Although it feels like I have been popping these pills for over a year, it has actually only been about 4 and a bit months of Roaccutane taking over my life.
But seeing as we have crossed the half way mark, the end is so close that I can taste it. Or is it the taste of wine? Either way… An ice cold Savannah (or two) will go down rather nicely when this is all finished. (Although if I’m honest, I do drink a little bit now. I just moderate it to special occasions – sorry liver.)
I was feeling rather bummed about the small change the last time I did a “progress” report – at 14 weeks. It kind of felt like it had stopped making a difference and that the change between 8 weeks and 14 weeks was so insignificant I might as well not carry on. But I persisted despite my ridiculously dry lips, red eyes and blurry vision. (Which is still a daily struggle – I’ve been meaning to go to the Doc but I just never get there).
After a bit of trial and error I have perfected my “beauty routine” to maintain and sustain my skin from the side effects of the Roaccutane. Although this now includes a factor 50 sunblock too.
Now, after taking Roaccutane for 20 weeks here’s a “before and after”…
It’s definite that Roaccutane has made a remarkable difference over the last 2 weeks – that’s for sure.
This is going to sound weird, but without being in the glare of the sun (so in my office or inside the house) I actually feel rather happy when I look in the mirror!
I almost feel “normal”. That in itself is remarkable enough for me.
There is still a LOT of redness and underlying areas that need to work themselves out, but after an awesome face mapping session with Dermalogica, I realised that a lot of the redness is sun damage from relying on my make up that happens to contain SPF. (I highly recommend this – just so you know what’s happening with your skin and how to treat it). I need to (and have since) factored in a sun block which I hope will also help the rest of the process.
So although I still feel like the changes now are small, I am motivated to keep going (now that the end is in sight). Maybe there is a chance that all the redness will go too!
2013 – Taking a look at Conversations With My 2 Year Old – it’s like these scenes came right out of our house!
2012 – Having long breakfasts with friends on maternity leave – how I wish I could turn back time a little.