Acne Community
5.37k Members
Avatar universal

Cystic Acne

My 16 year old daughter is suffering from moderate/severe cystic acne.  She has been through several antibiotics with no results.  She is currently on Bactrim and due to go back to Dermatologist tomorrow with suggestion of starting Accutane.  She woke up with this acne in mid-December and began taking Vyvanse a few weeks before.  Could there be any correlation?  I don't want to jump into Accutane if Vyvanse could be causing it but she is so self-conscious.
2 Responses
1699033 tn?1514116733
There have been many reports of vyvanse causing acne.  Maybe she can switch meds to see if that is really the cause.  It is worth a try because accutane has its own side effects and especially for girls who may be sexually active...I'm not saying that your daughter is though...but getting pregnant while on accutane is very bad.  
Avatar universal

Spironolactone.  Girls can take it, not boys.  That is the key to cystic acne for girls.  All hormonal based.  I'm 49 and have had them since 17 years old.  Still get them, but only once a year.  Taking Solodyn 105 mg. with it, too.  That's a high dose, but necessary (weigh 135lbs).  Spironolactone comes in 25mg pills.  One pill a day is not enough!  That won't fix anything.  I take 100 mg a day to maintain. 50 mg in the morning and 50mg at night.  I take more if I need to just to cut the feeding to the androgen glands that produce too much oils that cause the cysts.  No fancy face washes.  Only Aveeno Daily Complexion face pads.  Once in the morning and once at night with the wipes.  That's it.  My cystic acne was so bad I would get cortisone shots in them to shrink them.  Over time that didn't do the trick and I was left with only scars.  Found a doctor who finally knew what he was doing.  Prescribed the spironolactone (water pill).  It is unreal the results.  
Have an Answer?
Popular Resources
Learn to identify and prevent bites from summer’s most common pests.
Doctors argue for legislation to curb this dangerous teen trend in the latest Missouri Medicine report.
10 ways to keep your skin healthy all winter long
How to get rid of lumpy fat on your arms, hips, thighs and bottom
Diet “do’s” and “don’ts” for healthy, radiant skin.
Images of rashes caused by common skin conditions