Are you prone to acne? I might just have the right medical solution for you!

Last week, I spoke about clearing your skin by using the Obagi Nu-Derm System. However, I am a firm believer that you should always first consult your local general practitioner or dermatologist to find the best skin solution for you personally.

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One solution, which is only available through prescription, is Isotretinoin. Simply put, Isotretinoin, is a prescription of capsules that are used to treat what is considered to be severe acne in anyone aged 12 or above where other alternative methods such as antibiotics haven't worked to reduce acne.

How does it work? Is it successful?

It works by slowing the production of substances that cause acne (such as excess sebum) and it is usually prescribed for acne treatment for 6 months at a time. However, the actual period depends on the consultancy and diagnoses from your doctor on the best course of action to get your desired results for acne treatment. With regards to the actual treatments for acne, as with most medications, results differ per person. Positive signs are usually noticeable within the first 2 to 3 weeks of taking the capsules, however, as I am not a medical expert I highly advise that you discuss treatment as well as duration with your dermatologist and ensure that you are aware of the risks and any side effects you might encounter during the treatment itself. Finally, Isotretinoin is by far the most effective way to improve any severe acne you might have. It has a high success rate for getting rid of severe acne. The best part is once it's gone it's gone for good. If it does return, it won't be as severe as before.

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What is the process of acquiring Isotretinoin?

Since it is a prescribed drug and there are side effects attached to taking it (speak to your local doctor about this), you will need to speak to your local dermatologist about any acne build-up you might have on your skin and, depending on the severity of your skin condition, the dermatologist will prescribe you with the medication to help your acne. Please note that this may turn out to be something other than Isotretinoin. You need to have a blood test before treatment as well as throughout the treatment period. The blood tests are to check if your kidney and liver functions are normal.

What else can I take if I don’t want to take Isotretinoin?

To determine the best treatment for any skin condition, I would always say to visit your local dermatologist to assess your specific current skin condition. However, we do have other tips and tricks we can recommend to offer healthy-looking skin that you can incorporate into your daily skincare routine. One example is the Obagi Nuderm Skincare System.

Alternatively, you should stay hydrated and always pay attention to your body and skin and how it reacts to certain substances, particularly new skincare products. Sometimes even document this to see the progress of your skin over time. This is the best way to see the hard work pay off when it comes to your skincare routine and getting better skin.

However, it’s important to understand the risks of the treatment as well. Side effects include increased skin dryness and irritation as well as worsening anxiety or depression. These serious side effects are just some of the reasons to always consult with your local dermatologist to make sure that this is the best skincare treatment for you. They will also be able to give you a full explanation of what to expect when you are on the Isotretinoin treatment.

With the help of your general practitioner or dermatologist, you can decide whether or not the Isotretinoin treatment is right for you and your skin. There is no reason that you need to live with painful, embarrassing acne when there is a reliable and effective medication that could make all of the difference short- and long-term. Talk to your doctor today and get the process started!