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There is a ton of information for accutane on this board. You can do a search on "accutane" on the Acne board and do some research there.

I will give you a quick synopsis on my son's journey with Accutane.

He is 17, 6'6" and 195 lbs. Back acne worse than face. Tried all prescription oral antibiotics and topicals. Back acne so bad he couldn't do bench presses without being in pain. Major blackheads on nose.

Finally decided to do accutane. It has been one month. Week 2 he had an initial breakout (IBO). It was not too bad, but of course everyone is different. He got new pimples around his mouth and chin which were filled with yellow pus instead of the normal white (for him anyway). He couldn't open his mouth to even talk for two days because the pimples hurt.

He was very tired. Got a few minor nosebleeds. Spit up - only once upon waking - some blood in his mucus. Got new pimples on his back. Flaking of skin on nose and corners of mouth. So much that he started out to pull it and I told him not to as he could rip into the good skin.

Now a whole month - flaking stopped, nosebleeds stopped, pimples healing, not tired anymore, blackheads gone!

The actual worst part for him only last two or three days.

Oh, he also tried Proactiv when he first got acne three years ago and it made it worse. Not saying it would do that to everyone.





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