The thing about acne is that it is 100% curable in almost every patient. But in order to properly treat it, the acne patient needs to take their treatment plan seriously. Sometimes devising an acne regimen feels like an art form—figuring out the correct combination of therapies and treatments for a specific patient can be tricky. The best results always come when the patient is serious about their treatment and compliant with their regimen. But when the acne is so severe that even an intense regimen won’t clear the skin, it’s time to turn to Accutane
Often times, when Accutane is mentioned to patients, a look of panic crosses their faces. There has been much misleading information about Accutane, including that it causes depression. It should be noted that no studies have been able to demonstrate Accutane causing an increase in depression or suicidal behavior. In fact, some recent studies have shown exactly the opposite. A 2010 review of over 1700 patients taking Accutane showed no increased incidence of suicidal ideation or attempted suicide. A 2011 study suggested that, in fact, it is severe acne that should be linked to increased depression, and not Accutane usage. This sentiment was also reflected in a 2012 study, which showed that psychological disturbances were clearly increased by acne, but not by Accutane.
Over 50 million people have acne in the United States at one time, yet it is still one of those embarrassing issues that the majority of us try to tackle alone and are too ashamed to talk about. Many acne sufferers will either pick at their skin or self-treat it with anything and everything they find in the drugstore and the results can leave scars—both physically and psychologically. Acne, just like eczema and psoriasis, needs to be treated in partnership with a medical professional. It’s one-dimensional to think that the condition of our skin has no impact on our mental health. Acne, as it turns out, is not just skin-deep.