Used to treat severe nodular or cystic acne, Accutane is a powerful form of vitamin A that works by reducing the amount of oil released by skin glands. This oil suppression then helps skin renew and refresh itself more quickly, leading to a complete acne-free appearance for 80% of users.

This oral acne treatment is a common choice among dermatologists and patients once other topical creams and gels and/or antibiotics have failed to yield results. Because of the severe birth defects linked to Accutane use, patients must participate in the iPLEDGE program, ensuring regular pregnancy tests and ongoing usage of two birth control methods while in treatment.