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Accutane Years Later

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Back when I was 17 my acne flared up and I would wake up with 4 whitehead pus filled zits a day. It was terrible. I went on accutane 80mg a day for 6 months and it cured it almost completely. Although over the years my acne returned and now id say its just moderate-pretty bad.

I was going to take steroids in a year. Im worried ill flare back up like at 17. Is accutane safe for a second round? And how can I convince my doc to give me accutane before it gets out of hand,

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I was on Accutane around 3 years ago 60mg for 6 months. My acne was very persistent at the time and I had tried lots of medications for it but nothing was working. 3 years on I get the occasional breakout, but I would say Accutane definitely reduced the severity of my breakouts. I use Retin-A at the moment to prevent breakouts and it works well for me.

If you have persistent acne and your dermatologist thinks that your body can handle a second round and your blood work is all ok then I see no reason why not to try a second round. But Accutane is not a miracle you may still get acne but those medications that didn't work before may work afterwards.

Bottom line after Accutane you probably will need to be on some maintenance regimen to prevent the acne returning.

Hope this helps and good luck on your journey.

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