Wednesday, 10 February 2016

My Roaccutane Experience: Dealing with Dry Skin

Roaccutane is some pretty serious stuff. There are lots of things to consider before going on a course of treatment and there's certainly a lot to try out before resorting to it. But I know from my own experience that it's a popular choice for acne sufferers, myself included. I do want to assure you that I tried everything out there over the course of my teenage years, but when I hit 20 last August, I had had enough of the teenage acne. So, without further ado, I went to see my dermatologist and he prescribed me with a course of six months of treatment.


One thing you will know (or be told) before you start Roaccutane is that your skin will become extremely dry. The medication is essentially works by shrinking your oil glands and so every inch of you will become very dry and quite flaky. I thought I'd write this post to explain how I dealt with this side effect throughout the course of my treatment. I was lucky enough to have the dryness as my only symptom, along with sensitivity to sunlight, but as those are the ones expected by anyone starting the medication, the treatment went well for me.  



My face started feeling extra dry pretty much a week into the treatment so I switched out my regular cleanser and moisturizer for ones from the Boots No. 7 Dry/Extra Dry range. This range is specifically designed to moisturize extremely dry skin, and honestly worked a miracle throughout the last six months. 

I used the Beautiful Skin Cleansing Oil to remove my makeup followed by the Beautiful Skin Cleansing Balm to cleanse. This was always followed up by the Beautiful Skin Moisturizer for Dry Skin, and the Early Defence Eye Cream. I would then go about my evening as usual until bedtime. Ten minutes before bed after brushing my teeth, I would apply The Body Shop Drops of Youth Bouncy Sleeping Mask. This is quite sticky but it works a treat in terms of hydration - my skin literally drank this stuff up.

Lips were a HUGE problem. Mine were always flaking and dry for the entirety of the treatment and even now (I've been off the treatment for a week). I keep lip balms everywhere, but two of my absolute budget friendly favourites are the EOS balms and Carmex Cherry Balm. I found myself applying this liberally every half an hour or so. In order to help with any marks, I used La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo+ on clean skin. I would usually do this before makeup as it works very well as a primer. That's another thing - be prepared for makeup to flake a little throughout the day. You need to stay super hydrated to avoid that!



In terms of my body, I used Soap and Glory The Daily Smooth all over almost every night after the shower. I also used coconut oil in the shower so that often worked as a 'doubling the moisture'. I wouldn't recommend using harsh scrubs, something gentle and less abrasive is the way to go. Also, look for body washes which are moisturizing such as Soap and Glory's Rich and Foamous.

The last thing I wanted to talk about was eyes. I used eye cream twice a day without fail but I did find my contact lenses becoming more and more uncomfortable to wear because my eyes themselves were so dry (I actually managed to get a stye on my lash line because of this and believe me - that was a nasty three days). I purchased hydrating eye drops to wear with my contact lenses and used this several times a day to keep my eyes well moisturized. I'd really recommend this if you're a contact lens wearer and are thinking of going on a course of treatment!

If you are about to start Roaccutane, or perhaps you've just started, I really hope this post helps you a little on what I found to be useful. Do let me know if it does!
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