Acne is one of the most common diagnoses in my office. While not considered a serious medical problem, it can be a source of low self esteem and even permanent scarring.

So who should consider Accutane and why? If you have been on oral antibiotics greater than 6 months as well as multiple topical creams, this may be a better option. Accutane is normally a 5 or 6 month course. Almost everyone clears during this time, and the vast majority stay clear. The most common side effect—dryness—is less of a problem in summer.

Talk to your dermatologist about whether Accutane is right for you.