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I Want To Take Accutane



I'm 15 now and I've had acne for years. The acne is on and off. Sometimes I have it on my back but not on my face and other times I'll have it on my chest and back. It's just crazy and random. I've tried all creams and prescriptions that my dermo has recommended to me and have bought so many face washes from my local store. I've tried everything and nothing has worked. I really want to take accutane so I don't have to struggle anymore. I'm just scared of the side effects like the dry face. I'm gonna have to take it during the winter and in the winter my face is so flaky just itself. Does anyone have any recommendations? Don't judge my pics please, really insecure! It you were on accutane please let me know how it was! And how long you've been off of it. Thanks!

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First of all, I just want to say that you are a really beautiful girl, and what you have is a very mild case of acne. Your cheeks and jawline, in fact, are very clear. I am almost finished with my first month of accutane, and would like to share my experience with the drug so you can make a more informed decision. Right off the bat, I just want to say that accutane is prescribed for one of two reasons.

1.) Acne is severe, with the presence of deep, nodular cysts, redness, and scarring.

2.) Acne is mild to moderately severe, but is recalcitrant, meaning it does not respond well to over the counter medications or even prescription drugs.

Personally, my acne has fallen into both of these categories over the years. As a young teenager(I am 19 now) my acne was terrible; severe, red bumps on the face, but especially bad on the shoulders, back, and chest. I have particularly oily skin, but went through a year of severe dryness when a topical cream my derm prescribed gave me an allergic reaction. I went through several different derms until I finally caved and went to a pediatric dermatologist. She is actually the derm I have to this day, and she is the one who prescribed me my first dose of accutane about a month ago. I know the side affects sound scary, but so far I have suffered from only dry lips, eyes, and nostrils, which

are easily treated with lip balm, moisturizing eye drops, and nasal sprays. Plus, my skin has improved already. . .my body acne has improved by about 60%. I still have a really oily t-zone, and I'm guessing you do too, since you ONLY have acne on your forehead, cheeks, and chin. Is your derm the one who recommended roaccutane? Since you are so young, most dermatologist will only prescribe it if he thinks the benefits outweigh the risks. Also, you should know that it is a very regulated drug, and certain precautions need to be taken before you can even get your first prescription. This includes a blood test every month, including one month before you start accutane. This is to make sure your liver, kidney, lipids, etc. are all healthy before you start the meds, as they can affect your internal organs in numerous ways. Also, you must submit to taking a monthly pregnancy test, since accutane is also known to cause deformities in unborn children.

As a result, most derms will require you to be on two seperate forms of birth control, unless you choose abstinence. (Which is what I did.) Finally, name brand accutane was taken off the market a few years ago, but is still available in generic form under the pharmecutical name of Isotretinoin. I take 60 mg. a day, 40 mg in the morning and 20 mg at night. Your derm, if he prescribes you accutane, will give you a dosage as it relates to your weight, height, medical history, etc. So far, my experience with accutane has been pretty positive. I wrestled with the decision as well, but eventually concluded that taking one medication for 6 months and getting rid of my acne could turn out to be a better decision than being on multiple topicals and antibiotics indefinitely. It is definitely a very personal decision, so talk to your parents and derm about it. Also, watch some youtube videos featuring people who have had a very positive experience with accutane. Finally, breakouts are part of life. Even if you go on accutane, you still might experience spots now and then. However, if your breakouts are recurrent and severe, then accutane might be the way to go.

Here is one of my favorites: As you can see, she has gorgeous skin.

Good luck!

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Thank you so much that was so helpful and thanks for taking the time to respond! In the winter my back and chest gets really bad, a lot worse than what's on my face right now but i think accutane will really help my acne and it's my last choice in pills so I think I'm gonna go for it!

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