Historically the drug with the trade name Accutane has been a prescription medication given to teens to help control the outbreak of acne.  Especially for teens, where appearance takes on a much stronger theme in their lives, there is concern on how one looks. Unfortunately some of the side effects of the prescribed medications can cause adverse reactions such as:

Less serious Accutane side effects may include:

   Note that all of these are the recorded potential adverse reactions.

   One natural product to use for the teen, and less expensive with few adverse side effects is Tea Tree Oil (Melaleuca alternifolia). Tea Tree was originally used in Australia by the Aborigines as a topical antiseptic for the treatment of cuts, abrasions, athlete's foot, burns and insect bites.  It was obtained by steaming the leaves of the tree which resulted in the release of the terpenes which are responsible for it's antiseptic properties.

   Over the last two decades it has become a recommended treatment for acne vulgaris and continues to expand world wide as an effective, natural low cost medication for acne treatments, without the use of harmful pharmaceuticals and their associated high costs.
Category: Medicinal Herbs
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