Isotretinoin (Accutane) Journey | Survival Kit and Two-Week Update

As promised in my “Day 1” Accutane video, I’ve started this blog of my isotretinoin (Accutane) journey to share my experience, as well as tips and products to help with side effects.

I’m just over two weeks into my isotretinoin treatment. So far there isn’t much to report in terms of progress or side-effects (except chapping lips and drying eyes), but it is a little soon to really be seeing either. However, I have updated my skin care products and routine to help mitigate any of the side effects my skin is sure to endure while on isotretinoin, and I want to share, as I think it has helped so far, and will continue to help during my treatment.

Routine (every morning and night): Cleanser > Toner > Serum > Moisturizer

Cleanser: Arcona Four O’Clock Flower Gentle Cleansing Cream

  • Why I like it: Calms irritated, sensitive skin; gentle; hydrates and maintains moisture; removes dirt, excess oil, and makeup; prevents free radical damage and dryness
  • What’s in it: Green Tea, Hyaluronic Acid, Witch Hazel, Alpha Hydroxy Acids
  • Price: $46

Toner: Yon-Ka Lotion Yon-Ka Dry Skin Toner

  • Why I like it: Hydrates and refreshes skin; alcohol-free; reduces skin blotchiness; retains skin moisture; stimulates circulation for healthy glow
  • What’s in it: Castor oil, cypress oil, thyme oil, glycerin
  • Price: $35 – $40

Serum: First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Hydrating Serum

  • Why I like it: Quenches thirsty skin; retains skin hydration; increases firmness and elasticity; reduces appearance of fine lines and wrinkles; lightweight
  • What’s in it: Hyaluronic acid, peptides
  • Price: $36

Morning Moisturizer: Kate Blanc Certified Organic Moroccan Argan Oil

  • Why I like it: “Liquid Gold;” replenishes moisture; promotes and speeds up healing of irritated, sensitive skin; balances skin; reduces inflammation
  • Note: Best for use in the morning, since it’s lightweight and non-greasy (works well under makeup)
  • Price: $4+

Evening Moisturizer: Viva Natural Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil

  • Why I like it: naturally antibacterial and anti-fungal; deep moisturizer; works well as nighttime mask; brightens skin; skin-healing and anti-aging; hormone-balancing; see more here 🙂
  • Note: Best for use at night, since it’s heavier and makes skin look shiny
  • Price: $4+

Let me know what you think if you try any of these! What are your favorite skincare products for sensitive and/or dry skin?

Two-week update:

Kinda crazy, the power of makeup! To follow my isotretinoin (Accutane) journey, subscribe to this blog and the Healthy Bitch YouTube channel!

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