Some of you may have read > this post < in which I'm babbling on about my ongoing skin troubles. Well enough was enough and after years of trying everything else under the sun and months of waiting for appointments I've started a pretty scary journey that's hopefully going to result in some serious clean up action. If everyone could please give a warm welcome to my new bezzy mate... ROACCUTANE.
That's right. I'm on it. The nasty one. It's not a decision I took lightly and believe me when I say I had tried all the alternatives, medical, herbal, lifestyle changes, 'miracle' products, everything. It was time to bring in the big boys.
It is an excessive production of sebum from over active sebaceous glands that causes acne. The sebum mixes with dead skin cells and plugs the skins follicles causing white heads and blackheads. Bacteria that live on the skin (in an otherwise harmless manor, no need to grab the detol!) then sometimes infect the plugged follicles, causing other spotty variations such as cysts, pustules and nodules. YUM.
Roaccutane capsules contain the active ingredient isotretinoin and work by reducing the amount of oil (sebum) produced by the sebaceous glands, suppressing the glands activity and reducing them in size.
Phew. Science over. Fun stuff right? Thrilling. Simple. Trouble is that these little pills come with a list of side effects as long as your arm and they aint pretty. I'm not guna list them, just click and have a gander if you want. General conclusion though... Roaccutane is a last resort. Below I've included a couple of pics that hopefully illustrate to you a little bit why I chose to give it a go.
Nice Right? Now please, no judging. Whilst I'm fully aware that there are those out there with acne far 'worse' than my own, for me the battle I'd been waging for years against painful red cysts, nasty white heads and a forehead of pimples was exhausting, upsetting and left me feeling like anything but myself and absolutely reason enough to take the decision to go for it with these pink pilled crazy little fuckers.
Month one down on one 20mg dose a day and no improvement yet. I wasn't expecting any, it can take months to see a real change. What I have had, which cropped up within a few days, is the dry lips. Absolutely standard side effect. Everyone gets it. I now have blistex relief cream hanging about my person at all times and a few dotted in random places about my room/work. If I head out somewhere and some how forget one you bet I'll be making a stop to stock up before doing anything else. It's alright really, manageable, just gotta keep topping that shizzle up.
The second thing I noticed occurred quickly was a change in my skin type. It's now dry rather than oily. Exactly what's supposed to happen. I know as my course progresses and the dosage increases the dry might end up becoming very dry and maybe painfully dry however currently I keep myself topped up with a decent moisturiser day and night and it's really kinda nice not being super shiny without an hour of cleansing.
One further thing I've noticed is if I have a beer or something I feel weird. Like crazy weird. Now there's a bunch of speculation on Roaccutane when it comes to alcohol (check the side effects page there's a whole liver issue thang) and consensus is to play it safe and not drink or at least not a lot. Now I like the odd after work beverage, maybe a glass of wine on a friday night, or a damned fine G&T after a difficult day but nothing craaazy. However I had a beer about a week into starting my course and it sent me loopy. No idea what was going on. One beer and I was wrecked. Had to take myself home. Since then I've steered clear of beer and stuck to the odd spirit (oh hey Gin I see you, I do!!!) and I've been fine. Maybe it was nothing maybe it was something. Who knows. My mum always said though 'if you can't be good, be careful.'
That's about it really. Planning to keep you posted month by month on whats occurring and if any of you guys have been on this shizzle I'd love to hear about it!
Stay wicked chums. Over n' out. xxx
Check out the rest of my Skin Story:
Months 2 & 3: http://www.letstessellate.com/2015/01/roaccutane-months-2-3.html
Month 4: http://www.letstessellate.com/2015/02/roaccutane-month-4.html
Month 4 & 5 - The End: http://www.letstessellate.com/2015/03/roaccutane-months-4-5-end.html