Can I use facial wash that contains benzoyl peroxide, tea tree oil and sulfur?

Before starting Accutance, I used this facial wash called Nanocleanse which contains benzoyl peroxide, tea tree oil and sulfur. I would like to know if I can still continue using it while on Accutane? As my acne is on the "worsening phase."

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Using medicated wash while on Isotretinoin

The dose of Isotretinoin is a cumulative medication. While on this specific medication your face will become drier. Using products meant to dry the sebaceous glands will only make your "worsening phase" more irritated. I recommend a very mild face wash accompanied by a moisturizer which is non-comedogenic. Look for a moisturizer that balances your own pH, has very long chain fatty acids, and contains 18-B glycyrrhetinic acid. Good luck, take care


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Using medicated wash while on Isotretinoin

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The dose of Isotretinoin is a cumulative medication. While on this specific medication your face will become drier. Using products meant to dry the sebaceous glands will only make your "worsening phase" more irritated. I recommend a very mild face wash accompanied by a moisturizer which is non-comedogenic. Look for a moisturizer that balances your own pH, has very long chain fatty acids, and contains 18-B glycyrrhetinic acid. Good luck, take care


Salt Lake City Dermatologist

Gentle skin cleanser recommended while on Accutane

Because the Accutane causes so much irritation and really dries the skin out while you're on it, I generally recommend that you use a very mild cleanser - something that doesn't contain benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid.  Some people can tolerate these cleansers while on Accutane - if your skin is becoming too dry/red/irritated consider switching to a more gentle cleanser- and of course remember your moisturizer and sunscreen daily!
Best of luck!

Erica Linnell, MD
Bellevue Dermatologist
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Gentle skin cleanser recommended while on Accutane

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Because the Accutane causes so much irritation and really dries the skin out while you're on it, I generally recommend that you use a very mild cleanser - something that doesn't contain benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid.  Some people can tolerate these cleansers while on Accutane - if your skin is becoming too dry/red/irritated consider switching to a more gentle cleanser- and of course remember your moisturizer and sunscreen daily!
Best of luck!

Erica Linnell, MD
Bellevue Dermatologist

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