What happens if Accutane doesn’t work for you?
Key takeaways: Accutane works well for acne, but some people may want to avoid it due to side effects or other reasons. Alternatives include topical retinoids, benzoyl peroxide, antibiotics, hormonal medications, and steroid injections.
What are the chances of Accutane not working?
Accutane “cures” about half of those people who take it so that they never need to do anything else for acne. In the first few weeks of treatment, about one in five patients gets a little worse, and one in 500 patients gets much worse.
Who does Accutane not work for?
Accutane is not recommended for: Pregnant or nursing mothers (because of the potentially adverse effects and high risk of birth defects in babies and increased risk for premature birth, it’s recommended that women avoid becoming pregnant for at least one month after stopping treatment)
Does acne always get worse on Accutane?
Some people do experience worsening if they have long-standing acne. 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.
How do I know Accutane is working?
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 Accutane unclog pores?
Accutane, a strong prescription medication for severe, cystic acne, reduces the amount of oil released by oil glands. While you are taking Accutane, the medication actually shrinks oil glands and dries out the skin. But when you stop taking it, your pores will return to their original size.
Does acne get worse before better on Accutane?
Unfortunately, when you first start using it, your acne may get worse before it gets better. Some of the more common side effects include dry skin and chapped lips. You may also have dry nasal passages, which can make your nose bleed.
What can I use instead of Accutane?
One of the most promising alternatives to Accutane is Tazorac, which the FDA approved last fall and doctors say has shown dramatic results in some patients. Similar drugs, called topical retinoids, including the brands Differin and Retin-A Micro, also can help.