Acne is not caused by junk food, eating chocolate or dirty skin. Acne is a skin disease and it should be treated as one.






Oratane capsules contain a medication known as isotretinoin. Isotretinoin is often a cure for acne. It is a similar substance to Vitamin A, but the action of isotretinoin is very different.


Oratane works by reducing the amount of oily substances produced by the oil making glands in your skin. This reduces the amount of bacteria in the skin. These bacteria are the cause of the ‘pus’ and inflammation found with acne. Oratane may help reduce the inflammation of the skin.

Acne is a common skin condition. Acne consists of blackheads, whiteheads, red spots, and sometimes deeper boil-like spots, these are called nodules or cysts. Acne affects most people during their teenage years. However, the problem sometimes continues into adulthood.


Acne develops in the oil-producing glands of the skin. These glands are called sebaceous glands. The oily substances produced by the sebaceous glands is called sebum. The sebaceous glands are present in large numbers on the face, chest, upper back and shoulders. The seba-ceous glands are connected to the hairs that grow in the pores in these areas.


Normally, sebum flows on to the surface of the skin through the pores. As the sebum flows through the pore it gets rid of dead skin cells from the lining of the pores.


Acne occurs when an excess of sebum is made. The excess sebum mixes with the dead skin cells from the lining of the pore and forms a "plug". This plug blocks the pore. None of the sebum and dead skin cells that are still being produced can escape from the pore. This builds up and results in a pimple.

Oratane is suitable for almost everyone with acne, regardless of sex or age. People who can’t take Oratane include pregnant women or women who are breast feeding and people suffering from certain medical conditions.


The course of Oratane treatment will vary from patient to patient. Dr Chew will advise you how long to take your Oratane. In most cases the treatment lasts for around 20 weeks, but could last up to six months. In over 80% of cases Oratane will completely clear your acne by the end of one treatment. The healing process that is started with Oratane may continue after the treatment has ceased. You will need to keep taking your Oratane for as long as Dr Chew has adviced, if you stop sooner you may not get the full benefits of Oratane.

All medicines have side effects. With Oratane the side effects are closely linked to Oratane actually working. If you are experiencing the side effects, then your Oratane is working and it won’t be long before your acne starts improving. The side effects of Oratane can range from mild to severe. Most of the side effects can be kept under control.


When you have finished your course of Oratane. Because Oratane is causing the side effects when you have finished taking Oratane the side effects should go away.

When you first start taking Oratane you may find that your acne starts to get worse. This does not mean that the medication is not working. If this happens to you, do not be discouraged, keep taking your Oratane, as prescribed. The worsening of your acne nearly always stops within the first few weeks, and then your acne will start to clear.


Within the first four weeks of starting Oratane you will notice that your skin is much drier than before. This is because the Oratane is starting to work by reducing the amount of oil being produced by your skin. You may also find that you need to wash your hair less often. By the third or fourth week your acne will be showing signs of improving. The improvement should continue throughout your Oratane treatment.


At the conclusion of your Oratane treatment your acne should have significantly cleared. Your skin should continue clearing, possibly for one or two months, after the Oratane treatment has ceased. The side effects associated with Oratane treatment will begin to clear at the conclusion of the treatment.