I figured I'd write this blog just to share my experience of my fight against acne.
This is for anyone who's ever looked around at their clear-skinned friends and have had their confidence levels plunge. It can be a lonely experience, fighting acne, so I thought I'd write this just to help anyone out there going through the same thing.
And don't worry, I'll try to keep it vaguely amusing.
So, a bit of background..I've had acne for 5 years now, and I must have literally tried everything available to clear my skin. All the high street cleansers, the prescription gels, creams, weird multicolour pill things... you name it, and it's probably been in my bathroom cabinet at some point.
Two years ago, I begged my dermatologist to prescribe me roaccutane. Which he did, I was on a 30mg dose for 5 months.
Roaccutane really does work by the way, it's amazing.
So my skin totally cleared up, and I thought hey, that's that dealt with then.
6 months later, some spots started to reappear. And being foolish, I decided to try 'get rid of them' myself. i.e. squeeze them and make it worse.
A few months later, my acne was worse than it had been before I went on roaccutane.
But today marks a new beginning. Because today, I went to a new dermatologist, who explained to me that the reason my acne came back was probably because my other doctor had only given me 2/3 of the dose I should have had for my bodyweight (and also because I stupidly started to pick my spots: NEVER do this, it only makes it worse).
SO, I've had my blood test (my arm kills), and I now have 3 packs of 20mg waiting for me to open. I'm on 20mg for the first month, and 40mg for the second.
The only downside is that I have to go in so they can cut open my scars and try to push them out.
Having been on roaccutane before, I obviously knew about the whole no-waxing thing, no drinking..etc etc. And I remember that was my biggest hang-up the first time around, but I'm so happy that I've finally got another chance to fix my face that I don't even care about all that anymore.
My only concern was when the nurse was like 'you can't pluck your eyebrows'. I was like,
But I did last time when I was on a 30mg dose. This time it'll be higher, but I'm totally not prepared to live with furry caterpillars above my eyes for the next 7 months.
I'll give it a go, and if I end up with horrendous scars, I'll warn you all out there not to do the same.
So yeah. Hopefully as I start my teratment my blog will give confidence to people who are thinking of going on roaccutane, or whatever happens to me, will inform people about it anyway.
But right now, I'm going to go have some tea.