Acne or acutane, which one should I take my chances with?

Discussion in 'DoDMERB' started by Chris Grey, Aug 17, 2015.

  1. Chris Grey

    Chris Grey Member

    Jul 1, 2015
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    Hi, I'm a rising senior in high school, and I'm applying to USNA, USAFA, and USMA, with USNA as my top choice.

    I had a couple of questions regarding my DoDMERB. I have some mild to moderate acne, and I am taking Solodyne and topically applying tazorac and aczone currently. I just had my DoDMERB appointments a couple weeks ago, and was wondering if my acne could disqualify me.

    My parents and my dermatologist are also talking about putting me on acutane. I have heard that acutane will DQ you, but what are the rules about that?

    Thanks in advance!
  2. AlexT

    AlexT Banned

    Aug 9, 2013
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    "Chronic diseases such as psoriasis, atopic dermatitis, and eczema are disqualifying. Severe acne is disqualifying until successfully treated. If a course of Accutane is undertaken, this should be completed, with documentation of a favorable outcome six weeks prior to Induction Day. Pilonidal cyst, if evidenced by a discharging mass, is disqualifying until repaired successfully."

    I found this on the USNA web site under Admissions. It took less than 1 minute. I bet USAFA and USMA have similar information. Granted, I did have to wade through a lot of other information and details on other common disqualifying conditions before I came to this, but there really is a lot there and there is nothing anybody can tell you here that will be more authoritative than the horse's mouth.
  3. FalconsRock

    FalconsRock Parent

    Mar 2, 2015
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    If you do a search on the DoDMERB forum you will find many posts regarding Accutane. Here is one of them:

    If you have any other questions you can research the DoDMERB site, but from what I have read, you have to finish the medication and be off of it 8 weeks prior to reporting. If you are going to start it, I would do your research or even contact DoDMERB ASAP because normal course of treatment is 5 to 6 months. If that is your case, and of course, you will have to talk to your doctor, you have plenty of time to be treated and cleared before reporting to I-day. Good luck to you!

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