How Effective is Accutane for Treating Acne?

It happens to most of us, some more than others. Whether it’s one pimple that shows up smack-dab in the middle of your forehead or a
full-blown breakout, acne has the power to ruin one’s day – even just a mild breakout can affect your  outlook in
general.

While some may chalk zits up to being a vanity issue, it’s a serious problem for
countless men and women of all ages.

According to a study published in the British
Journal of Dermatology
, acne patients experienced social, psychological, and emotional ramifications at the same
level of those with chronic health problems, such as epilepsy, diabetes, and arthritis.

For mild acne, there’s the option of over-the-counter (OTC) acne treatments, which do
not require a prescription from your doctor. These are usually milder than prescription-strength products and are
readily accessible.

Unfortunately, medicated cleansers, topical creams and gels don’t work for
everyone.

Rather than go into hiding until their blemishes clear up on their own or cake on the
Clearasil and unsightly cover up, many acne sufferers are optioning for Accutane – a form of Vitamin A that reduces
the amount of oil released by oil glands in your skin, and is said to help your skin renew itself more
quickly.

Wondering just how effective this is for getting rid of acne? Let’s examine the facts
before you consider this treatment.

 

Understanding Acnetreating acne in vancouver

Are you worried that chocolate bar will wage war on your skin? Some believe a
breakout is caused by a diet of fast food and sugar, while others believe it’s a hormonal issue. However, the real
culprit is inflammation of the oily glands in the skin – they are called sebaceous glands – that contain a fatty
material called sebum.

 

According to the Canadian Dermatology Association,
o
veractive sebaceous (oil-producing) glands that start producing more sebum
usually start at puberty. In some people, the excess sebum clogs pores, which leads to the inflammation (redness and
swelling) often associated with acne.

Furthermore, heredity (your genes) is another factor that can determine who gets acne
and how severe.

So, if either or both of your parents had acne, you are more likely to develop the
skin condition too.

Enter Accutane.

 

What is Accutane?

For those affected by severe nodular acne sufferers and have tried everything from
acne medicines to antibiotics and have been disappointed by their results, Accutane is a popular option.

This medicine comes in pill form –you will take one or two pills a day as your
dermatologist prescribes.

The use of Accutane (isotretinoin), aka Roaccutane, dates back to 1979 when it was
first given to patients with severe acne.

This Vitamin A derivative (13-cis-retinoic acid) is administered orally in pill form
with a meal that contains an adequate amount of fat, normally for 15 to 20 weeks.

While it was originally prescribed for severe cases, it has gained popularity in the
past 25 years and is commonly prescribed more frequently for less severe acne as well.

How Does Accutane Work?

Accutane works by reducing the amount of oil released by oil glands in your skin, and
helping your skin renew itself more quickly.

According to the American Academy of Dermatology, about 85% of
patients see their skin permanently clear after one course of treatment.

On average, a course of treatment generally lasts about 4 to 5 months – however, it
can run shorter or longer. 

Something to keep in mind is that not all patients experience results after one
course of treatment – a second course may be an option. Note: You should wait at least 8 weeks between treatments.
The skin often continues to clear for a while after patients stop taking the medicine.

 

Is Accutane Safe? 

Some of the most serious health effects come from isotretinoin products, such as
Accutane that are derived from vitamin A. These products are prescribed to treat severe cases of acne that are
difficult to treat any other way.

Some of the common side effects include: 

  • Eye Irritation
  • Joint Pain
  • Nosebleed
  • Rash
  • Skin Infection
  • Tenderness of the Bones
  • Abnormal Peeling of Skin
  • Dry Eye
  • Dry Mouth 
  • Dry Skin
  • Dryness of the Nose
  • Hair Loss
  • Head Pain
  • Inflammation of
    the Lips
  • Low Energy
  • Sun-Sensitive Skin
  • Liver damage

If taken by pregnant women, isotretinoin products can cause severely deformed babies
or result in 
miscarriages, even if it is only used for a
short time.

Women should not breastfeed if they are taking isotretinoin products, since doing so
may harm the child, according to the 
Canadian Dermatology Association.

Your prescribing doctor will typically do baseline blood tests to check your liver
then repeat the tests part way through the treatment course to make sure no damage is being done.

Although it is rare and there hasn’t been any reported direct evidence, these
products have also been linked to depression, even suicide in some people. They can also increase your chances of
developing diabetes, liver disease or heart disease if you have a family history of these diseases.

Isotretinoin products may also increase your skin’s sensitivity to the sun and cause
reduced night vision, which can come on suddenly.
 

Is Accutane for Me?

While it’s highly effective, not everyone is a candidate for this skin remedy.

Before you begin using Accutane to control your breakouts, it’s vital that you inform
your doctor of any medical conditions or allergies you may have, any medications you are taking, whether you are
pregnant or breast-feeding, any other significant facts about your health. 

We currently use the Sciton BBL (ForeverYoung BBL) to treat acne and it works quite
well. Consider that option by reading this
blog post
.

About Dr. Kumar Shivdasani

Dr. Kumar Shivdasani, Medical Professional and CoolSculpting Vancouver

Dr. Kumar Shivdasani is a medical practitioner with 25
years experience. He began his career in emergency at Vancouver General Hospital and addiction medicine – later
branching into cosmetic medicine. He is the owner of CuR Laser and Skin in Vancouver, BC. Education, good lifestyle and diet changes
lay the foundation for developing overall health and wellness, helping Kumar’s clients achieve and maintain their
target goals. Dr. Kumar is also dedicated to helping others as shown by his support for Summits of Hope and Turning
Point Recovery.

