Description for Isotrex 0.05% Gel
Isotrex gel contains
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Isotrex gel contains
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Isotrex gel is available to buy from The Independent Pharmacy Online Doctor service, following a free consultation, to help to treat acne. To find out more about acne and see all the available treatments, see our Acne page.
Isotrex gel contains the active ingredient Isotretinoin and is used in the topical treatment of acne vulgaris. Isotretinoin belongs to a category of medicines known as retinoids, which are derivatives of vitamin A. Isotrex gel is manufactured by Stiefel Laboratories.
The exact mechanism of action of isotretinoin isn’t fully understood. It is thought to:
These actions result in:
These effects are because the sebaceous glands in the skin are allowed to function normally. The skin cell loosening action will also promote skin cell turnover. This turnover will provide a natural exfoliation of the skin’s outer layers. This exfoliation will also help to unblock pores, reducing redness, inflammation and the formation of blackheads and spots.
Isotrex gel can take six to eight weeks before the beneficial effects become visible. Isotrex is for external use only and is suitable for treating mild to moderate acne symptoms.
Isotretioin is also available in the topical acne treatment, Treclin gel.
Isotrex gel should be used once or twice daily, depending on response. Most people should start using Isotrex once daily and then slowly try to increase this to twice daily, if necessary, after around one week of treatment if there have been no side effects. Use continuously for up to THREE months.
How to apply Isotrex
Like all medicines, Isotrex gel can cause side effects.
If you experience any of the above side effects when using Isotrex gel, you should try cutting down the frequency of application or not
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Isotrex gel contains the active ingredient isotretinoin 0.05% w/w.
The other ingredients contained in this product are: hydroxypropylcellulose, butylated hydroxytoluene (E321) & ethanol.
If you experience severe redness, peeling, or severe irritation of the skin you should stop using Isotrex. If the irritation persists you should consult your doctor.
Isotrex should be used with caution in:
Isotrex should not to be used in:
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Isotrex contains isotretinoin, which helps unblocks pores when applied to skin. This helps reduce inflammation, and in treating whiteheads and blackheads.
This medication proves particularly suitable to people who do not want to take antibiotics orally.
Isotrex gel should be applied once or twice daily and can take up to three months before you can see improvement.
Applying it more often won't make it more effective and could increase the likelihood of an irritation.
If your skin becomes considerably dry, a moisturising cream might help. Water-based creams are ideal, if the cream is rich in oil then it might clog your pores again.
Isotrex gel may not be recommended for:
If this medication doesn’t seem to be helping your condition, speak with your doctor, as there may be another medication more suited to your needs.
Isotrex gel might not be recommended if you are taking other creams or medicines for acne, in particular those containing vitamin A derivatives (e.g. Differin) or benzoyl peroxide. Also, if you are allergic to isotretinoin or other retinoid medicines, it may again not prove suitable.
Isotretinoin and tretinoin are similar. Known as an isomer, the chemical structure is similar. In cinical studies, isotretinoin has proved to be as effective as tretinoin in the treatment of acne and some individuals find that it has less side-effects.
Isotretinoin may make skin more sensitive to sunlight, so there is a higher risk of sunburn. Sun cream will help protect your vulnerable skin, and should be used if you are going outside for long periods of time. Whilst using Isotrex, refrain from using sunbeds.
Your skin is particularly sensitive to sunlight when using Isotrex. Make sure that you take steps to protect your skin. Do not make use of sunbeds, and avoid being outside in the sun for long periods of time. When you do go out in the sun, wear clothing and sunscreen to reduce the risk of sunburn.
Generally, it will take a few weeks before there is any improvement in skin quality from isotretinoin treatments. It may seem as if the treatment is not working, but you should always continue using Isotrex for at least eight weeks. If there is no marked improvement after eight weeks, consult with a doctor as you might want to consider a different treatment.
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