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accutane for mild acne?

Hi. I was wondering if anyone has ever used accutane for mild to moderate acne. I have oily skin and breakout on my chin and forehead the most. THe ones on my forhead are normal pimples but the ones on my chin are cystic, clogged and deep, and take forever to go away, and eventually scar. I am getting frustrated and considering accutane. However, I really don't need it because this only happens when I stress or that time of month. For the most part, my face is pretty clear but when it breaks out, it's bad. I want to take it because I want perfect skin and don't want to have to worry about getting 8 hrs of sleep at night in order to not break out! Any suggestions?

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Just wondering if you've seen a derm and if so, what treatments you've already tried?

Also, if you're getting cysts and scars, it sounds a bit worse than what I usually think of as "mild/moderate".

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accutane is a powerful drug only used for the severest of acne cases. Have you seen your doctor and tried the usual topicals and antibiotics?

Ever tried Dan's regimen? I had acne like yours when I joined the board last summer - I had a faceful of spots and cysts on my lower chin. I got rid of it buy doing dan's regimen for 6 weeks. It didnt suit me so I swopped to Neutrogena oil free facial wash with SA.

Also, if you use liquid foundation, change to mineral makeup. The combination has worked miracles for me and I had bad skin for 15 yrs!

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I had the same question for my derm who encouraged me to do Accutane. My acne was not severe, but it was persistent. I normally had a cyst at a time, maybe two, and they would be anywhere from two months to two weeks apart. I had small pimples, maybe every few days.

I tried every topical and oral treatment on the market, and eventually they all failed. My derm's answer was that Accutane is not only for severe acne, but also for stubborn acne that doesn't respond to other treatments. Since I had been through about everything in their arsenal, it was time to bring in the big guns.

I wish they had been more aggressive with Accutane for me. Why did they muddle around with ineffective treatments for so long with me?

I understand that derms are becoming more willing to try Accutane because there is a 20 year history with the drug and they are finding the side effects to be more hype than reality. However, you need to take it seriously and know what you're getting into.

That's my 2 cents worth!

P&W

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Thanks for your replies. Yes, I've use Duac, Differin and antibiotics. Differin sucks. Duac is ok. If I stick with Duac, I know I can have clear skin. The problem is that I have clear skin for the most part. However, when I do break out, it is usually around my chin and they aren't regular pimples. They are blackheads and cysts. Theres never a time when I don't have a pimple. In order for me to have clear skin, I have to sleep 8 hrs, drink plenty of water, not stress, eat right, and use so much on my face just to maintain.....no one really can do all that! I have to live and when I start working, I'm going to sleep less, and stress even more. So, I wanted to take accutane to prevent more acne and scarring. I want to be able to stay out late, and drink without having to worry about breaking out.......the derm said i can get a prescription next week if I want. The only thing thats stopping me is when they say it will dry out my skin, will I get wrinkles? Or basically, can accutane hurt someone who doesn’t have severe acne? Thanks!

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Your acne sounds just like the kind I was suffering from when my doctor offered me accutane. I've done all the other stuff, like antibiotics and retin-a, but nothing really nipped it in the bud.

I've been off accutane for about two weeks, and overall, it was worth it. I just wish I would have gone on it sooner, because I now have some scarring on the sides of my chin that could have been prevented.

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Everyone is stressing that its going to dry out my skin like theres no tommorrow. Am I going to have wrinkles or is it they type of drying that sheds off and reveals healthy glowing skin? Thanks!

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yea mu derm recommned me to go on accutane I may start it next week?

I also have oily skin well mostly my t zone(forhead nose, chin)....I dont have pimples per say I get them but I have mostly redness or inflammmtion...so my derm wants me to try it

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Hi. I was wondering if anyone has ever used accutane for mild to moderate acne. I have oily skin and breakout on my chin and forehead the most. THe ones on my forhead are normal pimples but the ones on my chin are cystic, clogged and deep, and take forever to go away, and eventually scar. I am getting frustrated and considering accutane. However, I really don't need it because this only happens when I stress or that time of month. For the most part, my face is pretty clear but when it breaks out, it's bad. I want to take it because I want perfect skin and don't want to have to worry about getting 8 hrs of sleep at night in order to not break out! Any suggestions?

