The Naked truth – ROACCUTANE

SKIN1 SKIN2SKIN3 SKIN4In my 2 and a half years of blogging, never did I imagine this post would actually happen. And by that I mean never did I think I would be sat here with skin I wasn’t (that) afraid to bare online.

Let’s go back to my teens, I wasn’t a particularly spotty child. There were definitely kids who had it much worse, but my skin was far from perfect. As my hormones balanced out, so did the break-outs and soon they became the normal tell-tell sign of “that time of the month”. I did however have abnormally oily skin, to the point that my oil production could easily do away with the likes of Estee Lauder – Double wear or MAC – Studio Fix within a matter of hours.

Fast forward to 23 year old me; I stopped smoking, started eating healthy, exercising regularly and drinking 2-4ltrs of water a day. But month by month my skin just gotΒ worse and worse. Nothing I did made any difference. I tried all the latest lotions and potions which may have had amazing effects on the general condition of my skin, but the blemishes always over shadowed any benefits. Before long they were covering my face (up to my eyes and all over my nose), my chest and my back. It was starting to effect my confidence and tasks as small as going to fill up with petrol required at the very least, a full face of foundation.

I would wake up every morning and look in the mirror immediately in the hope that the latest cream or lotion has miraculously cleared every last blemish. Every morning I was met with the same disappointment at my worsening skin. After sitting on the stairs of my Grandma’s beautiful cottage, crying my eyes out over my skin, she urged me to seek help from my GP. And so I did.

The first prescription I received was for HibiScrub, an antiseptic wash which surgeons use mainly to scrub up with before surgery. Sounds scary but it wasn’t and I did see a small improvement but it was almost like my skin wised up to my new line of attack and the acne came back with vengeance.

The second prescription I received was for a 2 month course of Lymecycline (Antibiotics) which I saw absolutely no change in my skin throughout the course so the doctor then extended the course by another 2 months, again my hopes were built up only for reality slap them back down. I’d tried the different contraceptive pills, I’d tried natural remedies such as Evening Primrose, Brewers Yeast and Zinc supplements. All hopeless!

With all lines of attack exhausted, my GP gave me the final option…Roaccutane. I’d heard so much about the drug I was very apprehensive. Luckily my cousin had done a full course so I had her brain to pick along side my online research before making a decision. It didn’t take me long to reach a verdict once I heard how it changed her life so dramatically so back to the doctor I went.

I was given the option to go Private or via the NHS but the waiting list for the NHS was anything up to 8 weeks. I just couldn’t wait that long to try something that again might not work. So I decided to go private and see the same Dermatologist as my cousin, Dr Ravi Ratnavel at the BMI Chiltern Hopspital. You have to see a Dermatologist when obtaining a prescription for Roaccutane and I would strongly suggest doing all your research before hand because they can say no if you aren’t fully prepared for the treatment ahead.

It had to be agreed that I would not fall pregnant throughout my treatment and that I was using at least 2 methods of contraception. This is because there is pretty much a 100% chance of a child being born disabled if the mother is on Roaccutane.

I was informed that I must not drink, I must not go in the sun and I must pay close attention to how I feel in myself, am I depressed? Do I feel low? If yes TALK TO SOMEONE IMMEDIATELY. We are all aware of the horror stories surrounding Roaccutane.


My Dermatologist took my weight and height, calculating my recommended dose for my size and started me off on a 2 week long dose of 20mg per day which then went up to alternating daily doses of 40mg and 60mg for the remainder of the 6month treatment. In the first few days of treatment I noticed a sort of tingling/prickly feeling on my face. It was almost like I could feel my pores drying up. This sensation soon went away and as my dosage went up I started to experience a number of side effects which I had read about before. First was my lips, don’t expect to wear pretty lipsticks throughout your treatment unless you want to be eating it in clumps within a matter of minutes. Carmex will be the only shade for the foreseeable months as there will be absolutely no oil production from your face. There was nothing worse than being caught out running an errand without a pot of Carmex so I purchased in bulk and made sure every handbag, coat pocket and draw had a pot. Even the glove compartment in my car had its own allocated pot.

The next side effect was severely dry skin, this wasn’t too much of a burden once I had replaced all my oil stripping products with moisture intensive ones. That was a tad surreal, moisture had always been the enemy.

