Should I take Accutane?

August 09, 2017 3 min read 0 Comments

I was just sitting there in my room thinking about my genetics and how I despise my hormonal acne. So I called my dermatologist and I asked what should I do about it? I told her about the problem about my hormonal cystic acnes that came about every 2 months. Once the acne was demolished, the pus came back within a week. She told me there weren't many ways to fix this problem because it was mostly genetics. So she told me that the last resort was to take Accutane. However, there would be some disadvantages to my benefits.

1. Why I consider to take it

    The only main reason of why I should take Accutane is because it would get rid of the cystic acnes. The cystic acnes hurt a lot and when I try to pop it, it’s almost if it were a volcano. My cystic acnes are really horrible. It is as large as an average pinky. And it’s so embarrassing because when I was in my first year of university, anybody would be able to see my acne and I didn’t want to cover it up with makeup because that would just make it worse. I tried putting on types of face cream, especially to prevent acne but nothing seems to work. Now that it’s break, I barely got anymore cystic acnes, probably because I’m not as stressed, but I still get them occasionally but it’s not as severe. I’m afraid that next year and the years after that they would be coming in like crazy!

    2. What is Accutane?

      Basically what Accutane is, is a drug called Isotretinoin which belongs to a group of medicines known as retinoids. Retinoids are derivatives of vitamin A. It is taken by the mouth and how it works is, it reduces the production of the skin’s natural oil (sebum) and oil glands, making the skin acne-free. People usually only take it for about 4-5 months but if your dermatologist prescribes you a lower dose of Isotretinoin, it may take longer than if it were a higher dose. However, I think that a lower dose would probably be safer so you won’t get overdosed or addicted to it.

       3. Benefits of Accutane

        There are some other benefits that help my skin. Accutane is an Isotretinoin drug and it helps normalize the keratinization or shedding of dead skin cells from the skin’s surface. This helps because the chemicals help reduces clogged pores and acne, decrease the amount of pigmented blemishes and scars. It also evens out skin complexion. It can permanently clear up the skin, but it also might not. It shrinks the oil gland and dries the skin out. However, that may not be a good thing. But most importantly it gets rid of my cystic acnes which is what I’m aiming for.

         4. Disadvantages of Accutane

        In the earlier paragraph, I talked about why drying the skin out might not be a good thing. That is because as the skin dries out, it might just produce even more oil because it’s not normal for skin to be that dry, so it produces more oil to make your skin as it was before. I don’t think that it will happen while you’re still taking Accutane but it might happen when you stop, but it’s just a hypothesis. Acne occurs due to an excessive production of sebum, so it will probably get rid of the acne but I don’t want my skin to dry out completely. There are other disadvantages to Accutane, like joint pain, back pain, feeling dizzy, drowsy, nervous, dryness of the lips, mouth, nose, or skin, cracking or peeling skin, itching, rash, changes in your fingernails or toenails. You can also get depression but that happens to some people who take Accutane and you never know which side effects you get when you take it, so I’m still not sure if I should take it or not. But I hope I make the right decision!