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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Severe acne – the next generation
Oct03

Severe acne – the next generation

I can’t quite remember when my teenage son first got acne, but certainly photos of him from a couple of years ago show a few spots. They look like nothing to me now. When it comes to spots, my poor kids have got the odds massively stacked against them. Not only have I suffered from acne since the age of 12 (and I’m still on Roaccutane, the strongest acne drug there is), but my husband had terrible spots as a teenager too....

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Being kind to myself
May23

Being kind to myself

It’s silly, I know, but when I took my first dose of antibiotic (Metronidazole) for my fast-deteriorating skin, I panicked a bit. I was frightened. Frightened of feeling sick and drained on the antibiotics and frightened of how bad my skin could get. My reflection was the reflection I’d stared at all last summer – bright red skin with the texture of sandpaper. Not a good look in anyone’s book. And I knew it...

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Acne, rosacea and Roaccutane – going downhill
May16

Acne, rosacea and Roaccutane – going downhill

OK, I’ll admit it. I lied and cheated a bit with my Roaccutane. Cheating and lying isn’t my thing, but this was my skin we’re talking about and I was scared. When I saw the dermatologist last autumn, he said I should take Roaccutane every day in November and December, every other day in January and then once a week in February. After everything I’d been through with acne and rosacea, that all seemed a bit...

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Project 366 Week 19
May14

Project 366 Week 19

Week 19 of 2016 has been a bit up and down. More down than up, if I’m honest. Here’s our week in pictures… Day 129 – Sunday 8th May – after his old football team folded recently, my son made his debut for a new club, playing at a tournament. My eldest came home from his DofE final bronze expedition – and look at the temperature! Rather him than me… Day 130 – Monday 9th May – set...

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