wants to do and what the dermatologist prescribes. I thought about Accutane in high school and I really wish my Mom had considered it more thoroughly before telling me that it was not an option. My dermatologist in high school said it was an option for my type of acne, which he was partially right. Usually, Accutane is not prescribed to treat moderate acne, but when it is persistent for over 10 years, it becomes a valid option. I will be starting Accutane in a month or so, and I hope it helps! Good luck with everything. Just try to keep the lines of communication open with your son and let him know that he can come to you for help/ advice.

Thank you. I will do and best of luck with your treatment.

God bless you! Acne is such a debilitating condition and it is hard talking about it as many view it as a purely cosmetic or teenage thing. I am 29 and i cannot talk about my acne with people in my real life. Don't let your son go through the same thing. Be there to listen to him if he wants to talk, encourage him when he feels down and allow him to be upset but not too upset. As for accutane, it is a VERY serious drug with very real side effects so watch him on this drug. Tell him to listen to his body. Realize that things will likely get worse before they get better but if it works, the pay off is good. Keep up the good work

Thank you for the advice, all taken on board.

Blood tests done, and first dose of 70 mg taken. He is coping better than I am. I wish I knew what was going through his head. I hope he can tell me sometime.  How long before we will see any side effects?

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