Roaccutane – Everything You Should KnowMay 16, 2019
Skin acne is condition that a person you might know could be struggling with since it affects many people regardless of age, gender, race, and skin type. Methods are a plenty when it comes to acne treatment, but more and more are drawn to Roaccutane for its miraculous reputation for curing skin acne. Is there truth to claims of success or is it just a hype?
Roaccutane is a brand of isotretinoin which treats severe cystic acne prescribed by doctors when other measures did not work out, including antibiotics and other topical treatment. It comes in capsular form, available in 5, 10, 20, and 40 milligramme dosage. Obtaining this drug requires a referral from a GP and a prescription from a dermatologist after thorough examination.
How Does It Work?
Isotretinoin is a type of retinoid, a derivative of vitamin A. Taken orally, it reduces the production of sebum, the skin’s natural oil, which is highly responsible for acne. Sebum blocks the pores and causes build-up, creating an environment for bacterias to thrive, and causes inflammation and pimples to develop. Isotretinoin then diminishes the size and activity of the sebaceous glands in the skin, resulting in the decrease of sebum.
People taking isotretinoin might observe their acne getting worse initially, then see improvement after 7 to 10 days. The course of treatment takes about four to six months, which clears up acne in most people. If a relapse is seen after treatment is completed, a person should wait for at least 8 weeks before repeating another course of treatment.
Isotretinoin is suitable for people aged 12 years and above. However, it is not safe to take during pregnancy and for breastfeeding women due to possible birth defects.
Do’s and Don’ts While on Roaccutane
- DO tell your GP and dermatologist if you are taking other medications, allergic to certain drugs and substances, and inform them of your medical history.
- DO tell your mental health provider if Roaccutane could affect your overall mental well-being.
- DON’T take supplements containing Vitamin A.
- DON’T take Roaccutane if allergic to nuts and soya.
- DON’T take alcohol. Consuming alcohol while on Roaccutane puts you at risk of liver problems such as pancreatitis.
- DO take with a high fat meal to increase absorption.
- DO use a moisturiser and lip balm. One side effect of Roaccutane is it could dry your skin and lips during the course of treatment.
- DO use a sunscreen of at least SPF15. Roaccutane could make skin more sensitive to sunlight. Also, don’t use a sunbed.
- DON’T undergo cosmetic procedures to smoothen the skin during and after 6 months of Roaccutane to prevent skin scarring.
- DON’T drive, operate machinery, or do high risk activities at nite since Roaccutane might affect nite vision.
- DON’T donate blood while on Roaccutane and for at least four weeks after stopping treatment. Recipients of blood donation could be pregnant and/or breastfeeding women, and Roaccutane is not safe for them.
- DON’T share isotretinoin with another person. This is especially on males taking Roaccutane while living with a partner who is pregnant and/or breastfeeding.
- DO document progress of your treatment with Roaccutane and observe improvements in acne and overall health.
At Ubuntu Medical we also offer Acne Treatment.