If you are suffering from acne and are no longer responding to natural treatments, your doctor would most probably prescribe you taking in some acne medications. Among the drugs known to be used for treating acne, especially the nodular type, Accutane is perhaps the most common one as it is a very potent drug. However, results from using Accutane may differ according to the person using it.

This drug is also known as Isotretinoin or Roaccutane. It has been around since the late 1970s, and since such time, it is one of the primary drugs recommended to patients suffering from severe forms of acne. It has such potency and effectiveness as it is a derivative from vitamin A, which in turn is a known antioxidant that promotes healthier tissues especially the skin.

The use of this drug has been practiced for decades now as it results to multifaceted benefits to the acne sufferers. For one, the drug can reduce the size of the oil glands in the skin at a greatly significant rate, from 35 to 58%. The drug could also aid the reduction of the amount of oil that the sebaceous (oil) glands will produce, at about 80%.

Consequent to the decrease in the amount of oils produced is the reduction of the bacteria P.acnes living in the oils as well. Thus, the multiplication and growth of the acne-causing bacteria can be totally eliminated with the continued supervised use of Accutane.

Another Accutane result from using this drug manifests that it can slow down the production of skin cells inside pores. This process is very helpful in preventing acne to worsen as clogged pores equate to occurrence of new nodules. Simply put, Accutane can help prevent breakouts. Finally, the drug contains ingredients that can help ease inflammation of the nodules.

As you use Accutane, you will notice that your acne seems to become worse in the first month of treatment. After this ‘swelling’ period, there will be dramatic changes in the affected areas. The acne will be virtually clear as if you have had never had it.

About 95% of patients who go through complete cycle of Accutane use will experience these positive results of Accutane treatments. In other cases, about 25% relapse rate occurs. If this is your particular situation, your doctor will prescribe another course of Accutane treatment. The dosage may be higher or lower the next time around, or the intake will be in an intermittent period, so as the expected positive effects will come out.

Despite the effectiveness of this acne medication, it has sparked controversial effects to people using it. There have been known side effects of Accutane that range from tolerable ones to deeply concerning adverse ones. Among the common side effects include nausea, hair loss or thinning, nosebleed, and dry skin, mouth and lips. Birth defects like mental retardation and physical deformities may also occur in pregnant women taking it. Thus, it is extremely recommended that before you take this Accutane acne treatment, you have gone through sufficient consultation with your doctor.

 

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