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What is Accutane?

What is Accutane?

If you’ve tried a variety of treatments to clear your acne and nothing seems to work, it may be time to talk to your doctor about Accutane.  When it comes to treating acne, Accutane is known as the drug of last resort.  But what exactly is Accutane, and how does it help acne.

What Is Accutane?

Accutane is the brand name for isotretinoin which is an oral retinoic acid that is often used in the treatment of acne, including cystic acne.  Cystic acne is a severe form of acne that causes painful, inflamed lesions to appear on the skin. 

Accutane is a powerful medication that is derived from vitamin A.  It is typically recommended for patients that have not been helped by prescription medication and other interventions.

The specific dosage of Accutane needed varies for each patient, depending on the type and severity of the acne being treated.   Most patients are acne-free after 4-6 months of Accutane treatment. 

How Accutane Helps Acne

Accutane combats acne by reducing the size of the sebaceous glands and decreasing the amount of oil they produce.  Accutane also reduces acne-causing p. acnes bacteria.   Controlling oil production and removing bacteria unclogs the pores of the skin, so blackheads and whiteheads are less likely to develop.

Are There Any Side-Effects?

There are several side-effects associated with Accutane including chapped lips and dry skin, but more severe side-effects can occur with high doses of the drug.  Accutane can also cause birth defects, so it should not be taken by pregnant women.   It’s for this reason that Accutane is only available under a special program known as iPledge. 

Would you like to learn more about Accutane?  Search our directory to find a practice in your area.

If you are in the Newport Beach, CA area, Zena Medical is our featured practice.

You can reach them at www.zenamedical.com or by calling 949-200-8222.

Treatments for Acne Scarring

Treatments for Acne Scarring

If you suffer from acne scarring, you already know that acne scars are hard to get rid of. Fortunately, there are several treatments available that can efficiently tackle acne scarring.

Chemical peels for acne scarring

Chemical peels are considered very effective for acne scars, because they significantly improve the appearance of the skin, by removing the outer layer of old skin. Acne scars are the result of acne lesions that injure the collagen layers of skin, so removing the old skin cells results in fresher, clearer skin.

Chemical peels also unclog pores and improve skin texture as they reduce hyperpigmentation caused by acne breakouts.

What is a chemical peel?

A chemical peel is a skin treatment that uses a chemical solution such as salicylic acid, lactic acid, or glycolic acid to exfoliate the upper layers of dead skin cells. There are different types of peels – superficial, medium, and deep – depending on the strength of the chemical solution used.

What’s involved in a chemical peel?

The skin is first cleansed after which the chemical solution is applied. The peeling solution causes an injury to the skin, and this makes the old skin cells peel off. As cell turnover occurs and the new skin cells replace the old ones, the skin will be noticeably smoother, and free of blemishes.

When will I see results?

How soon you see results after a chemical peel depends on the strength of the peel, and your skin type.

How many chemical peels do I need to treat acne scars?

More than one peel may be required depending on the severity of the scars.

Are you ready to reduce your acne scars with a chemical peel? Search our directory to find a practice in your area.

If you are in the Bala Cynwyd, PA area, Oral and Facial Surgical Center is our featured practice.

You can reach them at www.drfarole.com, or by calling (610) 615-0502.

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