Tuesday, 8 January 2013

Skin Update: Dermatologist Appointment.

I will give you a skin update since I last spoke about my acne in November. Since then I have had two courses of anti-biotics, neither of which worked - suggesting this wasn't something that was going to go away any time soon. I also tried out the Help:Skin Clear supplements which I showed you here. Unfortunately they  didn't work for me, but they reduce bacteria that produce acne, so if your acne is bacteria related they may be worth a try. As far as I know, mine isn't related to bacteria and is most likely hormonal. 

I finally got a dermatologist appointment yesterday, which I am so thankful for. If your suffering ASK to be referred, it's taken me so long to get here but hopefully it was worth the wait. So what happened I hear you ask?

The nurse called me through, and I had to fill in a questionnaire about how acne made me feel, and how it effects my day to day life. Although I know it effects me daily, it was pretty hard-hitting to see it written down in front of me. One of the questions was 'do you think your acne would affect future employment' - this is something I hadn't really thought about until yesterday but then when I look back, I've always plied myself with make up and a good concealer before an interview. 

After completing the questionnaire it was time to see the consultant. Five minutes later, after some prodding and a magnifying glass inspection it was time to discuss treatment. I was very nervous that the consultant would tell me I was over reacting or my acne wasn't bad enough and I would be sent on my way. However this wasn't the case at all, in fact he agreed that my back is pretty severe at the moment.



Apologies for the photos but I kinda wanted to do a before/after thing

I was quizzed about previous treatments and the types of things I'd used in the past. Then he asked me that fateful question - 'have you read about Roaccutane?'. Of course, myself and the rest of the world that has ever suffered with acne knows about this treatment. It's had a LOT of good press and amazing results, but of course, like any other medication people are a little unsure of, it's had bad press too (Roaccutane is branded as Accutane in the US or medically know as Isotretinoin). The consultant sat and discussed the medication with me, I was informed it was the best treatment with the best results and obviously shared the side effects with me. He also reminded me that the side effects are different for everyone, and the bad experiences and bad press are few and far between. After feeling a lot more informed I agreed to the medication.

Roaacutane isn't something to be taken lightly - if you know anything about the medication you'll already know this. When we went for the Manchester Bloggers Meet I got a chance to discuss it with one of the make-up artists as she'd been on Roaccutane in the past. She explained you are pretty much garenteed to experience very common side effects such as extremely dry skin, lips and headaches but with plenty of moisturiser that would be resolved. My skin will most likely get worse before it gets better.

Before the medication was prescribed to me, I had to do a pregnancy test to ensure I wasn't pregnant and sign some forms to agree to two forms of contreception whilst on the medication (I won't go into too much detail but it can cause serious birth defects). I am now on a 6 weekly monitoring scheme and I am being weened onto the medication - for the first 2 weeks I am taking one tablet every other day, then 4 weeks of one a day and potentially increased to 2 a day after my next appointment. Alongside the Roaccutane I also have steroids in case of inflammation during the first week or so, to prevent any scarring occurring. And now I'm off for a blood test, as my bloods will be monitored every 4 weeks on the medication too.


As I said it isn't something to be taken lightly, I have lots of information leaflets I have to read whilst taking this medication and have a bazillion phone numbers to ring if I have any problems. Although I have heard bad things about this medication, I believe the dermatologist knows what he's doing and I have a lot of support and monitoring to reassure me. And hopefully I will be off the medication by the summer, just in time for a holiday - with extra sun screen for my sensitive skin!

One last thing - Roaccutane (as far as I know) can only be prescribed by a dermatologist. 

Wish me luck.

Katie xx


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  1. good luck! i used to have really bad acne when i was 12/13, but i went on the contraceptive pill and it completely cleared it up.

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    1. Ahh the pill does nothing for me (other than what it says on the tin!) Thank you :) xx

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  2. I hope it works for you! You deserve to feel great!

    Woo can't wait to see the results!

