IPL Laser Treatment After VERY Short Course of Accutane? (photo)

I Took Roaccutane/Accutane for 10 days at 30mg and then stopped completely. It has no been a month since my last dose. Since I took such a short course, would I still need to wait the full 6 months to receive IPL laser treatment? My acne is pretty severe covering my face and back.

Doctor Answers 2

Isotretinoin and ipl

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good question


In my practice, I have my patients wait the 6 months with any light based device such as IPL or laser.   Although you may do just fine, I do not recommend taking the risk of a possible adverse event.


Pembroke Pines Dermatologist

IPL after Accutane

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Accutane has a very short half-life (one day) meaning the majority of the medication is out of your system in that time. If you stopped taking it over a month ago, I personally would say you are fine to do IPL. But every providing physician and office will be different, and some will require that you be off the Accutane for a minimum of 6 months. Also, as a side note, the IPL isn't going to help your acne. If that's what you are using it for, it won't work! If you don't want to be on Accutane, you will need to consult a physician for another form of medication, like antibiotics, etc.

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