Friday, 20 September 2013

My skin: Before & After.




All photos are without make up, before and one month after a course of Roaccutane

I will be honest, this post is probably for my own benefit. I kept some 'pre-roaccutane' photos on my laptop in hope that someday I could write this post. 

Those that have followed me for a while will know almost a year ago I wrote a very difficult post about my 10 year battle with acne. That might sounds dramatic but those that have acne or have had acne will know it truly is a 'battle'. It knocks your confidence to the floor and you find yourself hiding away under a mask of make-up. For me it was always acne on my face up until last year, then I developed back acne which in some ways was worse. Not only was I worrying about whether my make up would stay in place or whether my spots were concealed, I also had to think about what clothes I could wear to cover up. That isn't such a problem during winter but during the summer vest tops were a no-no for me. 

Eventually I was referred to dermatology and given a 8 month prescription of Roaccutane or Accutane if you're in the US. I'm sure many of you have heard of the drug and if you haven't give it a quick Google, you'll see the press coverage and the horrendous potential side effects. But for some reason none of that put me off, I knew what could happen yet I so desperately wanted clear skin, and Roaccutane is pretty much the last resort.

I'm very happy to say that it was one of the best decisions I've ever made, I fortunately didn't get any severe side effects. I had dry everything, including my eyes, joint pain, tiredness, but nothing out of the ordinary. And most of all my skin cleared pretty quickly on my face and a little slower on my back. 

My skin is still a very raw subject for me, even though I'm happy with it I will always have the fear of my acne returning. I kind of took over my life a little for such a long time, it's quite hard to let go and move on. I hope this has helped with anyone considering seeing a dermatologist or anyone suffering with acne. I didn't think it was possible, but trust me there is some light at the end of a very long tunnel.

Katie xx
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  1. You look amazing, I'm so glad for you that you found something that works for you :) x

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  2. You look beautiful and so pleased you saw results! I was on it but they took me off it cos my skin was considered 'bad' enough so frustrated! It's great that you have shared your story x

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  3. Wow, such amazing results. I've never had a problem with acne myself so there's no point of me even trying to relate but this really is great, I'm very happy for you that the treatment worked!
    xxx

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  4. I was on this medication for 6 months and over a year on i can count on one hand how many spots i've had! Amazing stuff, brutal but worth it x

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  5. Wow the results are incredible! I've always had acne prone skin and for the past year it has really flared up. I have heard a lot about roaccutane but never seriously looked into it. I must confess that I did just google it and the side effects are pretty scary! Even after just one month it has dramatically cleared, do you have to continue taking it for the next 8 months?
    Rachelle x
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    1. It just depends on your body etc so you can be on it less than 8 months or more if necessary xx

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  6. Wow, that's an amazing improvement. I know how much skin affects day to day life so I'm really happy for you :)

    ox Lucy

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  7. wow. i too suffer from acne and it's having a serious effect on my confidence levels.

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  8. Your skin looks amazing now Katie, that's amazing results! xx

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  9. I am glad to see you found something that worked for you. I also used to have a battle with severe acne and nothing was helping so I definitely understand what you mean in regards to confidence. Since starting blogging i have heard a bit about accutane but what actually helped me was homepathic treatment.
    You are so brave to put the before and after pictures up.

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  10. Wow, your skin looks amazing. I'm happy you found something that worked so well for you! xx

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  11. your skin looks great, it certainly has worked well for you.
    beautiful. :)

    caroline.x
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  12. This has been really interesting. Ive been put on the same medication today so it's been really helpful reading about your experiences. Fingers crossed it works for me too!

    Jenn | Photo-Jenn-ic


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