B5 vs. Accutane (isotretinion)
B5 and Accutane (isotretinion) go after acne in basically the same way. They try to prevent the over production of oil at the source of the problem.
There are a few key differences between the two however.
Side effects of Accutane (isotretinion)
• Dry and crackily skin, itching, dry nose, joint pains, nosebleed, cracked lips, pinkeye, and skin that sunburns easily.
• Less common effects are vision problems, thinning hair, upset stomach, decreased night vision, chest pain, headache, nausea, rash, depression, decreased tolerance to contact lenses, urinary discomfort, liver damage, depression.
• You must not get pregnant while taking Accutane. It causes severe birth defects.
Other things to consider.
• Not available without a prescription.
• Is very expensive.
• Doctors are very frugale about giving it away. They consider it a “last resort” to stopping acne.
• Requires frequent blood tests.
• Doctors generally only prescribe it for six months, afterwards your acne may very well return.
Side effects of B5
•A lightening of the stool and possibly mild diarrhea (generally goes away after the first month or two).
•Possible stomach irritation.
•Skin Flushing (a sporadic warming sensation of the skin). It’s not exactly a side effect because it is part of the cleansing process. It’s not caused by B5 but by niacin, one of the ingredients in our formula.
• Possible headaches during the initial detoxification (the 1st week or so of starting). It is a rare effect.
It is more common among women.
•Sensitive teeth (rare).
• Out of precaution, you should not take B5 Supplements if you are pregnant or breast feeding.
Other things to consider.
• Available without a prescription.
• Is much less expensive.
• Does not dry out the skin. Helps restore a person’s natural glow.
• Some people experience an increase in energy and sense of well being while taking B5.
• Some people experience a decrease in energy and sense of well being while taking B5.
• Aside from all the advantages of B5 over Accutane, Accutane is more effective at stopping the very worst acne. Consider B5 as the more graceful of the two, while Accutane is the one with more brute strength.
• If you have severe acne you should talk to your dermatologist about whether Accutane (isotretinion) or B5 might be right for you. B5 can often be a good alternative to try before taking the final step to Accutane. Also, if you are about to end your treatment with Accutane, B5 is a possible way to stay acne-free after the step down.