That's the same kins of acne that I get. It's like mild acne in theat you don't get that many at once, but the lesions are typical of moderate to severe acne. I don't know weather to classify it as mild or moderate acne. I'm using topicals from my derm (retin-a micro and duac) and it works for 3 weeks out of the month...than BAM I get like 3-4 pustules and every couple of months I get a monster cyst. They scar too....I wish I could just not worry about it anymore...

My derm mentioned acctuane, but said I should try antiboitics first (I won't)...

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Hi. I was wondering if anyone has ever used accutane for mild to moderate acne. I have oily skin and breakout on my chin and forehead the most. THe ones on my forhead are normal pimples but the ones on my chin are cystic, clogged and deep, and take forever to go away, and eventually scar. I am getting frustrated and considering accutane. However, I really don't need it because this only happens when I stress or that time of month. For the most part, my face is pretty clear but when it breaks out, it's bad. I want to take it because I want perfect skin and don't want to have to worry about getting 8 hrs of sleep at night in order to not break out! Any suggestions?

Hi i was prescribed roaccutane for my mild acne , i was 27 , and it was only after years of trying everything else! It was fantastic for me , i was on it for 6 months and i didnt have a single blemish on my face for about 5 years , but sadley as always they have come back and now ive been told by my doctor i have got to try everything else again before they will put me on it :(:( i will have reached menoporse before then!! Im from England so can anyone tell me is roaccutane the same as accutane ?? We have to go and see the common doctor here who after ages maybe years refers you to a derm specialist, then there is a 6 months waiting list its so crap :confused::confused: How does it all work for you guys?

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Hi. I was wondering if anyone has ever used accutane for mild to moderate acne. I have oily skin and breakout on my chin and forehead the most. THe ones on my forhead are normal pimples but the ones on my chin are cystic, clogged and deep, and take forever to go away, and eventually scar. I am getting frustrated and considering accutane. However, I really don't need it because this only happens when I stress or that time of month. For the most part, my face is pretty clear but when it breaks out, it's bad. I want to take it because I want perfect skin and don't want to have to worry about getting 8 hrs of sleep at night in order to not break out! Any suggestions?

Hi i was prescribed roaccutane for my mild acne , i was 27 , and it was only after years of trying everything else! It was fantastic for me , i was on it for 6 months and i didnt have a single blemish on my face for about 5 years , but sadley as always they have come back and now ive been told by my doctor i have got to try everything else again before they will put me on it :(:( i will have reached menoporse before then!! Im from England so can anyone tell me is roaccutane the same as accutane ?? We have to go and see the common doctor here who after ages maybe years refers you to a derm specialist, then there is a 6 months waiting list its so crap :confused::confused: How does it all work for you guys?

Hey Woo Woo,

Roaccutane and Accutane are the same things, just different names. I'm glad to hear that your first course gave you such a long period of clarity. I've only been off of 'tane for a few weeks, so I don't know how long the results will last for me. However, my doctor started me on a topical retinoid right away (Tazorac) because she's convinced that the only people who end up breaking out again afterwards are those who don't use maintenance medication. I'm not really convinced she's right, but the cool thing is that I can go back to her and complain if the stuff ends up not doing its job in a few months.

My doc is a GP, but somehow she's able to give 'tane out. Usually, I'd have to get a referral from my GP (and I live in the U.S.). Some insurance plans probably let you go ahead and go to a derm straight off, but my plan isn't that wonderful. However, if I do end up having the breakouts come back, I'm definitely going to consider going to a pro if my current GP acts like a fool and refuses to help me again. I'm doubtful she will, because she once told me that no one ever needs a second course of 'tane. Obviously, from what we've seen here on acne.org, she's completely wrong about that.

Good luck figuring out what to do. I really hope you can get a doc with a sympathetic ear to listen to your complaints.

Everyone is stressing that its going to dry out my skin like theres no tommorrow. Am I going to have wrinkles or is it they type of drying that sheds off and reveals healthy glowing skin? Thanks!

Well, it will dry your skin out pretty bad, but if you keep it moisturized you'll be fine. My skin was really dry, but I used a gentle cleanser (Purpose gel) and a good moisturizer (Cetaphil Cream, not the lotion), and I was totally fine. Yes, you probably will see some lines that weren't visible before, but once you get off of the drug and your natural moisture comes back, you won't be able to see them as much. Plus, if your doc is like mine and a freak about prescribing retinoids for maintenance, you'll end up removing whatever lines you get during your course anyway.

