I have two little warnings before you continue reading this post. Firstly, this is by far not the most glamorous blog post that you will read. It’s about the dreaded topic of spotty skin. Secondly, there will be a shameful amount of selfies within the post. However I can assure you that they are not posted in vain… I’d actually rather not post some of these. But in order for you to truly understand my skin story, I guess showing you would help slightly!
I never really suffered with bad skin until I went to university. I’m not sure whether it was me suddenly drinking alcohol, not eating my mum’s homemade food, stress, different environment or purely down to hormones that caused the sudden acne. It came on all at once, going from completely clear skin to spots everywhere.
My GP firstly advised that I take the contraceptive pill, which would control my hormones and eventually clear up my skin (I can’t remember which pill I was taking, sorry!) It did slightly help with my acne, however I put on a lot of weight which made I hated more than having bad skin. After half a year, I decided to stop the pill. My acne came back worse than ever!
After about a year and a half of just covering up my acne with thick foundation and using expensive skin care (Obagi, if you’re wondering), I still saw no difference at all. If anything, it got worse.
I did a lot of research on skin care and experimented with different things, such as changing my diet to non-dairy, using mineral make-up and changing my facial cleansers etc. Eventually I went back to the GP and asked to be referred to a dermatologist. The waiting list was 6 months long, so during that time I was prescribed antibiotics and given a face-gel (Isotrex 0.05%) that dried up my skin. I do recommend this gel. Using it twice daily definitely cleared it up a lot. The only negative about it was that whenever I stopped applying it, the acne always came back.
When I finally made it to the dermatologist, she immediately prescribed me with Roaccutane. It’s a serious drug, which meant that I had to see the doctor every month to take a pregnancy and blood tests. I had no choice but to go on the contraceptive pill – even when I insisted I wouldn’t need it. I was really wary about which pill I went on because I dreaded putting on weight again. After doing my research, I chose Dianete (I’ve only recently discovered the dangerous side effects of this pill, so definitely do not recommend it).
Roaccutane not only extremely dried up my skin, but my hair and lips too. I was applying lip balm every minute of the day (literally). I had to change the shampoo and conditioner I was using, as well as using a deep conditioner every day.
One of the side effects of the drug is depression. I did suffer from this during taking it. I’m not sure whether it was the drug itself or what I was going through in my life at the time.
I was on it for a total of 5 months and my skin has never been better. It’s been 5 months since I’ve come off of it and no spots have come back at all. Roaccutane has completely changed my life. I no longer wear foundation, only concealer and a light powder to cover up any dark circles or redness.
This is a photo of my skin three weeks after starting my course of Roaccutane –
Two months later –
4 months after finishing my course –