Hi all! I wanted to share what I’ve been doing at night (and will also share what I’ve been doing in the morning) now that I’m a little over a week in. I did a lot of research before investing in products and honestly–I started out by throwing out anything in my bathroom that is alcohol-based or contained a lot of gross ingredients. I did this because:
a) it needed to be done. All girls know you collect gift lotions and shower gels and rarely are able to use them all.
b) I didn’t want to be tempted or lazily use a product that will be harmful or dry out my skin
I also subscribe to Sephora Play (which is like a Birchbox) and made sure to update my settings to reflect dry skin so I can try out new products each month. I’ll keep you updated on those!
Okay, so heres what I’ve been doing – and don’t wait to start this routine. Start it as soon as you begin the accutane, so you are ahead of the dryness!
I’ve found that the Cetaphil cleanser doesn’t do much for removing eye make up, so I start out in front of my mirror with a cotton ball and Yes to Coconut Ultra Hydrating Cleansing Water. It’s gentle for eyes and gets the make up off pretty easily. This product you can get at really any drugstore, but you can get it online here. The appeal to this product for me was how not only is it a make up remover, but it actually helps to moisturize your skin.
Next, I take a shower. This took a couple days to get used to, as I’m typically a morning-shower-person, but I felt like taking the shower at night really set the pace for a new routine that I’d stick to.
A lot of people who use accutane report hair loss or thinning hair. This is likely due to the hair drying out and breaking off. So, it’s important that you keep your hair hydrated. I did a lot of research on this one. I landed with OGX brand Renewing Argan Oil of Morocco Shampoo and Conditioner. Again, products you can get at any drugstore, though here is the link for the shampoo and here is the link for the conditioner if you want to buy online.They’re both sulfate-free, so if you have color treated hair like I do, they won’t mess with that.
Note: There is a version of this shampoo/conditioner that is the “hydrate” version – probably smart to get that one. I started with “renewing” because I felt I already have some hair damage that needs addressing.
When I’m in the shower, I go ahead and wash my face. Any one you talk to who’s been on accutane typically swear by 3-4 products. One of the common ones you hear about is Cerave. It is a hydrating cleanser formulated by dermatologists for severely dry skin. There is a foaming version of this cleanser too, but from my research I’ve found that the foaming version isn’t as strong of a hydrator. And again, this product can be found anywhere, but you can get it online here.
Okay, one last product I use in the shower, and this is one I could NOT find in a regular drug store. It is a Dead Sea Mineral Mud Soap Bar. It is chemical-free, organic, natural and contains activated charcoal and essential oils. For the animal lovers, this particular brand is also cruelty free and vegan.
The reason I went with this particular soap is that it’s formulated to help with acne AND dry skin – but also it’s formulated to help with redness/rosacea, which is one thing the accutane does NOT help, but I do have. When I use this soap, it leaves my skin feeling SO soft and replenished. LOVE IT! Again, I haven’t found it anywhere locally, so I bought it online here. I almost went with a more-expensive version of this bar from Sephora, but I noticed it wasn’t formulated specifically for dry skin so I went with this one.
I will say one thing I am MISSING from my shower routine since I started peeling is some sort of gentle exfoliant. Once I have that figured out, I’ll make sure to share. I know when you are on accutane, you need to avoid any sort of micro-derm type exfoliator as you will easily scratch and/or damage your skin. If anyone has any recommendations, please let me know!