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#1 husky123

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Posted 21 February 2007 - 01:39 AM

If not how long after treatment can you do it?

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Posted 21 February 2007 - 09:55 AM

I definately wouldn't. Your skin is super thin and sensitive on accutane. Doing so might cause scarring and damage your skin permanantly. I'd wait a month or two post-tane to start exfoliating.

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Posted 21 February 2007 - 12:39 PM

QUOTE(LizInNY @ Feb 21 2007, 08:55 AM) View Post
I definately wouldn't. Your skin is super thin and sensitive on accutane. Doing so might cause scarring and damage your skin permanantly. I'd wait a month or two post-tane to start exfoliating.


I see your regimen. How does the cetaphil cream work for you

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Posted 21 February 2007 - 02:42 PM

QUOTE(husky123 @ Feb 20 2007, 11:39 PM) View Post
If not how long after treatment can you do it?


By exfoliating you mean what?... Beaded cleanser? or a rigid wash cloth?

Also, if you have absolutely no acne on your face, i fail to see how exfoliatingwould lead to scarring, there's nothing on your face that can rupture or cut, so where would the scarring come from?

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Posted 21 February 2007 - 04:02 PM

I used a soft washcloth wetted with warm water to gently remove some flakes, and i wouldn't use anything abrasive that's stronger than that, or any chemical exfoliants at all.
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Posted 21 February 2007 - 11:03 PM


I see your regimen. How does the cetaphil cream work for you
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It works great. It was always a little too greasy when I wasn't on accutane but now it works like a charm.



In regards to the scarring, I was writing as if the OP had acne on their face. I used St. Ive's apricot scrub while on Retin-A micro, because I never knew I wasn't supposed to... and it left me with some pretty bad scars that took a few years to heal.

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Treatment History: every topical and antibiotic under the sun.
60mg Accutane Course 10/05-4/06. Acne Returned Sept. 06

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Yasmin BC started 1/07

Regimen: Purpose Gentle Cleanser
Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream


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Posted 21 February 2007 - 11:07 PM

The washcloth routine is helpful, but it can also irritate your skin leaving severe redness.

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Posted 21 February 2007 - 11:07 PM

Does anyone think it'd be okay to use "Dove Gentle Exfoliating" foaming cleanser while on Accutane?

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Posted 22 February 2007 - 12:01 PM

This morning I absolutely HAD to exfoliate my face, it has become soooo flaky. I have the exfoliating gloves from the Body Shop.

I got the glove wet and VERY GENTLY rubbed my face using aqueous cream. I was careful to avoid any spots and I have to say, it has made all the difference. Apart from a few scaley areas (I didnt want to scrub hard enough to remove this), all the dry flaky skin had gone and was very smooth. Straight after exfoliating, I patted dry and applied more aqueous cream. I think the cream soaked in more effectively with all the dead skin taken off.

I was VERY gentle and my skin remained its usual bright red colour, but it wasnt irritated or stingy afterwards (and my skin has been horrendously sensitive for the last couple of days)

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Posted 22 February 2007 - 01:35 PM

I got this recently. It's for the body but when I apply it to my face it completely exfoliates it with no irritation. Seriously, this is the best exfoliator. eusa_dance.gif

http://www.murad.com...;minisite=10020



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Posted 22 February 2007 - 01:56 PM

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Posted 25 May 2011 - 05:19 AM

so i had an exfoliating emergency (i had a date in about an hour) and my entire face was completely flaky. i definitely couldn't apply makeup on my face with all that flaky skin so i resorted to using avene gentle facial exfoliate and it worked like a dream.

no flaky skin and i immediately applied moisturizer afterward.


you do have to take in mind that i don't have active zits on my face. i'm close to being completely clear and on 60 mg of accutane. i don't know if the same would apply to someone who had a lot of active zits.