Accutane is widely controversial for its mood-changing reputation (though Dr. Schultz describes it as "one of the miracle drugs of the 20th century" for its ability to limit the amount of sebum produced by skin). While this medication should never be a first line of defense for anyone who suffers from acne, it is a great last-ditch product that can dramatically improve skin if you've already tried and failed at least two or three antibiotic options. If you have a history of severe depression or have ever been on antidepressant medications, you'll need to hit up a psychiatrist and dermatologist to ensure that Accutane is safe for you. Common side effects include joint pain, reversible hair loss, rashes, and dry skin. It should not be given to a preteen or someone who is still growing, as it can close growth plates.
"People should not be afraid of Accutane or oral medications for acne," Dr. Schultz insisted. "There's no reason you need to have acne."