Tuesday, 20 August 2013

Roaccutane (very dry skin) Essentials: Part 2.

Here's part 2 of my Roaccutane (Accutane) essentials. If you didn't catch part one the link is here. Today is my final day on Roaccutane, I can't quite believe it's been 8 months. I'm pretty apprehensive about coming off the drug and my skin just returning to the way it was, but there is no way to find out until I take the plunge. Fingers crossed I won't need to visit the dermatologist ever again after my final appointment. Any way here is the final part of my essentials.

In Shower

Conditioning Hair Mask - I am pretty obsessed with hair masks at the best of times, but even more so whilst my hair has had zero oil in. In one aspect it's been pretty amazing only having to wash my hair once a week, but on the other hand it's been brittle and dry. A good hair mask really brings it back to life and leaves it super soft and silky. 

Nivea Body Conditioner for Dry Skin - This little baby came out earlier this year, and as most of you know kinda took the blogging world by storm. This is something that has really helped with my general dryness and feels amazing on my skin. This is something I will continue to buy mainly cos it has almond oil in (much like the hyped L'Occitane shower gel) but for a really good price tag.


Hand Cream - I get dry hands generally, but they have become worst whilst on this medication. A good, thick hand cream is always useful - plus these Body Shop ones are always on offer. I think I got this one for around £5 for a hefty tube.

Facial Gradual Tan - My chin and general mouth area has probably suffered the most over the last few month. Which means flaky skin and make up are pretty much a no-go, I've avoided wearing foundation for long periods of time due to it flaking off and looking vile. So hence the facial tan, it's nice to add a little colour to your face and moisturises too. A BB cream is a good idea if you want a little more coverage but I have yet to find 'the one'.


Ibuprofen Gel - I cannot explain how useful this is. Initially I didn't suffer with joint pain, but about 6 months in, it arrived. I can't describe the feeling but it can get pretty uncomfortable. Roaccutane must be the only medication that advises you not to do excessive exercise. My hips and knees have been the worst for pain and I can't sit in the same position for long periods of time. This gel really takes the edge off the pain and came in very handy on holiday after we'd done a lot of walking/swimming.

Carmex - This is my 6th tube since January. I've found no other lip balm works as well for me, I've been very thankful for Carmex and really don't know how I would have managed without (dramatic, I know). Unless you've been on Roaccutane or have been around someone on the medication there is no way of explaining how dry your lips will get. Be prepared.

So that's my final run-down of Roaccutane essentials, I hope this has been of some use to some people, if anyone has any questions feel free to leave me a comment, or send me an email!



  1. That hand cream is definitely mine!

  2. I really want to try the in shower moisturiser. My skin isn't really dry but I do find I have to use a moisturiser every 2 or 3 days so that would be really handy!

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  3. Gradual tanner is a must have for me! I'm too scared to go for the real deal haha.


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  4. Going to try and in shower moisturising! Seems so much easier!

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