One of the biggest concerns for sportsmen on and going on anabolic steroids is acne, a common side effect of excess estrogen formation. It is worthwhile to note that most steroids and performance enhancing drugs lead to oily skin and acne that may be difficult to treat though Accutane is one product that can be trusted without second thoughts.

The IUPAC name of Accutane is (2Z, 4E, 6E, 8E)-3, 7-dimethyl-9-(2, 6, 6-trimethylcyclohexen-1-yl) nona-2, 4, 6, 8-tetraenoic acid and its molecular formula is C20H28O2. The active ingredient of Accutane capsules is a retinoid (Isotretinoin) and the list of inactive capsule ingredients are edetate disodium, beeswax, hydrogenated vegetable oil, soybean oil, butylated hydroxyanisole, and hydrogenated soybean oil flakes.

Accutane is prescribed by medical practitioners worldwide for providing significant relief to people suffering from zits or severe recalcitrant nodular acne. Since this medication is effective to treat inflamed acne nodules, it helps in reducing the inflammation that may lead to scarring. Moreover, Accutane has the potential of reducing size of the oil glands by as much as 35 to 58 percent that significantly minimizes overall acne breakouts.

The daily recommended dose of Accutane is 0.5-1.0 mg per kg of body weight in two divided doses with food for 15 to 20 weeks. It must not be used by female patients who are or may become pregnant. Indiscriminate use of Accutane may lead to side effects such as depressed mood, concentration troubles, sleep problems, sudden numbness or weakness, crying spells, aggression or agitation, changes in behavior, hallucinations, and thoughts of suicide. Accutane users should be advised against taking vitamin supplements containing vitamin A for avoiding additive toxic effects and concomitant treatment with Accutane (isotretinoin) and tetracyclines should be avoided.