Isotretinoin

Isotretinoin belongs to the group of drugs called Retinoids. It is commonly used to treat severe cystic acne, that is not getting better with other treatment methods. Isotretinoin reduces oil production on the face.

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How to get rid of acne and acne scars?

Query: Hi doctor, I am asking questions on behalf of my son. Due to pandemics, we are not allowed to consult a dermatologist in person. But his skin has changed drastically. He is 16 years old and his face looks old. He has dark spots due to acne scarring and so he decided to use Ambi skincare fade crea...  Read Full »


Dr. Vikash Paudel

Dermatologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Acne occurs commonly in teenagers. They appear and disappear with age. They occur due to sebum production from the oil glands present in the face. It blocks the oil tract present on the surface of the skin. It gets aggravated by oily cosmetics and bacteria. Treatment de...  Read Full »

Why have I started to have lots of acne on my face, particularly on my forehead?

Query: Hi doctor,I use to have clear skin. Since moving to a new place, I start to have lots of acne on my face, particularly on my forehead. I thought that it would disappear soon but it has got worse. I did some research and assumed that it has caused due to drinking cow's milk. Even after stopping it, i...  Read Full »


Dr. Vikash Paudel

Dermatologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Acne has a multifactorial etiology. Acne soap does not help you if you have grade 2 acne or other types. You need to take oral and topical medications. For mild grade, you can take topical Clindamycin or Retinoid acid derivative. For higher grades of acne, you need ...  Read Full »

Why is my skin bumpy after stopping Accutane three months back?

Query: Hi doctor, I was taking Accutane 40 mg for ten months. Now I have stopped taking it for three months. After stopping it, I seem to have some small elevated bumps in my skin.   Read Full »


Dr. Subhash Kashyap

Dermatologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Isotretinoin is the best drug of choice for acne vulgaris. You have taken it for ten months and it is a too long time. Young-aged people are more prone to develop acne vulgaris. It is good to use Accutane 40 mg daily for three to four months. After that, it can be s...  Read Full »

Do antibiotics help in treating acne?

Query: Hi doctor, Why do antibiotics clear acne? Is bacteria the cause of acne? Please explain.  Read Full »


Dr. Suvash Sahu

Cosmetologist, Dermatologist, Venereologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have read your query. Yes, acne is caused by a bacteria called Propionibacterium acnes, but beside this other factors also play in forming acne. Change in keratinization pattern in pilosebaceous unit, which leads to a keratinous material to cause blocking of sebum secre...  Read Full »

Is there any vitamin supplement that can be used as an alternative to Accutane for treating acne?

Query: Hi doctor, I am on Isotretinoin for around 50 days. My face is now clear and it really improved my skin as I have oily skin. But, I have noticed clay colored stools. I am also having high fever and facing weakness. Now, my veins on hand started to swell. I am also having difficulty in breathing. But...  Read Full »


Dr. Sampada Avinash Thakare

Cosmetologist, Dermatologist, Venereologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. You should visit your physician as soon as possible. All these can be symptoms of obstructive jaundice. To confirm get your blood tested for complete blood count and liver function test. Also, get a urine routine microscopic test and ultrasound abdomen. Stop oral Isotreti...  Read Full »

Would you recommend birth control pills for my acne?

Query: Hello doctor,I am a 33 year old female. As a teenager, I got acne on my face and back. In my 20's it mostly went away. I would get a pimple here and there on my face, but nothing too bad. My back cleared up completely. Now in my 30's, the acne has started to come back worse. I get breakouts on my fa...  Read Full »


Dr. Saira Mohsin

Dermatologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Please attach some good quality pictures of the affected area. Revert with more information to a dermatologist online --> https://icliniq.com./ask-a-doctor-online/dermatologist  Read Full »

Does intake of Isotretinoin affect pregnancy in the future?

Query: Hi doctor,I am an unmarried woman. My plan is to get into marriage life after two years. Currently, I have been taking Isotretinoin for the past 20 days. I have heard that it may cause infertility in women. Does Isotretinoin cause future birth defect? Will it affect my future pregnancy?  Read Full »


Dr. Jimesh H Mavani

General Practitioner, Obstetrician And Gynaecologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Actually, it is known that Isotretinoin can cause severe birth defects in the baby if taken during pregnancy. So, you must not take it, if you are pregnant. And if you have taken, then some doctor will advice termination also in early pregnancy. But, ther...  Read Full »

Is there a permanent remedy to get rid of psoriasis?

Query: Hello doctor, I would like to know a few details of the tablets which I have been taking for my scalp psoriasis. Winolap 5mg once in a while when itching is too high (without doctor's prescription). Isotretinoin drugs/other drugs (with doctor's prescription). I have been taking these medicines on a...  Read Full »


Dr. Rahul Rathee

General Medicine Physician, Internal Medicine Physician, Radiologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Isotretinoin is a potentially dangerous drug and in many countries there are very strict guidelines over its use. It basically contains retinoids which in simple language is a derivative of vitamin A. It is primarily used to treat severe cystic acne and I fail to und...  Read Full »

Does the intake of Isotretinoin result in increased facial hair?

Query: Hi doctor, I am female of 25 years old. My weight is 58 kg and height is 5'3". I am suffering from acne problem for the past 5 years. I tried many antibiotics. Now, I am on Isotretinoin for more than a month and it has really cleared my acne. But, my facial hair has increased. Will it become worse i...  Read Full »


Dr. Atishay Bukharia

Cosmetologist, Dermatologist, Family Physician, General Practitioner, HIV AIDS Specialist, Venereologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Isotretinoin has no effect on facial hair. An increase in the facial hair can be attributed to either hormonal abnormality or topical steroid abuse. Isotretinoin must be continued in tapering doses for at least six months. You need to go for a hormonal evaluation...  Read Full »

Is Isotretinoin prescribed for acne?

Query: Hi doctor, I have deep acne on the face for more than 10 years and for which my doctor has prescribed Isotretinoin drug Isokon 20 mg. The medicine seems to show a lot of improvement for acne. However, I feel that it has some side effects as I feel tired with burning eyes. Is this normal? Is Isotre...  Read Full »


Dr. Suvash Sahu

Cosmetologist, Dermatologist, Venereologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Yes, Isotretinoin is a wonder drug for acne. But, it has lots of side effects. The side effects can be avoided if you take it under strict guidance of your dermatologist. For further information consult a dermatologist online --> https://www.icliniq.com/ask-a-doctor-on...  Read Full »

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