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Accutane in Low Doses (20 milligrams) great for mild acne.

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http://www.lifescript.com/channels/beauty/...r_mild_acne.asp

"People suffering from mild cases of acne can benefit significantly from small doses of Accutane and other tretinoin-based acne treatments, a new study finds. Conducted by researchers at Israel's Soroka University, the study found that low-dose Accutane was also an effective means of reducing the side effects of inflammation and dryness that have been associated with Accutane in past research. For the purposes of the study, "low-dose" was defined as 20 milligrams of Accutane daily over the course of six months. At that dosage, researchers found that a remarkable 95% of patients experienced either complete remission of their acne or significant improvement at minimum."

I've got mild yet extremely persistant acne, so I'm definately considering this :surprised:


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Skin Type: white/tanned, mild/moderate and highly persistant acne, some whiteheads and non-inflamed acne (rarely cysts), redmarks last for about 2-12 months. Combination skin (very oily and dry at the same time) and sensitive.

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CURRENT REGIMEN:

day - OC8

night - Differin 0.1 (retinoid)

cleanser - Cetaphil mild cleanser "softens as it cleans" ===================================================

CURRENT RESULTS: 15 September, 2009

Differin saved my skin! My main problem these days is oily skin. OC8 works well, but it's too expensive and I'm running out. Thinking about getting Milk of Magnesia (MOM) to apply topically. Suggestions welcome.

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This sounds all good, but the problem is trying to convince your derm to prescribe it to you, when all you have mild acne. Derms don't really read into these studies.

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Lower doses are getting more common now. I'm on 5mg a day myself (I have a kick ass derm), only been on just over a week though.

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Maybe all of us with mild acne should print a copy of the particular scientific article and go to our derms and impress them with our knowledge! lol

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Maybe all of us with mild acne should print a copy of the particular scientific article and go to our derms and impress them with our knowledge! lol

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It's amazing the amount of times I have printed things off the internet and shown doctors only for them to say, "oh yeah, that could work". I find most of them have no idea.


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Jenstar's quest for clear skin using mandelic acid

http://www.acne.org/messageboard/index.php...=182630&hl=


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Hi -

I've been on low dose Accutane. I had mild acne but also have mild Rosacea (pink cheeks and flush easily).

I started at the very end of April and am ending treatment soon. My acne was mild - but persistent. Interesting, I didn't have acne as a teen but got it as an adult. I was on 10mg a day in May, and then 20mg per day months 2-6, and months 6-present I alternate 20mg one day and 30 mg the next. Overall, I'm very pleased. My skin cleared very quick and got ultra smooth. My Derm. is awesome (most Derm's won't prescribe for mild acne) but I did try other treatments and antibiotics with little success. Anyway, I took a longer course to better ensure the results. Side effects weren't too bad either.

Good luck all. Accutane rocks.

Yvette

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Maybe all of us with mild acne should print a copy of the particular scientific article and go to our derms and impress them with our knowledge! lol

That seems like the only way to convince them to do it. My derm is complete dumbass when it comes to treating acne. He's one of those trea acne with antibiotics people.


A.M.

-Face Reality Sensitive Skin Cleansing Gel

-Finacea

-MD Formulations AOX Hydrating Gel and/or MD Formulations AOX Lotion (on drier areas)

-Mix a few drops of Niacinamide Gel with Face Reality's SPF 30 for Acne Prone Skin

P.M.

-Face Reality Silica scrub

-Derm A Gel 2 out of 3 nights, PTR Unwrinkle Peel Pads every 3rd night

-Mix Face Reality Hydrating Emulsion with Metazine Niacinamide Gel

-Face Reality's 2.8% BPO (chin only).

*Spot treat any inflamed lesions with Aczone

*Spot treat clogged pores with 8% mandelic

*Diet: Vitamin C and zinc supplements, avoid dairy, avoid iodine, mimimize sugar and salt, avoid peanuts

I also get facials at Face Reality Acne and Skin Care Clinic every 4-6 wks.

My lengthy log:

http://www.acne.org/messageboard/index.php...1620&st=460


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Maybe all of us with mild acne should print a copy of the particular scientific article and go to our derms and impress them with our knowledge! lol

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I don't have health insurance wondering how much 20 mg of accutance for 30 days costs? How much for generic version?

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You should always be careful when buying generic accutane on the net, but I've heard that a good generic version is called Claravis. It costs about $125 for 30 x 20 mg. A lot cheaper than Accutane. http://edrugsearch.com/web.php?q=&st=4...;l=&pid=144

I think what I'll do in the future is buy this generic version and show the pills to my derm so he knows I'm really serious about it! Then, I will just tell him to monitor my progress while I'm taking them (because I ain't changing my mind!!!)

*sigh*

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I'm really considering doing this, cause I know my derm is just going to prescribe me tons of antibiotics with free sample creams and waste alot of time, when I can just get the tane at low dosages. I have mild acne, but I can also show my derm my bacne as well, this may help him agree with me.

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Hey everyone, I'm new here and am stoked that I found this place!

I am 26 and have very oily skin and large pores. I have blackheads all over my face but mostly in t zone(especially nose) and cheeks right next to nose. I also get pimples here and there and a few cysts a year but those I can clear with BP. Oh, and my face is not as smooth as I would like, it can be a little bumpy at times but they will sometimes go away and never turn into anything. I tried Retin-a micro, differin, all types of OTCs, and for the last year Vilantae, which is a B-5 vitamin complex used to reduce oil, which actually works pretty well, they say it is the strongest way of reducing skin oil next to accutane. If you haven't tried it I would recommend it. It has given me an unbelievably strong immune system as well. Go to vilantae.com for details.

