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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

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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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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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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