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So I'm on my 18th day now and seem to have passed a small IB. I got maximum 7-8 around my chin and mouth which pretty much dried up and went within 2 days! I still have the small pink hyper pigmentation but this usually takes a little longer to go down. One major this to note, I rarely get blackheads but as of day 12 ish I noticed my whole nose and chin were covered in them! Only small barely noticeable (I spend s much time 2cm away from the mirror I can see them). I read that basically my skin is opening it's pores and pushing out everything! And now when I wash my face they literally fall out and it feels a little grainy. Hopefully they will all be gone soon!

And My back has broken out with like 6 big painful bumps (rather my back than my face!)

Lips still dry but my Elizabeth Arden 8 hour cream seems to really be keeping chapping and peeling at bay :)

Hair doesn't need washing as much - I do it every 3 days which is quite nice it means less time faffing with my hair!!!

I've got a peeling patch on my elbow which us weird so I'm just moisturise that right now.

Some aches but nothing major. Went running for the first time since starting on day 12 and struggled slightly with energy but had no increased aching which I had expected.

I think that's all for now. Ill try to update again next week!

Ruth xo

Roaccutane Diary - Week 1

I started my Roaccutane treatment on Wednesday 17th July and am on 2x20mg a day and take both in the evening after dinner. Ive been told to take it on a full stomach otherwise it can give you stomach cramps.

After ALOT of research I know that this medicine makes your skin dry especially your lips! So my darling mother said shed treat me to an Elizabeth Arden 8hour cream skin protectant. I can think of nicer treats, but at £25 a pop I suppose its quite a nice supportive treat! So yes I started using this ASAP before even starting as the doctor advised. So far so good. It smells a bit funky but nothing I cant handle and its been super hydrating. Just plain gloss look no colour tint. I noticed my lips drying within the first day - strong stuff eh! And now day 8 I seem to be putting it on every hour/half hour. They are also starting to get sore like sun burn. Theyve also got a nice pink colour going on so it looks like Im wearing a coloured lip gloss. No flaking though - just a little prune like your fingers go in the bath #sexy.

The next thing I noticed was my head started to be a little itchy- I assume this is because my hair is drying out too. This was day 5 ish. In fear of my hair drying out too much and falling out, Ive been using a hair masque. Just a dove intensive care one. Its lush. If my hair gets super dry I think I might invest in a hair oil - give my hair follicles a little moisture!!! Oh top tip - DO NOT itch your head, I havent but I guarantee if I do thatll be it, ill be welcoming dandruff into my life!

Since day one Ive also been on top of moisturising my body! Ive dug out all the body shop butters I have and used them post showers to combat the dryness. I also read that baby oil is great for locking in moisture so Ive been having baby oil baths! (Ive been commented on how soft I am!)

Ive been using cetaphil gentle cleansing wash and cetaphil moisturiser both which I love and really work for me. I have however started to dry out now and noticed my skin shedding last night (day7) especially round my chin. Need to up the moisturiser I think! Im actually mega impressed at the speed of which this is working! Day 5 also brought some little white friends around my nose and then chin and side of mouth since. I think this is the initial breakout they speak of! What hasnt been said Is that they hurt and have their own heart beats!!! Since being on Epiduo Ive not had such bad ones for a while and forgot the pain they bring!! Damn them.

Oh and the first 2 days I had quite a bad headache but I think thats just my body adjusting to the meds. Whats also important to mention is that Roaccutane dries you out which means you need to stay hydrated and drink at least the normal 2 litres of water a day - in my case Ive been having 3-4 litres. Especially in this wicked hot summer were having!! :) (oh and wear suntan lotion.)

Thats it from me for now. Ill be checking in each week to update. If you have any Qs please ask and if you have any advise its always welcome! :)

Ruth xo

Back Story

Roaccutane Diary - Back Story

Ive decided to make a roaccutane diary to see my progress and give others an insight into The road to Acne recovery - I hope!

Firstly, just a brief overview I am a 24 yr old female with mild persistent acne. Ive had issues with my skin since the age of 14 where I had spots on my back. I went on antibiotics which cleared me up for the most part but within the year I was back where I started and sure enough they had started to migrate to my face. Luckily not so bad back then.

Then turning 17/18 the spots on my face started to get worse so I was given duac which again initially helped but soon enough became ineffective. Little by little my persistent spots became more often and even started having cystic ones! They started to leave behind scarring and small dips in my skin!!! *tears*

I went to the docs in Dec of 2012 and was prescribed Epiduo. This is basically the topical version of Roaccutane. It was extremely effective and brought my 3-4 spots at one time down to only 1! Which I was mega happy about. 7 months later I went to talk to the dermatologist about potential scar treatment e.g Dermaroller, chemical peels, laser etc. but I was told no one would work on me since I had active acne - this being the 1 spot currently on my face! I was recommended to have Roaccutane by 2 dermatologists which leads me to now.

After taking 3 days to research fully the ins and outs of the drug, Ive taken the plunge in the hopes of a clear face without the continual use of topical creams (which would probably end up being ineffective like the rest) I know all about the serious side effects like depression but am strong willed not to be sad and have the most amazing family and most of all man ever so theyve put me on Ruthey Watch to check up on those pesky mood swings haha!

So yes this is my back story and ill post weekly my side effects and facial updates. I will be taking pictures for my own use but may upload a before and after pic at the end. Im not quite confident to show the world my insecurities just yet!

Wish me luck! Xo

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