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**I posted this in the Adult Acne section until I realized there was an entirely different board for accutane!*

Hey everyone!

I've had cystic acne for the past ~10 years or so (I am almost 24 years old now). I've been on accutane 2.5 times (2 full courses and 1 half course), and while my acne is nowhere near as bad as it was when I was younger, I still have 1-2 cysts just about every week. I've been on Bactrim DS for about 2 years now, accompanied with Tazorac gel at night. It's been able to keep it somewhat in check, but I think I am becoming immune to the drug due to the constant cysts within the past ~6 months. Once the breakouts started kicking up we tried Cefadroxil which did not have any effect.

I have visited with a few derms and each of them suggested accutane for a 4th time. The last time I was on accutane was when I was 16, so it's been about a 7 year gap since last taking it. They're saying that it could have a different affect now that I'm beyond my hormonal stages of growing and such. Does anyone have experience with taking accutane in the past and then going on it with any success 5+ years afterwards? The other option I was told was to try Minocycline once again (I tried it as one of the first antibiotics I ever went on ~10 years ago). Any thoughts?

Thanks so much for reading!

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I am on my 3rd course and i am not getting as quick of a result as i had on my previous courses. With that said, i do think accutane can clear you but whether or not you stay clear is another issue. With adults like us (i'm 29), acne can be strictly hormonal or other factors that accutane may not be able to hold off. But its a personal decision and no one can dictate whether or not you should do it again.

What else have you tried?

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Been there, done that. I know exactly how you feel. Check out my post under the vitamins board. Vitamin D has completely eliminated my oily skin and acne, just as good if not better than Accutane.

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I am on my 3rd course and i am not getting as quick of a result as i had on my previous courses. With that said, i do think accutane can clear you but whether or not you stay clear is another issue. With adults like us (i'm 29), acne can be strictly hormonal or other factors that accutane may not be able to hold off. But its a personal decision and no one can dictate whether or not you should do it again.

What else have you tried?

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