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For so long, I postponed taking Accutane because I was afraid my skin would become irreparably dry. Drought is a well-known side effect of oral medication to treat severe cystic acne, and I had heard horror stories about dry patches appearing all around the face – even inside the nose – friends who had taken Accutane before. But at 24, my hormonal acne got so bad I didn’t care about the potential drought. I just wanted the painful cysts and pimples faded away.
Anyone who has taken Accutane knows that there is a bit of a process to go through before you receive the pills. You have to take a pregnancy test, take a blood test, and complete some pretty intense online birth control surveys. During this time, in addition to researching any possible side effects I might be experiencing, I began to prep my skin with a moisturizing routine. This precautionary work has paid off seriously, in my non-expert opinion; I think that avoided a lot of the potential really bad drought that I had heard so much about.
Now I am in my fourth month of Accutane and I take 80 mg of Claravis each day. I certainly have occasional dry spots, especially around my mouth, but my skin hasn’t experienced any serious peeling or irritation. I have to thank seven moisturizers for this, many of which are internet favorites (some even come straight from @Skincarebyhyram on TikTok). Better yet, almost all moisturizers that keep my dry skin at bay while I’m on Accutane are $ 20 or less. Check them out below.
1. CeraVe moisturizer
– 16.08 Available at Amazon
Look, I’m a millennial, and I was tragically raised in a time when this Gen Z favorite was considered a miserable drugstore lotion. Fortunately, I got out of this state of mind, and I have Hyram Yarbro from @Skincarebyhyram to thank for that. On the same day my dermatologist and I decided that Accutane would be in my future, I had a huge jug of Amazonian CeraVe. I have never liked a moisturizer more.
I’m used to moisturizers that come with a pump, but let me tell you that a jar is much more useful for applying a lot of lotion at once with minimal effort. I use it at least three times a day, and it soothes my skin without that heavy feeling of pore clogging that I thought was normal with lotions. It’s refreshing and light, but seriously effective. If a dry stain appears, I will leave a thick ball of CeraVe there overnight, and when I wake up, it will disappear.
Using this product also helps me maintain soft hands and elbows as I rub excess CeraVe into these parts of my body after using it on my face. the 19 oz tub lasts for months and is so affordable. All around you can’t go wrong with it.
2. Pure petroleum jelly Vaseline
– 8.87 Available at Amazon
I am here to launch a campaign called “Justice for Vaseline”. He’s the unsung hero of my hydrating routine. I’m going to literally put it on my face some nights, and I’m not ashamed of it. He do not clog my pores (an incorrect assumption most people have about the product) or feel slimy when applied. After a wet shower, putting petroleum jelly on my face makes it look like I’m in a restorative spa doing an extremely candle-lit face mask – when in reality I’m using something that ends up costing pennies per application.
I would recommend pick up a big pot because you will soon find that, like Frank’s Red Hot, you’re gonna put this shit on everything. If you have ashy elbows, chapped lips, and callused feet, put on this heaven sent product and you will notice improvement the next day. Also, it’s great to use for securing brows or lashes – use a clean wand with petroleum jelly for natural-looking, lump-free volume in no time.
3. Vaseline lip therapy
– 9.79 Available at Amazon
Again, “Justice for Vaseline”. No other lip product – not lip masks, lip scrubs, or glosses – makes my lips as refreshed as Vaseline Therapeutic Moisturizer. Along with daily use, I make sure to apply it before putting it on lipstick or lip gloss. This ensures that the texture of my lips is smooth and even. It’s also nice to wear in the shower to help soothe chapped skin.
4. Summer Fridays Jet Lag Mask
– 48 Available at Sephora
It is the most expensive product I use, but let me tell you, it is worth it. The hydrating face mask is loved by Kim Kardashian, Jessica Alba and Rosie Huntington-Whately, and for good reason. A single layer of the mask restores my skin almost instantly. I love how, unlike traditional masks, once you put this one on you don’t have to take it off. Just sit back, relax, and let your skin enjoy all the juicy anti-inflammatory ingredients.
A small drop is enough, and even using it several times a week, one bottle lasted me three months. This is something I especially like for the dry areas around my nose and mouth because it heals the skin in a way that is not patchy. The fact that it smells of refreshing peppermint is an added bonus.
5. Dr. Jart + Cryo Rubber Duo mask set
– 25 Available at Sephora
On days when my skin is really dry, nothing makes me feel better than a Dr. Jart + rubber mask. The masks cool the skin so you feel instant relief. Also, they are hilarious to wear. You feel like you are the villain in a horror movie, so selfies are a must. I like to use these masks before in-person events because they leave my skin so visibly glowing that even while wearing a cloth face mask, I will receive compliments on its shiny appearance.
6. Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5
– 6.80 Available at Sephora
Another @Skincarebyhyram prefer, Regular Hyaluronic Acid Serum is something I was skeptical about at first. I mean, look at the low price tag. But after a few days of using it in the morning (I try to keep my routine pretty basic at night), I noticed that it injects life into my dull skin even after sleepless nights. This makes sense, given that hyaluronic acid is recognized for its ability to hydrate and restore.
7. CeraVe Therapeutic Hand Cream
– 12.38 Available at Amazon
Around my third month of using Accutane, I noticed that the insides of my hands were getting extremely dry. It could be due to my excess hand washing due to COVID-19, or it could be because of the drug. Either way, I find that CeraVe’s best-selling hand cream is just as reliable and effective as its moisturizer. It’s thick and gooey (in the best way) when you put it on and provides immediate relief. Also, it doesn’t leave that coarse, greasy residue that other creams do. If you have dry hands, apply it several times a day for a few days in a row, and your skin will be smooth like baby again.