While you are taking Accutane, the medication actually shrinks
The results are where Accutane® treatment really shines. Peak effect is visible at the 8-12 week mark, and patients see a difference in their skin within 2 weeks. ZENA Medical is so confident in your Accutane® protocol that we guarantee your face will be 100% pimple-free after 3 months of Accutane® therapy.
How does it work? Isotretinoin works by shrinking your oil glands and normalizing the way your skin grows, which prevents pimples and clogged pores. Because your lips have a lot of oil glands they will become dry first, followed by your face and possibly other areas.
While on isotretinoin, your skin is not as oily as it had been. Usually the skin oiliness does return, but may not completely return to the degree it was before. Most patients find this is an additional benefit of the treatment.
Accutane, or Isotretinoin, is an oral medication used to treat moderate to severe, nodulocystic acne. It is a derivative of Vitamin A, and helps to improve the blocked-up material within whiteheads and blackheads. It has become a mainstay in the treatment of acne, and is one of the most effective treatments available.
Four to five months of Accutane treatment usually leads to clearing of acne. It is a potent medication that is very effective for nearly all types of breakouts. Accutane is needed for moderate to severe acne that has failed other treatments. It should be used for a severe, scarring acne.
Results: All patients treated with oral isotretinoin noted improvement in wrinkles, thickness and color of the skin, size of pores, skin elasticity, tone, and reduction in pigmented lesions and mottled hyperpigmentation.
CONCLUSIONS. The study confirmed the role of oral isotretinoin in remodeling the extracellular matrix against photoaging, as well as its durability after 12 weeks, especially when we consider collagen fibers.
Accutane Side Effects:
Before your acne can get better, it will likely get worse at the beginning stages of taking Accutane. Called purging, the drug will push out all dead skin cells, oil, and debris from underneath the skin causing inflammation and more acne. Once this stage is complete, acne will begin to subside.
In addition to clearing acne, dermatologists found that their patients on Accutane began to have a more youthful appearance. Their fine wrinkles disappeared, their skin tone was more even, and their face appeared fuller.
Hormonal acne is more likely to come back after a course of Roaccutane (Accutane) has successfully cleared it. Besides being stubborn to treat, hormonal acne causes redness for prolonged periods, scarring and pigmentation.
If left untreated, it can cause permanent scarring. You are most likely to have severe acne in your teens or early 20s on your face, chest, back, upper arms and shoulders. Isotretinoin, more commonly referred to as Accutane, is one of the most effective treatments for severe types of acne.
Use of isotretinoin should be considered in mild to moderate acne also, in low doses; 20 mg, alternate day seems to be an effective and safe treatment option in such cases.
People sometimes mention weight gain or weight loss when talking about Accutane. However, the FDA do not currently list weight change as a side effect of this drug.
This is usually due to purging, in which the isotretinoin pushes out dead skin cells and debris. Because your skin can become red and dry, the medication sometimes makes acne look more inflamed and obvious.
Isotretinoin (Accutane): Isotretinoin is an oral medication. It's proven to be one of the most effective cystic acne treatments. A dermatologist usually oversees the course of this medication. A treatment course can last 16-20 weeks.
Do not crush, break, chew, or suck the capsule. It is very important that you take isotretinoin only as directed by your doctor. Do not take more of it, do not take it more often, and do not take it for a longer time than your doctor ordered. To do so may increase the chance of side effects.
Isotretinoin works by reducing the production of oil on your skin, slowing down the growth of skin cells that may clog pores and killing the bacteria in your pores that cause inflammation. Dosing is important to achieve success, and when used properly, Accutane has a nearly 90% success rate.
Hormonal therapies may be indicated where there is also excessive androgenic activity. Spironolactone alone or in combination with oral contraceptives may be necessary. IPL therapy, Blue Light with or without aminolevulinic acid can decrease sebaceous glands and decrease pore size.
Zenovia: After getting off Accutane, it's very important to continue being diligent about skin care. Incorporating an effective spot treatment, lightweight moisturizer, sunscreen, and retinol into your routine will help keep the skin balanced and healthy.
Hyperpigmentation. Isotretinoin does not clear hyperpigmentation from acne. Pores. Isotretinoin will reduce pores while you are on treatment as it shrinks sebaceous glands, but the pores will return to their normal size within a few months of stopping Isotretinoin.
"Accutane is most effective in treating problems related to oil glands like acne, rosacea, seborrheic dermatitis, etc.," says dermatologist Zein Obagi, M.D. "It has proved to have benefits in many other medical conditions like psoriasis, sun damage, and in reversing some aging changes."
Accutane helps treat acne by shrinking the oil glands (sebaceous glands), preventing clogged pores, decreasing the growth of skin bacteria, and anti-inflammatory effects. During treatment, Accutane also reduces oil (sebum) production.