Before I started my Roaccutane journey, I had plans to document how I felt what I was going through and my acne situation. Things did not go to plan.. at all. This post is going to be an extremely wordy post (and all about me) but it documents majority of my experiences in my Roaccutane journey. I was supposed to post this experience before 2015 ended but it struck a raw nerve with me and was extremely difficult to write.
One step forward, 10 steps back. That summarizes my acne update! LOL! One sentence. In all seriousness, I thought my adult on-set acne was all done and dusted but after more than a year making quarterly visits to the dermatologist, it has made a come-back. I blame my allergies! If you haven’t read my last post about my skin allergies, go read it! Go!
Back to the acne update post.. How has my acne been fairing since I started going on the prescription medication for acne?
It is now 6 and a half months since I started using prescription medication for my acne. It has improved dramatically…I have stop breaking out in cystic acne, although I still have the normal occasional breakout. Each breakout now last about a week instead of a month or two. I’ve gone to the dermatologist for a follow-up check up. He did not have very much to say except to briefly mention that the medication is starting to work and then proceeded to prescribe more antibiotics. He did tell my that the I should not apply the creams too close to my nose/mouth as it makes the skin shed like crazy.
I’ve also started a new skincare regime which are products (serum, moisturizer etc) all from the same brand. This has helped with my acne scar healing.
Wow, it’s been 4 months since I’ve been on the prescription acne medication. My first 2 months were not really great. It looks like I have some good news since I feel like the skin is improving. It’s sometimes hard to tell until you compare the pictures, especially since I see myself in the mirror everyday.
So here’s what’s been happening… I’ve finally found the brand of antibiotics and a breakfast routine that does not get me sick from the antibiotics. I’ve also been eating plenty of yoghurt and drinking probiotic drinks, although not frequently enough, so sometimes I still get tummy upsets. I’m still suffering from massive dry and peeling lips. Regardless of the amount of lip balm I put on, my lips and the surrounding area are constantly peeling. Personally, it can get a little bit unsightly and it’s almost impossible to exfoliate everyday. And on the occassion where I have eaten something wrong and my allergies on my face flares up, the dry patches of skin seem to linger for an extended amount of time.
Let’s get to the picture comparisons:
Sorry for the inconsistent colour of the pic. I don’t seem to be able to get the setting right to get the same colour hue for my pictures.
What do you think? On the road to recovery? The skin looks really bad now, I’m hoping it is from my skin allergies and will heal soon.
So, it’s been a little over 2 months since I visited the dermatologist. I was prescribed an antibiotic and 2 creams to apply externally. When I first started taking the prescription meds, my acne started to exponentially clear. Now, my skin is clearer than before but the clearance has kinda plateaued. Also, I’m still breaking out a little. Here’s a brief timeline…
Week one and two:
I was starting to break out a little more than usual. The breakouts are not the usual deep-under-the-skin spots but more of the little tiny red ones (the ones that are easy to pop! lol!). I was flaking so much in these initial weeks. My skin was really dry and it looked like it wanted to flake but did not. This meant that my make-up did not adhere to my skin properly and the application was extremely patchy looking.
(I was told by a pharmacist that it’s meant to get worse for the first month as the body/skin starts to get used to the medication. I went to the pharmacist because the doctor did not tell me anything. She also did not seem friendly enough for me to pick up the phone to ask a simple question.)
The remaining weeks up to today:
I am still having breakouts (maybe about 2-3 zits a week) but it has calmed down a little when compared to before taking the medication. The skin has gradually cleared up. However, those really deep spots (the ones that don’t reach the surface) still take quite awhile to go away and sit there for weeks and weeks. Sensitivity wise, my skin is not as bad as in the initial weeks but I still flake around the more sensitive areas like my nose, mouth, eyes and sometimes around the jawline.
To be honest, I have not been feeling great since taking the prescription meds. After taking the antibiotics in the morning, I feel extremely nauseous. Twice, I was about to throw up on the train on the way to work (I had to find a corner and concentrate on my breathing). Depending on the brand of antibiotics, it’s not too bad when I take food with my antibiotics. The nauseous feeling does go away after about 2 hours, so it’s not the whole day. However, I tried one particular generic brand of antibiotics and it just makes me sick THE WHOLE DAY. Recently, my stomach sometimes throws a fit and just hurts for no reason. I actually feel extremely miserable taking my prescriptions and question why I’m doing this to myself.
To make sure I still have a healthy tummy environment, I’ve started taking probiotic drinks like Yakult and started eating yoghurt. Hopefully, this can make my tummy feel better.
Well, here’s the before and after:
I’ll keep you updated on how I go.. let’s hope it gets better from here!