If you suffer from severe acne that has NOT responded to traditional acne treatments like low-dose antibiotics or birth control, your doctor or dermatologist may prescribe the popular acne treatment, Accutane or Roaccutane.
Accutane or Roaccutane is a drug that has been widely used to reduce acne symptoms after a course of approximately 4-6 months. It was originally prescribed to people who presented with severe acne that did not respond to other traditional treatments but has since gained popularity has been prescribed more frequently for less severe acne.
Why is Accutane one of the most controversial drugs on the planet?
Most people are unaware of the documented list of severe and some permanent side effects associated to taking Accutane.
Common side effects include:
- Dry eyes
- Dry lips
- Sensitivity to sun
- Thinning hair
- Extremely dry skin
Most people are aware of these tolerable side effects and choose to continue on with their course of Accutane. But what many people don’t know is there is also a LONG list of serious side effects that have been reported which continued long after stopping the medication.
More serious side effects include:
- Severe allergic reactions
- Difficulty breathing
- Vision problems
- Hearing loss
- Permanent liver damage
- Permanent migraines and headaches
- Skeletal hyperostosis
- Severe aches and pains in lower back
- Birth defects (if taken when pregnant or trying to conceive)
Due to the possibility of birth defects and harm to unborn child, it should never be used during pregnancy and women who have taken the drug should avoid pregnancy for at least a month after ceasing taking the drug.
There is also suggestions that taking Accutane or Roaccutane may lead to depression, anxiety, mood disorders and suicidal thoughts. Researchers still debate whether the drug causes depression however the manufacturer openly states that “Synthetic derivatives of vitamin A, can negatively impact brain chemicals such as dopamine and serotonin.”
The FDA website goes on to warn “All patients treated with isotretinoin should be observed closely for symptoms of depression or suicidal thoughts, such as sad mood, irritability, acting on dangerous impulses, anger, loss of pleasure … mood disturbance, psychosis, or aggression.”
Furthermore, statistics show that there were 72 suicides linked to Accutane between 1989 and 2003 by American teens younger than 18. This statistic is HIGHER than suicides linked to Prozac – a popular anti-depressant drug.
Accutane or Roaccutane works by stopping excess oil production responsible for causing acne. The issue is that the drug damages your sebum glands and liver function during the course of medication and your liver may not be able to balance your hormones properly.
Did you know you can achieve the same results safely and naturally?
Accutane or Roaccutane works to improve fat metabolism and reduce inflammation however both of these benefits can be achieved naturally and safely.
How? By using the right diet, supplements and skin care alternatives that aren’t going to cause potentially irreversible damage to your body and depression. By increasing your intake of foods high in Vitamin A and Beta-Carotene you can effectively reduce the over-production of oil by your sebaceous glands without the side effects!
Supplements like vitamin C, E, Zinc and Glutamine all help to boost immune function in the body and reduce inflammation that is responsible for the red, inflamed breakouts associated to acne.
Accutane is NOT the magical solution to acne and can make your skin worse!
Do not be fooled into thinking that accutane is the magical solution for acne. It does not treat the root cause of acne, it merely addresses the symptoms.
By stopping your skin’s natural oil production, you can experience more dryness which ultimately can lead to premature ageing. The secret to maintaining youthful skin is to keep your skin adequately hydrated inside and out. If you’re stopping your skin’s natural oil production, your skin is more prone to wrinkling and can make you look older than you are.
The best long-term acne solution is one that addresses the internal issues of WHY you are suffering from acne. Skin conditions are your bodies way of saying there is something wrong and you need help. Turning to Accutane or Roaccutane is not the answer, it will simply mask the issue and potentially cause more problems in the long term.
Look to a long-term solution that uses natural methods like diet, lifestyle and skincare solutions to clear your skin forever without the drugs, chemical products and gimmicky tricks.
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Have you tried a course of Accutane before? What were your experiences like? I’d love to hear from you in the comments below.