Acne Treatment | Roaccutane
We know that acne can be an intolerable and stressful skin disease for teenagers and adults alike. The social and psychological effects of acne are just as important as the spots themself. By obtaining an expert opinion and getting the right treatment at the right time, we can help to quickly improve your skin and reduce the likelihood of scarring.
At our specialist dermatology clinic, we can offer acne treatment including Roaccutane quickly so you’re never left waiting and hoping for clearer skin.
Our Dermatologists and Dermatology Nurses have experience with treating acne in patients of all ages. Once a diagnosis of acne is confirmed, our team will discuss all of the available suitable treatment options. Our team will also be able to talk to you about the psychological impact acne has had on you, as they are all trained in mental health support and can refer you to a mental health specialist if required.
To speak to a dermatologist about acne treatment, you will need to book an initial face-to-face Dermatology consultation (£240) using the button below.
Please note the initial and follow-up dermatologist consultation costs do not include any necessary blood tests and pregnancy tests needed during treatment and the prescribed doses of Roaccutane if required.
What causes acne?
Acne is caused when hair follicles become blocked. Sebaceous glands are tiny glands found near the surface of your skin, which is attached to small holes (hair follicles) in your skin that hair grows out of. These Sebaceous glands lubricate the hair and the skin to stop it from drying out by producing an oily substance called Sebum. However, if the glands produce an excessive amount of Sebum, it mixes with dead skin cells and plugs the hair follicle. If this happens close to the surface of the skin, it causes a Whitehead. Alternatively, if the plugged hair follicle is open to the skin, it causes a blackhead. Triggers of acne include:
- Increased levels of testosterone
- Ance running in your family
- During your period (women only)
- During Pregnancy (women only)
- polycystic ovary syndrome (women only)
- Some cosmetic products
- Certain medications
How London Doctors Clinic Group can help with acne
Our experienced Dermatology team will treat your acne, tailoring your treatment based on what will work best for you depending on its severity. Treatment can often involve a combination of ointments, antibiotics, contraception pills (for women) and topical or oral retinoids.
Roaccutane is an oral retinoid used to treat severe acne in adults and young people over 12 years. This acne treatment is also very effective in preventing further acne scars.
Isotretinoin acne treatment | Roaccutane
Roaccutane is very effective for treating severe cases of acne in teenagers and young adults. As this medication can have serious side effects, it must be prescribed and supervised by a medical expert. At London Doctors Clinic, we can prescribe Isotretinoin, which is often known by the brand name Roaccutane.
Who is Roaccutane suitable for?
Roaccutane is suitable for anyone over 12 years old who is suffering from severe and chronic acne.
Who should not use Roaccutane?
Roaccutane is not suitable for female patients who are pregnant or are trying to conceive. Roaccutane is also not suitable for those who have a history of depression.
What is involved in the treatment?
One of our experienced Dermatologists will determine a suitable dosage for your treatment. Roaccutane is usually started at a low dose and increased or changed at your follow up appointment dependent on your response to treatment.
Treatment typically lasts for 4 to 6 months. Before you can be prescribed Roaccutane, you will require a series of blood tests and in female patients of childbearing potential, it may be necessary to prescribe oral contraception, to help avoid pregnancy whilst taking Roaccutane. Contraception can be stopped one month after treatment is completed. Repeat blood and pregnancy tests are required 4 to 6 weeks into treatment and possibly again as the treatment progresses.
You will need to follow up every 4-6 weeks during your treatment at which time your Roaccutane dose may be increased or decreased according to your response to treatment.
What blood tests are needed before using Roaccutane?
As Roaccutane can occasionally affect the blood count, liver function and cholesterol level, it is necessary to check these before starting Roaccutane.
They will be rechecked at regular intervals throughout your treatment to ensure that we can continue to safely prescribe your medication.
The blood tests which will require monitoring each month are full blood count, liver function tests, fasting cholesterol and triglycerides. We will complete these tests during your consultation. Results are provided via your secure patient portal, typically on the same or the next day. Women will require a monthly pregnancy test.
What are the side effects of Roaccutane?
- Increased acne is possible when treatment begins and, at each point, the dosage is increased
- Joint and muscle pain
- Dry and cracking skin
- Dry and irritated eyes
- Dry mouth and nose
- Potential nose bleeds
Patients prescribed Roaccutane should also:
- Avoid sun exposure and use a high SPF when in the sun
- Minimise alcohol consumption
- For female patients, avoid becoming pregnant
How much does Roaccutane cost?
Patients will need to attend an initial face-to-face Dermatologist consultation as well as regular follow up appointments. Blood tests and a pregnancy test (for female patients) are also required before Roaccutane can be prescribed. The Roaccutane treatment itself typically costs around £40-60 per months supply of 20mg tablets. Our dermatologist will typically be able to provide these to you at the end of your consultation.
Face-to-Face Consultant Dermatologist appointment: £240
Face-to-Face Follow-up Dermatologist appointment: £190
Please note the above consultation costs do not include necessary blood tests and pregnancy tests and the prescribed doses of Roaccutane if required.