The incredible emotional and psychological trauma caused by acne in children and adults cannot be overstated. While acne vulgaris may not impact our physical bodies the way other infections can, it tends to profoundly impact how people view themselves. At Ginsburg Dermatology Center and Medical Spa in Birmingham, Alabama, Dr. Barry Ginsburg is an experienced dermatologist who understands how to help patients afflicted with acne to find smoother, healthier, and clearer skin.
Acne is a widespread skin condition that impacts most people during their teen years. However, this stubborn disease can affect other age groups as well. Even adults in their 20s to 40s can suffer from acne outbreaks, even if they never experienced them as teenagers.
And while this condition is very common, treatment is still a necessity. Those who think that allowing the body to “outgrow” acne make a terrible mistake. The damage the disease can cause to your skin and emotional and social development can have a lasting impact.
Severe acne cases have been linked to depression and even suicidal thoughts. And while acne is treatable, many over-the-counter treatments only offer temporary relief or do not work.
Treating Acne with Accutane
Accutane is a natural treatment derivative of Vitamin A and has been in use since the 1980s. The drug was first approved to treat the most severe cases of cystic acne, and over the years, it’s shown to be effective against all types of acne. After treatment with accutane a significant percentage of patients never have acne again.
Plus, Accutane is among the safest acne treatments on the market.
Dry lips and skin are among the most common side effects, while depression is an incredibly rare side effect. During Accutane treatment, it’s vital for you and others to watch your emotional well-being.
There’s also evidence that Accutane may cause inflammatory bowel disease. However, the evidence for this side effect is very weak.
That said, doctors often use derivatives of Vitamin A such as isotretinoin for other medical circumstances, such as preventing and treating skin cancers in their patients.
Accutane has been the gold standard for acne treatment for most patients, with a high success rate while causing very few significant side effects.
Getting Clear for Good with Accutane
When it comes to how long it takes Accutane to treat acne, it mostly depends on the patient. For some, it can start working almost immediately; for others, it may take a couple of months. Contact the Ginsburg Dermatology Center and Medical Spa and schedule your appointment with Dr. Ginsberg today to learn more about Accutane. Our phone number is (205) 209-4780, and we are located at 972 Montclair Rd, #100 Birmingham, AL.