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Accutane Day 23

piano36

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Dealing with Accutane induced dandruff:

About a couple weeks into starting accutane, I began to notice that my scalp was more dry and flaky, just as everything is with this medicine. I went to the local drugstore to pick up a bottle of Head and Shoulders and it really wasn't working for me. I took to google to look for other shampoo recommendations and I started to do some research about how those shampoos typically work. I found that my flakiness was just caused from a dry scalp and that this isn't actually dandruff. The dandruff that my Head and Shoulders was meant to treat was due to an overproduction of sebum on the scalp. No wonder it wasn't working for me! I ditched the anti-dandruff shampoo and pulled my Neutrogena Triple Moisture Shampoo out of the closet and my flakiness is almost completely gone. I don't know if this is going to be the same for everyone, but if the typical dandruff treatments aren't working for you, try moisturizing the scalp more.

That being said, almost everything else has stayed the same. I've switched up the moisturizer I'm using, but I haven't decided if I like it or not yet, so once I make my mind up, I'll update with either a recommendation or a warning.

I have been able to go back to my usual makeup routine without it looking gross from flakiness, so I'm quite happy about that. If anyone's wondering, I typically use a powder foundation (which seems counterintuitive, but I've never been able to use a liquid foundation with dry skin) as a base for anything else I want to do that day.

I really haven't had very dry lips at all. My skin has been very very dry, but my lips have remained the same with just applying a chapstick 2 or 3 times a day. I do tend to drink a lot of water, though, so that might be what's keeping them hydrated.

My blackheads are really coming to the surface on my chin and all over my t-zone so I'm very excited to see them start to come out. Hopefully that will be soon!

I will update when anything changes :)



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