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Why shouldn't you use topical antibiotics while on accutane?

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I've been on accutane for one month now. I used dalacin topical solution on my face prior to starting accutane and continue to use it now. My face is clear and I worry that if I go off the dalacin, my face will break out since it will take a few more months for the accutane to be totally effective. I am on accutane mainly for the acne on my back.

Doctors and everyone else, it seems, recommend that you do not use any topical antibiotics on your face/skin while taking accutane, but nobody has told me why.

Does anyone know why you're not supposed to use a topical solution (like dalacin) while on accutane? Any help/advice would be much appreciated.

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I think b/c it can dry out your skin even worse or irritate the skin. Also, there is a class of antibiotics- tetracycline I think- that if taken with Accutane increase the chance of more severe side effects- like pressure in the brain. I guess b/c Accutane is so powerful they just want to limit what you put on your skin and body. I guess if you're female, it could have something to do with birth control. But of course, these are all just guesses.


Regimen:

Cetaphil Face Wash

Cetaphil Lotion/Oil of Olay

Fish Oil 2x per day

Accutane (Claravis) 60mg per day- began 1/10/09


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you can probably get away with using topicals in the first month.. maybe 2. but after that, you will probably notice a huge change in your skin. it becomes really dry and sensitive to just about everything besides lotion. i still spot treat on occasion... but harsh acne products will probably burn your skin and make it more red. i was sooo afraid to stop using topics too... but its been 5 months since i used acne cream on my whole face and i love it!! i dont ever want to be tied down to that stuff again. you really shouldnt need to use anything on your face besides lotion while on accutane... it does all the work for you.

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I used Clidamycin phosphate gel throughout the course, but it's very gentle and non-drying. My derm didn't prescribe it to me until he prescribed Accutane. Different docs prefer different methods I suppose.

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Thanks for the help guys! I do moisturize quite a bit to keep my skin from totally drying out. I was worried that maybe it would somehow inhibit the effectiveness of accutane longterm or something like that. So here's hoping y'all are right.

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