Fast Five Quiz: What Do You Know About Acne?

William James, MD; Robert A. Schwartz, MD, MPH


October 05, 2016

Acne can be a very depressing situation. It can alter personality development in the adolescent stage and may facilitate hostility, anger, and antisocial behavior. Associated mood changes and depression have also been reported during treatment. Isotretinoin may heighten feelings of depression and suicidal thoughts. Although a cause-and-effect relationship has not been established, patients should be informed of this potential effect and must sign a consent form acknowledging they are aware of this potential risk. Isotretinoin is also teratogenic and is Category X, with no indication for its use during pregnancy.

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