Accutane

Accutane: The Top 5 Tips to Care for Your Skin

When you have acne that has not responded well to other treatments, your dermatologist may choose to prescribe Accutane. This medication is used to treat severe acne to clear the breakouts and reduce the associated risks of scarring. Accutane works by decreasing oil production. When you are taking Accutane, there are several things you should be aware of to take Continue reading

Benefits of Low Dose Accutane Therapy

Accutane (Isotretinoin) is a Vitamin A derivative that has been touted as a miracle drug for the treatment of moderate to severe acne. “This oral pill opens pores in the skin and shrinks oil glands,” explains Emily Johnston, certified physician assistant at Sanova Dermatology. The shrinkage of the glands helps clear up the acne cysts and prevents new ones from forming. Continue reading

Can I do chemical peels or laser after Accutane/Isotretinoin? If so, when?

Now that you’ve started your Accutane acne treatment and your breakouts have ceased, you may be wondering what can be done for the scarring and residual skin discoloration that is left behind? Many patients who have used Accutane, or Isotretinoin, for acne treatment, know all too well the embarrassment and frustration had from years of ineffective treatments. “The relief and optimism Continue reading

What is Hidradenitis Suppurativa and How is It Treated?

Hidradenitis Suppurativa is a chronic, disabling, skin disorder affects the apocrine sweat glands and hair follicles in the armpits, groin, genital, and breast regions. It causes painful abscesses and scarring in these areas and is a progressive disease that has no cure. “It’s a horribly disabling condition,” says Dr. Miriam Hanson, board certified dermatologist in Austin, Texas. “Not only can Continue reading

What Causes Acne?

If you suffer from acne, there’s a good chance it has afflicted either your face, neck, chest, and/or back. This is because these areas have the highest concentration of oil glands, which are where the inflammation originates. When sebum, oil, and dead skin cells collect in your oil glands, they cause a blockage that is vulnerable to a bacterial infection–better Continue reading

When Will My Acne Finally Clear Up?

Will I outgrow my acne? That’s a question that many teenagers ask as they struggle with the well-known skin condition that mars their skin and elevates their social anxiety. Simply put, the answer is maybe. The endpoint of this common skin problem can range from ones early 20’s to their 30’s, 40’s 50’s or beyond! “One of the reasons that Continue reading

The Sanova Guide to Accutane therapy | Isotretinoin, Medications & Other Health Conditions

Treating acne with Accutane doesn’t always happen in isolation. Patients are often on other medications, or have other health issues when considering or initiating isotretinoin therapy.  How Accutane should be used, along with other medication a patient may be on or have to start taking for a concurrent medical problem, inevitably brings up a number of questions. Can I continue Continue reading

The Sanova Guide to Accutane Therapy | Activities While Taking Isotretinoin

There are many questions that pop into your head once you decide to take Accutane (Isotretinoin) for your acne. “There are dos and don’ts with every medical treatment,” says Dr. Adam Mamelak, board-certified dermatologist in Austin, Texas. “Accutane is extremely effective in treating and in many cases, eradicating acne from the skin. With all it’s notoriety, patients are always wondering Continue reading

The Sanova Guide to Accutane therapy | Accutane & Pregnancy

There are many things to consider before you decide to pursue Accutane treatment for Acne. Family planning is a significant consideration and female patients wanting to have a baby in the near future, or who are currently pregnant, should understand one of the primary risks of isotretinoin therapy. Do I need to Use Birth Control While on Accutane? “Accutane treatment Continue reading

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