Since I was in College, I was plagued with these small, but callus bumps on my face that would occasionally breach my skin in the form of large pimples.
Years later, I was surprised to learn that what I was experiencing was a severe form of cystic acne.
My over the counter crusade to find a solution resulted in so much disappointment.
It wasn’t until I discovered accutane that I actually saw results, and it only took a mere couple of months!
To preface, Accutane (Isotretinoin) is a prescribed medication used to treat severe forms of acne that don’t usually respond to over the counter solutions.
If you’re considering such a medication, or have just started taking accutane but don’t know the right products to help aid it’s laundry list of ailments, here’s my personal recommendation for three tools of your toiletry bag.
1 - Aquaphor Lip Repair
Before I started Accutane, I was forewarned by a friend who had taken one round of treatment 5 years prior and now lived an (mostly) acne free life.
Aquaphor Lip Repair was the one item she said she couldn’t live without.
Now two months into accutane, I know why.
If you thought you’ve experienced chapped lips in your life, think again.
Accutane redefines the meaning of such an inconvenient affliction.
The regular chapsticks won’t provide as much support as they used to, which is why you need the big guns; enter Aquaphor’s “Immediate Relief” Lip repair.
I literally never leave home without one of these and apply this consistently and religiously.
Which reminds me..
(*Applies Aquaphor Lip repair for the 3rd time this afternoon)
2 - Cerave Moisturizing Cream
One of the most common side effects of Accutane is dryness of skin, and that’s not exclusive to your face.
The regular moisturizing daily lotion won’t do, you’re going to want the Ceramides and hyaluronic acid to do some heavy lifting here.
This moisturizing cream is fantastic because it keeps your face/body well moisturized, and can be liberally applied when you begin to feel dryness again.
Here’s the best part; it’s non-comedogenic.
In plain english, this cream won’t clog your pores and result in more acne, pimples, and blackheads.
3 - Wilder’s Moisturizing Eye Cream
Did I mention Accutane is drying?
Well here’s me saying it again, this is some Sahara level shit.
If you don’t show your eyelids some love, they will be so unforgiving that blinking will be on your daily short list of things to avoid, surpassing death..
Honestly, any eye cream that DOESN’T include a retinoid ingredient is a solid move here.
For those with a bigger purse, you can splurge and grab Geologie’s Nourishing Eye Cream!
The Hyaluronic Acid and Kojic Acid are favorable components here that you’ll definitely notice.
There you have it, my tricks of the trade (so far) for taking Accutane.
I’ll keep you trouble makers posted, it’s been two months for me since I’ve started this medication.