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My Accutane Skin Care Regiment

Well, I'm about a month into my Accutane treatment and I've started to feel the effects of the typical dryness associated with the medicine.  To give a little back story, I've wanted to get on Accutane for a loooooong while.  I'm sick of having acne in my thirties...I mean, come on.  I joke that if I have to live with both a flat chest AND acne that I should be able to do something about at least one of them...and maybe take care of the other later on.  (wink, wink)

My skin in normally very oily, so I've never had to educate myself much on a decent moisturizer...I've always just used ones with a high SPF and called it good.  Even thought I'm not yet fully in the trenches of the dryness, I've been proactive in my skin care regiment to counter the effects.  My lips are the main culprit so far.

If you have dry skin or are maybe taking Accutane currently, I thought I'd share what I've found to be my favorites in keeping my skin moist and healthy looking.  These are all drugstore finds and seem to be working spendidly for me so far!

left to right:
-Eurcerin Face Lotion:  The biggie here is the SPF since my skin is SUPER sensitive to the sun while on Accutane.
-Aquaphor Healing Ointment:  I have a tube in my car and one in my's on my lips 24/7.  I think I'll be a fan for life.
-Aveeno skin relief cream:  I use this at night.  It normally would be WAY too much for me (and I kinda get the heeby-jeebies putting in on), but it's perfect for that intense moisture.
-Burt's Bees Tinted Lip Balm:  Gives a little color and feels nice on my dry, flaky lips.
-Garnier BB Cream:  I mix this with the daily moisturizer to give my skin some coverage...then I don't wear any other make up on most days.  It's nice to have that freedom and flexibility.

I'll make sure to post an update in about a month or so to report on how these products are still serving their purpose.  Who knows...this may be the worse it gets for me...but I suspect not.  I've heard it gets pretty bad.

Have you taken Accutane???
And if so, which skin care products worked best for you?

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  1. I'm glad you found products that work for you. I took Accutane at 14 and then again at 19 when my acne came back. Aquaphor is the holy grail of lip products and even then, my lips peeled the entire time. I wasn't able to wear makeup while I was on it because my skin was so dry and peely that it just looked worse with makeup. Aveeno used to make a product called Ultra Calming Cream but I haven't seen it on the market for years. That stuff was the only thing that got me through! Hopefully the product you are using is like that one.

    Thanks for sharing this! I wish I'd had this blog post to read when I was a teen. It would have really helped me and I'm sure you are helping others by sharing.

  2. Girl, I've taken Accutane 3 times. Aquaphor is God's gift to us acne cursed. Keep that stuff at all times. Especially at the corners of your mouth where it can really crack open. I also liked Cetaphil moisturizing cream. Slather that puppy on and I swear you'll love it.

  3. My son is currently taking accutane. Our dermatologist gave us an amazing moisturizing cream for dry sensitive skin, it is called SORBOLENE CREAM. If you are not 100% happy with your moisturizer, you might give this a try. I am confident you will be pleased! The website on the label is: out of Jackson City, TN

  4. I'm going to be starting my 4th month on Accutane! I love Aquaphor for my lips as well (super nice it has the SPF) I love neutrageana A LOT! The moisturizing gel is great having acid that is specifically suppose to hold in moisture but I also use cetaphil cream because I have dry and flaky skin something! I also really love Argan oil! That is a great moisturizer as well!



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