Cholesterol help?

Hi I’m a 14 year old girl and Im 120 lbs and 5’9. I’m taking this pill to get rid of my acne. It’s called Accutane (Isotretinoin) and one of the side effects is raised cholesterol. My dermatologist told me that my cholesterol is 178 and she said it needs to be 170 or lower. So how can I lower my cholesterol and also what does all this mean? Thanks! 🙂


  • ~~~Bethany~~~

    Hello there, chiolesterol is found in animal products especially animal fat. For example, bacon, chicken skin, egg yolks, fat on a prime rib all have tons of artery clogging cholesterol. Some cholesterol is good for you because it helps make something in the body called hormones. There are three types of cholesterol HDL which stands for high density lipoprotein, VLDL which stands for very dense lipoprotein and LDL which is low density lipoprotein, What you doctor is measuring, the 178 number is the total cholesterol. HDL is actually good cholesterol and you want this number higher. This cholesterol passes through the arteries instead of sticking to them. You increase it by exercising, LDL is the bad cholesterol that you get from animal fats and it needs to be a lower number because it sticks to your arteries and restricts blood flow. You can lower your cholesterol by eating oatmeal, exercising and staying away from animal fats! If that doesn’t work the doctor will give you medicine to lower it. Hope this helps!

  • Caren

    In the states Acutane is now illegal.
    That should tell you something
    Lower cholesterol by not eating saturated fat.
    Ask your mom. Sure she knows how

  • Robert

    You can quit this medicine and ask your doctor to prescribe another or some ointment. Avoid oily food.

  • James

    Animal fats DO NOT raise your bad LDL cholesterol. Sugars and starches do. Avoid sugar, wheat, etc, and your cholesterol will plummet.

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