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Isotretinoin, also known as Accutane, is not for the faint of heart. One of the most aggressive acne treatments out there, while highly effective, comes with a host of side effects. That happened to me after completing two rounds of medication to treat my persistent cystic acne. After months of using isotretinoin, virtually every pore in your body shrinks into dried-out pockets of flaky skin without moisture. As someone who has struggled with excessively oily skin since childhood, I enjoyed the temporary respite from puddles of oil that built up on my face but my lips did not. Isotretinoin (also a powerful retinoid) naturally creates a dry environment throughout the body by shrinking the sebum glands and reducing sebum production. As a result, extremely dry, chapped lips are one of the most famous side effects. Since I also had the pleasure of taking the medication during the winter months (I say this as sarcastically as possible), these problems were twofold in my case. Coupled with the dry, cold weather, my lips were in an uphill battle for proper hydration. It was only a few weeks after taking isotretinoin before it became clear that lip balm was going to be a huge necessity. It wasn't long before I had an arsenal of them tucked away in every corner of my office, apartment, and handbags. Needless to say, I have become a skilled lip balm supplier, and after all, I am writing them all down here. Check out the best of the best balms that completely transformed my cracked, parched lips. First, Weledas Skin Food Lip Butter. The company's cream version is an indispensable cold weather skin. During my lip balm hunt, this was of course the first one I bought. It's incredibly moisturizing and I love the affordable price. The best part is that it is made from natural ingredients. There's an almost cultic status to this lip balm that made me see for myself what the hype was about. After many months of aggressively wiping my lips, I can assure you that the praise is justified. It's a no-fuss lip balm that won't give you a glossy finish or leave you color, but sometimes all you want is a balm that just does its job and cares for your flaky lips. My Holy Grail, I like to use this as a smoothing base layer for liquid lip colors or lipsticks. Wearing matte material is like a death wish for isotretinoin-affected lips due to the dryness, but I found that priming my lips wasn't entirely impossible after one coat. It's not greasy as the matte finish makes it visible. You can also buy a three-pack for less than $ 10 – that's a win to me. Welcome to bougie-ness in a glass. I'm sure you're wondering if a $ 76 lip treatment is really worth it, but if you're not shy about piling stacks on your skin care regimen, Sisley's lip balm is certainly well worth the investment. As the name suggests, it's great for emergencies. When your lips get so chapped that you start to taste the blood. It's a difficult situation, but when I was there this was my savior. Really an oldie, but a goodie. I don't remember exactly how I got around to it – maybe I mortgaged it from my mom – but it has been my little buddy when I need intense instant relief. Just a cheer up: it won't keep your lips moist alone for long, but for the price, I don't mind keeping it in stock as a backup. If you want to pamper yourself a little, I recommend Dior & # 39; s Lip Glow. I had my reservations – I thought a lip balm that looked this exquisite couldn't possibly be moisturizing – but to my shock, this balm has joined my top five picks. It gets bonus points if it's not greasy or waxy, and I love how it slides on like butter. It's my favorite when I'm looking for color without piling up a multitude of products. Lanolips is marketed as "The World's Best Lip Balm" and boldly claims to be a "Super Balm". Made from lanolin – a natural oil obtained from the sebum glands of sheep – you can technically use it as a multi-purpose balm for your entire body. Is it the best lip balm I've ever tried? No, but it came in handy when I forgot my hand lotion in the car or needed to quickly treat my dry hands. However, after continued use, I felt a noticeable difference in the softness of my lips. The grown alchemist smells wonderfully calming and heady, and it's no different when it comes to this balm. Every time I applied it felt like a personal home spa experience. My friend pulled up this balm for himself which could very well be taken as an endorsement. I also appreciate that it is kept in a jar for easy access. Like First Aid & # 39; s Lip Repair, this too had a lot of hype. I was a fan of Fresh's sugar balm line before my isotretinoin treatment, but found it a little inadequate when it came to soothing my parched, newly affected lips. I found the Advanced Therapy version to be much more moisturizing than its predecessors. The only limitation? It tends to soften very quickly, causing the stick to break apart after prolonged use. Think of this as a fancier version of Aquaphor. The consistency is similar to that of petroleum jelly. So prepare for a goopy texture when applying. When my lips were particularly chapped, I often turned to such ointments to lock in moisture. Even on the bougie end of the spectrum, By Terry's Rose Lip Balm is another cult favorite that caught my attention. Formulated with Vitamin E and Hyaluronic Acid, it is an ideal moisturizing sequel to an exfoliator for the lips. I could immediately feel the lasting emollient effect on my lips and fervently held them on my bedside table. When I run out of First Aid Beauty Lip Therapy I often turn to this question. Packed full of coconut oil, cocoa butter, shea butter, and almond oil, I think this is a solid, everyday type of balm. You will feel moisture immediately after applying it, but if your lips are very dry you will likely need to reapply several times a day. Here's a product that doesn't need much introduction: If you've ever researched lip treatments, you are guaranteed to already know about Laniege's coveted lip sleep mask. It became a joke that my former co-workers had this mask on each of their desks in the office. This transformed my lips in the most chapped and chapped moments, especially after using them as the last step in my skin care routine every night. If you enjoy the smell of tea, you will appreciate this scent. I could smell this all day, it's so good, but most of all I loved the subtle touch of color that seemed to liven up my lips. This is one that you need to consistently reapply throughout the day, but I really don't mind a smell like this. The latest addition to my range of lip balms, Tatcha's lip mask acquisition, has really impressed me so far. Even though I've finished my acne medication, lip cracks still appear and with consistent use this has helped tremendously. Another plus is the glossy filling effect. As a lip gloss lover, I'm sold. Similar to Lanolips, Balm Dotcom by Glossier uses lanolin in addition to castor oil and beeswax to deliver a trifecta of moisturizing ingredients. I like to keep this one in my pocket for "just in case" moments. Every day I curse the beauty gods for taking off Glamglow's pouty lips. First of all, it's super shiny. If you don't care, you might want to give this one a pass. But after I put it on, I guaranteed your lips look deceptively plump. It doesn't heal chapped lips on its own, but I recommend it as a colorful add-on treatment to a moisturizing balm. Still, it's one of my favorites on this list. The 17 Investment Skin Care Products I'll Buy in 2021.