I took accutane in high school (I had an overzealous dematologist!) for the treatment of normal zits over the course of a few months.
Actually, it is more appropriate for cystic acne - the kind that makes your face change shape – angry, red lumpy acne.
Careful OP. Not sure if the information on side effects is included in English in Taiwan but there are many potential s.e.
In case you didn’t know, accutane is “teratogenic” (lit. “monster producing”)
Here’s a quick definition from a biology dictionary:
<pharmacology, obstetrics> Tending to produce anomalies of formation or teratism (= anomaly of formation or development: condition of a monster).
If you take accutane, you can’t get a woman pregnant for six months until after you cease taking the drug. If you are a woman, I believe they advise waiting a full year.
Apparently the effects of this stuff on a fetus make Thalidomide look like no big deal.
Other possible effects range from (as noted here) liver disease to spinal deterioration to dry eyes/mouth.
It made my skin look unreal. Like a mannequin. People noticed. It was weird.