The end of the year last year was an incredibly stressful period at work and obviously, my skin suffered. I left for my holiday in Cape Town a few days after and I had to deal with raging cystic pimples, a sallow-look and awful dehydration from the air-conditioners at work. It was the last thing I wanted, especially because I didn’t want to have to fuss about makeup everyday. I woke up everyday on holiday with painful pimples that could barely be covered up and admitted to myself that I had bad skin.
I’d also noticed that the acne was spreading down my chest and arms. I had developed some pigmentation from the scarring there too. Luckily, my swimsuit covered up my arms and I didn’t have to worry much about it.
However, I decided that enough is enough and my first New Year resolution (if it must be called that) was to sort out my skin.
I’m on Roaccutane. There’s no other way to say it.
It’s been a long journey of terrible skin but I’m finally here.
I’ve been on Roaccutane for just under a month now and already I can see a difference. During my cycle, instead of large cysts, I got one pimple that didn’t even come to a head. And yes, my acne definitely wasn’t severe. Prior to meeting my Dermatologist I had researched Roaccutane for mild acne and found tons of results and research on the so-called ‘micro dose’, which is under 10mg a day or even every second day. This dose can be taken for a longer period of time and minimises the side-effects of a regular dose. (P.S. The side effects and possible side effects are still there, so before going on Roaccutane, please speak about these with your doctor, it is not for everyone). You can also read about the main ingredient, Isotretonoin here.
I adopted a very moisturising routine and I have to say, so far, my skin is not even peeling. I can wear makeup comfortable and my skin actually looks amazing. I’ll be on this dose for three months and then we will evaluate the progress. On the day of my appointment, I took everything that was in my skincare routine and discussed it with my dermatologist and she ok’d everything for during Roaccutane, even the sheet masks I showed her! I think my move towards non-irritating skincare really impressed her too.
So that’s where my skin is at. For now, I won’t be able to put anything really harsh on my skin, but I feel like it’s an opportunity to see what actually WORKS on sensitive skin, since I really used to slap my skin around.
Have you been on Roaccutane? Let me know in the comments or on Social Media what your thoughts are.