Treating Acne with the Sciton ForeverYoung BBL

Acne is a skin disorder resulting from the action of hormones and other substances on
the skin’s oil glands, sebaceous glands and hair follicles. For some, the occasional pimple is annoyance, but for
others, acne is a serious problem that can wage war on one’s self-confidence.

Severe acne, if left untreated, can also lead to permanent scarring. So, what’s one to do?

From over-the-counter creams and scrubs to medication and dietary changes, there are numerous ways to wage war on acne.
Unfortunately, what works for one doesn’t necessarily prove effective for the next person.

A relatively new contender that is making waves, quite literally, is the Sciton ForeverYoung
BBL
 – a treatment that is touted for reducing acne, scarring and possibly
even turning back the hands of time.

Unsure of whether it’s the right fit for you? Here are 5 common questions asked about
Sciton ForeverYoung BBL.

 

1. How Exactly Does The Sciton ForeverYoung BBL Work?treating acne

Looking to improve the way your skin looks and feels? Laser technology and laser therapy
have evolved over the years and there are numerous ways in which they can be beneficial for your skin.

Broadband Light Treatments, or BBL for short,
are FDA-approved procedures intended to treat various skin conditions and irregularities –  yes, even problem
acne.

One of the newest Broadband Light Treatment is the Sciton ForeverYoung BBL. Technically
speaking, this is a machine that uses Intense Pulse Light, or IPL, for short.

With ForeverYoung BBL, pulsed infrared and visible light energy heat up the upper layers
of your skin. This heat gets absorbed by your skin and targets the irregularities. It eliminates the melanin that is
caused by sun damage. The heat also helps produce new collagen – critical in the reformation and rejuvenation of new
skin.

 

2. Will My Skin Look Younger?

A new study recently published in the Journal
of Investigative Dermatology 
shows that Sciton BroadBand Light (BBLTM)
treatments can change the expression of genes associated with the aging process to more closely resemble young skin.
The study supports the hypothesis that regulators of aging can be altered in human skin using BBL technology to
provide a functional change, rather than just a cosmetic mimic of youthful appearance.

“As an industry, to find a clinically sound solution for human anti-aging is critical,”
said Dr. Macrene Alexiades-Armenakas, board certified dermatologist, attending physician at Lenox Hill Hospital and
Yale/New Haven VA Hospital, and Assistant Clinical Professor at Yale University School of Medicine. “As a practicing
physician in the field of dermatology, it is exciting to know there is a safe, light based treatment with
ground-breaking clinical evidence supporting anti-aging and the reversal of skin damage available to our
patients.”

Note: BBL is not FDA cleared for changing gene expression or anti-aging.

The Forever Young treatment is for anti-aging maintenance while the blue light filter
aspect of the treatment is for the treatment of active acne.

 

3. Just How Effective Is The Sciton BBL In Treating Acne?

With proper treatment, the procedure will lead to collagen remodeling, proliferation of
active fibroblasts, and treating over-acting sebaceous glands that result in the reduction of acne and improve acne
scarring non-ablatively.
 

If administered by the right hands, the BBL treatment is very safe and effective for a
number of skin conditions, according to Jaggi Rao, an associate clinical professor and the director of laser and
surgical teaching at the University of Alberta.

In a recent article in Best Health Magazine, Rao explains how the
process works:

“The energy (light, radio frequency or other) heats up the tissue. When the heat reaches
a certain temperature, this “injures” or destroys the target. If enough “injury” occurs, the skin will repair it,
creating rejuvenated skin that is tighter, thicker or smoother than before.”

The “look” of scarring improves over several treatments through collagen stimulation in
the dermis as a result of repeat treatments of ForeverYoungBBL.

  

4. What Can I Expect After Treatment?

The side effects are minimal. However, some experience mild redness lasting several
hours, and in some cases – 3-5 days. Makeup can easily be used to conceal the redness.

According to HealthPartners.com, one can expect the
following after treatment:
 

  • You may experience a mild sunburn-like sensation on the treated area for the first
    24-48 hours following the treatment. Apply cold compresses as needed to help relieve the sunburn-like sensation.
    These may be applied as often as ten minutes per hour on the day of the treatment. Gentle moisturizers or products
    containing aloe vera applied following the treatment can also have a soothing effect
  • An antibiotic ointment should be utilized if there is any blistering, crusting, or
    breaks in the skin.
  • Darkening of pigmented lesions is a normal response, and they may continue to
    gradually darken over the next 24-48 hours. Darkened lesions may progress to scabs or crusting, and will start
    flaking off in 2-3 days. The lesion is usually healed in 7-10 days, and will continue to fade over the next 2-4
    weeks. Do not pick, scratch or remove scabs or crusting.
  • Avoid aggressive scrubbing and the use of exfoliants, scrub brushes, and loofa
    sponges until the treatment area has returned to its pre-treated condition.
     

5. Is The Sciton ForeverYoung BBL for Me? 

Aging and acne aren’t something you can control – but it is possible to mitigate the
aesthetic effects of it.

The Sciton ForeverYoung Broadband Light treatment (with the 420 blue light filter) can
help you restore the effects of time, so that you can go back to having fresher, more rejuvenated-looking skin, minus
the spots.

About Dr. Kumar Shivdasani

Dr. Kumar Shivdasani, Medical Professional and CoolSculpting Vancouver

Dr. Kumar Shivdasani is a medical practitioner with 25 years
experience. He began his career in emergency at Vancouver General Hospital and addiction medicine – later branching into
cosmetic medicine. He is the owner of CuR Laser and
Skin
in Vancouver, BC. Education, good lifestyle and diet changes lay the foundation for developing overall health
and wellness, helping Kumar’s clients achieve and maintain their target goals. Dr. Kumar is also dedicated to helping
others as shown by his support for Summits of Hope and Turning Point Recovery.