Then came the dry eyes, this only tended to occur in the mornings and it wasn’t anything that some artificial tears couldn’t sort out. I also didn’t have to wash my hair nearly as much which was an absolute godsend.

The final side effect that I experienced was extremely brittle skin, to the point where once I lightly scratched my nose and a rather alarming chunk of skin came off (I know I know, as if the make up free images weren’t enough) and even the smallest amount of friction would cause my skin to become red and sore. But for me, all these side effects were minuscule in comparison to the changes I saw almost immediately. Within one month my skin was completely acne free, so much so that I didn’t need to take another progress picture for the following 5 months as that was all the change I saw.

photo 2I apologise for the poor quality, had I known that this would be the treatment to actually work I would have ensured beautiful high res naked spots for you all. But I have no doubt that deep down you are thankful for my lack of organisation.

And here I sit 4 months after finishing my treatment, where I can count the number of spots I’ve had since on half a hand, struggling to imagine how I didn’t do this sooner. Roaccutane completely changed my life and gave me my confidence back which I am forever thankful for. I know there have been some awful cases where people have suffered terrible side effects whilst taking Roaccutane but this is my own personal journey and it couldn’t have been a more positive one.

If you have any more question’s please don’t hesitate to leave them below and I promise to answer as many of them as I can!


  1. Zoe 14th July 2014 / 2:01 pm

    Brave girly for posting this!! Your skin looks flawless xxxxxx

    • lydia 14th July 2014 / 2:05 pm

      Thanks Zoe πŸ™‚ xxx

      • Eve 13th January 2016 / 10:30 pm

        I am just about to go on these after years of bad skin low confidence and scaring… I excercise everyday and have been told I shouldn’t as well as not drinking alcohol as it can cause liver damage? I am worried as I do socialise with friends and have a drink as I am only 22 and I am in the middle of training for boxing. Did this effect you at all? Thanks x

        • Jennifer 6th February 2016 / 4:11 pm

          I’m on my 3rd month of these and iv had the odd drink (and a few big sessions over Xmas) and iv been fine. I wouldn’t say drink every day but the odd one or two shouldn’t hurt. Also I aim to exercise 3 times per week. And no problems there.

          • Lyn 28th February 2016 / 5:17 am

            I’m on my 3rd month too. Before roacccutane I would hit the gym at least 4 times a week. Towards end of month one I noticed increased sweat perspiration and I would get tired quicker. Come 2nd month my knees would sometimes hurt. 3rd month my legs hurt more frequently so I started to only swim. Now i’ve stopped that too for fear of legs going numb or something while i’m in the pool. My lips also crack. Despite all this, i’m happy with the notable change on my skin

        • Vandana 1st July 2016 / 12:09 pm

          Hello Eve, Have you already started your treatment with Roaccutane? I am also going to start in few weeks time but little hesitant because of side effects and some people story.

      • Kaeyla 22nd April 2016 / 9:21 pm

        Hi Lydia,
        Awesome post! I’m also suffering from acne (I’m female,18 years). I went to the dermatologist and she recommended me the ROACCUTANE. But I saw that it can also cause headache and tiredness, I’m in my last year of university so it got me a little preocuppied if I should take it or not.
        Can you please advice me?
        Thanks a lot xx.

      • Hazel 12th July 2016 / 10:09 pm

        This is amazing I have been thinking about going on roaccutane for years (20 years actually!) I got the go ahead when I was 18 but my parents talked me out of it. I am now 36 and I’ve had enough, your story and the severity of your acne almost completley mirrors my own! Thank you for writing an honest account, I really think I’m going to do it. The other comments and questions are really useful too, so I hope I’m going to look forward to a more confident, positive future! xx

        • Ana 5th October 2016 / 4:00 am

          I’m 36 and had severe acne as a teen I have so much terrible scarring. I’m on accutane now week 1 and its going well, my skin is dry and not severely oily. I have 5 months to go but it seems to be drying up active blemishes

      • TT 7th August 2016 / 2:44 am

        My hair fell out after taking Accutane, I had hair down the mid section of my back. After a couple of months, acne was gone but all of my hair fell out. I was horrified, I had beautiful hair this made me more depressed then when I had acne.

