So your child wants to take Accutane. Maybe it’s time… Accutane talk.
In this post, we will discuss conversation. Not about the birds and the bees but about a subject that might trigger similar tantrums in parents; whether your teen should take Accutane. Accutane’s talk It’s one of the most frustrating realities in life for many parents, who often want to avoid discussing it, and for teens who feel shy about expressing their desire to do it. After all, teens often feel that their parents might not be comfortable with Accutane, so they’re often hesitant to discuss the topic.
A similar scenario plays out over and over again. A parent and a teenager come in for an initial consultation. Teenagers are feeling very self-conscious about their acne. They often try many different therapies without much improvement.
Teenagers are increasingly frustrated and eager to make acne stop working. Typically one or more friends have taken Accutane with great results. Teenagers have studied Accutane and are already aware of the many possible side effects, which do not shake the strong desire to take it.
On the other hand, parents have also researched Accutane and may have heard stories from another parent or family member and were concerned about some of the information that came out. Parents can relate to hearing about various side effects, whether proven or not, such as the possibility of mood swings and Depression or side effects on liver or whether Accutane affects future fertility or stunt adolescent development, among others.
On the other hand, teenagers are often more concerned with their appearance and desire to have clear skin. For many teenagers, Accutane is seen as the holy grail and nothing else can satisfy them.
So here we are in the midst of two completely opposite interests. Teens want Accutane at all costs to heal acne and eliminate the emotional consequences of acne, while parents are more concerned with safety and they don’t want to make decisions that could harm them. for your child.
What I Tell My Patients About Accutane
In my practice, I usually interpret it that way. I tell teens that parents love them and are just trying to prevent any harm to their child and that one day they may find themselves in the same position as their child. And to parents, I explain how acne affects a teen’s quality of life and that in addition to the possible side effects of taking Accutane, there are potential side effects of Accutane. The treatment did not affect the adolescent’s psyche.
Usually the discussion goes on for quite a while. We spend some time discussing the pros and cons, risks, benefits, and potential side effects of Accutane in detail. We review the accuracy of some information that parents or adolescents may have heard or read about and note that some information they may encounter in their research may not be clear. as they might initially think.
We also talk about other treatment options and look at the possibility of trying a different treatment before switching to Accutane and whether Accutane replacement therapy really works for teenage acne. or not.
For some parent/teen couples, the decision is an easy one and is sometimes made even before their first counseling session, especially if the parent has had prior experience. that with Accutane. For example, sometimes parents may have taken Accutane on their own in the past and feel comfortable using it for their child. Or perhaps the teen’s sibling or other family member has taken Accutane with good results.
This somewhat eliminates the fear for parents when making decisions about using Accutane for their children. Additionally, some parents are motivated to use Accutane for their children if the parents know that their children are experiencing severe emotional effects of acne, such as low self-esteem or less confident.
Some teenagers with significant acne may feel uncomfortable going to school in hopes of discouraging their friends from noticing their acne. Some may develop more related mental health effects. Once these significant psychological effects of acne begin to occur, the need for effective treatment becomes all the more urgent, making the decision to use Accutane less difficult for parents.
Sometimes adolescents themselves resist treatment with Accutane despite parental consent. This can happen if the teen is coping well with his acne and prefers to avoid medication in general. Additionally, some teenagers were influenced by friends who may have used Accutane and expressed cautious feelings about the overall process.
For example, some adolescents become very aware of the dryness of the skin and lips that often accompanies Accutane treatment, which for some can become a barrier to further consideration. However, it should be noted that using an appropriate moisturizer can greatly lessen the drying effect of the skin.
Every parent and teen has their own personal feelings and perceptions about Accutane use. Finally, the most important consideration is to make sure that everyone involved is comfortable with the treatment before proceeding.
What Patients Often Decide About Accutane
Conversation usually ends up with one of several possible outcomes. The first was the decision to continue treatment with Accutane. This decision is often made by parents who are looking for the most effective option for their child and are comfortable with the risks and benefits of treatment with Accutane. The parents concluded that the benefits of preventing emotional and physical scarring from acne outweighed the risks of the medication.
The second possible outcome is the decision to forgo Accutane treatment. In this case, if acne is very severe, parents should be aware that there is a high chance that alternative treatments are not effective.
It should be noted that, even for adolescents with severe acne, it is advisable for parents to initiate an initial consultation by stating that they are completely opposed to Accutane treatment and would not even consider it. is the ability to treat your own child is fairly common. Their beliefs are steadfast and they will not allow further discussion. What’s interesting, however, is what happens next.
In this case, where Accutane was completely dominated by parents, even for adolescents with severe acne that was unlikely to improve without Accutane, an alternative treatment plan was designed to provide the best possible results. As expected, the results are often very low. As teen acne continues unabated and may even worsen, both teens and parents become more frustrated and begin to realize that Accutane may be worth further consideration.
No wonder, after feeling no results with an alternative treatment, parents who initially refused to even consider Accutane for their child to return to the office, now with the intention of starting treatment. Treat Accutane as soon as possible. And the most interesting thing is that after Accutane treatment ends and the boy has a good response, parents often claim that they wish they would have started using Accutane in the first place.
This interesting transition from being staunchly opposed to Accutane at first to becoming an Accutane evangelist happens quite often.
The third possible outcome is a hybrid between the first and the second. Parents and adolescents decide whether or not to use Accutane. Depending on the severity of teenage acne and how it affects the child’s quality of life, the parent/teen duo may decide to start with a treatment plan. less aggressive with the understanding that if it doesn’t work, Accutane will take it as the next step.
This is often pleasing to both parents and teens as it gives parents the opportunity to begin with a treatment that is considered more conservative before making a decision to use Accutane. Adolescents also often understand that if less aggressive treatment doesn’t work, Accutane should be considered. For a teen who had hoped for Accutane in the first place, delaying treatment wasn’t always welcome.
However, the delay in treatment usually does not last long. Also, depending on the type and severity of acne, alternative treatments can actually provide enough improvement so that teens can be satisfied and Accutane can be deferred.
Admittedly, these scenarios are oversimplified for illustrative purposes. Each parent/adolescent duo has unique circumstances that may require very different treatment considerations.
In short, Accutane Talk is an important ritual that helps all parties come to an informed decision about Accutane’s role in a teen’s treatment plan. The goal is to achieve a level of comfort that pleases both the teen and the parent to make the process as positive and productive as possible.
Advanced Acne Treatment Institute is a unique dermatology facility located in Miami, Florida that specializes solely in the treatment of acne. We only focus on providing the most effective treatments to help our patients achieve clear, glowing skin. We are happy to share our insights and views on acne treatment as an educational service, however this information is provided for educational purposes only and should not be considered advice. medical care and is not a substitute for seeking advice and treatment by an appropriate medical professional.