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Isotretinoin Blog

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What kind of side effects can I expect?

DRYNESS. Sweet merciful moisturizer, so much dryness. Stock up on everything moisturizing you can get your hands on -- my products of choice were plain old Cetaphil, which was super gentle on my sensitive face, and St. Ives Oatmeal and Shea body lotion (despite the fact that it almost landed me on a national terrorism list) because it's cheap, so I could use a lot, and it worked really well. I also really love Fresh Sugar Lemon body lotion but I was going through it too fast for the $22 price tag.

And I should have taken stock in Chapstick before starting because I burned through that stuff at an alarming rate. Initially, I started with Aquaphor, but I didn't like the tacky texture, so I swapped for Chapstick I stole from my brother (sorry, Hunter). I had to give up lipstick -- my lips were just too dry and too flaky -- so if I wanted color, I used Fresh Sugar Lip products.

The unexpected upside of the dryness was that my typically oily scalp dried out so much I could go a full week without shampooing my hair, which was downright incredible considering I used to have to wash it nearly every single day. I used a lot of dry shampoo -- Psssst! is a good drugstore option -- and got loads of compliment on my hair because it looked fuller. After going off the drug, I can go about three days shampoo free, which is still better than it was before.

How does Accutane Work?

Isotretinoin works by limiting the amount of oil your body produces (about an 80% reduction). (3) Because acne in the most basic sense is simply an overgrowth of bacteria in a clogged pore, you can imagine why this is so effective — less oil means less room for bacteria to thrive.

It also significantly reduces oil gland size, regulates cell-turnover rate, and has anti-inflammatory properties. (4) In other words, it kicks some serious ass by addressing every possible cause of acne. This badassery however, doesn’t come without its share of side effects.

Here is an incomplete list of its side effects:

  • miscarriages (patients must be on birth control when using it)
  • birth defects (facial and nervous system deformities, mental retardation)
  • increased internal skull pressure
  • bone mineral density
  • depression
  • psychosis
  • suicide
  • aggressive or violent behaviors
  • acute pancreatitis
  • "unknown" cardiovascular consequences
  • deafness
  • hepatitis
  • bowel disease
  • excessive bone growth
  • night blindness and sight loss

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