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I have been struggling with acne for the past 10 years, but 2 months ago I decided to give Accutane a try despite all the negative criticism. I have never had severe acne, but persistent acne and had tried nearly everything as far as I was concerned....but 3 months ago after reading comments posted on this board I decided it was worth a shot. And so now, just 2 months into the cycle I am 100% acne free.
So my advice to those with persistent acne is to give it a try. Unlike those with severe acne I am only taking half the dosage, 20mg instead of 40mg or more for those weighing about 120 pounds. Because of this decreased dosage I didn't have any of those nasty side effects people were talking about except for slightly chapped lips which went away. I also started using Olay Regenerist which got rid of my naturally flaky skin without making it oily.
If any of you have questions about using accutane I would be happy to answer them for you.

good luck!!
[QUOTE=blue4ever]I have been struggling with acne for the past 10 years, but 2 months ago I decided to give Accutane a try despite all the negative criticism. I have never had severe acne, but persistent acne and had tried nearly everything as far as I was concerned....but 3 months ago after reading comments posted on this board I decided it was worth a shot. And so now, just 2 months into the cycle I am 100% acne free.
So my advice to those with persistent acne is to give it a try. Unlike those with severe acne I am only taking half the dosage, 20mg instead of 40mg or more for those weighing about 120 pounds. Because of this decreased dosage I didn't have any of those nasty side effects people were talking about except for slightly chapped lips which went away. I also started using Olay Regenerist which got rid of my naturally flaky skin without making it oily.
If any of you have questions about using accutane I would be happy to answer them for you.

good luck!![/QUOTE]

Hi Blue,
It sounds like you and I are in similar situations. I have had acne for about 10yrs. It has never been more than moderate. I hardly ever got a cyst, maybe once a year. I have tried tons of topicals over the years but nothing completely cured. The biggest problem was trying to find a derm to take me seriously since my acne wasn't "severe enough". But finally after years, I found a derm that was willing to try what I wanted. I started accutane exactly 2 weeks ago. Had my first appointment post-accutane today. Everything looks good. Hopefully I can be totally clear in a couple of months! It has been so long since I haven't had a skin problem I don't even know what clear skin feels like. Can't wait to find out!
I tried to respond earlier, but I guess it didn't go through...Anyways, here is what I said.
First, I can't claim to know all there is about accutane, I can only suggest what worked for you. If you weigh about 120 pounds and have moderate acne then what I did might work for you. I took 20 mg a day of accutane, the normal amount for my weight would be 40 mg. I got it off the website valuepharmaceuticals.com and I found them to offer the lowest price. (I searched for hours to find the best price) For a 3 month supply at 20 mg a day, it costs almost 300 dollars. If you purchase it elsewhere it could be much more expensive. Normally, your derm would want you to use Accutane for a 6 month period and then stop. But with this low dosage, you would instead keep taking the Accutane for an additional 3 months. That is 9 months total. If you have a dermatologist you should just ask them about what they would reccommend. I spoke with 2 girls on this site and both did the 20mg a day for 9 months so I imagine that is correct. So the total amount for this period would be less than 1000 dollars if you order it from the website I mentioned. The good news is that you do NOT need a prescription to order from them but it is necessary that you are aware of all the side effects and so forth.
Speaking of side effects, I did not have an initial breakout whatsoever. After a week or so my skin had a slightly bumpy texture which went away after about 2 weeks, and slightly chapped lips. Those are the only side effects I have had.
If you guys have any more questions just ask!!





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