    • Kez 25th November 2015 / 9:27 pm

      Could you still wear makeup whilst taking this medicine, if so then did makeup irritate your skin ?x

      • Zulekha 3rd January 2016 / 9:08 am

        Please answer this, I need to know about this as I wear make up on a daily basis and I’m also about go start my course on roaccutane.

        • Emily 12th January 2016 / 1:19 am

          Hey I wear makeup and on roacutane. There is no problems. But it is essential you engage with a strict facial routine.

          Hope this helps
          Be happy X

          • Zulekha 13th January 2016 / 10:53 pm

            Thank you Emily!! xx

          • Megan 5th August 2016 / 7:58 pm

            Hi Emily what do you use to cleanse and moisturizer I just started day 5 and I am extremely dry already. Please help any tips would be greatly appreciated. Also what sunscreen is good?

        • Jaz 23rd February 2016 / 12:23 pm

          You can wear make up during the treatment – I certainly did! It doesn’t irritate skin if you use the right products, I used bare minerals and was perfectly fine.

    • Tracy 2nd July 2016 / 1:59 am

      On point, can’t remember anyone with a skin looking so flawless.

    • Robert Reeves 25th April 2017 / 6:27 pm

      My son took it at 16 and it altered his personality, couldn’t reason, depression. Was never the same afterwards until he killed himself at 21 last weekend.

      My neighbours son took it and he threw himself under a train.

      These are not over reactions, this is real life actually happened. As a parent we battled all those years to keep him alive after taking it and still lost him. As parent and with many other parents you will read online we are dismissed as it’s just coincidence but it is not! We saw the change!

      Do not take it. It is a killer drug. It is not worth risking your life for!

      • Tropi 17th May 2017 / 5:56 pm

        Can you prove categorically that “it altered his personality”? Can you prove categorically that his mental health was previously 100% and that absolutely nothing else could possibly have contributed to this unfortunate result? I am sorry, but that is unlikely and I would suggest impossible to prove.
        I am using Roaccutane. It is having the desired result and I have no side effects whatever. Therefore your statement that “It is a killer drug” seems to me, unjustified.

  2. Hannah 14th July 2014 / 4:36 pm

    I am so glad you posted this. I have been on acne medication for 2 and a half years and previously refused roaccutane because my current medication seemed to be working but I now think I may go on it when I go back to see my dermatologist in September thanks to your honest blog post that has really helped me. Just one question: you said you started seeing results within one week, but how long did the dryness of your skin last for? Thanks Lydia xxxxx

    • lydia 14th July 2014 / 7:17 pm

      I’m sorry to hear your current medication isn’t working, just make sure you are in the know and prepare yourself mentally for the treatment and you will be fine!
      I started experiencing tingling and prickling in my face within the first week which soon subsided. but the dryness lasts for the entire treatment and after until oil production resumes. I had such oily skin and my oil production is nothing like it used to be πŸ™‚

      • Helena 2nd June 2016 / 3:34 pm

        Did you go in the sun at all? Wondering whether to wait and start treatment after holiday as want to enjoy the sun.
        Thank you

  3. rachelle 14th July 2014 / 4:44 pm

    Thank you SO much for sharing! Im in the process of trying a new contraceptive(diane 35) to get rid of my acne, If this fails I will defiently give roaccutane a shot after seeing your amazing results!

    • lydia 14th July 2014 / 7:18 pm

      Hey Rachelle,
      Best of luck with the pill, it does work for many so I’m sure it will all go well πŸ™‚

  4. mercedes 14th July 2014 / 5:00 pm

    Your skin looks absolutely beautiful. Can I ask, did you not get any scarring as your skin is flawless ? xxx

    • lydia 14th July 2014 / 7:19 pm

      Hi Mercedes,
      I have experienced minimal scarring and if I am correct I think Roaccutane can help with scarring too. xxx

  5. Patricia 14th July 2014 / 5:09 pm

    You look AMAZING. I’m praying Roaccutane is available here in the states. You are absolutely flawless with AND without makeup!

    • lydia 14th July 2014 / 7:20 pm

      Hi Patricia,
      I understood that Roaccutane was banned in the states after an actor sued the producers of the druch Roche, but it may be available in an alternative form called “Accutane” best to check with your GP πŸ™‚ xx

  6. Cassidy 14th July 2014 / 5:09 pm

    Did you have blackheads?

