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Isotretinoin - Does accutane help to remove scars from old pimples?

Medically reviewed by Last updated on April 5, 2023.

Official answer


Previous scarring is not improved with Isotretinoin (brand name is Accutane).

Acne often gets worse around week 3 or 4 of treatment and lasts for several days. This is not a sign that the medicine isn't working! Real improvement is seen at around 6 weeks.

Ask your skin specialist about using make-up.

Treatments for previous scarring include dermabrasion, chemical peel or carbon dioxide laser ablation and should not be contemplated until at least 6-12 months after completing the course.

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