I had a question from a reader who was considering taking Accutane and whether I would recommend it.

If you have acne, you’ve probably heard about Accutane. This is a pretty messed up drug! Yes, it could clear your acne, but you may also end up with intensely painful bowels, severe depression, and a baby with a basketball head.

Watch my video below to find out why I didn’t take it and why you shouldn’t either:


Severe long term side effects only occur in a very small margin of the population. However, if you are interested in reading some real world experiences from people who regret taking Accutane, check out this thread on Acne.org to find out what happened to them. What’s scary is that permanent side effects often show up only after you’ve stopped the course of medication.

Have you been on or thought about using Accutane? What was your experience with it?