It’s over two months since I last saw the dermatologist about my ridiculously problematic skin . At that time, his plan was that I should remain on Roaccutane for another year (way over what’s normal) and gradually cut down from 20mg a day to 10mg and then 5.
But it seems the goalposts have moved. For the better. I hope.
I’ll admit I’m a little bit scared about his latest plan.
My skin has improved. A lot. It’s not quite reached the dizzy heights of this time last year – a few months after I initially started Roaccutane – and literally the only time I’d had perfect skin since I was 12. Generally speaking, I usually have two or three spots at any one time now, but they are quite small spots. It’s several weeks since I last had a big spot. Significantly, my skin is now way better than it was before I first went on Roaccutane.
So the plan is – two more months on my current dose (20mg a day), which will take me until Christmas. Then a month on 20mg every other day and, scarily, a month on just one 20mg tablet a week. And then it’s all over!
That scares me. After everything I’ve been through, can my skin cope without medication?
Alongside that, I will continue to use only the purest moisturisers and washes on my skin, either prescribed or recommended by the dermatologist. I also have a cream prescribed by the dermatologist to reduce the redness, which I can continue to use daily, even after I’ve finished the Roaccutane.
I have no more appointments with the dermatologist! Again, this is something I find quite scary. But I can call and ask for an appointment any time in the next six months if I see my skin start to go downhill. I can even up my own dose as a temporary precautionary measure while I wait for an appointment.
If it does go pear-shaped, I can stay on it a bit longer. Apparently there are people that are on a 5mg dose long-term, which has no side-effects.
My skin WILL get better. I just have to believe it.