As you may have gathered from the post title, I started on a course of Roaccutane about a month ago. Part of this is to treat my adult acne, while the rest of it is to help my skin in an overall manner.
I've always been hesitant to take hormonal pills as my menstrual cycle is very regular and I'd hate to mess that up, but I've always had acne on my back, and I do get the odd hormonal breakouts around that 'time of the month', which can honestly be very annoying (and painful) to deal with. I've always taken great care of my skin but nothing seems to have worked particularly well in eradicating the acne. Breakouts can be a hard thing to manage/prevent, as it can be caused by genetics, hormones, weather, a reaction to products, diet, stress...the list is endless, and frankly, very exhausting.
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In the past year or so, I've had a bit of bad luck with some random skin problems which have landed me in hospital a couple of times (nothing serious, but painful and always at the worst possible time), so the hope is that Roaccutane will solve all of these issues. My acne isn't as bad as it could be, but I've grown quite tired of always having it, so it will be a tremendous relief, not to mention a great boost to my confidence, if I can get rid of it forever. Having acne at 30 is pretty embarrassing, as well as a huge pain in the you-know-where, and it certainly does not help your cause when you are also a beauty blogger!
I'm not going to share photos of my 'naked' face, mainly because I don't think anyone needs to be subjected to that, but I will keep you all updated on my progress. I'm on a low dose of 10 mg/kg a day for six months (five left to go), so with any luck, my skin will be much improved by February next year!
In the first two weeks of starting the course, I definitely noticed the 'skin purge' happening, where I was having more breakouts than normal (my skin had never looked so terrible). It had cleared up a bit by the start of the third week but then I started to notice excessive dryness around my chin and nose. I had to resort to using a really thick and heavy moisturiser (Cetaphil Dermacontrol Oil-Free Moisturising Lotion) which I layered on top of a generous slathering of rosehip oil (mainly Kosmea, but I also kept a bottle of Akin RHO at work). The dryness was quite annoying, I would leave home after having applied moisturiser, and by noon, I'd notice the dry skin appearing again (so reapplying the Akin RHO really helped). I had to be very careful with reapplying as it did end up abrading the skin a bit, causing it to become red and a bit sore by the time I got home from work.
Fortunately, the dryness has cleared up now so my skin is looking normal again. The only problem is it was time for my 'monthly' again, and I've noticed some new breakouts which are a bit worse than I'd normally get pre-Roaccutane! Hopefully these blemishes clear up soon too, and I notice a lessening in new breakouts from here on out. I will say that my makeup is sitting better on my skin after being on Roaccutane for a month. I think it's because it's less oily, or maybe just a bit less congested? I have had a few comments from friends that my skin is looking better. I actually end up coming home with makeup that looks like it has been freshly applied, even after a whole day at work!
I haven't really noticed anything else noteworthy to date. I've always had chronically dry lips anyway, so they are perhaps just a bit more dry than usual, but I've been slathering on plenty of lipbalm (I use 1 Skin Solution at night and then alternate between my other lip balms like Maybelline baby lips, Burts Bees, Nivea and EOS during the day) as needed. Fortunately, I've always been a lip balm addict, so there's always close to hand!
Overall, lovelies, that's been the past month to date. I'll keep you updated as to how things are going! I've had some marvellous support from friends, particularly the gorgeous Madam M from The Beauty Dispensary, and family (my poor cousin, who happens to be a dermatologist, though not my dermatologist), so I have to say a great big thank you to them for all their advice!
Wish me luck, lovelies!
Have you ever been on Roaccutane? Have you any valuable advice for me?