Choosing to take Roaccutane is a big step and you might not be prepared for the changes the medication will cause to your body. Here are a few tips from myself and others who have been on the treatment:
1. Blogger Kaye Ford’s number 1 tip is to moisturise. “Moisturise so damn much. Too much moisture is not a thing that exists”. This is so true. I cannot stress enough the nightmare you’ll find yourself in if you go out and don’t carry a lip balm on you. Just to be safe carry at least 5. Or 6. A good one to use throughout the day would be Blistex Intense Moisturiser Lip Balm, it’s cheap and does the job. My saviour whilst on this treatment was Dr Lipp. It’s a thicker waxier balm so I’d recommend using this at night. This product is an absolute godsend, it’s slightly more expensive but it’s so worth it.
2. No waxing – stick to plucking. As Roaccutane blocks the oil receptors in your face your skin becomes dry. Really, really dry. The hot wax can irritate your skin so it’s best to steer clear of this whilst on the medication – plucking is your best bet.
3. Be very careful what makeup you use. During this period of being on Roaccutane anything you put on your face can irritate your skin. I tried not to use foundation or many makeup products on my skin as it felt so uncomfortable and after less than an hour it had clung to all the dry patches on my face and looked awful. However there are a few foundations that would work better. I’ve heard really good reviews about the Shiseido Synchro Skin Glow Luminising Foundation. The description for this product claims it ‘utilises responsive, sensory technology to synchronise with changes in the skin condition and type throughout the day, whilst boosting the skins self-hydrating powers’. Basically this means it will not cling to your dry patches. It moisturises as well as covers so won’t irritate your skin and will counteract the dryness. Also MAC’s face and body foundation – an absolute classic. It feels so lightweight but has a good amount of coverage and is buildable. This foundation is really flattering for dry skin and won’t feel too heavy. Yes, granted they aren’t the cheapest products you could get but when it comes to buying good quality products that are going to cover the dryness it’s worth paying a little extra.
4. Look after your body. Judith Donald, who has an Instagram account dedicated to her experience on Roaccutane, stresses the importance of keeping hydrated: “Drink lots of water to keep hydrated as you dry out everywhere.” Just make sure you pay extra attention to hydrating your skin, drinking water and moisturising are a must.
5. Be aware of your skin in the sun. Roaccutane makes your skin more sensitive to the effects of UV rays. Always apply sun cream if you’re out in the sun and reapply every hour or so. Try to look for a non- fragranced and alcohol free sun cream as it won’t dry your skin out as much and will be less likely to clog your pores. Also try not to use sunbeds whilst on the treatment – definitely won’t do any good for your skin. Yes, having a tan is nice but you need to give the treatment the best chance it can to work.
6. Be confident. The side effects of Roaccutane can be pretty crappy, your skin will get painfully dry and sore and you also might experience hair loss and major mood changes. Some days will be worse than others but throughout all of this you’ve got to remember the end goal and why you started the treatment. Don’t give up and push through it, the effects are temporary but the end result is forever. Don’t let it get you down, it will get better. However, if you’re experiencing severe side effects visit your dermatologist to discuss other options and do not continue the treatment.