How to Maintain Good Skin After Accutane

by Megan Richardson

Accutane is a drug that uses large amounts of vitamin A to clear acne and prevent it from coming back. Because of the serious possible side effects of Accutane, a patient only takes it four to five months at a time. This amount of time is usually sufficient in clearing skin and keeping it clear. Patients can maintain the positive effects of Accutane by following a good skin care regimen.

Items you will need

  • Gentle soap
  • Warm water
  • Serum or lotion containing benzoyl peroxide
  • Moisturizer
Step 1

Splash warm water onto your face in the morning.

Step 2

Squeeze out a dime-size amount of mild facial soap designed for acne.

Step 3

Massage the soap into your face for a minute, and then rinse it off with more water.

Step 4

Put a small amount of serum or lotion containing benzoyl peroxide onto your face. Benzoyl peroxide is an ingredient that will help clear up any pimples that appear after finishing Accutane.

Step 5

Wait a few minutes, and then apply moisturizer that contains sunscreen to your face and neck. Accutane increases skin dryness and sensitivity to sun. A moisturizer with sunscreen will help with both of these side effects.

Step 6

Take off any makeup at the end of the night before you go to bed, and repeat steps one through four.

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About the Author

Megan Richardson began her career as a freelance writer and editor in 2009. She has experience in public relations and event planning, and she worked as a writer's assistant to a published author for more than a year. Her work has also appeared in "The Daily Sentinel." Richardson holds a Bachelor of Arts in communication and journalism from Stephen F. Austin State University