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23 May

Acne and Roaccutane

Hey guys,

Before Acne

Before Acne age 17/18

Todays post is all about my experience with acne and Roaccutane or Isotretinion.  Roaccutane is used to treat types of Acne that can cause permanent scarring and that have not improved after other anti-acne treatments.

I plan on doing a couple of videos/posts on this discussing how I felt taking the drug, any side effects I had and what I wo

Todays post is all about my experience with acne and Roaccutane or Isotretinion.  Roaccutane is used to treat types of Acne that can cause permanent scarring and that have not improved after other anti-acne treatments.

I plan on doing a couple of videos/posts on this discussing how I felt taking the drug, any side effects I had and what I would recommend to help soothe all those horrible effects that you have to put up with for the 5months or so of you taking this delightful drug.

This post however is going to be focusing on my experience with adult Acne and the process that led up to me being prescribed Roaccutane.

What causes Acne?

I’ve left a link to the NHS website which explains the causes of acne.  I believe my acne was hormonal, at least thats what I was eventually told.  In all honesty no-one ever really explained to me what may have caused it.  The only thing that I feel changed around the time I had my first outbreak was that I came off the pill and had the implant in my arm fitted.  I DO NOT recommend this!

http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Acne/Pages/Causes.aspx

When did I first get Acne?IMG_1419

My early 20’s was when I had my first breakout.  At its peak the sides of my face and cheeks were covered in horrible red angry spots that were really sore to touch and seemed to pitch up on my face for months at a time.  These kinds of spots are different from ordinary pimples (I get quite annoyed now when people complain about having one teeny tiny spot that you need a magnifying glass to see).  They lie under the skin and just seem to grow to the size of Mount Vesuvious.

How long did it last?

Ive had acne for around seven years.

My acne pattern

Ive had acne on and off for seven years.  When I have it, it’s horrible.  I don’t want to wear makeup, I don’t want to touch my face and I all I can think about is what people think.  Just to reiterate I have had moments of clear/ish skin but it has never fully gone.FullSizeRender

Scarring

I have Post-Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation spots.  This is when your skin is left discoloured or with red marks.  It is your skins natural response to inflamation.  I have been lucky as hopefully it is something that will fade in time.

Scarring

Scarring

Skincare

So I am honestly quite disappointed to say that I never did find a skincare routine/brand that solved my acne problem. I think thats because it was hormonal and face creams can’t change your hormones. However there were a couple of brands that I did feel were gentle enough for my face and helped soothe my skin. I loved the Dermalogica Ultra calming cleanser and Active Moist Moisturiser. I also used and still continue to use the Liz Earl hot cloth cleanser. Brands I tried and hated were Clinique and Simple. Both of these claim to be gentle on the skin but they definitely were not for me, I felt they stripped my skin and left it feeling irritated.

What did I do to treat my Acne?

Aside from searching for that miracle skincare brand that I hoped would fix my face…I didn’t find it, I regularly visited my GP who would prescribe antibiotics, lotions, creams and gels.  They basically have to try you on every other acne treatment before they will refer you to a dermatologist who will consider Roaccutane.

Did the antibiotics work?

They worked while I was taking them.  As soon as I stopped taking them the acne came back in full force.  I absolutely did not want to be taking antibiotics on and off for the rest of my life or seven years thus far.

The final hurdle

Eventually after seven years of seeing my GP and being referred to the Dermatologist three times I was eventually prescribed Roaccutane.  When this whole process started I did not want to take this drug.  However I have done so much research into it and  think it is the only thing that will hopefully, fingers crossed keep it away for good.  My dermatologist has told me that the success rate is 95% and I hope I’m part of this statistic.   Time will tell.

In my next post I’ll talk about the side effects of Roaccutane and what I would recommend using to help soothe your skin.

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http://www.dermalogica.co.uk/uk/html/products/ultracalming-cleanser-131.html

http://www.dermalogica.co.uk/uk/html/products/active-moist-14.html

http://uk.lizearle.com/cleanse-tone-moisturise/cleanse-and-polish-hot-cloth-cleanser.html

 

Alice xox

 

 

Alice Martin
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