Life after Roaccutane | Skincare review

A few weeks ago I shared a post on "My Roaccutane Journey" in 2012. I love how many positive comments and tweets I received. It reminded me how amazing the blogging community is and it was great to hear from my blog visitors! 

Now I want to share my life after Roaccutane. Something you must understand about going on this treatment is that your routines need complete adjustment during AND after. You constantly have to apply various products to your skin (your whole body, not just the face) depending on how it feels that day. I found that paying attention to your skins needs really paid off and made the process easier. If your skin needs moisturizer even though you just applied some 2 hours ago, just do it. Your skin will thank you!

Lets jump 2 years ahead and here is what my skin looks like now :)

Summer selfie in the car (no make up)
"just dyed my hair" selfie (no make up)
 You may see that I have a lot of freckles. I have had them my whole life and they become more visible when I have been in the sun for a while. That's why I am so pale. I try stay out of the sun as much as I can.

Make up selfie
The months following the Roaccutane treatment, you need to go back to your Dermatologist for a follow up and he will track your progress. He may want to put you on a longer treatment plan if the first few months did not work. Luckily the four months I did was just enough to sort my acne out. 

When seeing my doctor I voiced concern about the acne scarring that was left on my face which is more visible now that the acne had cleared. He said that being on such a strong medication, your skin will go through peaks of being red/higher pigmentation and inflamed/irritated for the first 12 months after the treatment. He advised that I rather come back after a year once my skin has completely settled and re assess which scarring to treat. I never really looked into the treatment of acne scaring in more detail these past two years as the procedures (laser or chemical peeling) are expensive and can go horribly wrong.

After Roaccutane I scar really easily. Every scrape or scratch will leave a pigmented mark on my skin for at least 6 months (Especially on my arms and hands). I have to be very careful with what I do. If I do get a scrape I apply Balm Balm's tea tree lip balm which helps it heal a little faster but it does still leave a mark.

I know of a few other people who complained about very dry skin for up to 2 years after finishing the treatment. I took this as good advice so I applied moisturizer religiously twice a day on my face as well as the rest of my body. This really helped and my skin was back to its normal moisture level in 6 months.

My skin is a lot less maintenance now and my skin routine isn't as vigorous but remember that just because you go on this treatment doesn't mean you can slack down on skin care. You still need to cleanse and moisturize on a daily basis. I still get blackheads and tiny impurities which I treat just as I would before.

Final words. I am really glad I did this treatment. I have a lot more self confidence now and I don't worry about acne scaring anymore. If you are looking at going on Roaccutane/Oratane take note that it can be quite pricey. Between all the doctors consultation fees to medication and additional creams and eye drops, you can easily pay up to R4000.00. Find out from your medical aid if they will cover the costs so you may prepare properly. There are also concerns about depression when on Roaccutane. I am so glad I did not have his side effect. I stayed positive throughout the four months and after, which means a stable mindset will make this treatment easier to handle.

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