Whilst I lay in bed feeling extremely sorry for myself with my extremely ‘first world problem’, I instinctively reached for my laptop to write this blog post about it.
Tuesday 16th January, 2018, marked the start of my second course of the acne medication, Isotretinoin, formally or more commonly known as Roaccatane. I have previously endured a 9 month course of the antibiotic back in 2015-16 but that didn’t keep the acne away. It is now 2018, I am 21 years of and here I am facing the fact that my 11 year stint of acne is probably not ‘just a teenage thing’ anymore.
For reference and personal documentation, here is a photo of my skin pre treatment.
So, day 3 of meds and 6 tablets down, I am feeling horrendous. After just one tablet I felt my mood drop instantly and my confidence fly straight out of the window (hoping to find it again soon). My skin is starting to dry already and peel and one of the worst symptoms that I do not remember from my last course is the chronic nausea. This constant sickness is INTENSE. I’m hoping the sickness will wear off as my body adjusts to the medication but for now, laying in a dark room is all I can do.
I take the tablets with food as directed, but as soon as the food is wearing off and my hunger starts again, the sickness comes back. I hear diet helps with these tablets so I am trying to cut out certain foods such as cheese and anything with high fat levels, but your girl is in final year of uni, stress levels will be high and comfort food will be needed.
I want to make this a ‘series’ so with a few follow-up post about how I’m getting on, would that be good??
If you have ANY tips for me I would appreciate them greatly. I would also like to hear if you’ve had a similar experience or if you have any questions for me!
Thank you so much for reading!