    • lydia 14th July 2014 / 7:21 pm

      Hi Cassidy,
      I did on my back and some on my face yes, now all gone!

  7. Janine 14th July 2014 / 5:11 pm

    You are so beautiful!! Thank you for finally putting up a blog about you’re skin! You may not think it but it’s beautiful even with whatever imperfections you say you have. You are an inspiration πŸ™‚

    • lydia 14th July 2014 / 7:22 pm

      Thank you Janine, that’s such a lovely thing to say πŸ™‚ xx

  8. Katie flintham 14th July 2014 / 5:23 pm

    I was lucky enough that the contraceptive pill improved my acne (however lymecylone made me quite ill) which was on my face and back. However as the acne on my back was a lot worse and the ache has left bad scaring – being 17 I want to cure this asap before it become more perminant. Would roaccutane help with this problem?
    Thank you so much

    • lydia 14th July 2014 / 7:23 pm

      Hi Katie,
      I was under the impression Roaccutane helped with scarring too, but I would double check this with your GP. I’m sure I read it when I did my research but it was a while ago now πŸ™‚

  9. Paulina 14th July 2014 / 5:31 pm

    Hello beautiful,
    I’m also suffering from acne (I’m female, 16 1/2) for about 3-4 years and nothing can help me get rid of it. I also went to different dermatologists but the stuff they gave to me didn’t help either way.. So, now I’m really curious about this Roaccutane. I’ll maybe search a new dermatologist (once again haha) and ask her/him about it. Thank you so much for sharing this. This may will help me which nothing ever did before! But not getting my hopes up too high yet haha, thanks a lot! x

    • lydia 14th July 2014 / 7:26 pm

      Hi Paulina,
      It’s so rubbish to get your hopes up and a treatment doesnt work, but being so young it maybe your hormones that could need to balance them out πŸ™‚ but your doctor will know whats best I’m sure xxx

  10. STeph 14th July 2014 / 5:50 pm

    Wow – such an honest and brave account of your tough journey, thank you so much for sharing it’s so nice to know there are other women out there going through the same experience, especially someone as beautiful as you. Very brave of you to post those pictures but I’m so pleased that the treatment worked your skin looks wonderful πŸ™‚

    • lydia 14th July 2014 / 7:27 pm

      Thank you Steph, I hope this helps some other girls too πŸ™‚ xx

  11. Mira 14th July 2014 / 7:11 pm

    Amazing! You literally described my life! I start my treatment in 3weeks and literally cannot wait! Thanks for the advice you gave me before and this post! Eeek! Xx

    • lydia 14th July 2014 / 7:28 pm

      Oawwwhh! Mira I know how much you have struggled so I’m so excited to hear about your results, if you need any advice or help just send me a message and please just make sure you do exactly as the doctor tells you! If you feel low you can message me whenever πŸ™‚ xx

      • Ranjit 10th June 2016 / 11:02 pm

        Hi Lydia. I am suffering from acne last 8 years. Spent so much money on lotions cleansers gels Peels and facials but nothing help. Because my mum had a really bad acne. I feel so low confident always hide my face. Need Your help. I visited my GP recently. He put letter to hospital to recommend roaccutane. It will take 3 month to reply. I cried so many times bcz of my acne.

        • Melanie 19th June 2016 / 11:07 pm

          Hi Ranjit,

          I have had adult acne for about 6 years and tried everything from prescription cream, antibiotics and skin peel etc nothing has worked. I was referred to the hospital and told it’s an 18 week wait so I considered going private, I spoke with the gp surgery and the medical secretary rang the community clinics who have a dermatologist consultant who can prescribe roacutane and they referred me there instead, I only waited about 4 weeks. I’ve already seen the derm and I just need a blood test and pregnancy test when I see her in another 3-4 weeks then I can get my first prescription!! Maybe you should call your gp practice and see if they can do the same?! It’s worth a try!! Good luck!! My advice is also to make sure you fully research the drug and understand what it involves and the side effects, I also took a list of medication from my gp that I have had prescribed over the past 6 years to show that I had tried all other options! Chin up, I’m sure you’ll find a solution!!!

