Can Isotretinoin Improve Severe Acne?

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Severe acne breakouts can cause immense discomfort and lead to problems with confidence and self-esteem. Fortunately, a form of treatment is available when other options have proven unsuccessful. Accutane/Isotretinoin (an oral medication) is often prescribed for cases that have not responded to conventional methods.

Board-certified dermatologists Dr. Simona and Greg Bartos can provide more information about isotretinoin during an acne assessment in Hollywood, FL. Call Imperial Dermatology to book an appointment and see why so many people trust our expertise and experience.

Do you have severe acne?

Acne manifests itself in a number of ways, ranging from mild blackheads and whiteheads to widespread cystic breakouts. Severe acne can be caused by a combination of factors, including genetics, hormone changes, some medications, and even stress. Conventional acne treatments such as topical creams may not be enough to manage severe cases — this is where isotretinoin can help.

The power of an acne medication

Isotretinoin is an oral retinoid that is prescribed for long-term use and taken daily. It works by increasing cell turnover and encouraging the shedding of dead or damaged skin cells, resulting in fewer clogged pores. It also reduces oil production, so your skin is not as oily or greasy. Additionally, isotretinoin has anti-inflammatory properties that can reduce the redness and swelling associated with severe acne.

Additional benefits include:

  • Improvement in overall skin texture and tone
  • Clearer, healthier-looking skin with fewer acne breakouts
  • Reduced risk of acne scarring
  • Long-term improvements that can last for years

Who is a candidate for isotretinoin?

Acne medications like isotretinoin are powerful but require careful monitoring and adherence to safety protocols. This is because isotretinoin is a form of retinoid, which can be highly effective but comes with certain risks. It's important to discuss potential side effects with a dermatologist in Hollywood, FL before considering isotretinoin.

As an expert in isotretinoin, Dr. Bartos can recommend the best treatment plan for your acne. During a consultation, we can assess your skin and ask questions about your medical history and lifestyle habits. Patients who decide to move forward with isotretinoin will need to follow the treatment plan as given and attend all follow-up appointments.

Ideal candidates for isotretinoin:

  • Have not seen improvements with oral/topical acne medications
  • Are committed to following the treatment plan
  • Should not be pregnant or planning to conceive (male or female)
  • Understand the potential risks associated with isotretinoin (dryness, elevated liver enzymes, creatine kinase, triglicerides) 

How long does it take to see results?

The duration of the treatment varies depending on your individual case. Most people start to --10see improvements within the first couple of weeks, but it can take 7-10 months for the full effects of isotretinoin. Dr. Bartos can provide recommendations for managing side effects and keeping your skin healthy while on isotretinoin. We may ask you to avoid direct sunlight and some cosmetic products that irritate your skin.

Improve your skin with isotretinoin

We understand that severe acne can cause significant distress. Now, leading acne medications like isotretinoin help you find relief from acne and be one step closer to better skin in Hollywood, FL. If you or someone you know is battling acne breakouts, consult with  dermatologists Dr. Simona Bartos orr Greg Bartos about this option. Our team members at Imperial Dermatology strive to provide the best care possible when it comes to your complexion.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.