I've started having breakouts since three years, which I understand is natural but it would never clear out. It would mostly be a lot of red spots and pimples on my forehead, around my mouth area and sometimes cheeks. I tried numerous things to try and clear my face but nothing worked. I tried some 10-day prescriptions, there would be slight improvements and then the breakouts/redness would just come back so it was just pointless taking those pills. My eldest sister was in the exact situation as me (oily skin, breakouts, redness etc.) and after these short prescriptions, she finally resorted to Roaccutane and it worked wonders on her in a few months. After seeing the results, I decided that I wanted to try Roaccutane.
Being on the Roaccutane journey, you are not allowed to go out under the sun (may have broken that rule a few times in the beginning oops) and you must pay close attention to yourself. Whether you're feeling depressed, low, suicidal you must talk to someone immediately because there are many horror stories surrounding Roaccutane that I'm sure most of us have heard about. Whenever I have been feeling low I know it isn't because of the pills. It would be because of missing my old routine, friends, all in all just Dubai in general. Nothing to do with the side effects. Speaking of side effects, I've obviously gone through a lot of them.
First side effect I experienced was breathlessness. It was for the first two weeks only and wasn't anything serious. Second side effect is the one dreaded by most people who take Roaccutane, dryness. At first, only my lips were getting very dry. Nothing would help it until after a few weeks I decided to try Vaseline and it worked wonders within the first few days already. As long as I keep re-applying it at least three times a day I was good. After a while the dryness started to affect my hands, there were dry spots all around the back of them and they were red most of the time. They'd be irritated as well until I tried putting Vaseline on them too and once again it started getting better in a few days. Vaseline has basically been my saviour throughout the journey.
My lips and hands have started to get much better but right now as I'm typing this the areas around my cheeks have been getting very dry. Hopefully it will fade as I keep moisturizing my face. The only thing I've been loving about the dryness as a side effect is how I can now apply dewy looking foundations. With my skin being the oily type before, along with applying MAC studio fix foundation + powder I'd have to blot my face too.
It's been more than 3 months now (could be even 4 months) and my face has really been clearing up especially the past few weeks. I'm so glad I went with this method as soon as I could, I know my skin situation wasn't the worst but I just couldn't handle it for more years to come. I feel so much better in my own skin now and I cannot wait to try out tinted moisturizers when I'm done with my Roaccutane journey (I will have another update post when I'm done with my 6 months). Here are pictures of how my face has been currently, sorry I do not have before pictures. You can still see some spots, my troublesome areas were my forehead and around my mouth. There'd basically be red spots all around. All I'm wearing is lipstick and I applied some mascara but that's all.
Do you have any suggestions for great
moisturizers to help with dryness?