  12. She 14th July 2014 / 8:05 pm

    Thank you for putting this up I love reading about other peoples experiences, I makes me feel a little better about mine. In currently on my third month and the acne has definitely improved, however I have really bad scarring which has not improved at all yet, did you have any scarring? If so how long till it improved? I’m also 23 and have been taking diffident medication for 12 years! I hope this is the last for it and my skin can look as clear as yours!

  13. Alex 14th July 2014 / 8:43 pm

    Hello! I just wanted to say thanks for posting this, it has given me a little bit more confidence to take Accutane (in the states). My acne sounds just about how yours was; so that helps to predict my skin’s reaction. The first thing my doctor did was give me a skin regimen to use also, which didn’t help after my skin got used to it, and then antibiotics which showed NO sign of working. So four years later we’ve [my doctor,family, and I] decided to try this out. Now I’m on “the pill” which I’ve just started and now just waiting to get approved by the government to take it. If there are any more tips you can think of please let me know! Thanks!!

  14. Zeenat 15th July 2014 / 5:50 am

    I really want to start taking this too. Did you have a lot of whiteheads before taking this medication? Also, I heard it makes your hair fall out? Did you experience that at all?

    • lydia 15th July 2014 / 8:22 am

      Hi Zeenat,
      Hair loss is a stated side effect however I didn’t experience it and under took the treatment with full knowledge of what could possible happen.

  15. Lucinda 15th July 2014 / 8:38 am

    This. This is why I’ve followed your blog from the very start. You’re such an inspiration to women in so many ways, be it your fitness journey, your personal struggles such as this, or your personal style development (let’s not talk about Paul’s Boutique.. I also fell into this trap at the start haha!)

    On a serious note though, I take and learn so much from what you write on a daily basis. Being human is such an important part of being a blogger, you seem so approachable and kind and just a normal person!

    Great work, again πŸ™‚

    Luci xx

    • lydia 15th July 2014 / 8:48 am

      Wow Luci,
      Thank you so much for that comment, I needed that! There really is so much negativity in blogging at the moment, you are like a ray of sunshine.
      Thank you xxx

  16. Abby Straw 15th July 2014 / 10:15 am

    I have just recently started my 5th course of acne antibiotic with the promise of being reffered to a dermatologist after the3 month course, im fairly certain that this 5th course wont work either so reading is very insightful and very useful advice if this is my next stage!
    Your skin looks flawless,

  17. She 15th July 2014 / 12:28 pm

    Hey did you suffer from scarring? If so did it fade away? I’ve been on a variety of medication for 12 years now and finally on this one and in hoping my scarring will fade as it’s very bad. I am currently on my third month but have still not seen any progress

  18. Iram 15th July 2014 / 12:54 pm

    Good on you for being brave and showing yourself bare-skinned. Even if my acne cleared up I wouldn’t have the guts to put up a naked before picture!

    Thanks for putting your story up about your treatment, I’ll always keep this in mind for the future if I ever feel like I need Roaccutane (prior to this post, I didn’t even know it existed)! And btw, you look so flawless in the bare-skinned pictures, absolutely gorgeous!

    – Iram @ Lovestruck for Louboutins

  19. Isha knight 15th July 2014 / 2:20 pm

    Lydia you are honestly such a huge inspiration. I was offered rocautane about a year ago but declined because I wasn’t in the right mental state due to how my skin actually made me feel. I’m meeting with my dermatologist tomorrow to discuss it again. I finally feel ready and hope I have anywhere near the same results as you. You’re so beautiful!

  20. Lutetia Flaviae 15th July 2014 / 11:48 pm

    This is such a powerful story ! I have been curious to read it since I saw you promoting it on Instagram. I understand now what you have been through.
    I could recognize myself in the beginning. I never had acne but some spots during my teenage years. I had oily skin or I damaged my skin into becoming oily because of all the cleaning and scrubbing I put it through. Although stress was definitely the worst cause : my skin never looked as bad as when I was 17 and graduating. Now I am 23 as well and my skin was still looking the same. I never smoked but I live in a very polluted city which is no good either. I was tired of it and changed my whole life as well. I exercise, try to eat healthy and drink as much water as I can. I also stopped buying products and make up that contained irritating components. I bought them at the pharmacy for a while but then I started creating my own natural routine. I use oils, hydrosols, aloe vera gel and essential oils, I must say my skin really has changed. My upper right cheek used to be very red, as if inflamed, just like when you do a peeling. Now it’s finally gone. I still break out during “that time of the month” but it’s bearable. Maybe your skin is also sensitive.
    Anyways it was very very brave of you to post these photos after all this. But you can be proud now and show off as much as you can because I repeat you are hollywoodly gorgeous. To be honest I’m always surprised that a girl looking like you is not all cold and inaccessible. It’s great to see that you answer your comments, seem down to earth and touched when you receive compliments. You are very nice to follow and be inspired by. You might become famous one day and you do deserve a lot of good. Take care !

