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Accutane for MILD acne

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I have mild acne all over my face, and have for about 6 years now. I also have had acne on my back for a couple of years now. I'm a 20 year old male, and have tried about everything there is to try, i.e., BP, Proactive, Minocycline, Nicomide, Retin-A Micro, and the list goes on.

Because my acne is only mild, I've been told that there is no need to go on Accutane. My mother is afraid of the side effects, and she's the one paying for this, so I need to find a way to convince her that this is the right thing to do.

So should I ask my derm. to put me on Accutane? Anyone in the same position or have been in the past?

There are a few pics of my skin under my profile if you really want to see what i'm talking about.

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plain and simple NO...NO...NO...NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOo.

I say this because it has ruined my life along with thousands of others...if ur acne is mild be happy for what you have. dont risk your life in hope for perfection...there are options out there...accutane is not one...i dont think it should be for anyone...w/ the exception of serious cases...but no. i know it may seem tough...i took accutane 3x, i had severe acne, it made it better, but now i have a psych disorder, and skin diseases that i can't even comprehend...so no. do urself a favor, tell everyone else, no.

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Depends on you as a person :)

High dose accutane can give you some nasty side effects, however low dose in adults (which you are) can work fairly well.

Im currently taking 10mg a day and im seeing alot of the common side effects (dry lips, nose bleeds and dry skin) but i like you are sick of the acne (and mine is very mild). I currently only have blocked pores and a few black heads so im sure the accutane is working (ive been taking it for just over 2 weeks).

I was on accutane 7 years ago and it cleared my skin for 6 years after, so i have been pretty lucky :) when the acne came back it was much milder than it used to be. Im hoping a low dose now will cure me for good!

For me personally im willing to take the risk for clear skin, but its up to the individual.

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if your acne really bothers you and nothing else works then consider low dose accutane

on a low dose you wont get bad side effects

good luck,

tim

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hey. i was in a similar situation to you. im a 20 yr old female and had mild/moderate for about 5 years. i tried various treatments over that time antibiotics and topcials, all that fun stuff, and things would work for a while then id be back at square one. accutane is the best thing ive ever done. im on a pretty low dose, 30mg a day, and am coming up 2 the 4 month mark. my skin looks amazing no acne no marks or anything. it honestly is life changing 2 not 2 have 2 thnk abt yr skin and bein able 2 make plans without worrying if u'll have a breakout or whatever. i was pretty much clear frm about 2 months just with the odd spot here and there. if uve tried other options id say go 4 it and just not go 4 a high dose course. good luck

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I have mild acne all over my face, and have for about 6 years now. I also have had acne on my back for a couple of years now. I'm a 20 year old male, and have tried about everything there is to try, i.e., BP, Proactive, Minocycline, Nicomide, Retin-A Micro, and the list goes on.

Because my acne is only mild, I've been told that there is no need to go on Accutane. My mother is afraid of the side effects, and she's the one paying for this, so I need to find a way to convince her that this is the right thing to do.

So should I ask my derm. to put me on Accutane? Anyone in the same position or have been in the past?

There are a few pics of my skin under my profile if you really want to see what i'm talking about.

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Ya that's what i've been thinking that since it's so mild then i would just be put on a low dosage. I'm just so tired of dealing with this that i just want it gone, and i'm willing to go through a few side effects to get there. I'm gonna tell my derm next time I go that i want to be put on it. Thanks people!

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Good idea. You were in the same position as me. I have unresponsive mild acne and thats why I'm on accutane now. I'm clearing nicely and only have dry lips as a result. Its really nothing to worry about.

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I say no. Be happy with your mild acne, because you don't have severe acne. Be happy with your health. Accutane is not meant for you, it is a last resort that can carry risks.

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I have VERY VERY mild acne on my face. however i used to get it quite bad on my back and chest. and on my head. my derm had just put me on 60mg a day for 4 months. im 3 weeks in and i think iv already had the IB now it seems to be clearing up both on my body and head.

there are a few sick photos below of how my skin is.

THIS ON IM IN LANZAROTE SO THE TAN IS COVERING UP SPOTS ON FACE:

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HEAD CONDITION

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Here's my experience.

After years of persistant acne, i took a low-dose of Accutane (20mg per day). At the time of starting the course i had mild-moderate acne.

After about 1-2 months i had considerably better skin, totally clear after 2-3. Minimal side effects, very tolerable.

Monitor your lipids (which your doc. has to do by law) and exercise a responsible attitude and you should be fine.

And i can't believe people are trying to tell you to be happy with youre mild acne, because it isn't severe. What an ignorant statement to make.

Mild acne, especially when you have it for a long time, is very damaging both physically and psychologically. Mild acne causes scarring, particularly when it's appearing over and over again. It is still very much a trauma to one's skin.

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Here's my experience.

After years of persistant acne, i took a low-dose of Accutane (20mg per day). At the time of starting the course i had mild-moderate acne.

