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Most of these I have blogged about before, but I thought it was important post-accutane to inform those of you on it, or going on it a full list of all the products I think are a necessity when taking accutane. The side effects definitely effect everyone differently so I have listed which side effect each product helps…
I’ve been waiting to write this post for a while, I wanted to include all about my skin from the start. Finally explain all the different medications and products I have tried over the past 4/5 years. I also wanted to see how my skin was doing after stopping taking the roaccutane…
I recently completed by third month of roaccutane (isotretinoin) so just wanted to post a little update! You can read all about my last update here. For the most of this month my skin felt amazing, barely any spots whatsoever. However this past week it hasn’t been at its best, my dermatologist said its normal to have break outs and it could be due to exam stress. I still have 2 months left to go so hopefully it will sort itself out very soon! In the photo to the left I am wearing a tiny bit of my bare minerals make-up (which you can read about here). Since my last post about roaccutane I have discovered some amazing products which have really helped with the side effects (a lot of dryness!)
It is very common to get eczema whilst on roaccutane, and eczema is something I suffer with anyway so I was a little worried about this when I started the treatment. One product I have found which has been amazing is E45’s Emollient Body Wash which I use every day in the shower in places which I am prone to eczema. I have literally had no outbreaks of eczema, not even a little bit! You can purchase this from boots for £4.29 – here.
I also tried out the E45 dry scalp shampoo, as obviously my hair and scalp are also dry! I don’t really think this has made it any better as I haven’t noticed any difference. However, I guess its probably better than using any old shampoo. Its almost running out so I think I will try out a different brand/product for my hair soon!
Finally, Dr Dans Cortibalm which I have mentioned before has drastically improved my lips! I have been using this every few days, and diluting it down with normal lip products like vaseline (as its a steroid so you must be careful!). You can read my full review of this product here.
So I have now been on roaccutane (isotretinoin) for 2 months (out of my 5) and I am already starting to see a difference. They say to begin with your skin can get a lot worse which it did but then eventually start to improve. I definitely feel my skin is so much less oily, it feels a lot more matte which is amazing! But they’re not kidding when they tell you that it dries everything out. My hair, skin, lips (especially) and eyes are all a lot drier. As well as giving me more frequent headaches, so it is really important to drink plenty of water! It also feels weird not putting on any spot treatment creams every night, because now I mainly need moisturisers. I mainly use Cetaphil Moisturiser as prescribed by my doctor. If I do get any new spots I occasionally use Manuka Doctors – Blemish Cream which isn’t very drying so it works well. I am still on the hunt to find the best lip balm and have ordered a new one which I will review when I have tried – but currently I am using Aquaphor by Eucerin which I have reviewed here.
My biggest skincare rule is DO NOT sleep in your make-up. Although some times I make the odd mistake – and instantly regret it the next morning. Going to sleep with a fresh cleansed face is essential, especially for those of you wanting clear and healthy skin! Here are my tips for removing your make-up thoroughly before a good nights beauty sleep.
1. Micellar water wins over facial wipes
Take a cotton wool pad and apply micellar water (My Favourite: La Roche Posay’s Micellar Water) and wipe in circular motions across your face. Use a separate pad for hard to remove eye make-up. For a deeper cleanse dermatologist Debra Jalliman recommends adding a small amount of your facial cleanser to the micellar water on the cotton pad. Many dermatologists also recommend to avoid facial wipes – yes they’re better than sleeping in your make-up but they always make me break out!
2. Cleanse your face – with a good cleanser and washcloth!
Its important to make sure that your fingers are completely clean before using them to rub cleanser on your face. But even better use a clean washcloth or facial sponge ( My Favourite: Dr Sponge Original Facial Sponge) to apply the cleanser and wash your face with a little warm water. It is important to use the correct cleanser for your skin type. My Favourite: Avene’s Cleanance Gel as it does not contain Sodium Laureth Sulphate – a culprit of causing acne. For dry or sensitive skin Cetaphil’s Gentle Skin Cleanser is great.
3. Pat Dry
Don’t be too harsh with your skin when drying it with a towel, pat gently.
4. Lock in Moisture
Now is the perfect time to apply your moisturiser while the skin is slightly damp. My Favourite is La Roche Posay’s Effaclar H which is great to reduce redness and excellent to use post-accutane.