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Old 01-26-2003, 05:04 PM   #1
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Hey everybody. Im 17. Ive had moderate to severe acne for like 6 months. About 2 months ago i went to the dermatologist and got minocycline and tazorac. IM thinking they are beggining to work but not much improvement(maybe 25% better). Well im going back to the dermatologist in 2 weeks and am wondering if i should take accutane. I have read all i can and know about all the side effects but i know it would be well worth it. I am going to be the best man in my brothers wedding in 3 months and want to be at leeast semi-clear. So im just wondering if i should continue on the products i have now and hope for the best or should i take accutane. just looking for some input and advice from people who maybe have been in my situation. Thanks.

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Old 01-26-2003, 06:39 PM   #2
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Best Man for your bro's wedding.. nice! I suggest you stick to the minocyline cause it takes a while to kick in, and It should help by the time of the wedding!

As for accutane... you haven't been on minocyline long enuff to try out accutane.

PLUS... if you go on Accutane theres the BIG chance of the dreaded "INITIAL BREAKOUT" and by the time you get the accutane, blood tests, and start taking it... your initail breakout can be in its SUPREME PRIME by the wedding!

So unless you wanna risk looking like a "Human Pizza with Everything on it", I suggest sticking to the minocycline! Good Luck.

Old 01-26-2003, 06:40 PM   #3
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Tane my good man.

Old 01-26-2003, 09:58 PM   #4
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Stick with the treatment you are on now. You need to be on it for a bit longer for it to work. Give it a chance. Accutane too will cause an initial breakout that may be worse.

Old 01-29-2003, 08:01 AM   #5
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I was in the same boat as you, I just turned 19, I was on minocycline for about three months without much improvement, and I have my brothers wedding coming up in May, so on Jan. 10th I had an appointment with my derm. and I asked him about Accutane and how I felt after doing some research that I wanted to try it and I wanted his input, he told me he thought it was a good idea and started explaining the side effects and everything. After our 10 minutes discussion he was impressed by how much I already knew and wrote out the prescription for the first of five months. And I remember asking, don't I have to get blood tests and stuff done? But he told me that Accutane isn't so bad on guys as it is for women, they are the ones that get tons of tests done for pregency mostly and he said judging from my history, he didn't believe there was a reason to do any tests, so don't believe people who are telling you that you have to get long tests done and ****, because after 20 minutes and $20, I had my first months dosage in my hand...anyways, I am about to finish my first month's dosage and have another appointment with the derm. next week, and yeah sure there was an initial breakout about the second week of usage but it goes away and you know what, so far the results are 100x better than that of 3 months of minocycline. I do deal with the dry lips and dry skin but that is a small price for what has happened so far, when I first started when I would wash my face I could feel the bumps and stuff, but now my face has shown great improvement, what used to be bumps are now just red marks and when I wash my face I can barely feel any type of bumpiness at all. Going by the results so far, by the time May rolls around, my face should be clear for my brothers wedding. I am sorry this post is so long, but I hope it helped.


Old 01-30-2003, 06:25 PM   #6
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reasons to have blood tests while on accutane:
1. females: pregnancy test
2. cholesterol levels - accutane can cause these to skyrocket
3. liver enzymes - same as above

Old 01-31-2003, 05:10 PM   #7
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I have been on 'tane for four months and had no intial breakout what so ever. My skin looks great. I cna't imagine and don't even wanna htink about wut it would look like if I never took this amazing pill.

Old 02-04-2003, 03:36 PM   #8
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I have been on 'tane since the end of October, and I never had the initial breakout, and my skin is improving so much! It is really smooth and the red marks are almost all gone. I have gotten a total of 6 blemishes since I started! (My derm makes me count them to see how the medicine and miligrams are working) You should give it a try. Plus you are so young still and just began to break out, so you can prevent a lot of scarring and pain in the future. I wish I had the money to start the treatment when I was your age, I would have baby butt smooth skin...

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