Best Moisturizer for an Acne-Prone Face While on Accutane?

I used the older formula Curel fragrance-free lotion on my face while on Accutane before without problem. The new Curel fragrance-free lotion still says won't clog pores additionally states has ceramides. But, I seem to get an occasionally pimple near my nose even though I'm on my 4th month into my Accutane course for cystic acne at a full 2mg/kg dose. I started today using the new Facial CeraVe PM now. What moisturizer won't cause a pimple on an acne-prone face?

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Moisturizers with Accutane

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Many modern moisturizers are "non-comedogenic," meaning they should not cause acne. Many patients using Accutane need a moisturizer given that dry skin and lips are a very common side effect of the medication. Finding the right moisturizer is often a matter of trial and error since there are many different choices and each person's skin is a little different. Your dermatologist may be able to provide samples of a few different ones to try before you buy a large bottle. I often recommend Cetaphil cream or Elta lotion for my patients on Accutane.

Austin Dermatologist

Moisturizer while on Accutane

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Dry skin is a problem while on Accutane. In our office, we advise Accutane patients to begin daily moisturization with Elevase Moisture Booster with ceramides. 

Dr. Karamanoukian 
Los Angeles

Raffy Karamanoukian, MD, FACS
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
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