Anxiety, Acne, and Roaccutane! – Week 5

I know I said I would update after day 30, but, once I’d had my check up appointment with my dermatologist, they decided to up my dose from 20mg to 30mg. With this being done, I thought it best to hang off and see if there were any changes in the side effects, before I posted again.

Around week 3 I started to have more spots surface. I have some cystic ones around my jaw, that are quite small, not as sore as normal, but still a hard, red lump under the skin. I have then gotten quite a few whiteheads around my chin/lips & cheek bones. Having these surface was a little annoying, especially with how quickly my other spots had started to dry up within week 1/2. I had read online that you can get an initial break out, like your skin is fighting back, so I just attribute it to that.

When I entered my dermatologists office, the first thing he said was how great he thought my skin looked. Despite me having new spots, my skin is not nearly as red and aggravated. My complexion is a nice natural skin tone, just with some spots and hyperpigmentation, so this is really positive. I also have a lot of really dry patches all over my face and my body. I do have exceptionally dry skin, and I’m prone to patches of eczema (especially on my hands). My eczema can flare up with a change in products, hormones, stress etc, so it was no surprise it would be aggravated with Roaccutane, I was prepared for this.

I have been given some medicated gentle skin wash, as well as moisturiser & a steroid cream for my eczema. I find that this is really helping. I am also using Aveeno on my face, and this is an absolute godsend. This cream is just amazing, and it really calms my skin. It is a little bit pricey in comparison to other creams, but I highly recommend it. It’s suitable to use all over your body, it’s non-greasy, absorbs quickly, provides a barrier for your skin, and it really helps sooth my eczema.

When my dermatologist suggested I got up to 30mg, I had absolutely no concerns. Not even a single negative thought. I figure that if anything sinister was going to happen, it would have by now. I have been on the 30mg for just over a week, and the only thing I would say is my lips look awful. They are permanently dry, splitting and cracking. I lather lip balm on them, ones I’ve made myself  (beeswax, shea butter, cocoa butter & orange essence), so I know they’re natural and nourishing, so I would hate to think how they would look if I wasn’t. I’m making a point of drinking as much water as I can, so as to keep myself hydrated, in the hopes this too will help my skin from being too dry.

The pores on my nose were starting to look really bad. Almost like they were opening up further? I made the mistake of exfoliating (against the advice of my dermatologist and every single site/forum for roaccutane) and I pretty much took the entire top layer of skin off my nose. This looked terrible. Although, my pores are actually looking better, but I still do not recommend  you do this at all. Thankfully, putting aveeno on my nose has helped it heal quickly, and it reduced the redness within 2 days.

With regards to my anxiety/depression, this has definitely not made it any worse. This was one of the biggest concerns for me (right up there with dying), and I’m happy to say, it’s not impacted my moods whatsoever. I’m just as moody/sad/anxious as I was before I started. All in all I’m very happy with the progress I’m making, despite my breakout. I understand that it will take time, and in the end I could potentially be spot free, making this 100% worth it.

The only thing I’m really not too happy about, is the fact I cannot have a glass of wine on a Friday night. I’m missing my Wineday 🙁 My Dermatologist has said, that with going to 30mg I could be off Roaccutane in 5 months, but, in 2 months if all is still going well, we will increase me to 40mg, so I may even get off these sooner. I could very well be sitting with a glass of wine in hand before the end of the summer months, all whilst being spot free. Now that is definitely a positive.

If you are reading this because you’re considering Roaccutane, I do hope that it’s helped. I will be sure and update again in the coming weeks. No news is good news in this instance, so if I don’t update again before my next appointment, all is going well.

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