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Not even a month off of Accutane and I'm getting pimples. Is this normal?

Not even a month off of Accutane and I'm getting pimples. Is this normal?

It may be as 50% get: About 50% of patients will get pimples after stopping Accutane course of theraty, but the acne may not be as severe as before. I will suggest you go back to your dermatologist or family doctor for treatment before it gets worse. ...Read more

Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Acne (Definition)

A very common skin condition that starts as a blockage of the sebaceous glands followed by inflammation. It occurs in areas where there are lots of sebaceous glands, such as the ...Read more


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I'm 8 months in accutane and I got a very small pimple on forehead and side of face. My dose went from 80 to 60 per day. Should I continue accutane?

I'm 8 months in accutane and I got a very small pimple on forehead and side of face. My dose went from 80 to 60 per day. Should I continue accutane?

Stay the course: I'd do it. If you need isotretinoin, the situation is serious. You are an adult now and acne is a huge personal and professional liability. Whoever is monitoring your treatment will advise you on dose. ...Read more

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Does Accutane cure whiteheads? I have tons of whiteheads, 8th day on 10mg/day. It remains the same.

Does Accutane cure whiteheads? I have tons of whiteheads, 8th day on 10mg/day. It remains the same.

Yes, but: Accutane (isotretinoin) is usually reserved for severe cystic acne. It's use is restricted as it can cause birth defects if taken while pregnant..

One would probably have to wait longer than 1 1/2 weeks to see effect. (ask your physician).

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Is it okay to take Accutane for regular pimples or acne?

Is it okay to take Accutane for regular pimples or acne?

Accutane & other: Using Accutane is usually a last resort option for most people due to the side effects and expense. Most people will have attempted treatment with oral antibiotics and topical medications first. ...Read more

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On accutane 20mg daily. Been 5 mths. No new pimples form but why are my existing close comedone turn into pimples? Issit normal?

On accutane 20mg daily. Been 5 mths. No new pimples form but why are my existing close comedone turn into pimples? Issit normal?

Acne: The short answer is yes. Isotretinoin prevents most new acne formation. The pimples you already had may resolve quicker than if you we're not on the medication but will still need time to heal. ...Read more

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I am wondering how severe acne and pimples have to be in order to obtain accutane. My acne is very mild although very persistent.

I am wondering how severe acne and pimples have to be in order to obtain accutane. My acne is very mild although very persistent.

Accutane: Accutane is a great drug but needs to be monitored carefully when administered. Whether the benefits outweigh the risks must be evaluated in each patients individual circumstance. ...Read more

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4 very small pimples on one side of face after two months of no pimples. Have 9 Accutane pills left. Will be 5 months total. Should I do a 6th?

4 very small pimples on one side of face after two months of no pimples. Have 9 Accutane pills left. Will be 5 months total. Should I do a 6th?

Pimples 9 Accutane pills: Although acne may get worse within the first month of Accutane use for about 30% of patients, the ultimate results are usually dramatic.11 Accutane works to achieve partial or complete clearance of acne in about 95% of people who complete a cycle, regardless of whether they have inflammatory or non-inflammatory acne.12 The majority of people who take it see their acne effectively cured, experiencing long-term remission of acne symptoms. Studies show an average relapse rate of around 33%, and in these cases sometimes a second course is given.7, 9, 12-17 This relapse rate is dose-dependent.13 Patients who receive a cumulative dose of 100-120 mg/kg see the best results and lowest relapse rates. Patients who receive a lower dose relapse more frequently. Daily dosage depends on how much the patient weighs; 0.5 mg - 2 mg/kg is typical.15 ...Read more

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8 months after accutane starting to get these little pimples on back vs. The big ones I used to get. But the little ones still scar, why? Topicals?

8 months after accutane starting to get these little pimples on back vs. The big ones I used to get. But the little ones still scar, why? Topicals?

Dermatologist: Please consult with your dermatologist that treated you with the accutane. He/She knows your skin and your body composition better. ...Read more

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I completed a Accutane treatment of 6 months about 8 months ago and im getting whiteheads do I need a second Accutane treatment to clear my skin.?

I completed a Accutane treatment of 6 months about 8 months ago and im getting whiteheads do I need a second Accutane treatment to clear my skin.?

Go to your dermatolo: You do not indicate the dose of isotretinoin (Accutane). Higher doses yield more cures. Acanya is an expensive brand of tretinoin. You may need tretinoin or oral minocycline or another dose of isotretinoin. See your dermatologist. ...Read more

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Worried Accutane won't work for me. 5 new pimples over the last week. Now on last week for mo 3. Skin was clearing during first 2 mos. 30>40>40 mg

Worried Accutane won't work for me. 5 new pimples over the last week. Now on last week for mo 3. Skin was clearing during first 2 mos. 30>40>40 mg

Keep going: You neglected to give your weight and you do not mention details of type of acne, other meds, menstrual periods, birth control. You may need 80mg but how, much do you weigh? Typical person on Accutane clears in 4 or 5 months. You are only 3 months into it. Talk to the Dr who prescribed it!! ...Read more

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I've been off Accutane for a year. I get a few spots or pimples here and there, once they're gone my face is flawless again. Will it stay like this?

I've been off Accutane for a year. I get a few spots or pimples here and there, once they're gone my face is flawless again. Will it stay like this?

Hard to predict: Congrats...It sounds like you had great success with accutane. It is impossible to predict if you will stay this clear, but the odds are in your favor. Usually after completing a course of Accutane you can maintain terrific skin with topicals alone. See your dermatologist to make sure you are on the right creams. ...Read more

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I've been off Accutane for a year. I get a few spots or small pimples sometimes, but after they're gone my face is flawless. Will it stay like this?

