Updated: Nov 19, 2020
You're on Accutane and you've heard you're going to need a whole lot of new products... what should you get? Here are all of the products I used during my time on Accutane that are simply irreplaceable.
Burt’s Bees Lip Treatment
I swore by this product pre-Accutane and if I had to stop using it during Accutane I would have been a little sad. Turns out, it was one of the best things ever. If for some reason during the day I forgot my chapstick so by the end of the night my lips were extra dry, my lips would be almost completely healed and hydrated by morning. I always put on a thin coat as it is pretty thick to start with, but on nights where I felt like my lips needed extra help, I'd layer on a thicker coat.
Cetaphil Moisturizing Body Cream
I did my research before getting on Accutane and I knew I did not like the idea of applying straight-up Vaseline on my face. I had a few people say this body cream was great to use on the face as it was thick and I liked the idea of a large tub of lotion for less than $15. I knew beforehand that those with dry skin should use tubs rather than pump bottles because generally, a lotion has to be
Cerave Hydrating Facial Cleanser
There's a reason why everyone hypes this product... because it genuinely is amazing. I started using the Cerave cleanser for oily skin and once I got on Accutane I tried the normal to dry skin version and it was a must-have. It is so gentle on the skin, doesn't tighten my skin or dry it out, and keeps my skin feeling cleaning. You bet I am continuing to use the cleansers after Accutane as well.
During the first month of Accutane, my scalp started getting pretty itchy so I decided to look into what could be used for this. Let me tell you, this was amazing. I will give a warning it does have a strong scent, however, it isn't bad, you just know its a medicated product from when you squeeze it out. The reason I recommend this is because almost immediately after I used it, my itchy scalp was gone. The first few weeks I would wash my hair again once my scalp would start getting itchy once again, but over time the itchiness went down and I only washed my hair when it actually started getting oily (about once a week due to Accutane). It was the only shampoo I used during Accutane but I also found it to be amazing to put it on my arms as a body wash when my arms would start getting itchy as well.
Shea Moisture Daily Hydration Body Oil
This oil has been a must-have since month 2. I heard of a lot of people using vaseline or baby oil in their nose to keep their nose moist to help prevent a bloody nose. I hated the feel of vaseline and baby oil caused me to sneeze non-stop every time I used it for some reason. I decided to start searching what else I could use and discovered a lot of people loved coconut oil. I found this one by Shea Moisture that stays in its liquid form and made of 100% coconut oil so I gave it a try. I never sneeze again due to applying something in my nose and I've never had a running bloody nose yet ever, pre-Accutane and officially post which I think is a definite win.
Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Face Mist
I only got to use this item during the last two months, however, I always found it annoying to reapply sunscreen when I had done my makeup, but I knew my face would not be able to handle even a sunset if I didn't have proper protection. I finally found a sheer enough spray that I could easily spray all over my face without worrying about my makeup coming off or dripping down my face. I just make sure to cover my eyes when I spray as my eyes are extremely sensitive to even having sunscreen near them.
Shea Moisture Strengthen & Restore Treatment Masque
I love this mask so much. I used it a few years ago when my hair was crazy damaged from excessive home hair dying kits and it did wonders. I figured I would buy another during this journey as I wanted to prevent my hair from getting damaged and I knew I needed extreme moisture. I used this every 3-4 weeks and I would apply a good chunk on dry hair and try to keep it in for 1-2hours (sometimes longer if I had no plans!) and my hair stayed incredibly soft and healthy throughout.
ColourPop Pretty Fresh Hyaluronic Acid Tinted Moisturizer
If you wear makeup, I loved this foundation before I got on Accutane and it worked perfectly for the days I wanted to wear a foundation while I was on it. It is hydrating and never irritated my skin. It is a tinted moisturizer made it so that it blended on top of my thick layers of moisturizers and sunscreen easily. I love this because despite it being a tinted moisturizer, it also has great coverage. I mentioned in my Accutane Hacks post that I would mix it with moisturizer before applying it on and it worked out perfectly.
These are by far my favorite items that I have used non-stop throughout these last 5 months on Accutane and I know I will be using most of these even after as well. I recommend buying them all and the good news is, none of them are too expensive and all can be found at places like CVS and Target!