Acne can be a serious problem for teens. There is a deep connection between an adolescent's skin and their emotional well-being. While there isn’t a cure for acne there are ways to help keep it better controlled and help teens maintain or develop more confidence around others.
Isotretinoin, previously known as Accutane, comes from Vitamin A and works by suppressing the production of oil in the sebaceous glands of the skin. For people with severe acne, the glands can be hyperactive. The oils within the gland can contain bacteria. Decreasing oil production can help clear blemishes. Isotretinoin has a high rate of success and can be credited with improving both skin and self-esteem.
For many, once the sebaceous glands are shrunk they rarely become as large as they once were prior to treatment and are often considered improved for the long-term.
Isotretinoin has certain risks and it’s important to only take it under the supervision of your provider. To help mitigate the risk of birth defects, girls will be required to take birth control and an abstinence pledge. A regular blood test will be performed to ensure the drug doesn’t cause damage to the liver or kidneys. Patients may experience greater sensitivity to the sun but the effect may be managed by drinking more water, utilizing oil-free SPF, and wearing protective eyewear.
To evaluate your adolescent for Isotretinoin use please call for an evaluation appointment at 801-894-1333.
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