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."

Doctor Answers 2

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

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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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