So Iâ€™ve battled with acne pretty much since I was 15. Spots have been the bane of my life on my face and body. I've tried not to let it get me down but itâ€™s hard when they are painful and visible from every reflective surface (does this make me sound vain?).
I've tried every possible treatment - creams, antibiotics, contraceptives; the list goes on. Part of my problem is my PCOS which means that my hormones are pretty crazy.
Eventually I was referred to a dermatologist to get Isotretinoin. After managing to get time off work (not easy when you are meant to be in charge of 30 children), visiting the practice 3 times, skin examinations, doing a pregnancy test, and having a long winded (and unnecessary) consultation with a pharmacist i have now been given the drug! Whoooop!
I pretty much felt the effects a couple of hours later - the headache began. Now Iâ€™m not a big water drinker - this is probably the problem. I'm now making a conscious effort to keep hydrated. My skin isn't looking too bad. 'The dreaded break-out' isn't here but the dry skin certainly is- now treated myself to some nice lip balms and moisturisers. My stomach, however, has never been so painful... severe cramps in my stomach and Iâ€™m guessing intestine region. My eating has reduced but Iâ€™m sure this wonâ€™t last. I've been hot and cold - but i'm not sure if i can blame the drug or the fact that i tried to have a BBQ in the rain whilst being made to watch eurovision (i had no wish to watch it in the slightest!).
Iâ€™ve never written a blog before â€“ not sure if itâ€™s going to last the whole 6+months but itâ€™s good to track the progress I guess. And it would be good to have the support from other 'users'... is that a bit of a druggie-term?...