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Skin Care while on Accutane

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Hi,

I was wondering, what skincare do u all use while on accutane?

it seems that my skin is so sensitive and easily irritated while on accutane.

cant seems to avoid skin care as without moisturizer my skin is as dry as sand paper!!~

please help~~

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I'm only on day 8, and so far have the chapped lips and dry skin, but my skin is not any more sensitive (yet at least) than it was pre-tane but here's wht I'm using

-Dan's cleanser morning and night

-aloe vera on hyperpigmented spots morning and night. straight from the plant.

-jojoba oil and Dan's moisturizer after cleansing (morning and night)

That's it.

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I'm only on day 8, and so far have the chapped lips and dry skin, but my skin is not any more sensitive (yet at least) than it was pre-tane but here's wht I'm using

-Dan's cleanser morning and night

-aloe vera on hyperpigmented spots morning and night. straight from the plant.

-jojoba oil and Dan's moisturizer after cleansing (morning and night)

That's it.

Hey I see you're in florida too. How is your aloe doing with this heat?? Mine all look like crap. They're red and sad looking. I've been watering every day and I just can't make them better!! I wonder if aloe could survive inside, next to a window? What to do? I just started accutane last saturday so I'm at the beginning of my course, and it would be great to use my aloe this summer. I'm scared to take anything from them though since they already look so bad. I don't wanna lose any more plants! First the cold, now the heat....ahhhhhhh

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I'm only on day 8, and so far have the chapped lips and dry skin, but my skin is not any more sensitive (yet at least) than it was pre-tane but here's wht I'm using

-Dan's cleanser morning and night

-aloe vera on hyperpigmented spots morning and night. straight from the plant.

-jojoba oil and Dan's moisturizer after cleansing (morning and night)

That's it.

Hey I see you're in florida too. How is your aloe doing with this heat?? Mine all look like crap. They're red and sad looking. I've been watering every day and I just can't make them better!! I wonder if aloe could survive inside, next to a window? What to do? I just started accutane last saturday so I'm at the beginning of my course, and it would be great to use my aloe this summer. I'm scared to take anything from them though since they already look so bad. I don't wanna lose any more plants! First the cold, now the heat....ahhhhhhh

Yea mine isn't looking that great either. Some parts are kind of dead looking, others look normal. I used to have one in my apartment a couple years ago in college and it did just fine. It was really small though, not even a foot, but we kept it by the window and it lasted maybe 8 months. We ended up tossing it when we moved out. It's kinf of a bummer to be on accutane in Florida right now, though. No beach, no drinks by the pool, no bbq's. If I'm outside for even five minutes in direct sunlight I'll start to burn and I'm barely a week in. I thought I would at least have a few weeks before it got to that point.

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Hi,

I was wondering, what skincare do u all use while on accutane?

it seems that my skin is so sensitive and easily irritated while on accutane.

cant seems to avoid skin care as without moisturizer my skin is as dry as sand paper!!~

please help~~

My son's dr said he can use Neutrogena fresh foaming cleanser mid day and at night and in the morning cetphil cleanser. She also said to moisturize with cetaphil with sunscreen:)

Hope that helps

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Here's a helpful post from a former moderator:

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.

ACCUTANE ADVICE LIST

-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 use a gentle cleanser (Neutrogena Fresh Foaming Cleanser, as someone mentioned above, is great), then a gentle moisturizer, and that's it.

You can see what I use in my signature.

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I'm on day 9. Yesterday I was so dry I didn't even wash my face in the morning. Since I wore make-up, I felt I had to use a make-up remover cloth in the evening but again only let water touch my face in the shower, no cleanser. Then I proceeded to slather on aloe and moisturizer and still woke up feeling slightly dry?!?!?! This is pretty intense for 9 days into it...

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I'm going to be starting accutane soon and also wondered about what moisturizers to use.

At home I use Dermalogica's Gel Cleanser and I use tea tree oil sometimes. For lotion I use Amlactine (Ammonium Lactate), does anyone know if these products are still okay to use when i start using accutane?

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