I just finished my Accutane course today. I am also around 50kg, I took 40mg for my entire course.
I went a little crazy and tried tons of products. Here is what I found particularly helpful although I'm not sure which ones are available in the UK. (Amazon?) =)
-Face: GENTLE is the key word. I used CeraVe moisturizing cleanser or Cetaphil cleanser and they worked well. When I had dry, peeling skin and felt the need to exfoliate, I would use a wet washcloth and gently massage or lightly brush/scrub the dead skin away. Sounds sexy, I know. As for moisturizers, I have dry skin anyway so I used some pretty thick stuff. I like the Cetaphil moisturizing cream in the tub and when things were really dry I would use pure shea butter.
-Lips: You will experience a whole new level of dry. I used Vaseline, Aquaphor and Bag Balm mostly on my lips, alternating them and even then it never feels like enough. I sometimes use a washcloth to gently exfoliate them before re-applying. Sometimes my lips would burn like they were on fire; I'm not sure if that's common or not but cool compresses (cool washcloths) felt really good when the burning would kick in. When my lips get really bad, I use hydrocortisone ointment on them. I usually put it on at night so it doesn't rub off. It also tastes awful. Follow the directions on the label though, you can't use it too often or for an extended period of time. (My dermatologist recommended it to me when my lips were really bad). I can't wait to have my lips back....
-Hair: My scalp got dry and flakey almost immediately but not sure if that's common either. It will dry out and damage your hair though. My hair did better when I switched to a sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner. Loreal has some nice products (I have been using the Intense Nourishing kind which is crazy because I've always had oily hair). DermOrganics is also good but you have to order it online. I also added a few drops of jojoba oil to my conditioner and let it set in as long as possible before rinsing and that seemed to help with the dryness/flaking. Also, after I'd been on Accutane a month or so, the less I washed my hair the better it seemed to do. I only wash every other day or so.
Hope that helps...good luck to you!
ahh how exciting how did it go? are you clear? i need to go higher, do you think 40mg would be the maximum dose for us?
there's so many different products, it's hard to choose which ones to buy that sounds thrilling, i'm going to have to do something similar though as dry skin is one of the most irritating things and i'm going to find it hard to leave it alone.
i have a feeling my lips are going to be one of the worst things, even just using the different gels i was prescribed my lips used to get really cracked round the edges and that shit was PAINFUL so i'm really going to go all out with the lip stuff.
my hair's really oily to, like literally i'll wash it one night and then wake up the next morning and it'll look greasy , so i'm actually really looking forward to not having to wash it as much. yeah seen a few people mention jojoba oil so i really want to get some of that.
thank you so much for taking the time to give me so much advice, it's appreciated