Plus, isn't it worth a few lines to potentially get clear skin for a long time? I'd much rather have them than annoying acne!

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a few of you folks in here really seem to have similar issues to mine, which makes me feel normal! i'm 27 and i don't have severe acne, but i have the bumps that come up with no whitehead and leave a scar even tho i don't touch them! it's so frustrating because i don't break out constantly, yet i'll have brown spots left over from the old bumps for months on end. i'd say that i get a bump or two at a time, maybe a couple times a month, which is enough for me. currently i'm on minocycline which clears me up nicely, but realizing that it's only a temporary fix (plus i really want to stop the antibios), i know i'll probably start breaking out again when i'm done. my derm has always told me i'm a good candidate for accutane (u.s.) due to the oiliness i have and the fact that my acne isn't necessarily bad, but it's persistent. so now that i'm titrating off the minocycline, i'm really considering accutane. my biggest fear at this point is the initial break out that people talk about experiencing on accutane. however my derm says that more than likely it wouldn't happen with me because my acne is so mild. i guess it's just a risk i'd have to take! in any case, i guess i'm just sharing what i'm going thru lately.

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hi all. my skin sounds the same as what everyone else has posted. I don't have a severe infected face, but at 28 and having tried everything for years and it has persisted, my dermatologist is happy to give out accutane, even in "mild" cases, as long as its persistant, because accutane has very good results. I have been on three courses throughout my life and am on them again for the second time in two years, but this time on a low dose for three months. i also use retin-a in combination.

why live with scarred skin when you don't have to? find a doctor who will support you with this and go for it.

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I have one theory as to why all these adult women (including me) seem to be breaking out so late in life: Birth control pills.

Has everyone here been on them at least once? It seems, if I remember correctly, that I never had a problem with cystic acne ever until getting off regular Orthocyclen my senior year in high school. After that, my face became a minefield and the battle of hormonal acne had begun.

My mom never had acne either until going off birth control pills. My grandma, on the other hand, has never used BCP in her lifetime and has the most perfect skin ever. Hmm, wonder if there's a connection?

Last study I saw said the average age of acne sufferers had risen to 26.5 or something like that, and that the majority of adult acne sufferers are women. Interesting.

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I have one theory as to why all these adult women (including me) seem to be breaking out so late in life: Birth control pills.

Has everyone here been on them at least once? It seems, if I remember correctly, that I never had a problem with cystic acne ever until getting off regular Orthocyclen my senior year in high school. After that, my face became a minefield and the battle of hormonal acne had begun.

My mom never had acne either until going off birth control pills. My grandma, on the other hand, has never used BCP in her lifetime and has the most perfect skin ever. Hmm, wonder if there's a connection?

Last study I saw said the average age of acne sufferers had risen to 26.5 or something like that, and that the majority of adult acne sufferers are women. Interesting.

Interesting, indeed! I did have acne long before going on the pill ... but the worst skin of my life was while I had a Norplant implant.

Now, post-kids, I have an IUD with NO hormones. My OB/GYN tried to talk me into one of the ones with hormones, but I felt like I had jerked my body around enough for one lifetime.

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I have one theory as to why all these adult women (including me) seem to be breaking out so late in life: Birth control pills.

Has everyone here been on them at least once? It seems, if I remember correctly, that I never had a problem with cystic acne ever until getting off regular Orthocyclen my senior year in high school. After that, my face became a minefield and the battle of hormonal acne had begun.

My mom never had acne either until going off birth control pills. My grandma, on the other hand, has never used BCP in her lifetime and has the most perfect skin ever. Hmm, wonder if there's a connection?

Last study I saw said the average age of acne sufferers had risen to 26.5 or something like that, and that the majority of adult acne sufferers are women. Interesting.

Interesting, indeed! I did have acne long before going on the pill ... but the worst skin of my life was while I had a Norplant implant.

Now, post-kids, I have an IUD with NO hormones. My OB/GYN tried to talk me into one of the ones with hormones, but I felt like I had jerked my body around enough for one lifetime.

Hmmmm interesting....

I developed mild acne before I went on the pill. I have stopped the pill before (I took a break for a year), but didn't break out all that bad, but that was whan my acne was still relatively mild.

