Hello everyone. Just joined the site today to connect with others who have been dealing with the heartbreak of severe acne. I am the mother of a 14-year-old son who has tried everything to help his cystic acne, which is currently out of control. He was on Doryx for 4 months with minimal improvement. He has had some success with Tazorac on his forehead but can't use it as often on his mouth area because of sensitivity. His self-esteem is at an all-time low and we fight nightly over washing his face, putting on creams, etc. He is just fed up and so am I. I am very afraid of Accutane but I don't see that we have any other option at this point. He is still actively growing (5' 7 1/2 inches right now) and is an athlete (cross-country running, track, basketball) so he is very active and out in the sun a lot. I'm worried about the possibility of this drug stunting his growth and causing joint and tendon issues. Also concerned about the possibility of inflammatory bowel disease while on this drug.
I would like any opinions and experiences of those who have taken this drug, especially from those who are around my son's age. Has anyone had success with taking a lower dose to avoid some of the side effects?
Thanks in advance everyone!