Recently Lauren Saccone, a HelloGiggles contributing author, posted an article¹ highlighting some options for lip treatments for Accutane patients. For those of you who don't know, HelloGiggles.com is "a positive online community for women (although men are always welcome!) covering the latest in beauty, fashion, lifestyle, female empowerment, culture, relationships, friendship, careers, and issues that matter most to young women’s lives. A platform for writers and artists to create and share... We were founded by Zooey Deschanel, Molly McAleer, and Sophia Rossi in 2011 as a place on the Internet to inspire a smile..."²
It's great to stumble upon articles that are informative with no apparent bias. There is so much information readily accessible to us, but sifting through the heaps of bad information can become exhausting.
To add to this article, we would like to go into some more detail about the side effect of Accutane that these lip treatments, including Lipster Medicated lip balm, are treating. This side effect is described as painful, dry, peeling, burning, itching lips. It is known as cheilitis (pronounced \kī-ˈlīt-əs\), which is inflammation of the lips. It is the most common side effect reported by patients taking isotretinoin, the active ingredient in Accutane and similar products. In a study it was found that 47% to 78% of patients on isotretinoin products experienced cheilitis, which was identified to be more likely when taking higher doses of isotretinoin (doses more than 0.25 mg/kg/day)³.
When an area of the body becomes inflamed, it is due to certain mechanisms turning on in that area. The body should usually turn these off after a time to allow the area to recover, but sometimes something, like isotretinoin, keeps these mechanisms turned on. Lipster Medicated lip balm contains a low dose of hydrocortisone, which is a low-potency steroid. No, not the type of steroid that some body builders abuse. It is a steroid that is produced by the body to regulate many body systems. These type of steroids have anti-inflammatory properties, which is why Lipster Medicated lip balm is able to facilitate the healing process of lips suffering from cheilitis. When applied three to four times a day, Lipster Medicated lip balm starts turning off these pro-inflammatory mechanisms and allows the skin to recover.
Using a low-potency steroid, like hydrocortisone, topically has been approved for use since 1951. Low-potency topical steroids are considered the safest for use on the face, but we recommend using them only until your symptoms resolve, and not more than 7 days (although up to 14 days is the general recommendation). Once your lips have recovered you will want to use Lipster Original lip balm to maintain their healthy state. If they start to become inflamed again, then you can use Lipster Medicated lip balm to return them to normal.
We see so many people on social media documenting their "isotretinoin journey", and so many have cheilitis! Please if you know someone on an isotretinoin product, or who will start one soon, let them know about Lipster Medicated lip balm. We try to reach out to some of these people, but we need others' help to educate people on lip treatment options.
Thanks for reading!
- Saccone, Lauren. 2017 May 30. Lip treatments that will give Accutane users some chapped lip relief. Retrieved on June 8, 2017 from http://hellogiggles.com/lip-treatments-accutane-users/.
- HelloGiggles.com 2016. Retrieved on June 7, 2017 from http://hellogiggles.com/.
- Rademaker M., (2010). "Adverse effects of isotretinoin: A retrospective review of 1743 patients started on isotretinoin". Australasian Journal of Dermatology © 2010 Nov: 51(4). The Australasian College of Dermatologists.