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New here.. should I ask for accutane?

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Hi all I'm new here and I dont know if I should ask for accutane from my derm or not. I've had acne since I was 12, I'm 18 now and I'm just getting fed up with looking at my face. The thing is, I only have moderate acne. I mostly get blackheads all around my nose areas and stuff.. but then I get cysts on my forehead sometimes but they dont go away.. they get small for a long period of time and then they inflame again and I think the cycsts leave scars. I also get cycsts sometimes on my ears.. ACK! What do you guys think? I've been on minocyclin and it didnt work and made me sick, I've also been on a couple topicals and they worked a little bit but not to the effect that I am looking for. The only thing i'm worried about is that if i take accutane i'm going to breakout with cysts in spots that are clear and I dont want that to leaves scars. Sorry for the long post, and thanks for any help you can give me!

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Well man....from the sounds of it you only have some blackheads and a few cysts every now and then. Have you tried tazorac? It is actually pretty good stuff. A lot of topicals and other crap won't work on cysts cuz it's so deep and what not. But cysts aren't to be taken lightly. When I went on accutane I prolly had about 20 zits or something, most not real big, tiny little things...but then I had some deeper ones, like cysts. So I was given the title of "severe acne". So check with your derm and either try tazorac or maybe even go on accutane cuz there arn't a lot of things that can knock out cystic acne. Hope this helped

-Shawn-

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