Anyway, I am thinking of starting Accutane on a small dose. I know it will shrink your oil glands but when they "grow" back do they go back to the way they were originally or do they grow back more "normal" so to speak? Do you guys recommend this for someone with my condition who has tried everything else? thanks for the help...I am so sick of this crap!

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Hey everyone, I'm new here and am stoked that I found this place!

I am 26 and have very oily skin and large pores. I have blackheads all over my face but mostly in t zone(especially nose) and cheeks right next to nose. I also get pimples here and there and a few cysts a year but those I can clear with BP. Oh, and my face is not as smooth as I would like, it can be a little bumpy at times but they will sometimes go away and never turn into anything. I tried Retin-a micro, differin, all types of OTCs, and for the last year Vilantae, which is a B-5 vitamin complex used to reduce oil, which actually works pretty well, they say it is the strongest way of reducing skin oil next to accutane. If you haven't tried it I would recommend it. It has given me an unbelievably strong immune system as well. Go to vilantae.com for details.

Anyway, I am thinking of starting Accutane on a small dose. I know it will shrink your oil glands but when they "grow" back do they go back to the way they were originally or do they grow back more "normal" so to speak? Do you guys recommend this for someone with my condition who has tried everything else? thanks for the help...I am so sick of this crap!

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This sounds all good, but the problem is trying to convince your derm to prescribe it to you, when all you have mild acne. Derms don't really read into these studies.

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I was wondering what is best: 10 mg for 6 months or 20 mg for 3 months?

I'm short and skinny (about 47 kg) with mild acne so I think 10 mg would be more appropriate for me. What do you think?

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I'm just finishing a course at 30MG and can attest to its effectiveness and think its a great idea.. I did have to insist this low of a dose, but luckily I have a very open PA. :)


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You should always be careful when buying generic accutane on the net, but I've heard that a good generic version is called Claravis. It costs about $125 for 30 x 20 mg. A lot cheaper than Accutane. http://edrugsearch.com/web.php?q=&st=4...;l=&pid=144

I think what I'll do in the future is buy this generic version and show the pills to my derm so he knows I'm really serious about it! Then, I will just tell him to monitor my progress while I'm taking them (because I ain't changing my mind!!!)

*sigh*

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Several posts have been deleted from this thread due to the discussion by a few board members of buying accutane online without a prescription. Discussing use of prescription medications without a prescription and providing links to sites where these drugs can be purchased is against board rules (not to mention very risky - especially with a drug like accutane). Please do not take this, or any prescription drugs without a doctor's prescription. See the pinned thread at the top of the page for the acne.org policy on this issue.

To those of you who suggest to others that they buy these medications without an RX from questionable internet sources - realize that you are often giving this advice to minors, who may be less aware of the risks involved.


A.M.

-Face Reality Sensitive Skin Cleansing Gel

-Finacea

-MD Formulations AOX Hydrating Gel and/or MD Formulations AOX Lotion (on drier areas)

-Mix a few drops of Niacinamide Gel with Face Reality's SPF 30 for Acne Prone Skin

P.M.

-Face Reality Silica scrub

-Derm A Gel 2 out of 3 nights, PTR Unwrinkle Peel Pads every 3rd night

-Mix Face Reality Hydrating Emulsion with Metazine Niacinamide Gel

-Face Reality's 2.8% BPO (chin only).

*Spot treat any inflamed lesions with Aczone

*Spot treat clogged pores with 8% mandelic

*Diet: Vitamin C and zinc supplements, avoid dairy, avoid iodine, mimimize sugar and salt, avoid peanuts

I also get facials at Face Reality Acne and Skin Care Clinic every 4-6 wks.

My lengthy log:

http://www.acne.org/messageboard/index.php...1620&st=460


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i have been on 20mg for six months

for 5 months my skin broke out still

now i get maybe 2 spots a week so im not clear, but my skin is better than before

i've also been exercising more and eating healthy which may be related

i'm hoping to take accutane a few more months still

tim

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Im on day 49 of 20mg daily and still getting a few zits, actually the acne is exactly the same as pre tane. Just my skin and lips are abit dryer. Im really hoping by week 8 my skin will clear all together, week 8 seems to be that magical point for alot of people on tane and I hope Im one of them.

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After 10 mg/day for 60 days, my pores were completely clear .... now I'm down to 40 mg/week and they are staying clear, for the most part (the pores on my nose will still get a tiny bit congested from time to time).

I have had no pimples at all since starting Accutane, just comedones pushing out of the pores in my T zone. But I had been using Green Cream for two years beforehand.

I've had no side effects to speak of .... a little bit of peeling and dryness, but considering that it's winter here, no more than usual.


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Just a follow-up to my last post .... I have been on a maintenance-level dose of 20 mg/week for several months now, since June actually. Still perfectly clear. No side effects, no problems.

A little bit of this drug goes a long way.

I realize that I didn't have severe acne or inflammation, but I still have to wonder .... are a lot of derms prescribing a higher dose than people really need?

I wish there were more studies in this area.


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greetings earthlings. I hate to be a downer, but it is a matter a responsibility. I used to be a low dose baby for many a year. Then...

I'd rather link to a post of mine from Feb this year (under the handle of Cloud9) on the Accutane Action Group Forum (the accutane haters forum). A number of years back I used to be a low dose advocate against the lot of them.

You guys walk on beaten paths. link to my post:

Hyperostosis: payback time

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