    Kassie xx

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  3. wish you all the luck! :) x

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  4. Aw good for you getting an appointment! I suffered for years before I got an appointment with the dermo and I just wish I'd gone sooner because they fixed me right up! If it makes you feel any better my face looked muchhhh worse than yours but the antibiotics I was given cleared it up and I've never been happier! I think it's under control now.. fingers crossed and I honestly hope all the best for you and hope that these do the trick because I know how frustrated you'll feel having tried so many different things :) xx

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    1. Antibiotics don't like my skin :( So glad your sorted though :) xx

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  5. Good luck, I really hope you've finally found something that will work for you (fingers crossed no side effects)!

    Lauren x

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  6. Good luck with the treatment :) x

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  7. So happy you got the dermatologist appointment, that's where it all changed for me! Good luck with the treatment! :)

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  8. Good luck sweetie, I really do hope that your skin clears up!!
    Can't wait to see how it goes :) x

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    1. Fingers crossed, thank you :) xx

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  9. Good luck with the treatment, my brother had acne and it used to really get him down, I hope it all clears up!!

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  10. Good luck :) my sister had such bad acne as a child, and you wouldn't even know now looking at her.
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  11. Wow good luck, I look forward to seeing how you get on with the treatment! xx

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  12. i really wish you the best of luck! :) I've suffered with acne since i was 11, its not too bad at the moment on my face but my back is always covered in spots, the amount of scars i have from previous spots is very off putting when buying clothes that show off the back and shoulders. Im on some medication which isn't really doing much but i don't think my case is extreme enough to be put on such a powerful drug. I really can't wait to see the results! :)

    xo

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    1. Thanks Alexis, I've tried a lot of stuff before this, I think this is last resort! Hope you get sorted soon! xx

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  13. All the best! My husband had really bad acne until his mid 20s, it's so so much better now - just went away in time eventually.

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  14. Good luck hun. Hopefully the side effect you may have will be worth it in th long run xo
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  15. Good Luck! I'm just about getting rid of my acne, fingers crossed. I see your Gluten Free and a veggie! How do you do both! I can only just do gluten free because I have to, and even then I slip up.
    Wish you the best with this and can't wait to see your next update!
    xxx

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    1. Ahh my eating habits are difficult! I'm veggie by choice, but gluten free because I have to be. It's getting easier now places are recognising gluten free products but eating out is pretty difficult as most the GF stuff is meat. I'm pretty used to it now though :) Thank you!

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  16. Fingers crossed you have found your magic pill :)

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    1. I have all my fingers and toes crossed! x

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  17. Good luck ! I've suffered from some acne when i was 16,17, nothing really severe but it must be a hard thing to deal with, I'm glad you found a treatment and i wish you all the best ! can't wait to see an update , I'm sure the results will be worth the side effects !

    xx Liyana
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  18. Good luck! :) x

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  19. Best of luck girlie! I really hope everything works out for the best! I think it's so great that you are so open about this ordeal and you share such good information with people! I personally would be too scared/lazy to try something like this...

    -liv
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    1. Thank you! It's taken me a LONG time to openly talk about my skin, but I hope it helps others come to terms with acne too! It's a hard thing to deal with!

      xx

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  20. I'm on the same pills! I'm now on my fifth month so will be finishing the course in a month, my skin has improved damatically! I only have the odd spot every now and again now. For a while the side affects are annoying, but theres nothing to be worrying about, although it's different for every person the side affects aren't severe at all, I don't even notice them anymore. It's mainly just dry skin and lips, but nothing a good moistureiser can't solve! Good luck :)
    xxx

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    1. So good to here its worked for you! Thank you :) xx

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  21. good luck, i completely understand how it feels to have acne, i got diagnosed with it just under a month ago and im finding it increasling difficult to find something that works, so far the creams have made it 10x worse. although i have to admit mine isnt as bad as some cases, it's still there, i still have to spend a good hour trying to hide it and even then i cant. sometimes i just give up and dont go out because i feel so embarrassed by it, people find it hard to understand, but you dont understand until you have it.
    I hope you finally get rid of yours! or even it gets alot better. :* <3

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    1. None of the creams/antibiotics worked for me - if you have the same problem ask to be referred to dermotologist, it'll be worth it :) Good luck, thank you :) xx

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