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Putting together a "Roaccutane survival kit", what should I put in it?

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I'm starting the 'tane next week so obviosly I want to get everything ready before I start, on saturday I'm going shopping for everything I'll need for my accutane course, things I'v thought of so far are

A gentle cleanser.....which brand should I get?

Some good moisturiser....again, I don't know which brand is best.

Some chap stick for the dry lips or vasaline....again, which is best?

Eye drops

Shaving foam.....brand?

Shaving razors....brand? (Can't go wrong with mach3, surely?)

Eye moisturiser....brand?

Hair thickening shampoo.....just incase

Vitamin E supplement to help with the sides

Anything else I should add to the list?



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A gentle cleanser.....Any gentle cleanser, non-medicated, will do.

Some good moisturiser....see below. Fragrance-free is best.

Some chap stick for the dry lips or vasaline....I liked Burt's Bees. Some like Dr. Dan's cortibalm, some like petrolatum jelly.

Eye drops...Lacrilube for night-time use may become necessary. That's HIGHLY recommended by me.

Shaving foam.....ANY moisturizing one that has minimal to no alcohol.

Shaving razors....Check out the shaving tips thread.

Eye moisturiser....See lacrilube above.

Hair thickening shampoo.....Check out hairloss threads.

Vitamin E supplement to help with the sides...Omega 3/fish oil is likely to help more.

Hey y'all! BeenThereDoneThat and I (as resident Post-Taners) compiled a great Accutane Advice list. This basically covers everything you need to know from real human beings who have taken Accutane. If you have taken Accutane and see something we missed, please PM me and I will add it to this list! I want to keep the topic closed, however, because I don't want it junked up with posts that belong in the forum below. :) Good luck with your course and don't hesitate to ask questions!

FIRST AND FOREMOST: DO NOT TAKE ACCUTANE UNLESS YOU ARE UNDER THE SUPERVISION OF A LICENSED DERMATOLOGIST. Acne.org does not recommend or condone self-medicating with any prescription drug, ESPECIALLY Accutane. This drug is FDA-monitored in the United States for a reason - a treatment of Accutane, as with most prescription drugs, can be dangerous or fatal if taken improperly or unmonitored.


-Don't expect to be clear in a week, or even a month. Accutane takes TIME to work. Every single day there are people posting about how they've taken Accutane for 3 days with no results. People need to understand that it takes time, sometimes people break out through their entire course and don't clear until the course is over. It's unusual to clear quickly, not the other way around.

-Never go ANYWHERE without chapstick! Ever...ever...ever...ever. It SUCKS. I recommend anything from Bath & Body Works or Burt's Bee's because they all taste yummy, aren't super shiny, and have awesome staying power! Those are recommended for lips that are only chapped, not wounded or cracked (the peppermint oil in Burt's Bees can actually do more harm to those with cracked/wounded lips). Dr. Dan's Cortibalm and Aquaphor also come with highest recommendations because they can heal open wounds on the lips from peeling or cracking.

-Wash with a very gentle cleanser (Dan's new cleanser does an excellent job!) - time duration: just long enough to lather your face and rinse off. ~10-15 seconds! Don't overdo it because your face gets irritated so easily.

-Oil of Olay Complete with SPF is a great moisturizer - not greasy, and has sunscreen - your skin gets extremely thin and sensitive while on accutane! Don't skimp on SPF!

- For the generalized redness that sometimes occurs (often called "Tane-burn") BTDT used Clinique's Exceptionally Soothing Cream for Upset Skin with good results (subbed it for moisturizer).

-Baby yourself on accutane - get lots of sleep, drink lots of fluids, eat food that is good for you. Treat yourself like you have the flu for 6 months! Your body is under a lot of stress.

-Keep yourself hydrated! Accutane is dehydrating, and the early effects like minor headaches are almost always caused either by general dehydration or by dry eyes. Your eyes can be dry without actually feeling dry to you and that can cause piercing headaches. Get some good eyedrops and put some at home, some at work, some in your bookbag, whatever. BTDT liked Refresh Liquigel. TG liked Visine Tears for mildly dry eyes.

-Always take accutane with a fatty meal - it is a vitamin A derivative which is fat-soluble, and it absorbs into the body much more efficiently when it has fat to bind to. In fact, if you read the insert it will tell you that taking the pill without food decreases absorption up to 50%. Recommendations - olive oil, nuts, avocado, oily fish such as salmon, and dairy products

-The Olay in-shower moisturizer is great because you don't have to wait to put on your clothes since it rinses off.

