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Doctor insights on: Accutane Breakout

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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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How long will your initial breakout with Accutane last?

How long will your initial breakout with Accutane last?

4-8 weeks: Most patients show improvement within 12 weeks on isotretinoin. There are always a few patients who require longer to show improvement. ...Read more

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How bad is the initial breakout when using accutane?

Depends: If you have been using topical retinoids, like Retin-A or differin, (adapalene) the initial break out may not be significant. Your dermatologist can start at a lower dose so that you do not have a big initial flare. ...Read more

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Getting small breakouts after finishing Accutane course....Is it normal?

Accutane: It can be. It depends on the dose you were given and the length of therapy. About 50% of people are cured with one course of Accutane at 1 mg per kg for 20 weeks. The other 50% of patients need a second course of 2mg per kg for an additional 20 weeks. A rare person needs a third course. Even if acne returns after one course of Accutane it is usually very minor compared to before treatment. ...Read more

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After completing the course of accutane, after two weeks got one breakout....Is it normal?

Common.: It is not unusual to get new breakouts after treatment with accutane. Statistically, one third of such patients need another course of Accutane later on; another third need additional treatment, but not with accutane; and the rest never need acne therapy again. You could be in any of those three categories; only time will tell. ...Read more

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If you start clearing up on your 4th week on accutane, is it possible that there will be no more breakouts?

Acne Therapy: Yes it is possible that after 4 weeks of Accutane you will not have anymore breakouts. However, it is not likely that you will not have more breakouts. Since there is no more brand accutane, the treatment can be 4-8 weeks longer. ...Read more

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On Accutane 10mg.. its day 2. skin got abit worst. is an initial breakout occurs this early at such low dosage?

On Accutane 10mg.. its day 2. skin got abit worst. is an initial breakout occurs this early at such low dosage?

Not really: Your breakout is responding to issues prior to your first dose. You are very early to be trying to analyze any results. Take the medication as prescribed and continue the regiman your doctor put you on and hopefully you will start to improve. Acne is life long and it will take time to help clear it up. Acne can be triggered by lack of sleep, sun damage, stress, hormones, and picking. ...Read more

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Does a reduced initial dose of Accutane usually help with the initial breakout? How long does this take to heal?

Does a reduced initial dose of Accutane usually help with the initial breakout? How long does this take to heal?

Accutane : It can. Over time the acne starts to clear. Stay on the medicine for he prescribed amount of time. You will start to see results ...Read more

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Does a reduced initial dose of Accutane usually help with the initial breakout? How long does this take to clear up?

Does a reduced initial dose of Accutane usually help with the initial breakout? How long does this take to clear up?

Accutane: the duration of the initial break out is a variable experience. But sticking with the treatment program is recommended. ...Read more