Is Accutane okay to take?

I\'ve been hearing scary things about the long term side effects of Accutane. Do you agree?

No, I really don’t.  There’s no question that Accutane is a serious medication and the FDA guidelines must be followed absolutely to the letter.  If they are, side effects and risks are almost always temporary and not serious.  It has also been safely used in tens of thousands (if not more) of patients world wide since the early 1980s and is a godsend for anyone who has the very serious form of cystic, scarring acne.  Every few years, it seems like there is a new Accutane scare and many of the them have not turned out to be substantial. Please write again if there is a specific long term side effect about which you are concerned or ask your dermatologist!  Dr. I

Dr. Brandith Irwin, MD

Ask me your skincare question!

Hi, I’m Dr. Irwin. I believe that consumers deserve a medically trained and unbiased skin care advocate.

  • All our content is written and researched by myself.
  • My medical office in Seattle has treated thousands of patients for 15+ years.
  • This site is not affiliated or financially tied to any product, treatment or device.
Ask Me Something
SkinTour Skincare
One of the best investments in your skin is your daily skincare. Why? Because you can prevent many problems with blotchy skin color, lack of glow, texture, some types of acne, and fine lines with good skincare products. You can also correct some of these problems with effective skincare products. Great skincare is often more expensive because quality ingredients are expensive. Some companies spend on research/development which benefits all of us and adds to the cost. Are they worth it? In general - yes! I have handpicked some of what I consider to be the best skin care products, and offer them for sale on SkinTour's shop. This is based on my team and I's testing and research at our clinic. Many of the products are in my own regimen. What could be better than using skin care products a dermatologist uses?!