Isotretinoin Update #1

Isotretinoin Update #1

At the grand old age of thirty I decided that it really is about time I got my acne sorted out. I’ve suffered with it for years, I’m not sure exactly how long but I do recall being called pizza face in the last year of junior school, and that was a very long time ago! Back last month I started taking a drug called Isotretinoin, also known as roaccutane. This is a very strong drug with some very serious side effects, thankfully both my Doctor and Dermatologist agreed that it is about time my adult acne was sorted out and decided that this was the drug for me. I’ve now been taking it for just over a month.

Carry on reading to find out how the past month has gone, side effects and everything.

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First off, a little background information about my acne and my skin. My skin on my face is combination, dry patches and builds up oil throughout the day, my skin on the rest of my body is quite dry, but not too dry. I suffer with acne on my face, back, chest and sometimes thighs, I suffer the worse on my back. The main reason for wanting to get rid of my acne once and for all is the pain rather than the vanity. I often break out in large boils which can be very painful, and also very messy when they explode. I also suffer with some very smelly spots, I will often scratch my back or chest and accidentally scratch the head off a spot, this results in a lot of pain and a horrible, embarrassing stench.

I first started taking 40mg of Isotretinoin each day, at my monthly check up my dermatologist decided to increase my dosage to 60mg each day, I started taking this dosage on 16 January after taking 40mg for a month.

Within the first couple of weeks of taking Isotretinoin my skin on my face became very red, sore to touch and swollen. It felt as though it was burning and I couldn’t go all day without removing my make-up and moisturising. I also broke out quite badly around my chin, this is perfectly normal, a lot of people will experience a purge which is just all of the bad stuff leaving your body.

Once the redness had gone down the spots on my face started going, there were still new spots coming out but they were pretty much drying out as soon as they appeared. My skin didn’t get dry too quickly, but it was no longer getting greasy. My make-up was lasting a lot longer than normal and my skin felt smooth to touch.

Fast forward one month (today) and I’ve had a small break out again, this time around the jaw line. My skin is very dry. I’ve always suffered with dandruff but it is worse than normal. My make-up is clinging to dry patches and close up my skin looks dry and patchy. Far away it looks great, apart from those couple of spots on my jaw line which are easily hidden with make-up.

The spots on my chest and back are no different than when I started, though I have had a few large boils come and go so I am hoping that the bad stuff is slowly leaving. The skin on my chest hasn’t changed, but my back is quite dry and itchy. I’ve also noticed red spots on my hands in the past few days which I think is eczema.

Almost straight away my lips were dry, I used lip balm quite often before but am now applying it more and more often, probably once every 2 – 3 hours at the moment.

A very common side effect of the roaccutane drug is mood swings and depression. Thankfully I’ve not suffered with this (yet!), if anything, I have been happier since taking the drug. Spencer did joke that it’s because I’m usual so miserable the mood swings are making me happier, but I personally think that the drug hasn’t changed my mood at all, I’m just happier because it has finally stopped raining (for now) and the sun has been shining, I often wonder if I suffer with SAD!

Another common side effect which I have so far escaped is aches and pains. I often suffer with my joints as I have a condition called Lax Ligaments which flairs up in damp, cold weather. There has been joint pain but no worse than usually so again, I think the tablets haven’t (yet) affected this.

Overall I am very happy with how month one of Isotretinoin has gone and am feeling very positive, I may finally kick this acne once and for all!

Do you suffer with acne? Have you tried any drugs for it? 


  1. 20th January 2016 / 6:29 pm

    I know how you feel. I'm 23 and have suffered with Acne on my face, sometimes back and shoulders since my early teens. When I was at school I was prescribed tablets and cream but once I'd left…and had to pay for prescriptions I've not been to my doctor about it. A few years ago I started having a course of microdermabrasion which cost my hundreds but didn't do anything. I've used Dermalogica products (which are expensive) and cheaper products but my skin always stays the same. My breakouts are mostly hormonal, around the jaw area but sometimes they hurt really bad. I've been put off by roaccutane because of the side effects. The spots aren't as bad now it's just the scars and uneven skin tone that bothers me most, I can never seen to get a flawless look with my makeup unless it's very heavy coverage. Not only do I have acne but I have course frizzy hair, sometimes I resemble the girl from the exorcist.

    I hope your skin gets better and makes you feel more confident.

