About-face: Change to long-standing advice on acne drug

Patients taking isotretinoin can have other 'cosmetic-like' treatments

Patients taking oral isotretinoin do not need to avoid laser hair removal or other non-invasive skin treatments, according to new guidance.


The Australasian College of Dermatologists' long-standing advice has been to avoid “cosmetic-like” treatments such as chemical peels or non-ablative laser therapy for up to 12 months after stopping the drug.

But its new position statement on the retinoid cites evidence that "a bit of relaxation" is okay, according to