My mum and dad both suffered acne around my age, got any tips to get through this Troy from Community
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Then yeah, looks like it's heredity and accutane might be the only answer since it changes your DNA script. With that being said, accutane is a high risk-high reward drug, it's a miracle drug for many but also a nightmare for many. There's a long ass thread on people that have suffered from long term side effects from accutane, which I would advise you to read if you're thinking about accutane:
However, as I said, as many horror stories you hear regarding accutane, you'l find just as many miracle stories. It's up to you if you feel like it's worth the risk.
Also, you have the type that acne that is eating away your skin, not sure how much scars bother you, but the longer you wait before getting it treated, the higher chance it will leave scars in the future, so take that into consideration too if you're debating on what treatment to go with.
If you're against accutane, some people have had success with these supplements:
Saw Palmetto (GNC standardized version)
B5 (pantothenic acid) - many people have had success with megadosing on B5 as it reduces sebum, however a potential side effect of megadosing on B5 is hair loss as it causes a deficiency in other vitamins that play a role in hair growth. Some people who have experienced hair loss from B5 said taking a B complex vitamin or l-cysteine will counter the side effect, read here:
research, research, research
And last thing, NEVER EVER POP OR PICK.
Edited by dave6677, 23 March 2013 - 09:14 PM.