The answer to this question is not as straightforward as you may think. Accutane has helped hundreds and thousands of people with acne. Some people can go through one round of the drug and be cured. Others find little or no relief. There are also what I call serial Accutane users; people who continue to go back to this medication after its effects have worn off.
In defense of Accutane (or any other treatment for problem skin), if you do not take away the cause of problem skin, then Accutane or any other treatment is compromised as to its efficacy. If you keep bumping into a door, you can treat the bruises with ointments to help them fade, but unless you determine that bumping into the door is causing the bruises in the first place, you can see how ineffective any treatment might be.
Although Accutane is supposed to be prescribed for stage IV, nodular acne—the most severe cases—I have found that many of my clients who didn’t have such severe cases were readily given a prescription. From the experiences of my clients coming in and relating their stories to me, I have also found many people have been on Accutane more than a few times, without even having major problems with their skin.
There is a lot of information about Accutane on this blog. I hope these articles provide you with sufficient information to make an informed decision on whether or not to go on this drug yourself or to have your teenager start taking Accutane. Do more research, find as many answers to your questions as you can. If you’ve read anything here, you know I am not in favor of using Accutane to “cure” problem skin. There are many who are believers, I’m just not one of them. Good luck on your search!
To understand how going on Accutane isn’t always a cure for your problem skin, please read:
- Problem skin profile: Donna
- Help for Breakouts
- Sugar & Skin Problems
- Problem Skin Helpers: Yonka + more