Sometimes patients come to us with very severe acne that consists of nodules, cysts, and pustules on the skin. Many times, this deep cystic type of acne has already left scars on the skin and is causing distress to the patient. Often, we will see patients with acne that has been treated for years with different oral antibiotics, topical creams, washes, and other in-office procedures, yet it still does not improve. Severe, painful acne can significantly affect your quality of life. Grades may suffer, social isolation may occur, and job performance may suffer. In cases of severe or unresponsive acne, a medication – Accutane ® (Isotretinoin) – may be a curative option.
Accutane is a pill form of Vitamin A that helps reduce oil production, inflammation, bacteria levels, and clogged pores. For many, treating acne in this way provides a curative option for the acne that has been plaguing them for years.
Accutane is a highly regulated medication. It can cause side effects such as headache, dry eyes and skin, nosebleeds, vision changes or mood changes. Women who are planning a pregnancy, currently pregnant, or breastfeeding cannot use Accutane. There is a high risk of harm to the baby. In many cases, Accutane also causes significant skin sensitivity. Excess sun exposure, facials, and skin waxing should be avoided while you are on the medication.
Most patients who complete a course of Accutane with a licensed, trained dermatology provider see results within a few months and finish the total treatment course within 6-8 months. Accutane is commonly one to two pills per day. Every month that you are on this medicine you will see your dermatology provider.
If you have been suffering from painful, severe, scarring acne or have been using prescription medications for your acne that have not been working, contact us today. Accutane may be an option for you.