Welcome back to the Roaccutane diaries (week 3 & 4) . I didn’t get around to posting week 3, but I had a really easy week last week, so it’s just as well. This week however …
I wrote last week that so far I’ve had awfully dry skin, and of course the dry lips. This week has been much more fun.
Last week I gave in and bought a travel kit of Dermalogica products – the Ultracalming range. It’s definitely making a difference. I’m very wary of putting things like aqueous cream on my face (it’s my favourite for my body, but for my face it’s still too scary to think about putting that much stuff on my skin). At R575 it’s not the cheapest, but it’s apparently a 6-8 week kit, and instead of spending R3000 on 3 or 4 months worth of products that may become obsolete, I can buy these for as long as my skin needs it, and find something else if my skin changes. It’s also not logical to me to invest in large amounts of skincare that may not suit my skin when I’m finished my course of Roaccutane.
Oh, you’re probably wondering about the side effects. The old ones are still there, and I have a few new ones:
- Blackheads for Africa: I have never in my life had so many blackheads. My nose feels prickly, and I can physically feel them under my skin if I so much as brush my fingers against my face. Of course, as a picker, these must come out. I feel like I’ve extracted 300 in the last few days. My chest is also crawling with blackheads, so thank goodness it’s not bikini season. Apparently this is normal, and will subside in a month or 3. That being said, there are fewer whiteheads on my face.
- Nose bleeds: yes, they have arrived. I wake up with blood under my nose. I can’t even blow my nose without causing it to gush like a geyser. This has resulted in me having to resort to cleaning my nose manually, because I’m still recovering from the flu, and it’s congested.
- Brain fog: this is my new personal favourite and the most frustrating. I noticed it a few days ago when I thought to myself “oh, I must google xyz”, picked up my phone, opened my browser, saw something that was already there, and not a heartbeat later stood scratching my head trying to figure out what I wanted to google (this was 3 days ago, I remembered this evening, and now I don’t remember what it is that I’d forgotten).
- Acne: I am developing a lot more blind pimples than usual. I used to get the odd one, but these are now making my face their home. They are predominantly around my chin and my ears. They have also taken up residence on my back.
I’m definitely drier. My back and arms are drying out, and my tattoo is really struggling to heal – it’s itchy, and feels a bit raw still. No amount of moisturizer is helping. A perk, however, is that I can go 3 days without washing my hair as opposed to every second day. That may be unrelated, as it is winter, so it might just be less sweating, but my scalp does itch somewhat.
If you’d like to keep tabs on my Roaccutane Diaries, you can find all the posts here. I’ll try to post weekly, but once the side-effects all bring themselves to the surface (no pun intended), I’ll definitely have less to write about – but I will gladly keep you updated.
Thanks so much for reading!
Hugs & sloppy daxie kisses