San Francisco Accutane and generic version Isotretnoin treats teen and adult acne. Learn more about Accutane side-effects, cost to one’s health in the long-term and locate alternative treatments to Accutane near me in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Some cases of acne are so severe that nothing seems to work. Although more prevalent in the teenage years adult acne can be just as serious and difficult to treat. Cystic acne particularly can have devastating effects on the skin and especially on one’s self-esteem. Sufferers desperate for relief sometimes resort to drastic measures hoping to get their breakouts under control. Accutane is an acne treatment that can be considered quite drastic because of the serious side-effects and health risks associated with it.
The Accutane brand is no longer available for purchase. The generic drug Isotretnoin, however, is still prescribed by dermatologists and medical professionals. It’s an oral medication that belongs to the retinoid family. It’s used to treat the most aggressive acne cases and only after antibiotics or other methods have failed to work. It controls cystic or nodular acne by reducing the amount of sebum produced by the oil glands, making the pores less sticky and giving bacteria less ‘food’ to thrive.
Accutane can only be prescribed if certain conditions are met and agreed upon by the patient. Because Isotretnoin can cause severe life-threatening birth defects, the drug cannot be used during pregnancy. In fact, it’s so dangerous to the developing fetus that women of child-bearing age must agree in writing to use two specific forms of birth control. They must also consent to have regular pregnancy tests before, during, and after taking Isotretnoin. Furthermore, serious Accutane side-effects include: suicidal thoughts, severe headaches, depression, aggression, blurred vision, hearing loss, sleeping problems and many others.
Dr. Mosser and his team of dedicated clinicians pride themselves on offering only the safest and most effective skin treatments. Moderate to severe and cystic acne cases are usually referred to a skin specialist for treatment. For milder breakouts and acne scars Dr. Mosser has great success using the Forever Clear BBL Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) to reduce blemishes and clear up skin.
Forever Clear BBL is the most powerful IPL technology that uses light to treat less severe skin eruptions without products or medications. Three different light wavelengths work together to help clear the skin from acne-causing microbes. They’re also effective for the scars and discoloration that acne can leave behind. The first BLUE BBL light stops the proliferation of bacteria in the pores. The second YELLOW BBL light reduces inflammation and redness. The third INFRA-RED light helps to support the health of tissues and improve the complexion overall. When it comes to smoothing skin the Forever Clear BBL offers the best acne treatment possible that’s gentle yet highly effective.
Chemical peels such as the Vi Peel should not be overlooked as a possible option for mild acne and acne scar removal. The Vi Peel contains a combination of trichloroacetic acid and Retin-A, two powerful and safe medications that destroy acne-causing bacteria. To address pigmentation issues, the Vi Peel now offers a Hydroquinone and Kojic acid formulation called the Precision Plus peel. After a series of treatments, the Vi Peel range of products can effectively address acne and acne scars in addition to skin texture, tone and mild laxity for patients with all skin types.
* Individual results may vary, and not guaranteed.