Having a small pimple here and there is one thing but having cystic acne is a whole other concern entirely. Cystic acne is the most serious form of acne and is caused by small cysts that form underneath the skin. And not only can cystic acne make you feel self-conscious about your appearance, but it can also be a literal pain; making things like even washing your face be a little painful. So, what can you do about cystic acne? If you want to fight it from the inside out, Dr. Toni Stockton at Stockton Dermatology may recommend Accutane.
What Is Accutane?
Accutane is an oral medication that is used to treat cystic acne that has not responded to treatments such as clindamycin or benzoyl peroxide. Accutane belongs to the retinoid family of drugs and works to help decrease oil production.
How Long Do I Have to Take It For?
Typically, Dr. Toni Stockton will put you on a 15 to 20-week cycle where you have to take the capsules twice a day.
How Long Does It Take To Work?
One thing that many people are shocked at is that most patients’ acne usually gets worse after the first couple of days which is a normal occurrence, but it should get a little better after that. Patients start to see full results after using this drug consistently for about one to two months.
Can Anyone Take It?
No. If you are nursing, pregnant, or plan on becoming pregnant, you can’t take Accutane. Additionally, manufacturers of this drug discourage long-term use of this medication, which makes it crucial that you listen to and follow all of Dr. Stockton’s instructions and recommendations. During your initial appointment with Dr. Stockton, she will help determine whether or not you are a suitable candidate for this treatment.
Are There Side Effects?
Side effects of Accutane include nosebleeds, minor swelling near the lips or eyelids, crusty skin, an upset stomach, and dry lips and mouth. If symptoms change or get worse or if you experience more serious side effects such as mood changes or joint and muscle pain, call our office right away.
Do you want to learn more about Accutane and other cystic acne treatments? Schedule an appointment at our Phoenix office and call us at (480) 610-6366.