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Hey guys!

I just want to start off by introducing myself. I am a 17 year old girl and I have been dealing with acne since I was in Junior High (grade 7). In the start, my skin was actually pretty great. I would get 1 pimple a month just around my time of month and then for the rest of the time i'd be 100% clear. I also would not have any dark spots/hyperpigmentation left after my acne. In grade 8 I started getting more than 1 pimple, which at the time was a huge deal for me. So, I went to the doctor and asked him to give me some pills. He prescribed me Differin and minocycline. It was my holy grail for about 2 years and then it stopped working. During these 2 years I still had acne but it was down to 1 every 2/3 months. It also began to leave dark spots. Another thing that happened was that my periods had stopped. They would occur, but randomly, maybe once or twice a year! I still have this problem.

So, after the minocycline stopped working I was referred to a dermatologist. The dermatologist was absolutely awful! I would come in each time and he would keep me on the minocycline every time despite my efforts of telling him it wasn't working. After the 3rd month of seeing this guy I switched to a different dermatologist. The new dermatologist was much more understanding. He would actually take time to understand my problems and try his best to please my wishes. He prescribed me doxycycline and Tactuo. The doxy and Tactuo worked to an extent but my skin was far from perfect. After 3 months I went back and I have now been prescribed Accutane.

Right now my skin has gone from having tiny pores to huge pores that absorb my makeup in just 2-3 hrs. I have acne on both cheeks and my forehead, and I have post-acne marks, as well as 1 or 2 ice pick scars.

I got my blood test done around July 10 and I am going for my second in a couple of days. I will then go back to my derm for my accutane prescription. Last time I talked to him he said he would be giving me a prescription of 35 mg every 2 days. IMO this is a low dose in comparison to what I have seen on this website. I guess it's a good way to begin accutane and I do only weigh 42 kg.

I really do appreciate any and all comments and I would love any tips or recommendation of products from you guys!

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It doesn't sound like you've tried a lot whole before deciding to go on accutane. The 'tane train is not a fun ride and has a TON of really terrible side effects. I was on it for 60 days and stopped the day I literally could not get out of bed because I was in so much pain (my dad had to come and get me and carry me to the car to go to the ER). I was in the hospital for a week. There are so many other options out there, like The Regimen. I would seriously reconsider.

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It doesn't sound like you've tried a lot whole before deciding to go on accutane. The 'tane train is not a fun ride and has a TON of really terrible side effects. I was on it for 60 days and stopped the day I literally could not get out of bed because I was in so much pain (my dad had to come and get me and carry me to the car to go to the ER). I was in the hospital for a week. There are so many other options out there, like The Regimen. I would seriously reconsider.

I know I haven't tried a lot, but I really just want to be over with it all. I have tried something similar to the regimen, which basically just seems like a lot of benzoyl peroxide. I know all the side effects of Accutane and I know that it is a serious drug. If you don't mind me asking, what was your dosage for those 60 days?

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Just thought I should mention that I have tried being vegan as well as trying acupuncture and some asian cream thing. I tried going without meds for a couple of months and it just got worse. There was acne along both sides of my cheeks.

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