Probably not.: There's no way to predict the future in one particular patient, but overall acne tends to get better as we get older. If it persisted, you would not need to back to accutane, you could start with some topical medications. ...Read more

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Acne breakouts while using accutane, but now it's gone. Now small pimples came again. Can I reuse Accutane and will I get breakouts like I did before?

Acne breakouts while using accutane, but now it's gone. Now small pimples came again. Can I reuse Accutane and will I get breakouts like I did before?

Maybe: Try using the topical acne treatments for now. If the acne is not responding well enough to those, then see the doctor. You might need prescriptions or even another course of accutane. ...Read more

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Will Accutane get rid of tiny pimples or only cysts?

Will Accutane get rid of tiny pimples or only cysts?

Overkill: Treating 'tiny pimples' with Isotretinoin is like killing gnats with a flame thrower. Mild acne is best managed with topical benzoyl peroxide as tolerated. Your personal physician or a dermatology consultant knows how to select the right rx for your particular case. Best wishes. ...Read more

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3 months after finishing accutane is it normal to have small breakouts? They are tiny red pimples but I am scared its coming back?

3 months after finishing accutane is it normal to have small breakouts? They are tiny red pimples but I am scared its coming back?

Yes: Acne is certainly possible for it to come back after Accutane but usually Acutane lasts long time. Ask your dermatologist for specific diagnosis treatment or advice ...Read more

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Is it ok to use 40mg accutane¬ to suffer any side effects even pimples at first didn't increase in number and my face didn't exfoliate, I'm on the4th?

Is it ok to use 40mg accutane¬ to suffer any side effects even pimples at first didn't increase in number and my face didn't exfoliate, I'm on the4th?

Likely BetterTx=HFLC: Foods. Research: https://www. Google. Com/#q=HFLC+acne https://www. Google. Com/#q=accutane+acne+success+rate & https://www. Google. Com/#q=accutane+complications & as your own medical decision maker, experiment & decide what works best for you. Realize that the medical industry is, primarily, not about health for multiple interacting reasons to include these: http://goo. Gl/Blh6rW http://goo. Gl/UnhB0s. ...Read more

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Does Accutane help with comedonal acne? Almost 4months in 20mg/day. The close comedone is still around and some turns into pimples.

Does Accutane help with comedonal acne? Almost 4months in 20mg/day. The close comedone is still around and some turns into pimples.

Talk to the doctor: Talk to the doctor who prescribed the accutane, follow up with him/her. Are you taking the med as was described? Maybe you need to increase the dose? These are possibilities ...Read more

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I have 1 question. Can acne be cured? I used Accutane 9 months ago it cleared my big pimples but not whiteheads is this ever going to b cured 1 day

I have 1 question. Can acne be cured? I used Accutane 9 months ago it cleared my big pimples but not whiteheads is this ever going to b cured 1 day

Can outgrow it: Acne isn't 'cured' but can be controlled with medication. Ask your Dermatologist for help with this. Acne can last into your 20's or 30's (occasionally into your 40's) so once you find something that works, don't stop the med once your skin improves (otherwise the pimples come back). ...Read more

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I've been taking 20mg of Accutane for two weeks and I've broken out in cystic pimples on my forehead really painful why?

I've been taking 20mg of Accutane for two weeks and I've broken out in cystic pimples on my forehead really painful why?

Possible infection: It seems like you are getting infection of the skin and the pimple is getting infected which is causing pain. You may need some antibiotics, for that better see your doctor-dermatologist. Take some painkiller to relieve pain. ...Read more

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I am currently on my fourth week of accutane. I've had three cystic like pimples on my forehead that will go down but then inflame again, why?

I am currently on my fourth week of accutane. I've had three cystic like pimples on my forehead that will go down but then inflame again, why?

Continue accutane: 3 weeks treatment with Accutane is not enough, you need to continue Accutane for a few more weeks to see the real effect of medicine. Try to keep your face clean and dry. Hope your pimples will go away. If still no improvement, then consult your dermatologist for more treatment. ...Read more

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How long does it usually take for accutane to work? After 5 days of 80mg/day noticed more pimples & peeling of skin. Is this normal? I have mild acne.

How long does it usually take for accutane to work? After 5 days of 80mg/day noticed more pimples & peeling of skin. Is this normal? I have mild acne.

Several weeks: Many individuals find that there skin looks worse for the first month, but 95% show good results by the end of the first cycle. Occasionally a second cycle is required. Dry peeling skin is common. ...Read more

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What will clindamycin phosphate lotion USP 1% lotion do while I'm on Accutane 60mg/ daily for a cyst and pimple?

not much: You will probably just have to wait for this pimple to resolve on its own. Most acne medicines are meant to prevent new pimples. ...Read more

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I'm 3 weeks into Accutane and ive broke out in 4 cystic pimples on forehead and also a couple of pustules on cheeks and cheek is this normal?

Can be normal: Within the first month of starting Accutane you can have flare up, which is why sometimes doctors will prescribe a lower dose than your "goal" dose for the first month to limit the initial "flare ups". If you are concerned, review this with your dermatologist. Best of luck, but remember, you have to give medications time to work. ...Read more

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I am 21yrs with mild cystic acne (3-4 huge pimples continuously occurring at a time). My doctor asked if I wanted to take accutane. What should I do?

I am 21yrs with mild cystic acne (3-4 huge pimples continuously occurring at a time). My doctor asked if I wanted to take accutane. What should I do?

Try it: Since your doctor knows your medical and personal history I believe he/she knows what it best. Accutane is a good solution, I would give it a try and if it doesn't work try another one :]. ...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


Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
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Pimples (Definition)

A pimple is a small inflamed spot on the skin. Also known as zit, ...Read more