Guys, I'm done.
Well, to be completely honest I had three days' worth of pills left, but I had a hangover from hell yesterday so I couldn't bring myself to take any more. We've been in the midst of a heatwave, and the combination of sun/sunburn/heatstroke/air-con/pollen has just made me say "GTFO, roaccutane". I would make the point to anyone who lives somewhere much hotter like Australia or the USA, I literally do not know how you all manage to cope taking this medication in any kind of heat/humidity. *claps*
So what have I discovered in the past five months? Here's a round-up:
• It is not worth worrying about scary side-effects, chances are you won't get them. But if you do get anything you can't deal with, for heaven's sake stop taking the pills.
• Drinking heavily is never a good idea, but don't deprive yourself (I usually drink a pint of water per alcoholic beverage on a night out, not kidding. My friends roll their eyes and go 'oh you with your water'...)
• One or two spots that pop up are nothing to worry about in the grand scheme of things. People get pimples from time to time. Compare your reflection to a photo of when you began treatment, and then decide which is worse.
• Roaccutane makes you bruise like a bitch, so try and avoid bumping into stuff/vaulting over 5ft metal barriers at speed:
(Literally the size of a tennis ball)
• Kind of a given, but oh my god STAY OUT OF THE SUN. It's barely been 21ºc where I live but I am so, so flaky from the hour or so I spend walking home from work. Sun cream of ANY FACTOR will not protect your skin from burning!!!
• Twice-daily nasal irrigation with a saline spray is the best.
• Sometimes you bleed for no reason, like you might slice your hand open on a blade of long grass when you're walking through a field, and the red marks left do not go away for a long time. But they will eventually (so I'm told). Carry plasters.
• People do not understand how tough this medication is to take. They just do not get it. But please don't hate them for it. Hate them for never having acne and then giving you grief about why you can't do those shots of tequila, if you really must.
My skin is covered in tiny cuts at the moment, and it's still a little bit flaky/red from the sunburn last week, so I will post some final pictures this weekend when I will be going camping SANS SLAP*
Hope the above is useful to anyone reading up about starting the medication. It's really not that bad
*"Slap" is a British colloquialism for 'makeup', fyi.