Can you take accutane if you don't have the cysts but just have chronically clogged pores, black heads and occasional white heads? I have had that kind of acne for 35 years. It never seemed "bad" enough for accutane, but it has never gone away despite constant over-the-counter treatment and periodic antibiotics. It gets better or worse cyclically with hormonal fluctuations, lack of sleep, etc... but it is never "clear" and the texture of my skin is rough. It's just bad skin. Now my 10 year old daughter has started her battle with it, and I really don't want her to live with it her whole life like I have.
Accutane (isotretinoin) is a prescription acne medication. It is reserved for people who have severe nodular acne that has not responded well to other treatments. So I believe you can take it.-
There are many types of acne. The most common types are:
Accutane is a retinoid, which means that it is similar to vitamin A. It works by affecting the sebaceous glands. These glands produce sebum (an oily substance), and Accutane works by reducing the size of the sebaceous glands and decreasing sebum production. Accutane also corrects abnormal keratinization (which causes a buildup of cells within hair follicles), a problem that contributes to acne. It is not entirely clear as to why the medication causes long-lasting, anti-acne effects (one 15- to 20-week course often clears up acne permanently).
With regards to your daughter, my personal opinion is for her to wait until she is older, she is too young for accutane which, I would say it is the best product in the market but very strong on the liver.
Have a nice day.-
Accutane is a bit of a scary medication, it can work, but has MAJOR MAJOR side effects. People who take accutane must have monthly blood work to check and make sure the liver is ok and women who take it must be on 2 forms of birth control as it will cause birth defects. It has also been linked to Crohn's disease and other serious stomach problems, often makes the acne worse first and can produce depression and suicidal thoughts. Please makes sure you talk to a pharmacist about this medication first and a board certified dermatologist or 2. If you are already seeing a dermatologist, see a different one before you or your daughter use this medication, to make sure that you are told everything about it.
- Accutane Information for Consumers
- Accutane Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Accutane (detailed)
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