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,