-Don't exfoliate any part of your body more than once every week or two. Your skin can't handle the microabrasions. Actually, I would avoid exfoliating at all costs because it is so traumatic to your skin, but if it is absolutely necessary, don't do it more than once every two weeks.

-If you get little weird dry patches on the skin (often on the backs of hands) they are probably Accutane-induced ezcema. Use an over the counter hydrocortisone cream on the patches until they seem like normal skin again (this should only take a few days), then use a normal moisturizer to prevent it from happening again. If you moisturize properly from day one you can prevent it all together.

-Fish oil supplements seem to greatly ease Accutane-induced joint aches.

-Keep lots of bandaids - your skin is going to crack, peel, tear, and otherwise become damaged extremely easily. Expect this side effect!

-Keep a photo journal if nothing else, even though it can be painful to look at the pictures - you won't believe how far you have come.

-Be aware that you might get an initial breakout. Most derms won't tell you this because it is disheartening to think your skin will get worse before it gets better. (It will likely get oilier before it gets drier also!) BUT ... it will be all over with in just 2-3 weeks!

-Don't add too much to your regimen - if you let it, accutane will do its job!

-DO. NOT. WAX. NO WAXING. Be hairy, depilate, shave, do threading, pluck - just do not wax. It will destroy your skin - I have heard horror stories to the nth degree. No salon will wax you if they know you're on accutane. What happens is the skin is so paper-thin that when the wax strip comes off, so does the skin.

-No tattoos, microdermabrasions, or surgeries while on tane or up to six months after without specifically talking to your dermatologist first.

-Don't go to the tanning bed. TG went to the tanning bed a full 4 months post tane, was there for only 10 minutes, and burned so bad she peeled for a week. It was AWFUL. It is just NOT a good idea. Being pale for a few months is a whole lot better than being in THAT much pain. Mystic tan seems to do a really great job.

-For an itchy scalp, Neutrogena TGel is recommended to soothe the itching and get rid of the dandruff.

-A common side effect is decreased ability to focus in school. Be aware of this before attempting to start Accutane within a difficult semester. For a generalized list of side effects see www.rocheusa.com or www.fda.gov

Here is a link to the Acne.org before and after accutane photos list:

Before and After Accutane Photos

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I was hoping for some real opinions/ product feedback from real people rather than a cut'npaste from the FAQ but thanks anyway.

I'm in the UK so many of the products listed there arn't in the shops here.

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Thanks :)

And actually I did find the FAQ helpful when I actually read it properly instead of just scanning through looking for specific information, my bad, I'm a bit time-poor today

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Thanks :)

And actually I did find the FAQ helpful when I actually read it properly instead of just scanning through looking for specific information, my bad, I'm a bit time-poor today

Cool! There's one member here who used Aveene(sp?) products, the redness-relief ones throughout her course and liked them very much. It's just going to be a matter of finding what is available in your area that you like.

If you moisturize your WHOLE BODY from day one, you'll be less likely to experience side effects. That is what I did and I had not one problem with dermatitis/eczema and I wash my hands umpteen million times a day as I'm an RN.

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Lip treatment: I just used Classic Chapstick (the black stick) and it has done the job well. My one tip of advice would be to cut off a layer of your chapstick every night. Your lips are likely to get dry enough to the point that they peel, so if you don't shave a layer off the top of your chapstick (with the shaft of a Q-tip), your chapstick will actually begin to smell. Also, don't just buy one chapstick at a time. Always have an extra one around your place and maybe place one whereever you frequent often. Chapstick can be your best friend during your treatment.

And by the way, and as much as you'll hear people talking about the chapped lips part, it is very manageable. You just have to take care of them.

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Hi :)

I've not taken accutane (although I'm trying desperately to get it) but when I was on the DKR I had extremely dry skin, and found the following products useful (all available from Boots) -

Avene's gentle cleanser (like Cetaphil cleanser)

Cetaphil cleanser (available from some Boots pharmacy sections)

Avene's skin recovery cream, Eucerin's replenishing cream.

Cetaphil moisturiser (from ebay, not available in the UK)

They are all really gentle and quite moisturising. The creams may feel a bit heavy, but if you are that dry you will need them that way. I would say anything from the above ranges should do the trick.

Hope that helps a bit, good luck!

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