My mother strongly strongly believes that birth control is the work of the devil and REFUSES to put me on it no matter how many times I've asked. So that concerns me because my acne is becoming so annoying and such an insecurity that I want to be put on this but I'm worried I won't be able to because there's no way my mom would ever allow me to be on birth control (my cycles are already irregular and happen only about every 3-4 months for just a couple days at a time so birth control worries my mom into thinking I'll never be able to have children). But I'm also curious as to how well your face stays clear after being taken off the medicine?
When I took accutane (maybe 15 years ago) the dermatologist office REQUIRED that I was on birth control because of the birth defects that it causes if you become pregnant. I had to sign a contract stating that I would NOT get pregnant while on this medication. I also had to have my liver and kidneys monitored monthly with lab work. I had severe acne that was scarring my face BAD, and it completely stopped all acne. Now, years later I still get pimples occasionally around PMS time but not acne. My main problem now are blackheads because of the scars and large pores from having the acne so bad. It works but it's a really harsh medication. Every single thing that can dry out on your body, does! Even my eyes were dry. I had to use eye drops daily, chap stick constantly, use a stool softener, the works! For 8 long months! It was miserable, but I would do it again for the results that I got. Hope this helps, feel free to ask me anymore questions if you have them about this medication :)
- Accutane Information for Consumers
- Accutane Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Accutane (detailed)
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