    • lydia 16th July 2014 / 8:16 pm

      Awww Lutetia, thank you so much for that comment!
      I tried all organic products too I wish they had worked for me like they do you, it would have been a lot less expensive that is for sure.
      I have learnt a lot from this post, I worry about sharing too much on my blog because of the negativity the things that i do share experience so to open up about things with the possibility of negativity was scary. But I’m attempting to be more healthy in my mind and body right now and I think sharing this has been good for me. I never want to appear cold and I will always try to reply where possible and as honest as possible πŸ™‚ it’s nice to know it’s appreciated. xxx

  21. Chiara 16th July 2014 / 7:00 am


    I was in exactly the same position, it made me feel awful. I tried laser treatment and that didn’t work. Roaccutane was going to be my last resort. I’m on Dianette now and that has worked wonders, no spots! Are you still on your course? When I stopped Dianette for a few months, they started coming back. So I went straight back man!!

    Everybody is different, for me it’s hormones. I have over active hormones that produce oily skin. So the pill changed that but I have to keep taking it!

    Be interesting to hear what your plans are with it πŸ™‚ will you stop taking Roaccutane now and what are the chances of it coming back?

    Thanks for sharing Lyds πŸ˜‰ xx

    • lydia 16th July 2014 / 8:10 pm

      Hi Chiara,
      I did write at the bottom that i finished the treatment 4 months ago πŸ™‚ if it comes back I have the option to do another 6 month course ive never heard of anyone needing a third course and treatment success rate for women I believe is 95% and for men its 99% I think πŸ™‚

      • Georgia 14th April 2016 / 6:53 am

        Hi lydia, I came across your blog after googling roaccutane. I went through the same journey as you and after years of suffering and having low self esteem and nothing ever working for me, when I was travelling Australia it got worse and so did my skin from the heat so I went private and was prescribed roaccutane. Like you, this changed my life! My skin cleared within weeks, I was no more an oily greasy faced pimpled covered person.. It was exciting to see the progress every morning in the mirror! Not to mention the chore of washing my hair every other day soon changed to once a week!
        However, 2 years on if having the dream skin of smaller pores, no pimples and less oily… My skin has took a turn for the worse, my back and chest acne is back and the pimples under my skin are there for all to see especially on my for head and jawline.
        Before coming home to the uk I purchased extra supplies of roaccutane so I had a back up and I just started taking it again this week in hope it works for me again. I need to book to see a dermatologist here in uk to monitor me as I did have complications with my kidneys the last time I was on them. I have a high level of CK and it couldn’t be filtered through my kidneys so I was in and out of hospital in Australia and they didn’t know whether it was the roaccutane or not but I had to stop taking it. But my skin was clear so I didn’t mind. But I’m risking all that again just to get my clear skin back!
        People with nice skin naturally don’t understand how it acne affects us!
        So far- day 6 of treatment.. Chapped lips, my wrists red raw and itchy aswell as inbetween my fingers!

        Has anyone else had to restart the medication?

        Thanktou for the blog πŸ™‚ xx

  22. Christina 16th July 2014 / 10:33 pm

    You look absolutely beautiful without make up!!! Love your blog xoxo

  23. Libby 17th July 2014 / 6:22 am

    I just finished my four month course of roaccutane, my cousin too went on it and recommended it to me. My skin is faaaabbyyyy. Great post. I will be posting my version of this in the next week or so so feel free to check up on my blog πŸ™‚ x

  24. Eliza-jane 18th July 2014 / 2:54 am

    I have just been subscribed with Roaccutane. I am now on my third day of the prescription. I am so nervous about what it will look like afterwards. Can I ask, does the skin get worse before it gets better?

