My 14 year old, he will be 15 in August, has been on acctuane for 4 1/2 months, he came to me last week and said thank you. He had just seen a photo of himself from 6 months ago and could not believe how bad his skin was back then. He is now happy that he has nearly the clearest skin of his friends not one of the worst.
He has had the usual side effects but I have helped him ensure he takes care of himself via sun cream, lots of water, lip balm etc (and remembering to take his tablets at the right time every day)
You need to balance up the risks, and there are risks, make sure you speak to a trusted medical professional, read lots (don't believe it all), but take care through the whole process and make sure you talk things through openly and regularly, though avoid being over protective (I struggled with this to be honest)
Finally the first couple of months will be the worst especially the initital breakout so make sure you son is prepared
BTW, I took accutane when I was 30, made a huge difference, I was sorry I did not take it when I was much younger and swore I would not let my kids make the same mistake.
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Thank-you so much. The poor kid has had enough and I knew it was time to start. He just completed week one! Skin and lips are drying out but we are trying to keep on top of it. Really wish we would have started this at the beginning of Summer!