a models roaccutane journey

A model with an acne problem. Follow me on my roaccurate journey…

Three weeks without Roaccutane

So…time has passed quickly…!
I stopped taking Roaccutane three whole weeks ago 😮 My dermatologist said I should wait four weeks to allow myself to be in the sun or drink more than six units of alcohol a week…well as some of you know I just spend a week in the South of Italy visiting family. The weather was warm, not boiling hot, but very sunny, approximately 16°-20° each day. I wore my Rimmel-Wake Me Up-Foundation each day. This foundation has SPF 15 in it which is a great protection for your face whether you are on Roaccutane or not. Even if it is winter it is great to have some SPF on your face to protect it from the suns rays. I took a lovely sun hat with me to Italy but being rather slack and quite frankly a prat I didn’t bother to take it out with me each day even though I was out in direct sunlight. I wore a gauzy long sleeved jumper each day and my SPF foundation. When I was in Italy I had only been off Roaccutane for two weeks and I did not experience any redness, burns, welts, pealing etc in any way or form on my face. I am naturally a little bit olive skinned (from my mums Italian genes) and don’t burn in general but still…I was thrilled that Roaccutane has not changed my skins natural protection from the sun. I have heard from some anti-Accutane people/protestors that Accutane has make their skin sensitive to everything and anything even without the tablets, but I am praying to God that that has not happened to me and shall not happen to any of you however much these scare-mongers want to get into our heads.
How is everyone’s skin looking right now?

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Sun protection

I may have been off Roaccutane for two weeks on Friday but I still have to take care. As you all know, those of us taking Roaccutane are far more susceptible to burn and blister in the sun than we would normally and are advised to get minimal direct sunlight whilst taking the tablets. What some of you do not know is that for four weeks following your course you must continue to have minimal sun and alcohol. I am off to Italy for a while and even though it is not going to be scorching heat there I am taking precautions. I am going to wear gorgeous gauzy jumpers, a Blake Lively inspired hat and SPF!!

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Countries getting spots..

Wow, I have just had a little look at the countries my Roaccutane blog is reaching…74 different countries!! I’m not certain I could write down 74 different countries with our googling it!!
I found it rather interesting that the UK and USA are the most regular readers of my blog by about 100% ! Followed by, Australia and Sweden.
Is this because people in the UK and USA get more spots, are more vain or simply more likely to be offered Roaccutane? Hmmm…any pharmaceuticals want to buy my stats for their research? ;p x

Roaccutane aftercare

I want you all to know that even though I have now finished my Roaccutane course I haven’t deserted you. I am still here if you want to ask me any questions and I am by no means finished on my quest for perfect skin.
Roaccutane/Accutane dries up our skin stopping us producing as much oil and drying out our often cystic spots and acne problems. Although the tablets get rid of our spots, many of us that have/had rather bad acne, we are left with pink dots where the spots were and sometimes scaring. Once the Roaccutane has finished we can begin the journey in getting rid of these signs of past acne. My dermatologist said the red dots with slowly fade once I finished my course of Roaccutane. I have very minor scaring from my acne but I have had this mild scaring in the past and managed to get rid of it so on happy days I am positive that one day I will be scarless. There are so many ways to get rid of acne but I personally do not want to resort to expensive surgery of any sort and for now am sticking to using thick organic oils which I am moisturising into my skin twice a day. I am using oils which are known to help get rid of scars, such as rose.
How is everyone else’s acne journey going?

When can I drink cocktails by the pool again?

I have just had a phone call with my dermatologist to discuss my taking my last tablet…tomorrow 🙂
He is booking me in with my doctors surgery for a final blood test check. I will have my l cholesterol, iron levels and liver function all checked. I actually requested him to get this organised for me. He didn’t seem to think it was necessary but for me I need that peace of mind!
I asked a few more questions including when can I start drinking alcohol without worrying how many units I take and when can I go holiday and sunbathe? …all the important stuff ;p He said to wait four weeks for this to all be ok. I’m no alcoholic or big sun worshipper but I am desperate to go on holiday and drink cocktails by the pool!!

My skin after having a hot bath

As I have mentioned in a recent post, I find that my skin an spots go quite red when I have been warm.
After my hot bath I took photos of my skin and you can see all the flat old spots are very red. This redness slowly fades away after a couple of hours…

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Roaccutane and cold air are not a good mix

A couple of weeks ago I was in Paris and spent a lot of time outdoors in the cold breezy weather or indoors in air conditioned studios! My skin got incredibly dry. My arms and back of my hands looked like they had eczema and my nose, lips, above my eyebrows and all around my mouth were very dry.
Since I have been back home in London leading my normal life with a little less time outdoors and with far less air conditioning, alongside heavy Balm Balm usage I was back to having normal skin within a couple of days. I was also a little stressed in Paris which I’m sure didn’t help either.
I would advice anyone on Roaccutane/Accutane to organically moisturise well, don’t hang around air conditioning units and to become a bit of a hermit and curl up on the sofa whilst the chilly weather is about :p hehehe…well, don’t become a hermit, just don’t spend tooooo much time out in the chilly breeze 🙂

Heat causing red skin

Everyone on Roaccutane/Accutane knows that they should stay out of the sun other ways they are likely to burn far quicker than they would normally but…does anyone else find that after a hot bath/shower their skin is very red?
After having a hot bath or shower my skin and spots always look a lot redder. As if I’ve ran a marathon! The redness fades after a few hours.

Four more days of Roaccutane left

It seems that I am quite the pleb!
I have been counting my six months from the fifth of each month and not in four weekly periods equalling a month…maths was never my strong point at school :p

20130319-000906.jpgSo…with my correct calculations (double checked by my fiancé) I am due to take my last tablets this coming Friday!!!!!!
Wahhh…I’m actually rather scared about being without my tablets. I guess you could say I’ve grown attached to the Roaccutane. Do not get me wrong, I am not “addicted”. I am just a little scared of developing acne again without the security of Roaccutane! How does everyone else feel about the prospect of finishing the drugs?

Day 158 on Roaccutane

I have now been taking Roaccutane for 158 days!! I can’t believe how long it has been. I am quite happy with my progress. To be honest though, I though by this point I would be absolutely spotless. I still have some red dotty spots but they are all flat (minus one random one that is taking forever to heal-this one arrived with my initial breakout a few months ago). The redness of all these spots are definitely lessen with each day so I am staying positive. My dermatologist also said that the redness will continue to fade even after I have stopped taking Roaccutane. Here are images of my cheeks/chin taken this morning with no make up.

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