Throughout taking Roaccutane the sensitivity of my skin meant I had to strip back and minimalise my skincare. My skin type changed from very oily to very dry and my skincare regime adjusted to reflect this. Now post Roaccutane my skin has returned somewhat to my pre-Roaccutane skin type and I would define it as normal with an oily T-zone at the end of the day.
My dermatology nurse heavily advised me to try and make sure my skin doesn’t reach a high level of oil that I would have experienced pre-Roaccutane. She prescribed me a cream to use on oily areas to prevent this. I will explain when exactly I use this cream later however I won’t be providing the name to this as I am definitely not qualified to recommend a prescription medication.
Although I shouldn’t let my skin get to an oily condition that doesn’t prevent me from using certain oils on my face in my skincare routine. Due to always having oily skin I would have avoided oils on my face like the plague. When my skin became extremely dry very quickly on Roaccutane I started to look into intense hydrators and oils. At this time my skin was so dry if I didn’t put an oil primer on before makeup, my entire makeup would have flaked off within a few hours. It was intense and not pretty.
I wear makeup daily so my skincare products for the morning are aimed at prepping my skin for makeup.
Firstly I use a micellar water to remove any oils which have developed over night. I very quickly run this over my face. The micellar water I am currently using is GarnierSkin Active Micellar Oil infused Cleansing water. I’ve used micellar waters in the past and never rated them however the oil infused waters are game changers.
I then moisturise my face with amie matifying moisturiser. I initially bought this as a bit of fun as the brand name was the same name as mine. I bought it from Victoria Health when I was ordering a batch of The Ordinary products. I’ve since bought it in Semi-Chem. This is a lovely moisturiser which mattifies but doesn’t create a powdery surface on my face. It’s not incredible but a solid product especially for the price. You should be able to get this for £5.00 in the UK.
If my skin was a bit drier or generally every third day I will apply Embroylaisse Lait Creme Concentrat which I love.
I won’t put this on daily as I find it very rich and more likely to cause my skin to get oily. It’s a beautiful product however and was a lifesaver throughout Roaccutane.
Night Time Routine
At night time is generally where I would concentrate my skincare as I don’t have to worry about anything clashing or not working with my makeup. As previously mentioned, I occasionally use a topical cream when my skin is oilier.
In terms of masks, I previously would have used clay masks such as the L’Oreal or charcoal marks from The Body Shop. I loved using these on my oily skin. However as my skin became very sensitive on Roaccutane I had to cut these out of my skincare regime. Other products I had to cut out of my skincare regime where the Ordinary Lactic Acid and Azelaic Acid. I previously used these for brightening and dealing with uneven texture I had from acne scarring. Again however due to sensitivity I stopped using these. My skin is no longer as sensitive and has so far remained clear. I had previously been on Roaccutane twice before and twice my acne came back. This time as my skin has cleared up I have been tentative in trying any acids other than hyaluronic and have been keeping my skincare pretty basic.
On Roaccutane I applied oil to my skin nightly now however I mainly apply a regular moisturiser.
In terms of my specific routine my first step is that I’ll remove most of my makeup with cotton pads and Garnier Oil infused Micellar Water to remove the majority of my makeup to make it easier to cleanse. O find if I don’t do this, my cleanser doesn’t work as effective and I have to double cleanse or I waste too much product. I’d rather use a £3.00/£4.00 micellar water and cleanse effectively once. I will then take my eye makeup off with Nivea Double Effect Eye Makeup Remover, the best eye makeup remover I have tried and which was recommended to me by my sister when I was an eye makeup remover phobe. Any I had previously tried had always hurt my eyes. This doesnt leave any residue on the skin. I’ll then cleanse my skin with Clarins Gentle Foaming Cleanser. I’m currently using the dry skin version but I definitely prefer the oily skin as there is a lot more foaming and to me that makes my skin feel squeaky clean. I received the Clarins Cleansing Milk for Christmas and I can’t wait to try that too. Next I’ll apply Clarins Intense Moisture Quenching Bi Phase Serum which I think is great and a nice precursor to my moisturiser.
You may have noticed I missed toner. Toner is a step I always forget or am too lazy to do. A bit of a side note but I absolutely HATE cotton buds/ pads/ wool. I use them when I’m using my Micellar Water and eye makeup remover but I literally have to saturate the pads before using them. When they’re saturated I can tolerate them but it’s not my favourite thing. So I mainly don’t use toner because of the feel of cotton pads. Stupid but the truth. I have a new years resolution however to try two new toners I’ve received; Pixi Retinol Tonic from my sister and Clarins toning lotion with Camomile from my best friend. Next, when I remember which is so bad as I’m not getting any younger, I apply eye cream. For the last year or so I have used either L’Oreal Skin Perfection or Benefit It’s Potent! I have just finished my full size It’s Potent! and I won’t be re-purchasing. I actually prefer the Loreal cream as there’s a slight tint to it that leaves your under eyes looking fresher. I don’t think the Benefit version was anything special and I am on the look out to try a new eye cream instead. Finally, I will moisturise with Embroylaisse Lait Creme Concentrate, The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5, The Ordinary Natural Moisturising Factors + HA or The Ordinary Rose Hip Seed Oil which in particular I find great for the acne scarring that causes pigmentation on my cheeks and sides of face.
Whilst on Roaccutane, due to sun burn risks I used and loved the La Roche Posay Anthelios XL 50+; this was excellent when in Australia on holiday. If I have a break out I will apply the topical cream mentioned above or Mario Badescu Drying Lotion which I have used for years.
For masks I will occasionally but not often use a hydrating mask such as Charotte Tilbury Multi-Miracle Glow or Una Brennan Rose Hydrate Intense moisture mask. The Charlotte Tilbury mask can be used also as a cleanser and a balm. A little goes a long with this. I will apply at night and sleep with it on. My skin will feel almost plump the next day and I wipe off any excess that hasn’t been absorbed or rubbed off on my pillow during the night. The Una Brennan mask was given to me by my sister. I loved her charcoal mask and when my skin was very dry during roaccutane, my sister gave me this. It is very scented as the name would indicate and that can be slightly off putting however it definitely leaves your skin feeling hydrated. More often I will find myself using my Rose Hip Seed Oil for the desired hydration or Hyaluronic Acid.
That’s my skin care regime. If you’ve any questions about the products I use or any recommendations please give me a shout, I’d appreciate it.