By Dr. Mercola
- The acne drug Roaccutane (generic name, isotretinoin, and formerly sold as Accutane in the United States) is meant to be used as a last resort for severe acne, but is often prescribed for even mild cases.
- Drug maker Roche, the former manufacturer of Accutane, has paid out millions due to lawsuits over the drug causing inflammatory bowel disease.
- Accutane is also linked to depression and suicide, and is so toxic during pregnancy that it carries a Category X warning label from the FDA; women must take two pregnancy tests and consent to using two forms of contraception before receiving the drug.
- The root cause of acne is most likely not bacteria or genetics, but environmental factors—particularly your diet; dietary changes, especially eliminating sugars, fructose and grains, are often very effective at resolving acne naturally.