Acne is the most common skin disorder amongst adolescents and adults alike. It has plagued us for generations and continues to affect us today.
There are four main causes of acne, as stated by the American Academy of Dermatology. These four causes are hormones, increased sebum production, changes inside hair follicles, and bacteria. An oily substance, called sebum, is secreted by the sebaceous glands when the hair follicles and sebaceous glands are inflamed. An excess amount of sebum can clog the follicles (pours) and eventually leads to bacterial formation and inflammation of the follicles.
|Accutane: The Acne Killer?|
Accutane is considered to be the ultimate, end-all medication for eliminating acne. Accutane is used to treat severe cases of acne which have not been healed through conventional antibiotics and topical creams. It is used to control all of the underlying causes of acne by normalizing your follicles, decreasing sebum production, reducing inflammation and limiting the growth of bacteria.
However, there are also many side effects that you should be aware of when choosing to use Accutane as a remedy for acne. Two of the most serious possible side effects associated with taking Accutane include birth defects and serious mental health problems (including suicidal tendencies). There are also many other possible side effects associated with Accutane that you should review with your doctor or healthcare provider before the use of this medication.
In order to decide whether this treatment is right for you; you should discuss with your doctor how severe your acne is, what other treatments you’ve tried, the possible benefits of Accutane, the possible side effects of Accutane and any other health-related issues that may affect you while taking Accutane (i.e. use of antibiotics, depression, etc.)