The benefits of Accutane

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The benefits of Accutane

So who should take Accutane? The traditional teaching is that Accutane is only for patients with very severe, cystic and scarring acne but as dermatologist we now recognize that many other patient groups would benefit from this highly effective medication. So patients who have mild acne that might already have scars on the skin, patients who may have psychological scarring for their acne, patients who've tried everything and it's just not working, those would be patients where we may have that discussion, would Accutane be a reasonable option for them. Why would they want to take it? What's so unique about this medication? Well, first of all, when patients take Accutane for a course of treatment around four to six months, almost all of them are clear or almost clear at the end of treatment. And the really unique, distinguishing thing about Accutane compared to all other acne treatments, is that it has the potential to induce a remission. So that means after the treatment two out of three patients, approximately, who've taken the Accutane, will stay clear or pretty close to clear for the rest of their life and that's attractive for a lot of patients. They're willing to take the time, make the commitment, have the blood work, accept the side effects in order to get that payoff, that chance of having a lifelong remission from acne.
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Dr. Shannon Humphrey is at the forefront of innovation in dermatology. Her active dermatology practice in Vancouver, British Columbia, is centered on the principle of using world-leading dermatological technologies and products to deliver healthy beautiful skin.

As the Director of Continuing Medical Education and Associate Clinical Professor in the Department of Dermatology and Skin Science at the University of British Columbia, Dr. Humphrey teaches in the undergraduate, post-graduate and CME dermatology programs and also established an acne and rosacea subspecialty clinic. In addition to treating patients, Dr. Humphrey is an active clinical trialist, serving as the principal investigator for numerous pivotal cosmetic clinical trials.

Dr. Humphrey is a regular voice in local and national media and is an active committee member with the American Academy of Dermatology, the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery, the Women's Dermatologic Society, and the Canadian Dermatology Association.

A recognized expert in the use of soft tissue fillers and neuromodulators in particular, Dr. Humphrey is a frequent speaker and oft-published author on these topics with a continued focus on her personal passion for achieving natural-looking results.

Dr. Humphrey received her Bachelor of Science and MD with distinction from Dalhousie University, completed her dermatology residency at the University of British Columbia and is a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and a Diplomate of the American Board of Dermatology.

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