Accutane for Acne: What To Expect Before, During, and After

Got acne? Maybe you have dealt with it since you were a teen, and it never went away completely. Maybe it has suddenly returned with a vengeance. If you are ready to leave acne behind for good, Accutane could be the answer. Let’s dive into what to expect before, during, and after Accutane.

What Is Isotretinoin?

Isotretinoin, or Accutane, is a Vitamin A derivative known as a retinoid. It is used for patients with severe acne or for those whose acne has not resolved using other products.

This medication is quite effective because it treats clogged pores, bacteria, inflammation, and oil production.

As with any drug, there are benefits and risks. This drug has a number of side effects and must be managed very carefully by Goodless Dermatology. It is especially beneficial if you are resistant to antibiotics.

Young man before and after acne treatment

In The Beginning

As someone begins treatment for their acne, Goodless Dermatology will do a thorough evaluation and check for any issues prior to treatment. This screening will make sure there are no concerning pre-existing conditions.

Some patients find that their acne gets worse at the beginning of treatment, known as an accutane purge.

Women are tested for pregnancy, before, during, and after treatment. Two forms of contraception are required during treatment. Males must also use contraception since isotretinoin remains in semen. It is necessary to prevent pregnancy during treatment and an ipledge program is required to minimize fetal exposure.

During Treatment

There are some early side effects of the medication like dry flaky skin, dry eye, and chapped lips so Goodless Dermatology will provide help for these issues. In addition, antibiotics may be prescribed for infections, and the dosage may be adjusted as needed.

Goodless Dermatology will assess your progress and decide when to discontinue treatment. The effects continue for up to 2 month after treatment. Usually patients take the medication for 4 to 6 months. Sometimes a second course is needed.

It is important to avoid certain the following during your treatment:

  • Smoking, as it increases lung cancer risks
  • Drinking alcohol
  • Do not give blood
  • Phototherapy, lasers, and other harsh chemical treatments

DO NOT take this drug without proper supervision.

After Treatment

Most patients are clear from acne after one treatment course.

There are some serious side effects from taking isotretinoin so it is imperative you seek care from a board certified dermatologist like Goodless Dermatology in Orlando and Celebration, FL.

Do not hesitate to contact Goodless Dermatology if any side effects surface.

Contact Goodless Dermatology at (407) 566-1616, or request an appointment online, if you are considering Accutane for yourself or your teen.