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Hi! I could really use some help. I am currently 17 and have struggled with moderate acne for 7 years now. I have tried every medication/treatment/cream known to man- I've been on doxycycline, used differin, various other (expensive) creams and retinoids, and am currently using birth control to try and curb my acne. I've also been tested for allergies (I have none) and adjusted my diet and excercise to try and help my acne. I've tried chemical peels and spa facial treatments as well. NOTHING works! I continue to have persistent acne for about 3 weeks each month, with generally one week of clear skin. However, even when my acne is relatively clear, my skin is extremely oily. Makeup looks terrible on my skin, and I have to blot nearly every period when I'm in school to keep my face from getting too shiny. I also tend to get nodules (about 1-3 at a time) that really hurt my skin. I have large pores and numerous scars (though mild) and I get pimples on my arms and in weird places (like my neck and legs). My mom is completely against accutane. She doesn't think my acne is severe enough to put such a harmful drug into my body (because I don't have cystic acne, also she is a pharmacist and knows a lot about drugs). However, from the research I've done, it seems like accutane might be a good choice for me. I just want clear skin that doesn't consume my life like it does now. I know I won't be getting pregnant every time soon, and I know you have to take blood tests on accutane. If anything appeared wrong, of course I'd stop the treatment. I can legally sign off on this myself when I'm 18, however, I'd like to do this before I go to college and while my mom is still around to also help monitor my health.

Do you think this treatment would be good for me? If so, how would you suggest convincing my very stubborn mom to agree to this treatment? If not, what should my biggest concerns be? I promise you, I am very concerned about my overall health and well being. I believe 6 months of a closely monitored treatment is a risk worth taking for a better self-esteem, less stress (acne contributes to a lot of my stress), and for the skin I've always wanted. Your help is appreciated!
Hi Akuron, Accutane is for people with nodular/cystic who don't respond to conventional treatment. You said that you have scarring so if I was you, I would take it when I was 18 if mom won't approve now. Yes, it does have severe side effects but you would take it under a dermatologists supervision. Show your mom that you are responsible in everything that you do. Maybe that will help convince her. I took accutane after years of suffering with cystic acne. It was very uncomfortable and painfull at times (taking accutane) but it was worth it to me. I had no lingering sideeffects after stopping it. Except my skin was no longer oily and no more acne!!!!!

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