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From experience, accutane is much effective in reducing oil. It is a very strong acne medication with lots of side effects but it works for most people that have severe cystic acne. a year ago, I only used it for a month and already got dramatic results. Likewise B5 reduces oil as well, but for me it doesn't quite compare to accutane's effectiveness/power.
First of all, I agree with Someperson that you have to try some of these medicines and supplements to see what might be right for you. If you're under the care of a doctor, fine, you're getting a good medical indoctrination into controlling acne.

If you're trying to find a treatment out of your own pocket (you're paying for the treatment), then start with B5. And, if you don't want to go to a doctor, yet, then try B5, first.

The truth about controlling acne is there is NO ONE CURE FITS ALL! And there is no cure--you can hope for control. Once you've got acne under control, your goal is not to lose that control. So if you find B5 works, then stick with it, but don't abandon it. Don't stop it and not expect to lose control of the acne. It will come back.

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Originally posted by FelineSin1:
From experience, accutane is much effective in reducing oil. It is a very strong acne medication with lots of side effects but it works for most people that have severe cystic acne. a year ago, I only used it for a month and already got dramatic results. Likewise B5 reduces oil as well, but for me it doesn't quite compare to accutane's effectiveness/power.


I've used Accutane in my lifetime and can say that I tolerated the annoying drying effects it had on me better than the B5--and I was only taking 4 grams of B5! They both have drying effects, but I found the drying of my lips and hands was a bit more than I wanted to cope with than if I were experiencing tiny nose bleeds from Accutane.

The biggest drawback with B5 that I have is that I think to get the same results as with Accutane is that one has to consume a lot more of the vitamin. I worry about this because I do regard the B vitamins as very potent. Their potency may be underestimated when taking more than 10 grams of the supplement a day.

But if you can't get Accutane, then the B5 may be the next best solution. Just treat taking over 4 grams of B5 with the same respect and consideration you would if you were taking any dosage of Accutane.

If I could have Accutane, I'd rather be using it than the B5. It's not that I don't believe the B5 can't work, but there is a certain control afforded to me with Accutane that is not with B5. Accutane, however, is not readily available and I'm a veteran acne sufferer not inclined to be complacent about this disease. I can get B5 and I can use it often. Regards, pat Brown





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