Isotretinoin (Accutane) is primarily used to treat bad cases of cystic acne, and to help the skin more rapidly renew itself. In addition, it is used in rare cases for certain skin cancers and skin diseases. It is a type of retinoid, which is naturally found in the body in small amounts. In the USA, it’s a prescription drug, but it is sold over the counter without a prescription in many countries.
Bodybuilders who use anabolic steroids have utilised accutane to counteract the negative effects of steroids on their skin; especially, the acne related side effects.
Since chances of acne are increased with anabolic steroid use, and bodybuilding requires looking good (especially physique competitors), many athletes who have failed to conquer their acne with natural remedies will turn to accutane.
It is the androgenic increases associated with steroids that will trigger increased acne. This is especially true for those genetically prone to the condition. Also, the hormonal changes can trigger acne as well, such as increased testosterone levels.
Among bodybuilders, the dosage should be conservative. Once a day dose of 10-20mgs for 6-8 weeks maximum should work fine. Among the general public fighting acne, a dosage of 50-150mg per day may be prescribed by their physician. It is a good idea to take the drug with a large meal. In addition, it may be necessary to use multiple courses of treatment.