Monday, November 20, 2017

7 Skin and hair must haves when you are on Accutane

A little while back I wrote about my healthy skin diet - the low-glycemic, high anti-oxidant, no dairy diet that helps with acne and makes your skin all glowy. After a year of not having ANY sugar, I really really wanted a cookie. Badly. So I did. And then I broke out. After a couple more test runs with a sweet here and there, I realized I may not be able to have sugar ever again if I don't want to break out. Finally I succumbed to my dermatologist's advice, and I went on Accutane (3rd time's a charm!!), and will be done with it next month. I have to say, my skin looks awesome. I am still on the diet for the most part, since I do feel better overall not having sugar or dairy, but I can finally have a sorbet after dinner if I want.

I figured I would share my top items that I have been using while on Accutane. I have been diligent about using them, which has kept the side effects to a minimum.
  1. Lip balm: Aquaphor.

    One of the first side effects of being on Accutane is your lips drying out. It takes chapped lips to another level. I have tried pretty much every single lip balm and keep coming back to Aquaphor. I keep some in each purse, by my bed, by the kitchen, and by the couch. There is no way to make it through a course of Accutane without some.

  2. Facial sunscreen: Elta MD UV Clear

    This stuff is my favorite sunscreen of all time.  I started Accutane in the summer, and while I use this everyday regardless, this sunscreen really is amazing. It goes on smooth, blends in well, looks great under makeup, and has a high enough SPF to really protect your skin.

  3.  Everyday sunscreen: Aveeno Active Naturals Daily Moisturizing Lotion SPF15.

    Aveeno makes a great, unscented everyday body lotion that has SPF 15. It isn't for when you are really out in the sun on the beach, but it is perfect for walking around town.

  4. Heavy night cream:

    I have fallen in love with Cerave's skin renewing night cream. I would probably never dream of putting this on my face when I was acne ridden and oily, but right now it is exactly what I need. It is thick without being the least bit greasy, extremely well moisturizing, and I wake up with my skin feeling SO soft.

  5. Gentle face cleanser: DHC Deep Cleansing Oil.

    This is another awesome product that I use all the time, but it really is a necessity when on Accutane. It is super gentle and removes make up like a breeze. It is a little counterintuitive to smear oil on your face to clean it, but this cleanser rinses totally clean leaving your face super soft and not the least bit oily.

  6. Heavy duty conditioner: Redken Diamond Oil Conditioner

    Accutane dries you out all over, including your hair. While I don't need to wash my hair for days now (which is all together amazing), this conditioner makes my hair silky and shiny.

  7. Hand lotion: Aveeno Skin Relief Hand Lotion

  8. Using hand lotion religiously is always important in the winter, but when you are on Accutane, it is crucial. Accutane makes your skin very sensitive, and since you use your hands all the time, you are more prone to nicks and cuts. This hand lotion is not just great at protecting your hands, but does a miraculous job healing the most chapped and cracked of skin.
On top of the products listed here, make sure you drink plenty of water and be gentle with your skin! 

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