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Medication Class — Skin / Acne Medications

Medication Class Description:

Acne is treated with both topical (applied to the skin) and oral medications.  As above, all topical medications such as benzoyl peroxide, Retin-A and antibiotic creams, are allowed without waiver.  Oral antibiotics are also allowed after a two day observation period without side effects. 

Accutane is authorized, but because of the potential harmful effect on night vision, any pilot taking Accutane will have a restriction placed on their medical certificate stating "Not Valid for Night Flying."

Botulinum Toxin is used to control painful muscle spasms as well as facial wrinkles. This derivative of the deadly botulism-causing bacteria has been waived for use in pilots after a 21 day observation period free of side effects.  If used for diagnostic purposes, a 72 hour wait after injection is required before flying.



Medications Within Class:

Benzoyl Peroxide, Retin-A, Accutane, Botulinum Toxin