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I am 20 years old and I haven't had a problem with acne until this year. Lately it's become an obsession- staring into the mirror, worrying about how I look, and my face constantly itching and hurting.

I went to a dermatologist for the first time on Saturday and it was incredibly overwhelming. He told me that on a scale of 1-10, my acne is an 8 and that I should have come in months earlier.

He prescribed me BenzaClin and Ziana (topical acne products) and Adoxa (tablets to swallow).

I have my fingers crossed, hoping for the best.

He asked me to research Accutane and consider taking it. I have heard so many horrible things about it, I was wondering what experiences everyone else has had.

My dermatologist also thinks that the Depakote I take for migraines might be causing my acne. Does anyone know of Depakote causing acne?

I am crying right now because I am so frustrated. Depakote has helped me so much with my migraines (I used to get them everyday, now only 1-2 times a week). And now I find out it may be causing my acne.


If anyone has any suggestions, please reply. It is much appreciated. Thank you so much.

[QUOTE=BluEye***31;3299122]Accutane is a very serious step...one that I can personally not recommend to anyone. It made me break out THE WORST I have ever broken out. After finishing the proper cycle, it helped with my breakouts for hmm, maybe 3 months, then I started breaking out the same again. It will really dry out your skin and make it red and irritated, and you have to get a LOT of bloodwork done.

My dermatologist gave me a big packet of information- well, a BOOK really- and it was really overwhelming.

I get migraines a few times a week and I really don't think I can handle any crazy side effects.

So far my skin looks the same (read: horrific), but I've only been taking Adoxa for 3 days now. I have my fingers crossed!

The BenzaClin made my face itch like CRAZY!!! I only use a very little amount once a day now.

I use the Ziana gel at night.

As for Accutane, I'm going to keep reading all of your replies and wait a few more weeks.
It's been a long time (since 11/04/07) since I started this thread. Thanks for all of your responses. I ended up NOT going on Accutane. I'm finishing up Adoxa soon, and I've continued using Ziana and Benzaclin.

In November, my derm said I was an 8 on a scale of 1-10. Now, I am at about a 2!!!

The best decision I ever made was seeing my dermatologist. My face is so much clearer now. I've been using Cetaphil lotion every day, and using the Proactiv renewal cleanser.

Good luck everyone, and thanks for your help.