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I haven't been on this board for a while because I thought I was cured.. boy was I wrong.

Well, I did the 10% BP, didn't work, then I did differin for 6 months. After 6 months of differin my skin finally was OK. I stopped using differin and i haven't used it regularly (like every night) for a few months. My skin stayed OK through the summer but now it is getting worse. I am sick of the creams and putting junk on my face every night.

I don't have severe cystic acne but sometimes I get big cysts and usually it's just medium sized pimples but they get really red. It really effects my self esteem and confidence and just pisses me off! I thought I was cured after using Differin but the acne just came back.

I am going to make an appointment w/ my doctor tomorrow to see what I can do. I want to ask for accutane because I have tried the BP and differin and those didn't work in the long run. I do not want to take antibiotics because it isn't that good to take antibiotics constantly over a long period of time.

So my questions are.. Can my general doctor prescribe accutane, or do I *have* to see a dermatologist to have it prescribed? Will my doctor be very reluctant to prescribe accutane? I have done plenty of research on it, I am well aware of the potential side effects and my acne does not go away with the use of topical creams. So I think I should be allowed to try accutane and I want to convince my doctor of the same because I don't want to deal with more topical creams.

A few friends have taken accutane and have told me that it is a complete miracle drug. They have never been more happy in their life. I really want to give it a try. So anyone out there with my similar situation (moderate acne) and you have been prescribed acctuane please tell me your story and what you tried before accutane. Thanks.

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