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Doctor insights on: Accutane And Darker Skin

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How dry is your skin going to get when taking accutane?

How dry is your skin going to get when taking accutane?

Depends...: ...On the dosage given, and your individual skin type. I start "low and slow" to avoid dryness, but sometimes it happens anyway. Accutane works by shutting down the oil glands, so dry skin is a common side effect. However, the longterm benefits of clearing your acne are well worth a bit of temporary skin dryness. ...Read more

Taking Accutane (Definition)

Accutane (Isotretinoin) is a powerful medicine that treats acne. It is known to cause severe birth defects if a woman becomes ...Read more


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Besides accutane, what is an effective skin care system?

Besides accutane, what is an effective skin care system?

Lots of options: Because of the potential for side effects Accutane should be a treatment of last resort. It is for severe acne, & other meds that are effective are the retinoids like tretinoin or tazarotene, or treatments like blue & red led light, either alone in a series or with a photosensitizer like levulan. I also like clarisonic because of the deep pore cleansing it does. Consistent home care is essential. ...Read more

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Does Accutane slow skin cell proliferation (skin repair)?

Does Accutane slow skin cell proliferation (skin repair)?

Yes, it does: With regards to surgical procedures, anyone who is on Accutane should be off of the medication for at least 6 weeks prior to embarking on a surgical procedure. Accutane definitley can compromise the ability of the skin to heal (repair), given it's effect on the dermis. ...Read more

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How sensitive is your skin on accutane? Can i exdoliate my skin?

How sensitive is your skin on accutane? Can i exdoliate my skin?

No: Chemical peels, waxing, and laser treatments are all contraindicated while on accutane. The skin is more sensitive and can peel excessively and possibly scar. Laser treatments should not be attempted until 1 year after last dose. Accutane exfoliates the skin constantly anyways and therefore additional exfoliation is not a good idea. ...Read more

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For how long one can have flawless skin afer complete a course of accutane?

Varies : It could be that acne never returns. Or it may return in the future. It depends on genetics. Accutane is very effective. So likelihood is that this is it. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how long it takes 20mg Accutane take to cause dryness on the skin?

Depends: Everyone is different. Usually dryness peaks 3rd month. This is a very low dose, so may take longer or not at all. ...Read more

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Is it possible for Accutane to really make your skin worse in the beginning of using it?

Yes: This is conmon. Stay the course. Usually the prescriber will explain this to you at the onset. Good luck. Most people who complete the course are very pleased. ...Read more

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I am on 80mg of Accutane a day in my 4th month and i haven't noticed much improvement and my skin isn't even dry. Is this normal in the 4th month?

I am on 80mg of Accutane a day in my 4th month and i haven't noticed much improvement and my skin isn't even dry. Is this normal in the 4th month?

Accutane: Anything is possible but don't give up hope. I have never had a failure with accutane. But you should be talking to your testing dermatologist, not to the internet! ...Read more

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