Posted 06 March 2014 - 12:05 PM
Moisturizing is absolutely essential on accutane, not just for cosmetic reasons, but because the extreme dryness reduces your skin's ability to heal itself and increases your susceptibility to secondary infections (you definitely don't want that). If EVOO or coconut oil has worked for you, fine - but I do know of several people who break out on both of those oils (even when using extra virgin oils). It's kind of a craps-shoot on how your skin will react to most oils in general, and especially on accutane: skin can be very, very weird.
I use ceraVe PM moisturizing lotion at night and Vichy Capital Soleil moisturizing sun-cream in the morning. I also use 100% pure moroccan Argan oil as a serum, but again - you need to be careful with oils. My advice is to use a very simple good non-comedgenic moisturizer with NO active ingredients (i.e., no salycilic acid or retinoic acid). Look for moisturizers formulated for "sensitive skin", like Aveeno and Cerave. If you want to spend a little extra money, Avene (a french brand) has a line of moisturizing products designed specifically for people on accutane, as does La Roche Posay and Vichey.
My Accutane log (with pictures): Holy Isotretinoin Batman It's another Accutane Log!26 y/o female- approx. 54kg
Absorica -40 mg, 1 daily, December 26, 2013 - February, 25, 2014
Absorica - 60 mg, 1 daily. February 26, 2014 - July 6th
Probiotic - 1 daily
Fish oil supplement w/ vit D - 1 daily Morning:
Food Grade Rose water - Toner
La Roche Posay Mineral Water Spray
Vichy 50+ Capital Soleil Cream for Sensitive Skin Night:
Food grade Rose Water - Toner
Ziana (tretinoin/clinda combo) August, 2014 - Current
La Roche Posay Mineral Water Spray Aveeno Positively Radiant intensive night cream
Cerave Facial Moisturizing Lotion- PM
Avene Cicalfate (as needed)