I can't tell you how long I've dealt with acne. I tried like 4 or 5 different prescription topical and oral treatments and countless over the counter regimens. There are several dermatologists at the practice I go to and the first one immediately recommended Accutane. My acne wasn't considered severe by any means but it was very persistent and would flare up worse sometimes than others. I refused to go on it because of the bad stories I've heard and was not excited about the monthly lab work at all. So that is when I tried the 4 or 5 different prescription topical medications and oral medications. Tried all of that for over 2 years. My acne improved with minocycline and differin taken at the same time. Ultimately though my skin started not responding after a while. I finally started seeing another derm within the practice and decided to go ahead and try Accutane at his suggestion. I started out on 20mg for the first 2 months and then went up to 40 mg the third month. I ended up with some rare side effects around that time(blistering form of athletes foot with a bacterial infection that's common with that type of athlete's foot and I got a corneal ulcer right after the athlete's foot) and had to go off of it for 3 weeks and my derm decreased my dosage to 30mg for a month to see how I tolerated it and after that I've been on 40 mg. I'm currently in my last month of treatment and will be finishing up around thanksgiving. Even with those rare and NOT fun side effects, they were only a speedbump I am so happy I did Accutane. There is a HUGE difference in my skin and it's actually clear! I would do it again if I needed a second course. I hope my experience helps you!
sunshinetaradiseMember Since 10 Apr 2013
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