Can Accutane Help Seborrheic Dermatitis?

Can accutane help seb derm on my face around my nose and cheeks

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Seborrheic dermatitis. Key treatments

Seborrheic dermatitis is due to a yeast called Malassezia. The key treatments address the killing of the yeast. 

Such treatments include

  1. ketoconazole shampoos
  2. selenium sulphide shampoos
  3. zinc pyrithione shampoos
  4. ciclopirox shampoos
  5. oral itraconazole

As well as treatments that stop inflammation such as topical steroids. 

Accutante is not a primary treatment, although a proportion of users could notice changes based on alteration of the oil glands. Some individuals with seborrheic dermatitis will flare with treatment with accutane as well. 

Accutane for seborrheic dermatitis

This is an interesting question.  Accutane is certainly no indicated for seborrheic dermatitis and the side effect profile presents more risks than benefits.  However, accutane modifies oil glands as it treats acne and seborrheic dermatitis is mediated by oil gland activity as well.  While accutane would certainly impact seborrheic dermatitis in a positive manner, it is not a practical treatment option for this otherwise benign condition.

Corey L. Hartman, MD, FAAD
Birmingham Dermatologic Surgeon
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