I shutted to think what my skin will do now if I stop...but I eventually want kids, probably in the next 5 years or so....so I'll eventually have to stop......

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I have one theory as to why all these adult women (including me) seem to be breaking out so late in life: Birth control pills.

Has everyone here been on them at least once? It seems, if I remember correctly, that I never had a problem with cystic acne ever until getting off regular Orthocyclen my senior year in high school. After that, my face became a minefield and the battle of hormonal acne had begun.

My mom never had acne either until going off birth control pills. My grandma, on the other hand, has never used BCP in her lifetime and has the most perfect skin ever. Hmm, wonder if there's a connection?

Last study I saw said the average age of acne sufferers had risen to 26.5 or something like that, and that the majority of adult acne sufferers are women. Interesting.

BINGO! I've had the same theory for years now. I only developed cysts and more inflammatory acne lesions AFTER I went off the pill. Before my acne was extremely mild. I think the BCP (ortho novum) which was high in estrogen really made my skin worse in the long run. Wish I never went on it. :wall: I was totally clear while on it but the after effects weren't worth it. My skin has never been the same.

Edited to add: I don't want to scare anyone currently on BCP because this has not happened to many women I know who were on the pill and stopped. But there are those unlucky ones like me out there.

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That's why I refuse to get on the pill. Since I'm acne prone, I'm afraid if I get on it, it will get worse. Or if I stop taking it, it will get worse. I couldn't deal with that. It's too much of a risk for me to take.

It's unfortunate that I don't want to be on the pill though, because I don't want children whatsoever.

I have mild acne, occasionally moderate if I suffer a bad breakout. I've never really considered accutane, even though I've had acne now for 11 years and I've never been completely clear. I've tried so many over the counter products, as well as prescription creams. I was on minocycline. I do know the last thing I want is to get back on prescription antibiotics. If my acne were to ever get worse, I'd want to go straight to accutane. Problem is, bcp is required for it and I don't want to take bcp.....hope my acne never gets worse.

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I have one theory as to why all these adult women (including me) seem to be breaking out so late in life: Birth control pills.

Has everyone here been on them at least once? It seems, if I remember correctly, that I never had a problem with cystic acne ever until getting off regular Orthocyclen my senior year in high school. After that, my face became a minefield and the battle of hormonal acne had begun.

My mom never had acne either until going off birth control pills. My grandma, on the other hand, has never used BCP in her lifetime and has the most perfect skin ever. Hmm, wonder if there's a connection?

Last study I saw said the average age of acne sufferers had risen to 26.5 or something like that, and that the majority of adult acne sufferers are women. Interesting.

Yes i think you could have a point here , i started getting acne the same time i started my periods , I started on BC and it did improve my skin, but it might have anyway with time and antibiotics , then everytime i came off the pill aaaaggg ! my acne came back with avengance ! but then everytime i go back on it , it clears up ha ha Ive just gone back on it again after 2 years and fingers crossed my skin appears clearer HAVE I GOT TO STAY ON IT FOREVER ! :wall:

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Hmmmm interesting....

I developed mild acne before I went on the pill. I have stopped the pill before (I took a break for a year), but didn't break out all that bad, but that was whan my acne was still relatively mild.

I shutted to think what my skin will do now if I stop...but I eventually want kids, probably in the next 5 years or so....so I'll eventually have to stop......

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Hey LG,

I wouldn't worry too much about having kids in the future and if being preggo may make your acne worse. When I was pregnant with my son, my face was absolutely wonderful for the entire time I was pregnant and for a year afterward. Amazing! I didn't even have one blackhead!

I just srted my course today

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Hey LG,

I wouldn't worry too much about having kids in the future and if being preggo may make your acne worse. When I was pregnant with my son, my face was absolutely wonderful for the entire time I was pregnant and for a year afterward. Amazing! I didn't even have one blackhead!

I just srted my course today

Good luck with your course, Mac. I hope it clears you up really good!

thnaks I sure hope so...any advice?

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Sure thing, Mac.

Don't pick, don't freak out too much, don't worry if you're not totally clear by the 2nd, 3rd, or even all the way through your course.

Accutane doesn't work for everyone, but it does for a lot of people. Worse comes to worse, you end up having to do another course.

The really scary side effects are not common at all, but it's possible they can happen.

I think that's all I've got, as far as advice is concerned!

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