My Lips Are Cracked During Accutane Treatments, Which Lip Balms Would be Best?

i do a treatment with accutane and my lips are cracked .,and i don't know what lips balm is good

Doctor Answers 7

Best lip balm is....

... the one that works best for you. Accutane dry out your lips, skin and other mucous areas- 100% fact, and its looking after your skin that will decrease the side effects. We recommend several types of lip balms, but essentially its upto you what you prefer. The best time to place lip balm is at night, just before bed time. 

My favourite (in no particular order)

1. Lucas Paw Paw ointment
2. Plain Vaseline
3. Ceralip
4. Elizabeth Arden 24 hr Balm. 

The idea is to use these products FREQUENTLY- ie. 4-6 times a day. 

Hope this helps, 
Dr Davin Lim
Laser Dermatologist

Brisbane Dermatologist
4.7 out of 5 stars 77 reviews

LIp Balm for Dry, chapped lips from Accutane

My favorites are Dr. Dan's Cortibalm (which has hydorcortisone) for calming inflammation in combination with Natural Ice Sport spf 30 lip balm (which contains aloe and vitamins A, D & E).  Accutane causes sun sensitivity, so we recommend any spf 15 or higher lip balm daily as needed.  

If excessive dryness, redness and cracking are present or persist, we recommend a topical prescription corticosteroid-based ointment, as needed until better and then, back to the lip balms above.

Robert Strimling, MD
Las Vegas Dermatologist
4.3 out of 5 stars 9 reviews

Check with your physician

Cracking lips is a common side effect of Accutane.  Aquaphor is a great treatment.  However if it not working, you may have a secondary infection.  You should check with your physician as sometimes a prescription medication with mild steroid or antifungal is required.  Additionally, there is some suggestion that vitamin E orally can help with dry or cracked lips.

Beth Lertzman, MD
Rochester Dermatologic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 12 reviews

Dry skin with accutane use and Elevase Moisture Booster

I would start with a good moisturizing cream for the area around the mouth, which includes Elevase Moisture Booster with ceramides. Apply the area liberally with moisturizer and this will help support your skin's natural moisture barrier function. 


Dr. Karamanoukian

Los Angeles

Raffy Karamanoukian, MD, FACS
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 94 reviews

Lip balms for Accutane

I usually recommend Dr. Dan's cortibalm or Aquaphor to treat the lip dryness associated with Accutane.  The key is to apply it often, as many times as you can remember.  Carry it around in your pocket!

Jacquelyn Dosal, MD
Miami Dermatologic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 9 reviews

Cracked Lips from Accutane

Accutane can be excessively drying (which is the point!), but can lead to dryness of the nose and lips, particularly. Dr. Dan's Cortibalm is the best for the lips because it contains hydrocortisone, which helps soothe, heal, and take away redness. You can find it online or your pharmacy can order it for you. It should cost about $5-$8 for a stick. Aquaphor is great too, but isn't as easy to carry around and isn't in a stick, but I do recommend you use that at night.

F. Victor Rueckl, MD
Las Vegas Dermatologist
4.6 out of 5 stars 17 reviews

Chapped Lips From Accutane

We recommend Aquaphor.  It is over-the-counter, effective, easy to find, and inexpensive.  There are many other products that also work well, however Aquaphor has been my stand by recommendation for 20 years.

Alexander Gross, MD
Atlanta Dermatologic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 1 review

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