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Accutane And Darker Skin
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
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
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
Accutane: It will continue to heal for 6 months afterwards totally clear skin. ...Read more
Depends: Every one is different, dryness is dose related and usually peaks 3rd month. ...Read more
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
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
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?
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