My Roaccutane Journey (with Pictures) | Skincare review

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I read an article about Roaccutane in this months Cosmopolitan magazine which struck close to home as I was on the treatment not too long ago. I could relate to the story and thought I would share how I documented this period in my life as it was one of the important changes I made.


My decision to go on the treatment was made after consulting a dermatologist for my acne. I was 22, starting my life as an adult yet still had the acne of a 15 year old high school student. It wasn't so much that I was embarrassed by the acne (even though this was still a major issue) it was all the damaged the acne was doing to my face. When I noticed acne scars on my face, that was the final straw.

I was prescribed a 4 month course or Oratane (the generic version of Roaccutane) which consisted of 1 10mg tablet twice a day. Then it started.

Being on this treatment was the literal meaning of an emotion roller coaster ride. One minute your skin is looking up, next it knocks you back down again and adds its own bouquet of side effects. I wanted to see the improvement through a series of photos so I go in the habit of taking weekly pictures to keep myself motivated and look at the progress I made.

It all starts in MARCH 2012
12 March 2012
This is how a good skin day was for me before starting Roaccutane. I had terrible breakouts around my jawline and forehead. the Doctor said it is hormonal and we needed to dry out the oil ducts/area (I think that's what you call it) around my pores which was causing my skin problems.

21 March 2012
The first month was not that bad. My body was getting used to the meds. The area around each blemish did start to get more red and inflamed. Many friends who also went or Roacutane said "your skin will get worse before it gets better" which, I found out later, is true.

APRIL
12 April 2012
My second month was really painful. My skin was pushing out all the nasties and I was suffering from severe dryness. My skin broke out like crazy, my eyes were constantly dry and my lips cracked to the point of bleeding.

18 April 2012
20 April 2012
27 April 2012
I had to go back to my doctor for a checkup and he prescribed me some eye drops and a whole bunch of cream to help with the dryness. As for my lips, Lipice, lip balm, tee tree oil and other oils became my best friend. Thanks to this I now have an obsession with applying lipbalm. The minute my lips feel dry, I freak out :(

27 April 2012
*Gasp* *OUCH* *Help me*

All this time I was working at a restaurant as a hostess to earn extra money (this expedition was not cheap). Having to smile and greet people for four hours on a Saturday and Sunday, while looking like this, was not my idea of fun.

 MAY
2 May 2012
This week was the first week I felt better since starting (I think you can see it in my face). There was still dryness all over my face lips and over other parts of my body but about 50% of my acne was gone and that made me happy. I wanted to celebrate but I knew the end was still a month and a half away. 

10 May 2012 
Just as I got my hopes up, I had another breakout and my cracked lips flared up to a painful state. This was the last breakout before things really took a drastic turn :)

JUNE
2 June 2012
ITS ALL GONE!!
My acne was gone by my last month. I still had some noticeable pigmentation around my acne scarring and my lips were still healing but besides that, I had found the end of the rainbow!

I was so relieved to finally have clear skin. I still had a considerable amount of scarring left but compared to what I looked like before, I was okay with it.

Read about my life after Roaccutane and whether I regret the whole treatment. Follow me on Twitter for an update. Also, here is the link to Oratanes website where you can find out more info on the treatment.

Claire

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3 comments

  1. Not many people would have the courage to share a post like this. I can't truly relate to this because I have been so very fortunate! but I did witness what my sister when through with her skin. She also had this treatment and I saw what it does to a person - I truly empathise with anyone who struggles because it messes with a person's confidence and self worth. I am sure many people will appreciate this blog post and will get some strength from it. Big Hugs to you and I am happy you are feeling better about your skin XXX

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    1. Thanks so much Charlene. This was one of the bigger moments in my life but I glad I did it :) I hope your sister is doing much better now that she also went on the treatment.

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  2. Very brave of you to post these super helpful pictures. I think a lot of peoplke want to try Roaccutane and they're unaware of the whole process. I've also suffered from bad skin in the past and it comes and goes. But I've never used Roaccutane.

    Great post. Very informative. I'm glad your skin is doing so much better :)

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