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ROACCUTANE: THE LAST RESORT


IT'S been a while since I blogged about anything beauty-related. Lately I’ve been focussing very much on fashion as that is what inspires me most, but since my skin has been an ongoing battle for a number of years now I felt it only right to share the journey on my blog as it continues. 

A couple of years ago, I wrote about what having bad skin really felt like and I received amazing responses from people who had experienced the same thing. Since then I’ve had ups and downs with it, mainly due to various medications and pills I’ve taken to combat my acne. When these work, the issue floats to the back of my mind, but when the spots come back they’re hard to forget. 


Last month I finished a four-month course of antibiotics to clear my skin and while it helped, my dermatologist wasn’t satisfied with the results. I have to admit I was pretty pleased, but when she told me that ‘perfect skin is the aim,’ I couldn’t help but feel excited at the prospect of it. My skin has also continued to worsen since coming off the antibiotics, so maybe she has a point. The doc has since suggested I take a course roaccutane, which you may or may not have heard of. It’s one of the most intense drugs available from what I can gauge and taking a course isn’t an easy decision. Not only does it make your entire body dry as a bone, but it comes with risks of depression, a sensitivity to sun, and can lead to serious consequences if you fall pregnant while taking it…namely that your pregnancy will need to be terminated as the unborn baby could suffer from severe disabilities if born. 

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It doesn’t sound like a barrel of laughs, but the positives are also rather shocking (in a good way). It has an 80% success rate, with acne sufferers finally achieving clear skin for the rest of their lives after taking it. If you google before and after pictures, the results are unbelievable. If you’ve ever been insecure about your skin, you will know how debilitating acne can be - especially if you’re still suffering into your 20s and 30s. My older sister has recently finished a course of the drug and her skin is utterly flawless, so it’s been very tempting to follow suit. 

As you’ve probably guessed, I’ve done a lot of research and weighed up all the pros and cons. Sure, I’ll suffer the ‘worst breakout of my life’ in the first month and have to cut down on drinking over the next six months, but if I’m still suffering like this in another five years I’ll kick myself for not doing it. So I’ve decided to bite the bullet and do it: I started the treatment today.

I realise my acne isn't as severe as some other cases, but it has been a journey. Some days it's worse than others and at times in my life, it has felt so bad I don't want to leave the house. I've shed so many tears and been forced to endure people with perfect skin offering up their advice, which is generally suggestions of ridiculously obvious face washes or going on The Pill. I've tried both, and here we are. I have bucket loads of sympathy for those with more severe acne than me, but  regardless, why should we all suffer? 



I’m going document my journey on my blog, because I know how helpful and inspiring it’s been for me to see how others have faired on the drug. Surely if they can get through it, I can too! Here, I present you with pictures of what my skin looks like make-up free before starting the course. I’ll be posting regular updates of what’s going on and how it really feels and I don’t intend to hide anything. This is going to be so embarrassing I’m sure, but fingers crossed it’ll help anyone else struggling to make the decision. 

I'll keep ya posted.

Daisy xox

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