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I am now eight weeks into my Accutane treatment and the side effects are in full swing! I’ll go into more details in my next update post due soon, but aside from the normal dry skin and lips, I’ve had bad flare ups of eczema on my hands and last week I had my first full-on nose bleed as I was getting ready for work. It’s not all bad though – I have seen a massive difference in the past four weeks and my skin is starting to clear up.
I’ve been trying various different skincare items to try and keep up with the changes. I am so used to having oily skin, and I use products to reflect that – but now my skin type is completely the opposite and I’ve had to replace almost everything in my skincare collection.
I’ve discovered a couple of products/brands that have been a godsend in the past two months which have made a real difference to my thirsty skin and lips:
I’ll start by saying that the La Roche Posay range is absolutely perfect for anybody taking Accutane as it is designed for people with oily skin which is being made dry by acne treatments. I was finding my normal make-up removers to be a little too harsh, and some were even quite painful on my eyes. I needed something gentle that I could massage in softly and remove with a cotton pad or flannel. This cleansing milks ticks all of the boxes, plus it is not heavily perfumed so I am not left with red, inflamed skin. I use this twice a day and it leaves my skin feeling throughly cleansed with no dry patches.
Moisturiser is absolutely essential when on Accutane as your skin is no longer producing oil so it gets extremely dry. I found at the start of my treatment, I couldn’t apply foundation without it instantly going cakey – and I knew that it was probably down to my moisturiser not doing the job. I saw this product featured in Katie Snooks Roaccutane video and as I had already bought the make-up remover milk, I added it to my collection. It does not disappoint and I’ve had no cakey incidents since. The only downside is that you don’t get a lot in the tube – and as I am using it on a regular basis I am going through it very quickly. At £9 a pop it could become an expensive staple.
I’ve already gone through a chapstick and a pot of Carmex in the last two months – keeping your lips moisturised every half an hour is hard! Carmex is great, but my lips were getting worse and worse and I found that they were starting to split and bleed. On a recent hunt in Superdrug I came across the Eucerin Intensive Lip Balm which specifically caters for cracked, sore lips. It’s really easy to apply, doesn’t make a mess and you can tell it gets to work better than normal chapstick. I think I might end up getting a couple of tubes to make sure I have one on me in all possible situations!
I’ll be posting an update on my Accutane journey next weekend – but I hope in the meantime that this post has been helpful for anybody suffering from the side effects of the drug. Keep up to date with my skin posts by subscribing or following me on Twitter.