Acne Treatment Ballincollig Cork Roaccutane

I have been working in The Grove Medical Centre since 2016.  I have a special interest in Dermatology.  As well as seeing lots of skin conditions, I have a particular interest in acne.  I have completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Practical Dermatology (PgDip).  I treat the patients in my own surgery but I’m also happy to see other patients ideally with a referral from their own GP.

Acne is a very common condition and is usually well managed with creams or gels.  More moderate acne requires medication in a tablet form of which there are several options.  However, in patients aged 12 or older with severe acne which has not responded to usual treatments or acne that is scarring there is a role for Roaccutane.

Roaccutane is a really effective medication in tablet form which can give lasting clearance for acne.  It works by reducing sebum production; sebum is the oil which causes pores to block.  Roaccutane is taken as a course, usually for 6 months.  Monthly reviews are required.  Some blood monitoring is required.  There are several side effects with Roaccutane.  Dryness of the skin is a major side effect as this is how the medications works.

Roaccutane is teratogenic, meaning it cannot be taken during pregnancy as it causes major birth defects.  This means that contraception is required for a month prior to, for the duration of treatment and for a month on completion of the Roaccutane course.  A urine pregnancy test needs to be done monthly.  Historically there has been a link between Roaccutane and low mood and this will also be monitored.  Full a full list of other side effects and more information on Roaccutane, visit this link.


If you are interested in starting on Roaccutane and discussing consultation charges, please click below for contact details.

Dr. Ciara Aherne