Roaccutane: I bleed

I’ll just come out and say it. I bleed a lot.

I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking ‘downstairs’. When most women say they bleed a lot, they mean heavy periods or those kind of endless periods which never stop (it sounds horrendous and I feel very sorry for them).

No, I bleed from my face and my hands.

Because I’m on Roaccutane.

Roaccutane basically works by drying out your skin. As it dries, it peels off. Layer after layer. Thin, dry, peeling skin bleeds easily. It scabs over. The slightest touch knocks the scab and it bleeds again. Even though my skin is getting a lot better now, I’ve still got two or three scabs on my face at all times.

Selfie, Blood, Roaccutane

The one side effect you’re guaranteed with Roaccutane is dry lips. Mine have dried to such an extent that they are now permanently cut at the edges and I can’t open my mouth wide without them hurting (and bleeding). I have to chop apples up, because I can’t open my mouth wide enough to bite them, but still my lips bleed.

But Roaccutane doesn’t just dry the skin on the part of your body it’s healing, it dries it on the whole body. That’s why you can’t have your legs waxed or use an epilator while you’re on Roaccutane. It would literally rip your skin off.

The skin on my hands is particularly vulnerable, just because I use my hands for doing stuff and they’re exposed all the time.

I cut my hands on my own kitchen cupboards at least twice a week. I know. I should be more careful.

But I’m not being clumsy. It’s the slightest contact with a shelf or the door – contact that you probably wouldn’t even feel – but it’s enough to rip a chunk of skin off my hand and start them bleeding. Sometimes I don’t even realise I’ve done it until I manage to smudge the blood onto something else.

It’s just another hurdle I have to cross on the (very) long road to skin recovery. I really hope it has all been worth it.

My Roaccutane journey has been a complete nightmare. If you want to read more about it, search ‘Roaccutane’ on my blog.

PicMonkey handsCollage, Roaccutane, Hands, Bleeding, Scabs

Author: Sarah Mummy

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9 Comments

  1. Ouch I had no idea it could get this bad with the side effects. It’s no wonder they don’t prescribe it easily. Do you get to come off them soon?

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    • Sadly not, I’m probably going to be on it for another year! Eventually my dose will be reduced though (although I’m actually on a pretty low dose anyway!).

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  2. I’m sorry, that sucks (though you must be pleased with the improvement in your skin, which is looking great?).

    Anyway, the reason I’m posting is to reassure you at least one of your readers gets the Pixies reference 😉

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    • Thanks, Shona! I sing the title to myself every time I see it. I have one more regular reader who should get it too 🙂
      I’m definitely pleased with the improvement in my skin and it is finally looking better than before I went on the damn Roaccutane!

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  3. I knew that the side effects were bad, but I had no idea that permanently dry skin was one of them. How much longer will you have to take Roaccutane for? It’s been one heck of a journey to make your skin better hasn’t it!

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    • It certainly has! If I’d known it would be this bad, I never would have started! I think I’m going to be on it for another year (the norm is around 6-9 months), but hopefully it will stop it going wrong again!

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  4. That sounds really tough, I know you knew what you were getting into with this drug, but that must still be difficult all the same. Are there any supplements that you can take to try and counteract it?

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    • I don’t think there are! All I did after my last big flare-up was cut down my chocolate consumption (although I still eat it every day!) and start drinking Actimel.

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  5. Can you/ or are you putting something on your skin – like you would treat eczema? My mom’s hands were always bleeding because of it and she had steroid cream for it. Sorry you are going through all this but hope it is worth it in the long run.

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