Isotretinoin & Retinoids: Why Choose a Natural Alternative

Today’s trends in the health industry are going towards the direction of natural products. Of course, there are always exceptions but it is widely known that they only prove rules. This is the right way to have the things done and this should be followed by other spheres of our life: for example, many people still love unnatural beauty in the models from glossy magazines. The one should seek natural options, because it is the only way for us to survive in this world of concrete and exhaust gases.

Maybe this introduction is too pathetic but nevertheless it is not fully correct when we fill our lives with synthetic everything. This is not only not fully correct but also can be even dangerous – and that is the case with some preparations that we are using from time to time.

Surely isotretinoin can illustrate this thought in the best way. Sometimes, after reading information about this drug, it seems so horrible that maybe it can be used for scaring small children. The matter is that isotretinoin is a very strong drug and has many severe side effects, among which there is even danger of disorders in development of a future child, if the preparation is taken during pregnancy.

Of course all this is true and isotretinoin is really a kind of preparation, which is used in extreme cases (such as advanced stages of acne disease) and has a number of dangerous side effects. Isotretinoin is, of course, not so safe in use (and in neither case it is) as other preparations, especially natural ones. But the medical practice has proved that everything is not so awful in true.

Of course the most negative feature of isotretinoin is its forbiddance during pregnancy. That is why it is very important for women to make a pregnancy test before taking isotretinoin and use contraception in the course of medication.

Retinoids are also known among the most widespread and widely used products for acne treatment. Unlike, say, benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid, these are relatively recently developed preparations. Retinoids are synthetic analogues to retinol (vitamin A), that’s why it is not recommended to use them together with this vitamin (including also carotene, which turns into retinol in the human organism), for fear of having hypervitaminosis.

From this point we will start with negative sides of retinoids. Natural acne treatment, as it is widely known, is always much safer and retinoids are never associated with this kind of treatment, being, as it has been mentioned above, chemically synthesized products. Besides of all, retinoids also have some side effects and contraindications, considering which it is necessary to be cautious in using these preparations, especially so strong as, for example, isotretinoin. So what very side effects can be caused by retinoids?

Here it should be mentioned that retinoids are divided into two groups: retinoids for oral use and retinoids for use at skin (external use). So the most common side effect with those retinoids, which are taken orally, is dryness and irritation of skin, sometimes severe peeling and feeling of itching and heat. So sometimes moisturizing non-oily preparations should be used to maintain normal condition of skin when using retinoids. And if strong and persistent itching or peeling takes place, it is better to stop using retinoids. Also retinoids enhance sensitivity of skin for ultraviolet, so that no sunbathing is allowed when applying them.

More severe side effects are found with other retinoids which are taken orally. These may encompass even severe frustrations of nervous system, abnormalities in development of fetus if taken by pregnant women, defects of bones and junctions and so on. That’s why oral retinoids are not sold without prescription.