I have made such an amazing progress already, that I forget I'm on medication most of the time! I cannot believe how drastic the change has been in a matter of months. I honestly did not think I'd see such an improvement within only a couple of months, on 30mg! I haven't had an active spot in weeks (a few minor ones here and there, that seem to clear very quickly, but nothing like what I was experiencing before), and my skin is so soft. I am looking after it well, so I have not noticed any severe dryness, and I seem to have found a regime that works well for me right now (it works at keeping my skin soft, without becoming dry and sensitive). See the end of my post for more details about that.
Pains & overall health:
- My hips feel a lot better, especially over the past week. Every other joint in my body, including my back, has been fine for a while now. I think my hips took a little longer to adjust to the medication because they obviously take most of the weight, and I walk a hell of a lot. I'm just glad they're feeling better, and hopefully I can go up to 40mg for December.
- My eyes no longer feel dry! They have been a lot better over the past few weeks - hurray!
- Also...my complexion seems to be a lot less crimson. I haven't felt that burning feeling in my face for a while now. This seems to have faded within the past couple of weeks. Perhaps my body has started to adjust well to the medication.
So um, yay for going back to normal! I have my fourth dermatologist trip this Wednesday, and if my hip pain has completely subsided, I'll go up to 40mg. He said he'd ideally like to put me on 40mg for the rest of my course, because it would mean less of a chance of relapsing, and I'd also be on the medication for less time. If I stay on 30mg, I'd probably be on it until March, which won't be fun.
I thought I'd share my skincare regimen, because it's working so well for my sensitive/dry skin at the moment. This might not be ideal for those who are on a higher dose, as I'm only on 30mg, but for those looking for a gentle regime with moderately dry skin, I really recommend these products.
The Body Shop - Aloe facial cleanser lotion
The Body Shop - Aloe calming toner (an amazing, alcohol-free toner to help refresh and cleanse)
The Body Shop - Aloe protective serum (a pre-moisturiser, makes skin super soft)
Simple - Protecting Moisture Cream SPF 30
Garnier - Sensitive BB Cream (helps to moisturise as well as cover redness)
Simple - Refreshing Facial Wash
The Body Shop - Aloe calming toner
The Body Shop - Aloe protective serum
Simple - regenerating night cream
100% Aloe Vera Gel for scars
I really like the Body Shop's Aloe Vera range. I can't live without these products now. I decided to try them when I was in my first month of Roaccutane, because I noticed that they're designed for sensitive skin, whilst being super gentle. They do just what they say on the bottle. I only buy the cleanser, toner and serum, because they *are* slightly more dear than regular brand cleansers, but I'd definitely say they're worth every penny. The Body Shop usually has a 3 for 2 skincare offer though, so I've saved money by taking advantage of that anyway. I am never turning back, amazing products!