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Day 13!

Day 13 on roacctutane and definite improvements already! Yesterday I woke up with flakey skin and it carried on a little bit today, but it's nothing that bothers me - I'd rather have dry skin than acne! My lips still get dry occasionally but I'm using lip balm and some Nivea cream on them which seems to be doing the trick. The best thing about this stage is that I'm finally seeing improvements and I'm guessing I've got through the IB stage, so it's just improvement from here Hoping the side effects don't get any worse, as it seems to be okay at the moment. The skin on my body is also getting a bit dryer, so I've had to start moisturising more regularly. I can't wait for the results, and if my skin's clear like it was last time, I'll be soooo happy! The past couple of weeks have been tough with some really bad days, but it all seems worth it now I'm starting to see some results. I hope everyone else's treatment is going good too! It can only get better from here!

rachel12345

rachel12345

 

Day 8

A definite improvement on yesterday. The lumps are gone and now there's just some scab marks from me picking at them (whoops). Went to Boots today to stock up and prepare myself for the dry stage! I decided to buy a new face wash, and chose a Simple Kind To Skin Moisturising Face Wash. I loooooove this. It actually makes me look so radiant and my skin so healthy that I don't even notice my acne much! Would definitely reccommend it to anyone on Roaccutane as it's so gentle on your skin, and doesn't leave you feeling tight or greasy. What I really concentrated on buying was a new lip balm! I know all the cheaper lip balms and chapstcks look nice and probably are good enough for normal circumstances, but my one piece of advice I would give to anyone going on this drug is to get a reaaaally good lip balm. Last time the cracking on my lips and in the corner of my mouth was unbearable, so this time I'm starting early and using something stronger than Vaseline! I went with one that looked quite medical, and it was £3.50 in Boots, called Flexitol Lip Balm. I found it amongst the others but it caught my eye as it said it was for "severely dry lips" and even has some before and after pictures on the box! I've only started using it today but already I can tell it's amazing. My lips are actually 20 times less dry than this morning. For the price I would definitely reccommend it. I also decided to buy some moisturising healing cream, and went with A-Derma repair cream, which is next to the E45 section in Boots. The whole range is quite pricey, with cleansers and moisturising creams for about £10-£15, but the repair cream (£6) is something I've used in the past and is actually amaaaaaaazing. I once had a patch of severely dry skin on my face, and within a day and after applying the cream twice it was basically gone! I'm hoping this will come in handy for any scabs and dry patches. I've already applied it once today! One thing - I've been feeling reeaaally tired and achey today. My muscles actually ache all over! I don't know if it's the drug or whether I'm coming down with something, but I've heard it can be a side-effect. Has anyone else experienced this so early in the treatment? I didn't really expect such dry lips and aching on this dosage and so soon! I'll keep you updated though, and hope I don't wake up with flu tomorrow! xx

rachel12345

rachel12345

 

Day 7

Day 7 Definitely starting to have an affect on me now! Today i woke up with like 2 lumps on my face - great :/ So after a lot of trying to cover my face I decided not to go into college - which isn't too bad as I only had 2 lessons, but still not good i guess. Yesterday at work my lips were sooo dry and i need to buy a good lip balm soon as! At the weekend I went to a party, got completely drunk, and apart from making an idiot of myself and being incredibly hungover at work, I'm kinda worried how it affects the treatment? So not a very good few days! However, my skin is starting to dry up meaning previous marks and spots are fading, but I'm just not pleased with the new ones as I don't usually get 2 on one day and not lumps like this! I guess this is my breakout starting? Using Sudocrem is really helping with the healing of previous spots though which is good to have. Just looking forward to good skin days now! Will keep updating - I hope I can help others who are thinking of going on the drug or are on it and want to compare! xx

rachel12345

rachel12345

 

Day 4 - sudocrem!

Re-discovered my biiiiggg sudocrem pot today, and already noticed a difference. My spots have already dried up a little, but the rest of my skin is really soft. Definitely going to use this everyday again! I would recommend it to everyone!

rachel12345

rachel12345

 

2nd time on Roaccutane - post number 1!

Heeey My name is Rachel and I'm 17 years old, from the UK. I feel I should kinda tell you about my experience with acne before today.. I have had bad skin from the age of about 11/12 years old. I have to admit, although I wish it didn't, my skin has dominated my life for the past few years. I do wish I was one of those people who didn't care, but unfortunately I do care that my skin looks bad. I find it really hard to talk to anyone when I feel my skin looks bad, I find it hard not to wear make-up and literally won't leave the house sometimes, even to go to college. After visiting the doctor countless times with the same problem, I tried sooo many lotions and pills which just would not do anything for me. FINALLY, the autumn of 2008 I was put on Roaccutane. I wish I had the sense to keep a log then, but heyy. I finished my course in July last year, and my skin was the best it had been since I was a child. I literally got one small spot every month or so, and that was it. My new found confidence allowed me to have a great summer, camping and going on holidays, not having to care about what my face looked like. A few months after beginning college, I began to feel my skin was getting worse, and indeed it did until this year, after Christmas time, I just couldn't handle it anymore. I couldn't face that I was going to have to go back to who I was with bad skin. It sounds dramatic, but it literally destroys my personality. I turn into a shy and moody person - I'm just not myself. The past year has probably been the worst of my life, and about 6 months ago I was diagnosed with depression. I couldn't go to school, I lost all my friends (I guess they weren't really my friends..) and I just didn't even want to go on. I was exhausted with it. After gettng through that, I was feeling better in myself but I still had bad skin. It was in no way as bad as before, but it still affected me and still does. Again, after months of going back to the doctor and even going through depression before anything was sorted, I was referred to the dermatologist 3 days ago. As my skin apparently is "not that bad", was given the option of a topical or to go back on Roaccutane. I know they call it a "harsh" drug, but I didn't get any side effects apart from dry skin and lips, so I chose the latter. And here I am. I was told to take 40mg a day (what I was on before), but after doing some research I have chosen (stupidly maybe?) to go against this and take only 20mg a day. Apparently this means it will be just as effective but less harsh on my skin - but I'll keep you updated, and if anyone has any advice on what dosage to take, let me know! So day 3 on Roaccutane, and what does my skin look like? To be honest, I can't see much difference, and there's still a few marks and spots around the chin area, which is the worst part of my face. I'm hoping for some change soon, and I'll keep updating!

rachel12345

rachel12345

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