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Isotretinoin Before And After

isotretinoin before and after


Accutane (isotretinoin, Roaccutane, Claravis, etc) is one of the world’s most commonly prescribed acne treatments.

A lot of people have turned to Accutane to clear their severe acne, or acne that has been resistant to other treatment methods. This is often people's last resort, not only because doctors aren't "supposed" to prescribe it as a first-line treatment (they would rather jump right to harmful antibiotics), but also because there is a lot of fear mongering surrounding it as a treatment. People are worried that they're going to cause serious damage to their bodies by using it, even though side effects like that are very rare. Thankfully, isotretinoin is considered safe

The Treatment

Taken before starting treatment with Isotretinoin (commonly referred to by one of its brand names, Accutane, even though its manufacturer pulled it from the market in 2009) one year after using the treatment, the before-and-after photos are shocking.

In the first photo, you can see cystic, inflamed bumps and pustules on the cheeks and chin but in the after photo, not only is there not a blemish in sight, there's no trace that any blemishes ever even existed. Users commented on the porcelain nature of lisalisa96's skin in the after photo — so flawless it looked like she’d never had a pimple in her life.

How does the drug work?

The synthetic vitamin A found in Accutane does two things: one, it drops the bacteria count in the hair follicle, making it an "inhospitable" place to live; two, it regularizes the keratinization of the follicle. In other words, "Accutane helps the steady flow of dead skin slough off the body as opposed to being stuck in the follicle." Hence, fewer breakouts.

How long will I be on Accutane?

Your time on the drug is determined by a sort of math problem which involves total dosage over time. Dr. Buka explains that his average patient spends four months on the drug, but that is dependent on how strong a dosage they can handle.

"You can take a rowboat there with 20mg doses and get there in eight months, or you can take a speedboat with 120mg and get there in four," he offers as an analogy.

Accutane Facts

And, honestly, she’s right. Even though Accutane—a.k.a. isotretinoin, a form of vitamin A that shuts down your oil glands forever— has gotten a bad rap over the years, “the vast majority of patients who go on Accutane have no major, scary side effects,” says Mona Gohara, M.D., dermatologist at Yale University. “The horror stories you hear are actually quite rare.”

Of course, every human is different, and even if you go on Accutane, there’s no guarantee that your skin will look as insanely smooth as /Lisalisa96’s, whose photos show her skin one year after finishing Accutane. I mean, haters will say her after photo is Photoshop (zoom in; it’s not), but /Lisalisa96 asserts it’s just her tinted sunscreen. “I am wearing a light coverage 50+ sunscreen and some mascara [in the second picture],” she writes. The sunscreen she swears by is FrezyDerm’s Sun Screen Velvet Face SPF 50+, a matte, tinted formula that apparently gives her the skin of a cloud. (I’ve reached out to /Lisalisa96, and will update if I hear back.)

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