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Accutane

Reston Virginia Dermatology Medical Spa & Wellness Center

Acne is something that no one wants to deal with. Especially if it is unrelenting. Here at WellMedica, we treat severe cases of acne with Accutane. It is important not to use this drug if pregnant – it can cause severe, life-threatening birth defects. One must be on birth control as required by the program. Do not take other vitamin supplements containing Vitamin A, and do not donate blood while and for at least 30 days after you stop taking Accutane.

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What Is Accutane?

Accutane belongs to a class of drugs known as retinoids. This is a form of vitamin A. The vitamin A helps to reduce the amount of facial oil (sebum) that gets released by oil glands. Thus, your skin will renew itself quicker.

When Is Accutane Used?

Accutane treats severe cases of nodular acne also typically know as cystic acne. Accutane is usually prescribed after other medications such as antibiotics, benzoyl peroxide, clindamycin, minocycline, and more have been tried without success. As mentioned Accutane reduces the production of facial oil which can lead to severe acne if left untreated. Accutane targets the cells where acne keeps coming back over and over again and kills them off. Accutane may also be used for other purposes not listed here.

Can Anyone Use Accutane?

Accutane is available under a special program called “iPLEDGE” which we can discuss with you when you come in for a consultation at WellMedica. It is dangerous to find the product and purchase online outside of the United States. During the consultation one should let us know if you have a personal family history of mental illness, heart disease, high cholesterol, bone disorders, diabetes, and asthma which may factor in to get prescribed.

Types Of Cysts

These are small, benign bumps filled with an oily substance called sebum. They are also known as epidermoid cysts. Sebaceous cysts often form within hair follicles. Ruptured sebaceous glands can also cause cysts. These are the glands that make oil for your skin and hair. In rare cases, sebaceous cysts can be caused by an inherited condition called Gardner’s syndrome.

These are benign and usually form on your wrist or hand. However, they can also develop on your feet. The reason they form is not known. Ganglion cysts tend to occur along a tendon sheath. They are more common in women than in men.

Ovarian cysts often form when the follicle that normally releases an egg does not open. This causes fluid to build up and form a cyst. Cysts occur most often between the onset of puberty and menopause. They are usually found during pelvic exams. They are associated with an increased risk of cancer when they occur after menopause.

These are benign and can develop in your breasts when your milk ducts are blocked. They commonly occur in women in their 30s and 40s. They can cause pain or tenderness in the affected area. Chalazia are benign that occur on your eyelids when the oil gland duct is blocked. These can cause tenderness, light sensitivity, and painful swelling. If they get too big, they can cause vision problems. These form near the top of the buttocks. They are usually filled with skin debris, body oils, hair, and other matter.

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