As many of you know, I'm currently almost two-thirds of the way through a six month of course of Roaccutane (might be known under a different names in other countries). My skin has improved out of sight, however there is quite an extensive list of side effects associated with this medication. I've decided to go through some of my routine and give you some tips on dealing with the side effects of Roaccutane.
Dry skin is the most common side effect of the treatment. At the start of my treatment my dermatologist recommended I stick to using an oil-free moisturiser, though as the treatment progressed I found my skin got much drier, and the oil-free moisturiser just wasn't moisturising enough. I now use a moisturiser targeted towards extremely dry skin.
Skin also becomes much more sensitive to light, so make sure you use sunscreen!
This may or may not be recommended depending on how fragile the skin has become - it's common for the skin to become sensitive to friction which is why you can't wax while on Roaccutane! (I found this out the hard way) My skin was just flaking off so much, that I had to find an extremely gentle exfoliator to help out. I use the Biore Daily Detoxify Scrub once week and it doesn't aggravate my sensitive skin - it's also oil-free!
In addition to moisturising, I find I need something extra to help hydrate my skin. Apart from my moisturiser, I like to stick to oil-free products. At the moment I'm using an oil-free overnight moisturising mask to really amp up the hydration overnight.
With treatments, it's important not to use any products that are targeted towards combatting acne - as tempting as it might be. The reason for this is that most of them contain salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide that dry out the skin.
A somewhat less common side effect of Roaccutane is dry eyes. Unfortunately, I seem to be one of the unlucky ones and suffer from extremely dry eyes. Thankfully relief can be found with lubricating eyedrops. There are several different versions depending on how severe the dryness is - I'm now using the intensive drops that are more of a gel rather than liquid. Even with the intensive strength, I still have to apply drops up to 8 times a day.
Dry, chapped lips are the most common side effect of Roaccutane, and luckily it's one that is more easily combatted. I find Carmex works best for me, though there are lots of other options out there. I need to apply a few times throughout the day, though it's also important to remember to give your lips an extremely gentle exfoliation occasionally to get rid of any dead/dry skin.
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