    Lauren x

    • 21st January 2016 / 9:16 pm

      I'm sorry to hear that darling. Have you looked into balancing your hormones? Are your testosterone/androgen levels high? This can be done naturally.. There has to be a way to fix your skin. I think the first step is a blood test. (sorry for prying, I just want to help)

  2. 20th January 2016 / 10:55 pm

    Such an interesting read! I think I'm reaching the point of speaking to my GP about my skin, I was a bit worried about Roaccutane though as I do suffer with eczema elsewhere on my body. I'll be looking forward to your next update Leanne! 🙂

    Jess xo | The Indigo Hours

  3. 21st January 2016 / 12:59 pm

    I'm glad it worked for you. I've never really had a problem with acne, I had quite a lot of spots just a few weeks ago and I complained because they hurt me and I was just not used to them! My partner is totally opposite he is full of spots bless him

  4. 21st January 2016 / 12:59 pm

    glad you have found something that works for you. my spots tend to be hormonal – the joys! 😉

  5. 21st January 2016 / 2:35 pm

    So glad you found something that works for you I can imagine it's a frustrating process. Great read. #love2blog

  6. 21st January 2016 / 3:00 pm

    I've been really lucky that I only really get spots very occasionally and minor. My sister however has them bad on her face which is covers up with make up but I know she wants rid of them really.

  7. 21st January 2016 / 3:00 pm

    I've been really lucky that I only really get spots very occasionally and minor. My sister however has them bad on her face which is covers up with make up but I know she wants rid of them really.

  8. 21st January 2016 / 8:56 pm

    I'm so glad you've found something! I suffered mildly and went on the pill, but when I came off it to have kids it was like 10 years of come back, so I know how rubbish it makes you feel. Hope it goes for good!

  9. 21st January 2016 / 9:17 pm

    Guys, are the side effects worth it? There has to be another way!

  10. 21st January 2016 / 9:19 pm

    Leanne, have you tried eliminating dairy and processed sugar from your diet? Dairy is SUPER disastrous for skin, and might be the biggest cause of adult acne.

  11. 21st January 2016 / 9:56 pm

    I'm happy you have found something that seems to be working for you, and I'm glad it's not making you depressed! I had very bad skin in the last year of junior school and through a lot of senior school. I remember being prescribed some ointment stuff for my face, but it had a really bad smell so I took a teenage strop and refused to use it!
    I hope you continue to see results x

  12. 21st January 2016 / 10:42 pm

    A friend of mine took this drug to sort out her skin issues and I have to say her skin is now so so perfect although the side effects are quite risky she has nothing but good things to say about it! Hope it works out just as well for you! xx

  13. 22nd January 2016 / 9:38 am

    Oh I do hope it continues to work for you – touch wood none of my family have ever suffered, it must be so awful for you. I have everything crossed! Kaz x

  14. 22nd January 2016 / 11:42 am

    So glad you have found something that works for you, hopefully you continute to see great results! x

  15. 22nd January 2016 / 12:06 pm

    I'm so glad you've found what works for you. I'm in my 20s and still battling away! x

  16. 22nd January 2016 / 8:27 pm

    My husband took these back when we were at university. They really helped alot. His skin has gotten really bad again in the last year so he is thinking of heading back to the docs. He did however have some horrible side effects including some alopecia!! xxx

  17. 23rd January 2016 / 12:01 am

    Ooh, bless you, my friends suffer from acne and I know how uncomfortable and painful it can be. Happy you have found something that works so well for you 🙂 x

  18. 23rd January 2016 / 2:58 pm

    Oh I've personally never suffered from acne but I can imagine how frustrating it is to try lots of different things. Glad this one seems to be working at the moment!xx

  19. 23rd January 2016 / 3:52 pm

    I havent suffered with acne but do still have breakouts (I'll be 30 this year). I wouldn't say it was bad enough to take tablets for but i have tried creams from the GP which have helped xx

  20. 27th January 2016 / 8:16 pm

    I will be so happy for you if this drug does the trick! I was so disappointed the Doctor would not let me on these. Hope Spencer keeps a close eye on you and you see progress! Will continue to follow your journey XX

  21. 27th January 2016 / 11:00 pm

    I really hope this works for you as the side effects sound awful. I've not had acne but I'm sure if I had it bad I'd try this. Good luck.

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