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Wednesday, 21 March 2018

Roaccutane Diaries| Month 1

I am currently intaking 30mg of Roaccutane once a day after a meal. Roaccutane is a drug prescribed by a dermatologist after topical creams and tablets have not aided in ones Acne. This was the case for me, I had heard bad and good reviews and was told since my Acne is regarded as 'mild' within the confines of Acne as a whole, that this drug has a high success rate and would help my skin. I am at the point where I don't want Acne to control my life and I feel it has for a while. I decided to start this drug as the Acne on my chest was getting quite bad and I want it GONE! I don't mind the odd breakout here and there but having it all the time at 25 years old is something I just don't want to experience.

Week 1- During the first week, I didn't experience any changes until the 6th day where my eyes became incredibly red and felt very dry. Luckily, my brother is an optician and recommended eye drops which would alleviate the tight feeling I was experiencing. As well as this, my lips became incredibly dry and after applying whatever lip balm was around me I went and purchased Eucerin, Aquaphor Skin Balm, this can be used anywhere but I apply this on my lips at all times. I use this eye drops around 3/4 times a day.

Week 2- I found my skin was getting dry on my forehead, my cheeks and nose. It wasn't uncomfortable but for the first time in my whole life, I wasn't having to blot my skin on lunch breaks or 'fix' my make up. As my skin was getting drier, my make up would look exactly the same as when I would leave my house in the morning, it looked perfect. However, I did have a mini break out, nothing cystic, but due to the time of the month and it was gone within the week. Also, my pores are non existant! First time in my life!

Week 3- My skin was visibly very dry and feeling tight. I also needed a new moisturiser and night cream so I went to Boots and purchased the Eucerin 10% Urea Treatment Cream, after watching a Caroline Hirons video on YouTube. My lips also became swollen and the insides of my nose and ears were very dry. My scalp is also flaky so I have to smother my scalp with coconut oil twice a week.

Week 4- My skin became very, very dry. As I work in beauty retail, I am required to wear make up and thankfully, I don't have great big spots to cover so I usually wear concealer, powder .i.e the bare minimum. But I like to look presentable with flawless 'looking' skin and I found I wasn't able to achieve this as all foundations would look so dry and matte; something I'm not used to. I prefer dewy, satin finishes, so this got me down but in the grand scheme of things it's a minor issue.

Even as I type this I have the Eucerin cream all over my face and lips. My face is constantly red and this is one of the side effects of Roaccutane. Thankfully it isn't feeling as tight as two days ago where I had to take an Antihistamine because my skin was so sensitive and felt as if my skin was very close to an open flame. I went to sleep with Aloe Vera to calm this feeling and it has gone back to 'normal'. I haven't been feeling overly emotional or depressed than normal and whenever I do feel myself feeling like this I occupy myself with something which needs doing!

I can't believe it's been a month already, it has gone quite quick except for the last few days!

Here are some images of my skin at the end of month 1(without filter, I've taken my camera off the skin smooth setting and lol I was sat casually with Fenty '$tunna' Lip Paint. All that sheen is from the cream I have on and I was stood in front of a window hence why I look washed out and not like my brown and proud self haha):


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