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Woman applying lip balm accutane.
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Accutane has proven to be something of a mixed blessing for users. On one hand, it can help enormously with severe acne problems, leading the way to clearer skin. On the other, Accutane is known to cause a whole host of side effects. One of the most pervasive has been seriously painful dry lips. When the usual methods of moisturizing and lip balm just don’t cut it, what is a person to do? Do they really have to choose between clear skin and dry, cracked lips? Not so fast; there are a few treatments out there that do help soothe those ultra-dry lips. Always remember to talk to a doctor before starting any sort of treatment system — just to be safe!

Specialized Lip Balm

With so many people suffering dry, peeling lips as a result of their prescription medication, there are more and more lip balms out there that are specially formulated to deal with Accutane-induced lip issues. Lipster Medicated Lip Balm comes with 1% hydrocortisone to help keep your lips from feeling miserable. Even better, it’s a natural, vegan product. The medicated product keeps your lips soft, smooth, and greatly reduces your suffering. Dr. Dan’s CortiBalm Lip Balm is another popular product specially formulated for Accutane users.

Lip Masks

When lip balm just isn’t doing your suffering mouth justice (or you want a little extra moisturizer to smooth out those flaking lips), it’s time to try out a lip mask. Bite Beauty’s Agave Lip Mask is a hyper-intensive moisturizer that’s given Accutane sufferers tons of relief and will leave your lips looking and feeling luscious. Best of all they come in tinted versions so you can hydrate your lips while still looking (and feeling) fabulous.

Vaseline

Sometimes the old solutions are the best way to go. When all your other methods and concoctions fail, it’s time to turn to good old Vaseline. We know Vaseline has got countless uses and is often overlooked in favor of flashier options, but when nothing will help your flaking, sore lips it will seem like a magic potion. Pile it on during your nighttime routine and wake up with a softer, smoother, more supple pout. Then during the day make sure to dab some on to keep your lips from flaking again. It may not be the most glamorous option, but it’s one of the best.