Acne, Roaccutane and skin worries
Aug05

Acne, Roaccutane and skin worries

My acne has been going downhill since around the time lockdown started. It may have even been just before. To cut a really long story short, I’ve had moderate to severe acne since I was 12 and I’m 46 now. I’d used various treatments on prescription over the years, but I never had clear skin. When I was 40, I finally took the plunge and went on Roaccutane, the strongest acne drug there is. I had a really terrible...

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Back on Roaccutane – and side effects
May06

Back on Roaccutane – and side effects

I haven’t actually been off Roaccutane, the strongest acne drug there is, since summer 2014 (apart from a brief period in 2015). But for a long time I’ve been on a very low dose – 5mg. I’m not sure why, probably my age, but I seem to be unable to come off it completely. It’s normal for someone to be on a higher dose – 20mg, 40mg or even more – for a period of four to nine months and never need...

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My top posts of 2018
Dec27

My top posts of 2018

I blog about family life and the things that happen to us. I blog about running and the books I read. Sometimes I feel inspired to rant about a bigger issue that affects more than just my little family. These are the things I like to write about, but what did my readers like to read about in 2018? I’m always fascinated when I look at my top performing posts each day. The post I’ve written that day will usually be the most viewed post...

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Roaccutane round three…
Jun18

Roaccutane round three…

So, not long after I posted about my son not being on Roaccutane yet, the inevitable happened. Yes, my younger son is now on Roaccutane, the third member of our family to go on the strongest acne drug there is – following in the footsteps of my eldest and myself. Being on the Epiduo lotion had actually stabilised his face, which wasn’t looking much worse than the average teenager’s, but his back and chest...

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No Roaccutane – YET
May24

No Roaccutane – YET

A few months ago, I wrote about my younger son’s skin, which was starting to go downhill. In a ‘normal’ family, it wouldn’t have been cause for concern, but in our family we have to act fast when it comes to acne. Regular readers will know just how badly my eldest and I have suffered with our skin – and how quickly it went downhill. So my dermatologist always said that, with the younger kids, they were to...

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