Well, I’m at the 6 month mark. I went overseas a little while ago and miscalculated my pills, so accidentally missed them for a whole month. I’m now back on them for only one more month and my skin is starting to peel again, however I’m sure this will clear up once I’m finished! I’m hoping to give it one last push off. Looking back at my 3 week photo, I get quite upset. I can’t believe it took me until I was 23 to go and see someone about my skin and for them to say I actually had a problem that could be fixed! I remember bawling my eyes out in relief once I got back in the car.
I really hope that others have had the same positive experience I have had. Yes, it’s shitty for the first few months, but once you push through that, you realise it’s all worth it.]]>
I was hoping to find out how things progress once you start Roaccutane and what experiences people have had, before I embark on this treatment. I feel anxious but also a bit excited as I haven’t had clear skin since I was about 10 years old! It’s so disheartening looking at all the people around me with beautiful skin and wishing I could have just one day where I didn’t want to wear a paper bag over my head!! Kate]]>
I am on day 4 of roaccutane and so far have only experienced the dry/red skin. I was wondering what is best to use to combat this? I have sensitive skin anyway so tend not to go for anything perfumed or with alcohol in it. Also, I know we are not meant to wax but is using Veet and things like that on legs etc. ok or will it still burn? Any info/help is welcome as I don’t know anyone else who has been on this so I don’t know who else to ask.
I saw a difference within a week, it was genuinely amazing. Progressively, everything changed, the lumps weren’t coming up anymore, any spots that did come up, went within two days maximum and the redness slowly (but surely) faded. You cant expect this drug to turn you from a spotty faced girl/boy to an airbrushed model within months, because it won’t but who really has skin like that? People say the side affects can be bad, of course it can be linked with suicide but with monitered checks on your mood and people around you who know you well it is very easy to keep on top of that. I had absolutely no headaches and no pains. My one side affect is that i get a dry face and dry lips, vaseline WILL become your new best friend. But this tiny side affect in exchange with a cleared up face is something i was never going to complain about.
Ive posted a picture below of me in late august and my face today, it took alot for me to put this up and im petrified of doing so but i know 8 months ago i’d of loved to see a photo like this to show me that there is hope and it will get better and that i wasn’t completely alone. I hope by posting this I’m helping somebody out there. With the help of the most incredible family, friends and amazingly understanding boyfriend i’m completely back to my confident self and i only have Roaccutane to thank for that. Good luck people!]]>
Any questions just comment! Good luck to all of you, it’s hard but it’s definitely worth it.xxx]]>
On 5 April my dose was increased from 20mg to 30mg. A couple of days after starting on this increased dose I got a really bad, big chin spot which took a week to disappear . Another reaction to the 30mg dose is the appearance of a few red blotches on my upper thighs, a wee bit flaky. Not itchy or sore thanks goodness so I don’t think they are anything to worry about?
Other side effects I have suffered with since my last post are thrush (thankfully short lived), bloody inside of nostrils and lately REALLY sore and tender inside nostrils . Joint pain, this seems to be exclusively in my right hand thumb joint only, horrible as I struggle to even pick up and hold a half full kettle! The most painful side effect which I appear to be suffering with more and more often lately is a sore lower back. It is worst when I lay down and on exhalation of breath, as if something is tightly squeezing my mid torso. I enjoy doing Pilates and find it painful to do even a pelvic floor lift! . Is anyone else experiencing back and joint pain and if so, what helps to relieve it? I look forward to hearing from you, cheers, Tania]]>
Can anyone help by recommending what creams to use while on roaccutane?? My face is feeling very dry and itchy.]]>
A week 15 update photo – I can’t believe how much my skin has improved. I literally have ZERO acne now and I could not be happier – How lucky I am to be able to go to work sans-makeup!
A few weeks ago I got a little wakeup call from the sun when I blistered all over my face from sunburn – Sunscreen and a hat don’t work when you’re sitting in the water for 6 hours! Anyway it cleared up quickly but I still have a a blister scar on my nose and chin which are healing well.
I hope others Roaccutane journey is going as well as mine!]]>
OK…..things are going GREAT for my acne …I haven’t had a new spot for AT LEAST 3-4 weeks (which is amazing!) .
I am, however , really suffering with muscle tightness and pain, mainly in my back……so much so that I cannot even turn over in bed without waking up due to the pain. i walk like a 90 yr old woman, shuffling along with my hand on my hip or back, trying to alleviate the pain. I am ,though, consoling myself with the thought that this will not last forever and if this treatment clears my acne then it will all have been worth it.
As for moods, i cant say that ive suffered too badly with mood swings…..i have had a couple of days in the last month where I’ve felt a bit ‘down’ but that could well be a normal occurrence ,i just don’t normally pay it much attention, so don’t notice. Have told my nurse about it and promised her that i would monitor it very closely.
In my last post i mentioned a bit of period ‘spotting’ …well , this month it was a PROPER period , lasting 4-5 days and very heavy at times. This has GOT to be a side effect of the drug as i have not had a period for WAYYY over 2 years……anyone else experiencing this side effect, i wonder.
As for my skin, i have DEFINITELY noticed a deterioration in the texture of the skin on my arms and body. I have dry,itchy paches which have appeared on my forearms ,shoulders ,back and hip areas.I just use the Euceryin Lotion, which helps a lot.
I also had a nail infection in the corner of the nail of my middle finger. it was fairly hot and a little sore to touch but it healed itself after about a week, so that was ok (didn’t need any anti-biotics)
Right, i do believe that is all there is to update you with…
Hope all of your treatments are going well…….