After about 1-2 months i had considerably better skin, totally clear after 2-3. Minimal side effects, very tolerable.

Monitor your lipids (which your doc. has to do by law) and exercise a responsible attitude and you should be fine.

And i can't believe people are trying to tell you to be happy with youre mild acne, because it isn't severe. What an ignorant statement to make.

Mild acne, especially when you have it for a long time, is very damaging both physically and psychologically. Mild acne causes scarring, particularly when it's appearing over and over again. It is still very much a trauma to one's skin.

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yeh mild acne can be psychologically damaging as well. it's destroyed my life really.

anyway im on 40mg/20mg at the moment. so far not done much good but im only 7 wks in. back and shoulders look ok but not face.

tim

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It's so easy to just tell someone to be happy with their skin, but as they say, easier said than done. I have tried every other option, including Pro-Active; doesn't work. I'm already physically scarred, and recently have become emotionally scarred. As I said before, because it's just mild acne, and I'm a lightweight, a low dose of Accutane would be sufficient. Low doses usually have less side effects, so I'm more than willing to deal with dry lips or nose bleeds if it will help me in the long run.

Living with acne for 1/3 of your life isn't easy for anyone, so I definitely think it's time to do something about it for real.

Thanks for the support and I just made the appointment to go back to the derm. this Friday, so we'll see what happens!

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I am in the SAME position as you. I am 21 and have "mild" acne. I went on accutane when I was 14 and was acne free for 5 YEARS! My acne is coming back full force and I am considering another course of Accutane. In my opinion if you are willing to accept the possible side effects go for it!

Also I just want to say to all those who don't believe individuals with mild acne should use accutane...why should we not have the opportunity to be FREE of acne? Accutane is the only drug that can cause acne to go into remission and possible leave forever! I don't think anyone enjoys putting loads of chemicals on their skin everyday for the REST OF THEIR LIVES (I have been using topical medication on my skin since my acne has returned and have had enough!). I just want to say that although it is considered mild, it still causes severe emotional pain and should not be considered mild in its effects to those who have "mild" acne.

Tess

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Hi there -

I have mild acne (mainly my chin) and took the plunge to go on low dose Accutane at the end of March. My Derm. recommended it late last Fall - but I was too scared. Totally, should have went for it then.

All I can say, is I'm in month 5 and LOVE the results so far. My side effects are minimal, occassional tiredness, achiness in my back, and drier skin. But the BOOST you get with clearer totally smooth skin is soo worth it. Not only did I find out my friend took it 15 years ago (no acne since) but my facialist did too. My facialist said "give it a go and if you don't like it after a few months of it working then stop". My acne started clearing in month one and I was amazed. What I do recommend is to talk to your Derm. about your skin type and if you have any other skin conditions (ie. Rosacea). If your skin is really sensitive, thin, or you have pre-Rosacea, then go for a lower dose. Lower dose is .05mg per KG of weight versus the recommended dose is about 1mg per KG of weight. Lower dose causes less side effects and skin irritation/dryness. You still get all the results though.

Good luck in your decision!

Yvette

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Yvette2, do you mind me asking what areas and type of acne you had? I would say I have mild/moderate acne and it's PERSISTANCE is just phenomenal (had it since I was 10... now I'm 19)....!!

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Yes I would recommend it for one simple reason: it works.

Don't believe all the negative hype. There is zero connection between Accutane and depression and/or psychosis. There's vast amounts of research data to back this up, and can be googled with ease.

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hi there!

i just wanted to respond because i was in the same exact situation as you when i went on accutane. my acne was very mild and refused to respond to anything, my derm decided it was time for me to take accutane. she was the one that encouraged it for my mild acne, so your doctor might as well. anyways, it's been great! i've cleared up really well and didn't even have that bad of an IB. i'm only on my second month but the side effects haven't been too bad. the only problem for me is not being able to tan while your on it and your hair thins out a little bit. other than that, just the usual dryness! but definetly talk to you derm about it, it was the right move for me and i really reccomend it!

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thanks for the advice!

i think i'm going to go to the derm pretty soon and talk to him about accutane. i just felt like the antibiotics were a huge waste of time, and want to start clearing up my skin, rather than just taming it. the main thing i'm worried about accutane is the IB; i've heard that people who have never gotten cysts, i.e. me, start getting them. but i'm willing to push through it if it's going to ultimately clear me up. I just want to begin my life!

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I have mild acne all over my face, and have for about 6 years now. I also have had acne on my back for a couple of years now. I'm a 20 year old male, and have tried about everything there is to try, i.e., BP, Proactive, Minocycline, Nicomide, Retin-A Micro, and the list goes on.

Because my acne is only mild, I've been told that there is no need to go on Accutane. My mother is afraid of the side effects, and she's the one paying for this, so I need to find a way to convince her that this is the right thing to do.

So should I ask my derm. to put me on Accutane? Anyone in the same position or have been in the past?

There are a few pics of my skin under my profile if you really want to see what i'm talking about.

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