Accutane treatment can make you feel drowsy and dizzy. These side effects increase when you drink alcohol so it generally recommended that you should avoid alcohol intake.
Drinking alcohol during Accutane treatment tends to make you feel the effects (feel intoxicated) more than usual. Also drinking on Accutane can make hangovers worse.
From my research, the advice from dermatologists varies about whether you should or should not drink booze:
- Some dermatologists never even mention alcohol when prescribing Accutane.
- Some dermatologists advise no more than 4-6 units per week (not to be consumed all at once!)
- Others dermatologists warn that drinking can put extra strain on your liver, because it has the same effect as too much vitamin A in the body. During Accutane treatment you will usually have blood test to monitor your liver.
In my opinion you should not drink excessively due to the potential liver damage and the possibility of a worse hangover than usual is more reason not drink whilst on Accutane – it is just not worth it.
What are your experiences of drinking alcohol and taking Accutane?
Vitamin A foods to cut back on during Accutane treatment
Carrots is is one of the foods that contain high levels of Vitamin A (photo by heliosphan on flickr).
Accutane is a naturally form of vitamin A, and therefore it is recommended that you avoid vitamin A supplements and curb intake of foods with high levels of vitamin A during Accutane treatment.
Is it ok to eat foods containing vitamin A?
Yes, but do not exceed the dietary guidelines. Most foods should display the amount of vitamin A contained and recommended daily amount on the food label.
Vitamin A is stored in your body (fat-soluble) so you do not need to consume every day as your body stores vitamin A for future use.
The daily recommended amount is
- 7 mg a day for men
- 6 mg a day for women
What will happen if I exceed the daily amount on Accutane?
Your side effects will more than likely increase.
Foods that contain high levels on vitamin A:
Acne problems? Don?t hide away
If you have skin problems like acne do not hide away. You may feel like your acne is not serious enough to be treated by a doctor, but most doctors perceive acne as a serious skin condition that needs to be treated at an early stage. An early diagnosis can help prevent a lot of heartache in the future.
6 reasons to visit your doctor:
- If your acne does not go away after trying over-the-counter remedies. Always give at least two weeks of one treatment before moving onto another.
- You have a large amount spots on either your face, back, neck and other parts of your body.
- Your acne is at risk of scarring your skin.
- You have cystic acne – cystic acne is the large painful boils that have no heads (white puss).
- If your skin is flushed on your cheeks, nose, chin or forehead you may have rosacea .
- Your acne is making you feel clinically depressed – is your acne making you stay away from school or work?
Shaving can help prevent Acne
A tip for the guys (and maybe some hairy girls). If you are old enough to shave then you will be interested to know that regular shaves can help reduce the amount of spots you get.
Growing a beard will not aggregate your acne, but if you are a lazy shaver and do not shave regularly then your skin will itch and become irritated. This may lead to more breakouts.
What would you define as regularly?
Personally, I prefer to shave every day, but everyone is different and you may find that shaving every two days works for you.
Why is shaving good for your skin?
Shaving is an excellent way of exfoliating your skin and removing dead skin cells.
Tips for shaving:
- Always wash your face with warm water beforehand to soften your skin. If practical, shaving in the shower will help.
- Using gentle, circular strokes when applying shaving gel/cream. This will again soften your skin and make shaving easier.
- Use a good quality shaver, possible with at least 3 blades. Gillette is very good and ?the best a man can get? apparently. Less strokes: less irritation for your skin.
- Shave with the grain (downward strokes) for a closer shave.
- Shave around inflamed and sore areas to avoid infection.
- If you are taking Accutane use a sensitive skin shaving gel to calm your skin down, as your skin is extremely sensitive and dry during Accutane treatment.
How often do you shave?
is it normal to get an initial breakout after starting Accutane?
Yes, it is common to experience an initial breakout on Accutane.
Prepare yourself for a significant acne flare up as it is usual for a patient’s skin to get worse before it gets better during Accutane treatment. The week you experience the dreaded breakout can vary from person to person, but it is usually within the first 10 weeks of treatment.
Someone people say that the initial breakout can be the worst acne breakout they have ever had. During this initial breakout it is easy to lose faith and contemplate quitting Accutane. Stay strong, going on Accutane is a rocky ride and you need to take the lows with the highs.
Bio oil to treat Acne Scars
If you are currently popping Accutane pills to treat your acne, you may already be asking yourself, how can I get rid of my acne scars/red marks left by spots?
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Many acne sufferers have found that bio oil can help heal acne scars. Bio oil is ideally used for scars, stretch marks and uneven skin tone, but can also be used for insect bites/stings and dry or scaly skin.
Bio oil is surprisingly non-greasy and works by softening your skin. Bio Oil can work well for Accutane users because your skin is usually extremely dry during treatment, so your skin needs to be moisturized regularly.
Try to avoid using excessive amount of bio oil whilst taking Accutane treatment, due to the high levels of Vitamin A found in bio oil. Accutane already contains large amounts of Vitamin A so you should be careful you do not overdose. I would recommend applying no more than twice a day.
How to apply bio oil in the morning?
To get the best results from bio oil, follow these three steps:
- Wash your face with water.
- While your face is still wet dab bio oil over your red marks.
- Dab your face dry with a towel (only dab gently because if you wipe all the oil off your skin it will become dry again).
Avoid using bio oil if you are not taking Accutane and you have oily skin, as you will be more prone to breakouts.
How to cope with Teenage Acne Angst?
If your loved one is experiencing problems with acne you may feel helpless in ways to support them through their skin problems. Do not fret, there are ways in which you can help a loved one feel better about their skin.
Acne is a common skin disease that affects the majority of the population at some point in their lives. Acne is prevalent in young people, because during adolescence hormones cause the skin’s oils glands to become more active and this can produce spots.
Many people under estimate the seriousness of acne due to it being so common. However, acne should not be taken lightly as the skin disease can result in various physical and emotional problems. Acne can be very painful for cystic acne sufferers and lead to scarring of the skin if left untreated. Acne can increase levels of anxiety and in extreme cases can lead to clinical depression.
Here are some simple tips to support your loved one or friend through acne:
- Age does not matter. Do not say to your loved one “That everyone your age gets spots”. This simple will not wash (excuse the pun) with most acne sufferers. Most young people will be able to think of several friends that “have never had a spot in their lives” and “have perfect skin”. It is true, some people have lucky genes and never get spots.
- Share your own experience. If you have previously suffered from acne why not share your own experience? For example, explain to them that there is light at the end of the tunnel and that they will not have to suffer this horrible disease forever. You are living and walking proof that acne is just temporary and not permanent. They need to hear this advice right now.
- Acne is treatable. A common mistake by acne sufferers is to leave their acne untreated, as they hope their acne will eventually clear. There are plenty of acne treatments and help available, from over-the-counter remedies like benzoyl peroxide to strong prescription drugs like accutane. Explain to your loved one, that although acne treatment might not clear your skin instantly, it will make you feel better about yourself as you are taking action against acne.