Hi everyone! Hope you’re all having a good weekend so far.
I wanted to post an update on my skin. Last year I blogged about having adult acne and the problems / complications this has brought me.
Well, today I wanted to update you on what it was like having to take roaccutane and what it has been like since!
So what exactly is roaccutane and what is it used for?
“Retinoids work by reducing the amount of the oily substance (i.e. sebum) made by glands in your skin, reducing bacteria and inflammation and opening clogged pores. There are many different types of medicines used to treat acne. ROACCUTANE is used for more severe cases. It was originally created to combat skin cancer. ROACCUTANE is found to cure 70% of patients first time round.”
So now you know what it is and why it’s used! A few things about roaccutane are, you can’t have a child, you get ache pain and it can cause severe depression. It was actually nicknamed the suicide pill in the USA!
Anyway, my update. Annoyingly it didn’t work for me. I was on 90mg from July to December which is a high dose and good length of time. It for the most cured some of the acne but not all of it.
Now I’m back at stage one again trying to rid myself of this horrible acne as well as the scars that have appeared as a result!
I recently went to see a new dermatologist and we decided that roaccutane was a bad idea to try again, because I had reduced muscular strength, weight gain and a worsened knee injury caused from skiing! This photo of Jon and I was taken a week ago on a day out in London. As you can see, there are clear signs of acne on my cheeks, nose and forehead. I actually covered my face in BB cream, foundation and coverup, but it’s still showing through!This is what my skin is looking like now, after a week of new treatment from the dermotologist. There is still clear evidence that I have acne, the scars are still visible and it is still slightly inflamed.
I am now at a stage where I am able to exercise properly following roaccutane, which seriously affected my knee joins and I’m loosing weight gradually as well as safely! I’m trying to eat properly, reduce my lactosefree – dairy intake and drink more coconut and soy. I am still having issues with my knees, it hurts to drive and walk downstairs but I’m hoping with weight loss this will lessen.
Another positive thing you will notice is that the skin unaffected is flawless! The new medicine I’m now on consists of two topical creams and a tablet to have daily.
The creams are two that ‘peel’ your skin off and cause an almost sunburnt effect to the face, removing the top layers of skin to help promote growth and new ones. One of which is like roaccutane, but doesn’t hurt my insides. The tablets I’m now on are to clear infection and rid me of any future acne. It’s hard to say if it’s working so far, I’m only a week in and it’s a 4-8 month treatment!
So, I’m hoping that over the next few months this will be the final battle to rid my skin of acne! I wanted to update everyone because I know how hard I found this and still do, and think it’s nice to feel human and read that other girls in their mid 20’s are experiencing the same thing as you!
I’ll keep everyone updated on this and what does and doesn’t help. X