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Doctor insights on: Skin After Accutane

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Would it be safer to do microdermabrasion or a chemical peel on skin after accutane?

Would it be safer to do microdermabrasion or a chemical peel on skin after accutane?

Neither!: It depends on how long ago you stopped your accutane, but if it has been less than a year, i'd recommend avoiding any type of surgery or inflammation-causing procedure. The risk of scarring is low with both of these procedures (the least is microdermabrasion), but whatever those risks are, they are multiplied significantly with accutane-stimulated skin. Just say no, be patient or worse can occur. ...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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What is the best way to get my skin back to normal after accutane? My skin is very thin & blemishd still 2 months after. I went through 4 months of it

What is the best way to get my skin back to normal after accutane? My skin is very thin & blemishd still 2 months after. I went through 4 months of it

Lotion: Lotion, lotion, lotion....And hypoallergenic lotions only. Cotton fiber and breathable clothing. Multivitamins and a little extra vitamin E for a few months. ...Read more

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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

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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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When does Accutane fully clear up your skin after you start?

Depends on dosage: It could be four months or longer depending upon the dosage. Also, please ask the doctor who prescribed it for you. ...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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My skin has gotten so much worst I am wanting to stop accutane, however it is my last resort I've tried everything on the market (i mean everything)!

Don't give up: Please stick with the 20 week course and only stop if your doctor says you should stop. I have had many patients completely clear after finishing 20weeks of the medication. ...Read more

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Does anybody actually know why Accutane causes your skin to get much worse first? Why does this happen? Is it because the drug isn't fully in the system

Acne: Acne is caused by clogging of pores in the skin. These clogged pores can stay dormant for a while before they breakout. Accutane works by trying to shrink the oil glands in the pores and in doing so can cause the problem pores to breakout in synchrony early in the course. This slows down as the course is continued until all the problem pores settle down. ...Read more

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Can I do hot yoga on accutane or will this hurt my skin?

Yes: Do all the yoga you want. Exercise is good for the body, soul and the skin. It does not interact with accutane. ...Read more

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What does Accutane do with the production of melanin in our skin?

Does not effect: Accutane has no effect on melanin production. It decreases sebum production which leads to smaller pore sizes and less oil in skin. ...Read more

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How long till dry skin goes away and you can see the effects of accutane?

One to three months: How long it takes for dry skin to resolve depends on the season and relative humidity. In general, the skin normalizes within one to three months. It might take as long as three months for the maximum benefits of Accutane treatment to be seen. ...Read more

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How long does it take for accutane/isotretinoin to begin clearing up your skin?

Months: The usual course of treatment is 4-5 months and in many cases, improvement can take the full 16-20 weeks to be realized. Some patients do see improvement as early as one month into treatment (but not complete). ...Read more

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How much time did it take for accutane/isotretinoin to begin clearing up your skin?

How much time did it take for accutane/isotretinoin to begin clearing up your skin?

Month or two: Most patients will start to improve within a month or two of starting isotretinoin. Occasionally acne worsens before it gets better. Hang in there, and see your dermatologist once a month for monitoring, dosage adjustments, and possibly adding other meds to help you clear up faster. ...Read more

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Is it true.. if taken Accutane for ling term will negative effect such as can get psiorosis or ekzema skin,?

Is it true.. if taken Accutane for ling term will negative effect such as can get psiorosis or ekzema skin,?

Nope I have never: Heard that. If you have a history of skin diseases prior to taking accutane, then while on the medicine the skin condition can get drier or more active ...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?

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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Hi so I'm on my 5 month of Accutane what makeup removing wipes do you derms recommend that won't break me out or irratte my skin?

Hi so I'm on my 5 month of Accutane what makeup removing wipes do you derms recommend that won't break me out or irratte my skin?

Wipes: There is something better than make-up removing wipes. It's the magic mitt by jane iredale. It's chemical free. You simply wet it and remove all your make up, even mascara, within 20 seconds. Then you wash it with hand soap and it's ready to use the next day. It costs $15 and will last you 6 months. ...Read more

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Accutane just for oil skin, can I use it? May be in low doses, did you recomend something alternative to Accutane for oil control?

Accutane just for oil skin, can I use it? May be in low doses, did you recomend something alternative to Accutane for oil control?

Topical vs oil: There are a variety of different retinoids with Accutane being the most potent. Other topical preparations such as retin a (tretinoin) or differen gel. This may be an option for treatment of a localized area. ...Read more