Accutane (a popular brand of Isotretinoin) is a prescription drug used only to treat severe cases of acne, because of the risks and side effects it can have. That is, it is only used in acne that is causing nodules and cysts to appear.
All spots are caused by oil blocking pores and leading to skin lesions called pimples. If these pimples last for a very long time and become hard they are called nodules. Large, lumpy pus-filled acne lesions are known as cysts.
While cysts can be drained by a doctor for relief, Accutane is often prescribed to treat cysts from the inside out.
Sounds good so far, but Accutane is renowned for having very serious side effects that can be worse to deal with than having acne. Before you can be given it, your doctor has you sign a waiver to state you are aware of these side effects and accept the risks. You can only get Accutane if you agree to sign this.
Side Effects of Accutane
Accutane has an effect on reproductive processes which can lead to birth defects¹ in children or miscarriages. Still and premature births have been linked to Accutane use. Because of this risk, you cannot be prescribed Accutane if you are pregnant or are trying to conceive. Additionally. a doctor will probably want you to use hormonal birth control if you are a woman who wants to use Accutane.
As well as physical side effects, there are psychological effects. Depression and anxiety have both been demonstrated to have a strong link to Accutane usage, with sadly many cases of suicide being linked to the use of this medicine². Other mental side effects include social withdrawal, anger, and irritability.
Then there are the visible side effects. Some people think the risks of Accutane are worth it if the end result is clear skin. But what the don’t realize is that many people who use Accutane are left with cracked, bleeding skin that looks worse than before treatment.
Despite its reputation as being a wonder drug for acne, Accutane does not clear up everyone’s skin who takes it. So you could put your body through the harsh side effects with no real result at the end of the process.
There are alternatives to Accutane that are just as effective but do not come with the dangerous side effects. These natural alternatives are well worth trying before you resort to using Accutane. Even if you have already tried many of the OTC acne treatments available there is always hope.
For example, you should look into choosing an all in one anti-acne skin care system like our top-rated kit, ClearPores. It contains a full anti-blemish skincare range to treat both facial and body acne from the inside out.
With all-natural effective ingredients, you won’t be left with damaged, dry skin. There is absolutely no chance of birth defects or psychological damage unlike with Accutane.
Instead, you will have a safe and proven acne treatment that has really worked for thousands of acne sufferers worldwide and could work for you.