Sunday, 25 May 2014

Roaccutance Update.

Hello all!
I thought it was about time I posted an update on my Roaccutane treatment, so here we go…

Treatment time:
1 month


General feelings:

In general I am feeling pretty good, the medication doesn’t seem to have impacted my mood or general wellbeing so far.
I think when taking something like this, it is important not to let yourself get too caught up in the controversy surrounding it. If you walk into it with an open mind it seems to make things a lot easier.


The oiliness has pretty much gone, and I can't tell you how amazing that feels. My face no longer looks greasy and my make-up stays put. My skin is very dry and flaky, but nothing too bad. With regards to spots, they are still forming around my chin (nice ay?) but they fade a lot faster than before. I feel that progress is slowly being made!!

Side effects:

Something I noticed almost immediately was how tired I felt, for the first two weeks I felt completely drained all of the time. Thankfully after these two weeks the tiredness faded and my energy levels went back to normal.

Next are dry eyes, I wouldn’t say they are painful but they are irritated. Initially it felt like I had sand or grit in them and I’ve found that a cold compress really helps. I normally just get some cotton pads, soak them in cold water and place them over my eyes.  (I’m not brave enough to use eye-drops!)

Dry lips are something that can’t be avoided, and I don’t know what I would do without my Blistex products! (They haven’t sponsored me, I just love them!).  The Intensive Moisturiser tube is great, but because the cream is quite thick I use this at night-time. I just pop some on before bed and it lasts through the night. During the day I use the Blistex MedPlus pot, the clear gel is really hydrating.

My nose mostly feels blocked all of the time, with no major bleeds.

What next?:

At my last appointment I was asked if I would like to try a higher dosage to see how I get on. Personally I felt more comfortable continuing on 30mg until I had reached the end of the 2nd month.
I will go back to the clinic on the 9th of June, which in theory is the halfway point of my treatment. Here I will have blood work done, to check how my liver is coping, and I can then reassess my level of dosage.

So far all seems to be going well, I would be lying if I said I hadn’t had any side effects, but they have all been minor and easily manageable.  
I shall update you again soon!

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