How should I take the medication?

Symptoms

Moles can occur anywhere on the body, and their appearance can vary.  Moles ca be black, brown, tan, blue, pink flesh-colored, or a combination of colors. They can be raised or flat, and a mole may have hair growing from it. Moles can range from several millimeters to several centimeters in size and are most commonly circular in shape.

Treatment

Most moles require no treatment.  For concerning or symptomatic moles, treatment may involve monitoring with photographs over time, or outpatient surgical excision.

When to make an appointment

Contact us for a mole that looks different or behaves differently (e.g., bleeding, painful, itchy) than other moles on your body.  Other symptoms are a mole that is changing in size, shape, or color, a mole that appears after the age of 35, or a symptomatic mole.  We also recommend that anyone 40 years or older schedule an annual full-body skin check for concerning moles.

Accutane/ isotretinoin is best absorbed when taken with food (a meal that includes FAT). If you are taking two pills per day, ideally you should take one pill in the morning and one in the evening.  However, if you can only remember to take the medication once per day, that is fine.  Take the medication at the same time every day to help you remember.