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5 Miracle Products That Will Save Your Skin on Accutane

If you’ve got severe cystic acne and have tried pretty much everything to get rid of it, chances are your dermatologist will recommend Accutane (or Roaccutane, as it’s called in various countries around Europe).

While this may seem a magic cure to get rid of all your large, and often painful breakouts, it’s not all rainbows and butterflies. While it is definitely effective (and is currently the strongest medication available for acne treatments), Accutane is known for having quite severe side effects on your health, including dry mouth, nosebleeds, dry skin and, in rare cases, even serious medical conditions, such as depression and pancreatitis.

But, there’s no need to despair! There are ways to help with what can only be described as the “Sahara desert” side effect, and we’re here to help! Here are five of the best beauty products you can use to pamper your skin and get it back in business.

  1.   THE BODY SHOP CAMOMILE CLEANSING BUTTER – £10, THE BODY SHOP

Before getting to the skincare, it’s important to make sure your face is clean from any makeup or residue you might have. While it’s tempting to grab a foaming gel or a scrub and go to town, experts firmly advise against that—it’ll actually make your skin dryer and exacerbate acne by disturbing the skin’s natural pH.

Instead, it’s recommended you use a cleansing balm to make sure your face is clear and ready for a skincare party, and The Body Shop’s Camomile Cleansing Butter is the definitely a go-to for this! With a smooth consistency and a delicate and pleasant smell, it will turn your boring cleansing ritual into a lush experience, while leaving you with soft and fresh skin.

Recommended use: Use a pea-amount of cleanser all over the face, massage the product into the skin to remove makeup and dirt and then remove with a warm, damp washcloth with gentle, circular motions.

  1.     FRESH SUGAR LIP POLISH – £19.50, HARRODS

There’s nothing more tempting than to peel off the flaky skin on your lips when you’re on Accutane, even when you know full well you’ll end up with a bleeding lip. Luckily, there’s a better (and tastier) alternative to this: the Fresh Sugar Lip Polish. This jar of sugar goodness will get rid of all the dead skin off your lips, leaving them soft and supple and ready to be kissed!

Recommended use: Use the Lip Polish once every two-three days to avoid over-scrubbing your lips and making them raw.

  1.     NUXE REVE DE MIEL LIP BALM – £10, M&S

Lip balm is your saviour when taking acne medication, and Nuxe Reve De Miel is the one to rule them all. This award-willing best-seller brings the power of Acacia honey and Shea butter in your hands, and will rehydrate and soothe your lips to make them luscious once more.

Recommended use: Use generously when needed, especially after using a lip scrub.

  1.   INDEED LABS HYDRATION BOOSTER – £16.99, ASOS

When we think of dry skin, we immediately think of slathering on the thickest cream we can find. But, the trick to fighting off dry skin is to layer your moisture products, and the Hydration Booster from Indeed Labs is just the thing for this!

The light-weight serum does exactly what the name says: it absorbs immediately into the skin, giving you immediate relief and a well-deserved hydration shot. A total staple for dry and dehydrated skin, especially caused by the medicine.

Recommended use: Use on cleansed skin on its own or mix with your moisturiser (or both!) and apply generously.

  1.     LA ROCHE POSAY NUTRITIC INTENSE RICHE MOISTURIZER, £16.49, SUPERDRUG

There’s no denying that the French know what they’re doing, especially when it comes to skincare, and La Roche Posay’s Nutritic Intense Riche moisturizer surely proves that. Its paraben-free and hypoallergenic formula is designed to hydrate and soothe even the driest skin and you’ll instantly feel relief and comfort. Bonus perk: it’s non-comedogenic, so there’s no need to worry about making your acne worse!

Recommended use: Use generously on cleansed skin whenever necessary; don’t be afraid to go to town with it!

What’s are some of your “miracle” beauty products? Let us know in the comments below!

Fantastic Beasts: A Not-So-Fantastic Film

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald was so confusing.

I have been a Harry Potter fan for most of my life—seriously, I started reading it when none of my friends even knew how to read yet—but I couldn’t have cared less about the first Fantastic Beasts movie. I was therefore very surprised to have enjoyed The Crimes Of Grindelwald… until I went home, actually thought about the movie, and realised it wasn’t that great.

JK Rowling seems to be doing everything she can to keep getting money from the Harry Potter franchise, while simultaneously making all of its loyal fans hate it. Unfortunately for her, it’s a lose-lose situation because the latest movie has been reported as the worst performing Harry Potter movie to date.

It’s sad, because the movie had so much potential, but so many random characters were introduced, too many little details were thrown into the movie, and nothing was explained.

One thing I loved about it (apart from Ezra Miller) was how much it referenced the original series–it made me feel at home.

But even then, they could have at least checked that their little references made sense, and not mentioned people who could not have possibly been there at the time… no spoilers, but if you’ve seen the movie, you know who I’m talking about.

Also, I was waiting for gay icon Dumbledore to shine. In all fairness, there was one scene where someone who already knows he’s gay may see it on screen, but nothing else. If he was so in love with Grindelwald, why not make it a bit more obvious?

I understand more movies will be coming out, which I’m hoping means everything will be explained. But why make such a confusing movie to begin with? Why add so many random things that make no sense? How did they find an actor to play young Newt who looks so much like Eddie Redmayne? And why is Nagini a character? I personally feel like the only use she had was to make me fall in love with the actress.

All in all, I don’t actually think it was as bad as I’m making it seem. I’m just frustrated by all the questions it left me with. If you’ve seen the movie, what did you think? Leave a comment and we can discuss.