I'm back! Okay, so there is lots to update on.
First of all, my absence. In my last blog post, I said that I wasn't sure if the "red spots" would go away, so over the last however long it has been, I have not taken any pictures of my acne and tried to think of it a whole deal. I thought that this would give me a good chance to compare the photos. On top of that, I have been EXTREMELY busy and haven't barely had any time to spend thinking about my appearance.
Anyway, Week 21. Nearly at 6 months...Scary!
Over the Christmas break my skin has not changed very much. I'm still on 70mg and have had no active pimples or "volcanoes", just the very rare little bump in the face that goes away in a couple of day which has no monstrous insides or redness on the outside. My body acne is all gone and I'm feeling pretty well smooth all over.
The side effects haven't changed a whole load. Dry lips, seriously sensitive to the sun, and dry skin which isn't really OVERLY dry anymore. I have recently got the addition of having a dried nose which pretty much gives me nose bleeds at least once a day. Not proper ones usually, just a little bit of blood. Nothing major, and nothing that bothers me too much.
I went to the dermatologist on Friday (WITHOUT ANY MAKE-UP OR COVERAGE, MIGHT I ADD.... Not by choice though. Thanks Mum.) and we talked about when I will finish up, and what the results will be like.
So he worked it out and I have to have finished at least 9 boxes of Roaccutane before I can stop (I think I am on 7-8 at the moment. We will be finding out soon) but he also said, and I quote "If you have any left overs, you may as well just eat them up too. I mean, you did pay for them after all." which I intend to do.
We talked about my acne, and came to the conclusion that my face is technically clear of all acne. I asked him about the red spots and he told me that the discoloration of the pigmentation is actually bruising and that they will disappear about 2 months after stopping the treatment. Such a relief to hear that one! We also talked about my scarring, which still bothers me a fair bit, and he told me that it will continue to heal after the treatment and should all be cleared up in about 1 1/2- 2 years. If it's not, then I will come back to him and we will look into other ways to get rid of it. I'm all for natural healing, so I'm still pretty pleased that it's not permanent. He also said that I should be able to cover up all of my left hand sides scarring with some decent make-up, and most of the right hand sides which is also good to know.
So overall, I'm pretty pleased. I still don't have that much confidence because the red spots make it look like I have acne still. But I'm super stoked that I can now wear singlets and dresses and everything else my acne stopped me from wearing, and my face feels so much better. I can't believe I managed to suffer for that many years. This treatment has really blown me away, and to be honest, I'm scared about what is going to happen once I stop.
There's still nearly a month to go (Possibly more) so I will continue to update on here until the end of the treatment, and some time after. I will also be posting again when the red dots have gone, and may make a blog post every few months to see how my scars are improving. For now, it will stick to normal.
I won't be going back to the derm now unless my acne comes back (God forbid) or if my scars haven't healed. It feels so much better not having to be so ashamed of myself and people have really started commenting on my skin now. I won't be entirely happy until my face is entirely clear, but I'm very satisfied with the results so far.
Here are some pictures I took just before. I got a bit sun burnt yesterday, so that's why my face is so red.