How to Wash Your Face When You Take Accutane

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Accutane is a common medication used to treat acne. It's taken by men and women of all ages and works to eliminate moderate to severe acne all over the body. Accutane is a powerful medication with proven effectiveness. However, it should be used under the strict care of a dermatologist and is often reserved as a "last resort" type of medication due its strength. When you care for your face on Accutane, you should be gentle and abide by the orders of your dermatologist.

How to Wash Your Face When You Take Accutane
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Things You'll Need

  • Gentle face wash
  • Water
  • Dry towel
  • Moisturizer
Step 1

Choose a face wash that is gentle and moisturizing and contains little or no alcohol. Look for products than contain ingredients like shea butter, vitamin E or Cocoa Butter.

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Step 2

Rinse your face with warm water and gently massage the face wash over the skin. Do so with your hands or a gentle cloth. Avoid harsh sponges or surfaces that could irritate the skin.

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Step 3

Gently pat your face dry with a clean, dry towel. Don't wipe away the excess water.

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Step 4

Let your face dry for 10 to 15 minutes.

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Step 5

Apply a thin layer of moisturizer to your face and massage it into the skin. Because Accutane dries your skin out, it's important to moisturize it. Your doctor may suggest a certain moisturizer for you.

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Tips & Warnings

  • Avoid additional face products such as toners, blemish balms or similar products. Also refrain from any cosmetic face treatments, including Botox, microdermabrasion and chemical peels.
  • Never use Accutane while you are pregnant. It can cause severe birth defects. Most doctors will insist that you use a contraceptive before going on Accutane.

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