Guys, I am loving accutane.
It’s been about three weeks since I’ve been on it, and my skin already looks better than it has in years. So far, the only side effects I’ve experienced are dry skin and extremely dry lips and some back pain. I was really worried that my skin would purge, or that I’ll experience my anxiety levels go up, but so far this hasn’t happened.
Also, my hair. I just went three days without washing it and I didn’t even have to reach for dry shampoo, because there wasn’t a trace of oil on my scalp. Yesterday, as I was getting ready to go to work, I was actually doing my hair and kept thinking “wait, did I wash my hair last night?” because it looked so…. “fresh”.
Because my lips are so dry now, I try to avoid wearing lipstick. I noticed that’s something that makes them even drier. When I say dry, I mean dry. They’re so dry that they’re bleeding. I did a lot of research before deciding to go on Accutane and a lot people recommended this Agave lip mask from Bite Beauty. I loved it so much that I already ordered another tube. So far it’s the only product that helped me and the best part is, I don’t have to re-apply it every five minutes. Seriously, if you suffer from dry lips, give it a try, you’re gonna love it. It sort of feels like lipgloss- very rich, slightly sticky texture. It’s a leave-on product so that’s what I’ve been using instead of lipstick.
As far as my base goes.. there’s one thing that’s currently missing from my routine: a mattifying powder. This, to me, is soooo strange because it’s one product I was never able to do my makeup without. Even when using a BP gel or Retin-A when my skin was also very dry, it’d get oily during the day. Not the case anymore. I’m loving L’Oreal’s True Match foundation- as I say time and time again, probably one of the best drugstore foundations I’ve ever used. I top it off with juuuust a little bit of Surreal Light powder all over (which is absolutely stunning, by the way) and I have a perfect, light base. Some of my favorite mascara + brow pencil and I’m good to go.
I’ve been really loving this simple makeup routine. It’s quick and easy and really all I need on most days. I’m just so excited that my skin is finally looking better after that horrible post-antibiotic purge, that I love wearing such a light and simple base.