Things are going pretty well! I've had a few weird dreams, but I've been sleeping like a baby. The best sleep ever. Skin wise, I've been drying out a little, but not a lot. I actually started really looking at my skin and its characteristics, and realised that it's actually dry and flaky, but very oily on top. I read somewhere that it could be that I actually have dry skin, not oily, and by using 'oily skin' moisturisers, I'm actually causing my skin to produce more oil. 2 nights ago I cleansed my face with Shu Uemura cleaning oil and used bio oil afterwards to hydrate my face. I woke up with perfectly dry, soft skin. But then I showered and cleaned my face with Cetaphil cleanser and my face dried out so much it was shiny and painful, so I'm thinking the Cetaphil is too drying for my skin. I'm going to try cleansing in the morning with oats (as I used to a while back and it worked amazingly) and cleansing at night with the Shu Uemura. My face has gotten really red, but I'm not sure if that's because of the reaction to the Cetaphil this morning, or the hot flushes. Will try my different routine tomorrow and see if that helps! No pictures this week, but acne wise, there have been no real changes. Exactly the same but... redder. Fingers crossed for next week!
Took my first 20mg tablet yesterday at around 8pm. Dinner is my biggest meal, and I have it at pretty much the same time daily. Breakfast and lunch can be any time, and are usually not very substantial! Didn't feel tired after I took it, like I'd read in a few places. And no real changes this morning (ie - I still woke up with the same amount of oil on my face). Obviously I'm not expecting anything straight away, but just thought I'd note it anyway. The only thing I can say, though, is that I had a couple of really vivid dreams! I don't usually have dreams like that, let alone 2 of them! Typically they were about the wedding. Our venue wasn't decorated so I postponed the whole thing for a month (because I wanted to still make sure I could go on my honeymoon to Disney whilst the Food & Wine Festival was still on!) So apart from the dreams, nothing yet! Hopefully I'll start to see some oil reduction in the next few days.
I've only really struggled with bad skin since hitting my 20s. I never really realised how bad it was until I went on a work party and applied some heavy make-up. A colleague mentioned that he'd never seen me wearing make-up before... even though I wore it every single day. Clearly, my skin was so bad, that even with make-up on it looked as though I wasn't making any effort. Nice. I tried many things throughout the years, but in October 2012 I got engaged and decided that I wanted better skin on my wedding day. I went straight to the doctors and tried a few things, but nothing made a difference, so finally, in April, I was prescribed Roaccutane. My brother had been on this before (it worked well for him) so I was aware of some of the side effects. I did a lot of research and whilst I was waiting for my blood test results, I went off to Boots to buy some products in preparation. I needed to stay fully moisturised and protect my skin when it became dry and sensitive. So I bought Cetaphil cleanser, Soap & Glory shower gel, T/Gel shampoo (which I heard was amazing for a dry scalp) and St Ives scrub for when exfoliation is necessary. I then got products to help me outside of the shower. Cetaphil moisturiser, Soap & Glory Hand Food, lip balm, eye drops, and most importantly - SPF50 face cream. I went for La Roche Posay because I'd heard amazing things about it from my friends. This all set me back over £70, but I aimed to be fully prepared. But I didn't just buy products. I cut out alcohol entirely to help my liver function better, and I also started eating as cleanly as I could. I'm eliminating caffeine and sugar slowly, but I can't go cold turkey on those two, yet. My blood results came back today and everything is good to go. So tonight I will take my first tablet. I'm on 20mg for the first two weeks, and I'll go to 40mg after that. My dermatologist appointment is on the 15th May and we're hoping to get me to 60mg after that. Fingers crossed! This is my skin today, at day 0. I will aim to post pictures every Friday so I can see week-by-week progress!