A 28-year-old female asked:
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28 yrs old and can't get rid of acne, after trying everything including accutane, goes well with contraceptive pills but as soon as i stop taking them it comes back, is it ok to take them for so long?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
44 years experience Pathology
Yes: You may continue these indefinitely, and there are other health benefits as well, especially protection from ovarian cancer. I was able to stop treatment for acne in my early 50's. Best wishes.
Answered on Jul 24, 2015
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Dr. Victoria Cirillo-Hyland
37 years experience Dermatology
Yes: Sounds as if you have hormonally induced acne. Make sure you continue seeing your ob/gyn and dermatologist for follow up. Another option for you would be spironolactone which your dermatologist can discuss with you. Many patients who have taken Accutane and still have acne do well with it.
Answered on May 12, 2016
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Dr. Ed Friedlander
44 years experience Pathology
This is very good advice.
Jun 30, 2013

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