It’s been quite hard to find make up that works well on dry and sensitive roaccutane skin… plus I hate wearing layers and layers of make up and instead like it when skin looks as though it has no make up on it at all, but I will admit this has been a challenge!! It can also be difficult to blend foundation if you’re caking on lots of layers, because it will dislodge your dry skin and make it look more obvious, so in my opinion the less the better… less is more 😉
Roaccutane leaves your skin quite red, especially if you have quite a pale winter skin colour like me, and certainly in my case I have a lot of red marks from scarring on my cheeks (although they are slowly fading!!), which came from when I had my ‘initial break out’ in the earlier days of my roaccutane course.
The good news is, even when our skin is wintery and pale we can minimise the redness!! The trick is green cream – I don’t think you can use it unless you’re putting liquid foundation or BB cream over it (otherwise you look green!!) but it’s works so so well, especially because it means you don’t have to wear so much foundation.
My favourite green cream is actually a concealer – it’s the Urban Decay Naked Skin Color Correcting Fluid . For everyday wear I put a layer of it on to my cheeks and then put a layer of my BB cream on top, and it works really well.
If I’m having particularly red day or I’m going out (so wearing more make up), I mix it with my primer and rub that all over my face, and then put some extra green on my cheeks afterwards.
If you want a proper green cream that isn’t a concealer, Eucerin’s Anti Redness Concealing Day Cream is really good. It has SPF25 in it, which is great because roaccutane means your skin burns much more easily (I never used to burn in the sun until roaccutane!!). I put it over my moisturiser and let it dry for a bit before putting my make up on. At £20.50 it’s not cheap at all, but it’s lasting well and does a really good job – it’s designed to help dry skin without causing spots or breakouts.
I always use a face wash to wash my face, night and morning – it removes make up, dirt, sweat etc from the day better than plain water, and it’s good at keeping imperfections and blemishes away.
On roaccutane I’ve been using another La Roche Posay Effaclar H product, and this time it’s their ‘hydrating cleansing cream’ (£9.50 on Feel Unique), which is great because its creamy texture doesn’t dry out my skin at all (and works well with the Efflaclar H moisturiser).
I also exfoliate every now and again – it keeps dry patches away and makes it easier to put make up on because your skin is a bit smoother, and it also makes you a bit more radiant!! No need to go crazy on the highlighter!!
My favourite exfoliator is the St. Ives ‘Nourish & Smooth‘ Oatmeal Scrub – I think it’s a new one and it’s much more gentle than their famous apricot scrub, so it’s perfect for sensitive roaccutane skin! Smells nice too and only a fiver in Boots.
I use it maybe two or three times a week minimum, often before I put make up on for a night out. It’s nice as a mask when you’re relaxing in the bath too 🙂
Moisturising your face…
If your face gets dry and peely from not moisturising, it becomes really uncomfortable, and if you’re a self-conscious person like me, it’s also quite a hard thing to cover up, because make-up catches in the dry bits of skin and makes it look even more obviously dry!!
The discomfort is the worst part – if I go out in the cold with really dry skin I find my skin stings in the chilly air, and is really sensitive to touch.
To avoid this, I moisturise religiously at night (even after a night out I’ll be there, moisturising away at 4am) and in the morning after washing my face.
The best moisturiser for this is the La Roche Posay Effaclar H moisturiser, which the dermatologist who prescribes me the roaccutane recommended – it’s designed for spot prone skin so it’s non-comedogenic (not too oily or sticky) but it’s really soothing, and hypoallergenic.
La Roche Posay claim that after 4 weeks, 30 of their patients taking isotretinoin (roaccutane) saw a 64% reduction in their dry skin when they used this moisturiser 🙂
It’s comes in a bit of a small bottle but that does mean it’s easy to carry it around in pockets, handbags, kit bags etc, especially in cold weather when your skin dries out in what feels like 5 seconds. They sell it in Boots so it’s not hard to get hold of either (although it’s £15 there instead of £9.50 on feelunique.com…).
As soon as you start taking roaccutane, start drinking loads of water! It’s such a dehydrating drug, even on the smaller doses you’ll probably start with, so it’s a good habit to get into early on for when your doses increase.
The more water I drink, the more my skin is much less dry and flaky, which means for us girls make up goes on so much better too 😉
I think it’s recommended you drink about 2 litres a day to stay healthy, but on roaccutane I’ve been drinking at least double that each day, and even more if I get hot and sweaty from exercise or being somewhere warm or humid.