There is quite a bit of information online regarding the benefits and risks involved with going on Accutane. However, a skincare routine after finishing Accutane is commonly overlooked. While your breakouts should be greatly diminished after coming off the medication, it is completely normal to experience minor breakouts post-treatment.
Post Accutane Skincare Routine
In this post, Dr. Zenovia details the top skincare ingredients she recommends incorporating in your post-Accutane skincare routine including an effective spot treatment, moisturizer, sunscreen, and retinol treatment.
Acne Spot Treatment
After going through Accutane, a few pimples may pop up from time to time, but there is no need to be using a Benzoyl Peroxide Facial Wash daily. My 5% Benzoyl Peroxide Acne Spot Treatment is perfect for targeting acne flare-ups without being drying. It delivers powerful, ultra-micronized Benzoyl Peroxide and is enhanced with my proprietary plant-based phytoestrogen to balance the hormonal component. Simply blend a thin layer to affected areas with clean fingers. Use once a day or increase to two or three times daily as needed. This treatment can be used morning or night and wears well under makeup.
Many people who have acne-prone skin avoid moisturizing out of fear that a moisturizer will make their skin oiler. However, the epidermis requires moisture no matter your skin type! The Aloe Vera Blemish Soothing Moisturizer is amazing for acne patients because it is oil-free, serving as an effective, lightweight, non-greasy hydrator. The aloe vera we use is pure and medical-grade, sourced from high-grade medical suppliers. The aloe vera mucopolysaccharides molecule absorbs many times its weight in water and is a very effective moisturizer for people that need hydration even if they produce excess oil or have oily skin. This moisturizer can be worn morning or night and serves as a great base for makeup application.
Applying sunscreen daily is a must! With acne-prone skin, you want to look for a formula that is non-comedogenic (meaning it won’t clog your pores). Dr. Zenovia’s Vitamin C Brightening Moisturizer SPF 30 contains transparent nano zinc-oxide mineral protection from harmful UVA/UVB rays and free radical protection. Enriched with Vitamin C, this sunscreen also helps minimize the appearance of dark spots, discoloration, and fine lines.
Retinol Night Treatment
Retinol sloughs down the dead layer of skin, controls sebum production, and prevents clogged pores. It is really the mainstay of acne prevention and treatment. Additionally, retinol serves as an anti-aging medication so you can continue using it until your sixties! Many over-the-counter retinols can be very irritating, causing dryness and flakiness. Our Advanced Retinol Night Repair Treatment is formulated with moisturizing ingredients and has a slow-release effect, making it tolerable but still effective.
Note from Dr. Zenovia: After getting off Accutane, it’s very important to continue being diligent about skin care. Incorporating an effective spot treatment, lightweight moisturizer, sunscreen, and retinol into your routine will help keep the skin balanced and healthy.