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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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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Roaccutane – here we go again?
Mar01

Roaccutane – here we go again?

After my son and I suffered so dramatically with our skin a while back, the dermatologist asked the billion dollar question: Have you got any more children? Because, when it comes to skin, the odds are massively stacked against my kids. (My husband also had bad acne as a teenager, so they’re basically buggered.) Without even seeing my younger kids, he set out an action plan for them. See the GP at an earlier stage than normal,...

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