I'm still anxiously awaiting a call from my derm re: stopping or reducing 'tane, but I did reach a milestone today so I'm going to try to stay positive and list some of my progress so far and the most helpful things I've encountered along the way.
I currently have two tiiiiiny pimples, one over my eyebrow and one near my mouth. I'm about to hit "that time," so I'm guessing this is the tane-ified version of my usual monthly pus volcanoes Skin dryness is finally under control with purpose wash PM (it removes makeup much better than cerave) cerave hydrating in AM and cerave cream following both. Aquaphor is a godsend for lips, just like everyone says, but make sure you get the non-SPF version unless you want to feel like you have your lips around a sunscreen bottle all day--eww. I save my tube for serious sun exposure (beach, hiking, etc.) it is just too SPF-flavored/scented for daily use.
So far the biggest helps I've found have been plain old cortisone cream for corner-of-mouth cracks (angular chellitis) and buying a pump for cerave cream... omg i cannot tell you how much better it is to be able to pump that stuff instead of sticking you fingers in it! They sell them on amazon (16oz jar pumps, they aren't affiliated with cerave at all)
OK, wish me luck going forward.
oh! and makeup stays on beautifully all day with NO SHINE! i use bb cream