Personal Shopper: An Accutane-Worthy Moisturizer for Katie

Katie says that she's " serious need of some help. I'm in the market for a new moisturizer - basically I have combination skin and have been dealing with acne for a while. A Dior cream was working really well for me but they're discontinuing it! I'm starting on Accutane this month so I need to find a new moisturizer - one that won't clog my pores or make me break out because I'll be dealing with acne for a couple more months. But since the Accutane is going to totally dry me out, I need to find a cream that is really moisturizing and nourishing. I will pay any price - to me, good skin is priceless! - so I don't really need to worry about budget. If you could help me out that would be so awesome! I'm sure a lot of other readers also deal with this problem - we all need the best of both worlds, moisturizing but won't make us break out!" Katie, we've so been there. Acne sucks, but so does having acne AND dry skin at the same time - it always feels like you can't win! Here are a few of our favorites: some we've discussed on site before, others are newer. Good luck!

1 - Clinique Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief ($50) - We've yet to find a Clinique product that made us break out! This oil-free formula contains active aloe and "advanced hydration technology" to last all day.

2 - Boscia Vital Daily Moisture SPF 15 ($36) - Made from natural ingredients, it's non-greasy and lightweight and ideal for sensitive, reddened skin. Plus, you get a lil' SPF!

3 - Caudalie Moisturizing Concentrate ($44) - This is serious stuff; made from 100% plant-based, preservative-free ingredients, it contains lots of essential oils (but it won't leave skin oily) to moisturize & make skin look radiant.

4- Origins A Perfect World Antioxidant Moisturizer with White Tea ($38) - Your skin, after being ravaged by Accutane, will need some serious protection, and this stuff delivers with a host of natural ingredients like murumuru butter, ferment of sugarcane, and white tea.

5 - H2O Face Oasis Hydrating Treatment ($34) - Designed for combination skin, it contains marine extracts of wakame, sea lettuce, and sea fennel to protect and nourish skin.

Any fellow Outblush readers gone on Accutane and lived to tell the tale? Tell us what your favorite moisturizers are in the comments!

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Posted on 05.05.10 at 12:58 PM

Katie, I was also on accutane and i highly recommend the skin smoothing cream by dermalogica. Its not greasy and absorbed really well. You might also want to try the intensive moisture balance cream by them as well. Dermalogica is cruelty free and doesn't contain any fragrances either but still smells really nice.

I've been off accutance for two months but am still using the skin smoothing cream, its a great moisturizer!


Posted on 05.05.10 at 1:30 PM

Oh Accutane...I wa on it about 5 years ago, and I found that Cetaphil Sensitive skin moisturizer worked great for me. It staved off the flakes and didn't further irritate my skin. Also, pick up some rosebud salve from Sephora for your lips, which I found was the most moisturizing on my dry lips. Good luck!


Posted on 05.05.10 at 2:04 PM

I went on a Murad anti-acne system and it destroyed my skin. I used Boscia products (on a recommendation from Sephora) and they're very soothing. I have combo skin with some breakouts and I've used their moisturizing mask, intensive mask, and their SPF 30 day moisturizer with excellent results. They're very gentle and chemical-free.

Erika Lewis

Posted on 05.05.10 at 6:06 PM

I echo the Cetaphil Sensitive Skin:

It prevented my face from burning and breaking out, while keeping me from looking like a flaky pastry.


Posted on 05.05.10 at 8:08 PM

Wash with Cetaphil, moisturize with Creme de la Mer. Yes, the latter is expensive, but it is worth it. Not only will the dryness go away, so does the redness and sensitivity (and any former acne scarring will go away, too). They now make a lotion, so you might ask the women at the counter which is best for you. Good luck with whatever you choose!

yoga ninja mama

Posted on 05.06.10 at 7:25 AM

i'm on accutane for the second time (took it about 6 years ago, but my acne came back post-baby), so i completely understand katie's dilemma! :)

in the morning i wash with cetaphil and moisturize with cetaphil daily facial moisturizer with spf 15. in the evening, i wash with purity cleanser from philosophy -- it removes my makeup without harsh chemicals and without further stripping my skin of its natural oils.

i'm in my third month of accutane right now, so my skin is getting progressively drier and flakier and i need to find a moisturizer to put on at night. so thanks, outblush, for these recs! i'll be trying at least one of them.

katie: hang in there! beautiful skin will be yours soon :).

oh, and for the lips, i use aquaphor CONSTANTLY. another thing that helps as far as the dry skin is vitamin e (taken orally).


Posted on 05.06.10 at 1:36 PM

1. I'll be trying these suggestions because, 2. I've done Accutane twice and the acne returned. Yes, it's less now than it was, but still more than average. So basically I'm saying Accutane is NOT the cure-all it's supposed to be. It's temporary.


Posted on 05.09.10 at 7:51 PM

Hi Katie! I took Accutane my Jr. year of high school and I have had great results with it. Although I don't have a good recommendation for a facial moisturizer, I do recommend Aquaphor healing ointment for you lips or any extremely dry places that come up on your skin. Most drug stores sell it, and buy a smaller jar because the large jar will literally last you a lifetime. I give this same recommendation to customers that come into my store (I am a pharmacist). Make sure you take the pill EVERY DAY, because I have seen people who would occasionally skip doses and did not achieve desired results. Hope this helps! Good luck and stay outta the sun!


Posted on 05.10.10 at 12:32 PM

Korres has a line for oily and dehydrated skin that is simply amazing. Most of the products listed above have made my skin more congested and broken out, but I can slather the Yogurt Moisturizer on with zero worries. The Yogurt moisture mask is really fantastic, too. Good luck!!

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