How are things? I was waiting for your next update.... hoping that no news is good news?
I was going to post on here a few weeks ago, but didn't want to tempt faint. I'd started clearing at an unbelievable rate and had started envisaging a summer with trouble free skin.
Alas, last week, I took my 7 day break from the pill, and bam, broke out. Nothing really bad, just enough to knock all the optimism out of me. I'm still drastically improved though, and I have to keep that in sight.
Looking back at my journey, it would seem that I have a few weeks of moderately good skin (as good as acne prone skin can be) and then around my period, it deteriorates. Those pesky hormones. I'm hoping the longer I stay on the BCP the less severe those breakouts might be.
So I went to the hospital this week for my derm appointment.
She wants me to go on a low does roccutane in September as dianette isn't a permanent cure. I also can't conceive whilst on it (duh) and that's something which seems ever more relevant.
She wanted me to keep on with the dianette, as the clearer I am by September, the less likely it is that the initial breakout will be unmanagable.
She said that at the minute, medically my acne is mild. That was so nice to hear considering I was sat there make-up-less with a face full of red marks.
What made the appointment worse was the fact that there were two medical students in my consultation, with beautiful and flawless skin. Oh the shame! Lol.
The derm said that if my acne is strongly hormonal, the roccutane won't put it fully into remission, and it will come back within 18 months. If that's the case, she'll refer me to the endocrinologist and look at alternative routes.
I really don't want to HAVE to take roccutane, but having had my appointment, I have to say, feel a lot less daunted by it.
Anyway, sorry for the lengthy post - please let me know how you are doing???? I have my fingers crossed for you.