    You look amazing! Cannot wait till my skin looks like that!


    • lydia 18th July 2014 / 8:27 am

      Hi Eliza Jane,
      They did warn me that it could get worse before it gets better and apparently that is a really good sign however mine didnt! I think on the grand scale of things my acne was minor in comparision to others so i think in extreme cases it could get worse before hand.

      Best of luck hun πŸ™‚

  25. Stephanie 18th July 2014 / 3:18 am

    Thank you so much for posting. Did it clear up any dark spots that you may have had from the acne over the years?

  26. Carrie 23rd July 2014 / 11:16 pm

    I had the same experience! I went on accutane in college and it is like a wonder drug! I had tried everything, even prescription strength benzoyl peroxide and “light treatments” but none of it really worked. It has been about 3 years since I ended my treatment. I get one or two occasional blemishes around my time of the month or in the summer when I’m sweating more, but it isn’t anything that can’t be fixed in a day or two with some salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide face wash. I am so grateful for this drug!

  27. ChristiNe 24th July 2014 / 4:01 pm

    I had been, unsuccessfully, on acne medication from the age of 14, doctors prescribed me everything but it wasn’t until I was 25 when I saw a stand in doctor at my local surgery for an unrelated reason that roaccutane was offered to me. He asked me about my acne and I burst into tears, explained that sometimes I had to call into sick at work as the pain cause by acne on my face and back made it too painful to wear clothes, wash properly or talk. He referred me instantly and I was beginning treatment within 4 weeks. Although it was a very difficult time and the constant hospital check ups were difficult to fit around work sometimes, my confidence grew and grew with every appointment. At the end if the 8 months I felt like my life had finally just started and I found a whole new confidence. Roaccutane is not something to go into lightly, it has drastic side effects, but for those who it is a last chance of treatment I can honestly say it changes lives!
    I have huge respect for you for talking about this in such a public space, and if it helps one person who is feeling there are no more options you should feel proud! I know after my treatment I wanted to talk to people in the street I could see suffering and tell them there is an alternative and there is help available. And most importantly that there is life after acne!

    • lydia 24th July 2014 / 4:09 pm

      Oh Christine, I know what you mean about the pain! I used to tell my boyfriend that my face actually hurt but he didnt understand, its hard to when it doesnt effect you! I am so glad that you too had a positive experience from roaccutane! <3

      • doudou 30th June 2016 / 10:34 pm

        How can I wear foundation without looking clumpy or horrible?

  28. Sian 25th July 2014 / 5:07 pm

    Hi Lydia,

    Thanks so much for posting this, I’m about to start on Roaccutane as well, and after years of oily skin I’m trying to prepare for the drying out which is to come! Can you recommend any particular products you switched to that helped with the dryness? Especially in regards to make-up; did you switch foundations or go bare-faced for the duration of the course?

    Thanks again!

    • lydia 4th August 2014 / 2:20 pm

      Hi Sian,
      I continued to use Hibi Scrub as directed by my dermatologist and still use it to this day. He told me to stay away from oils however I find moisturisers clog my pores now (because rather than just always having spots im now able to really see what disagrees with my skin) so I use facial oils, I’ve tried Dr. Jacksons, Pai and I’m now using Neal’s Yard which is the best so far (and the cheapest) I used facial oils throughout the treatment too, they just seem to agree with my skin more!
      I already used the make up which my Dermatologist recommended which was Bare Minerals and still use it to this day as well πŸ™‚
      You can wear make up as normal no problem πŸ™‚

  29. Charlotte Downie 27th July 2014 / 3:56 pm

    I wish I had known about this! I was put on Erythromycin for over 2 years until mine cleared up. Roaccutane was never made known to me at any point! Glad its worked and made you more confident. beautiful! x

  30. MAriano blanding 30th July 2014 / 5:58 am

    First of all thanks for the article. It’s always nice when you read about the common struggles and how to overcome them. I’m 37 years old and out of nothing I stared with an acne problem. Stress levels are withing the range in my life right now. I have took 3 different antibiotics and all have worked out during the treatment, but the acne always come back. Right now I’m on my forth antibiotic, Lymecycline, and it’s doing nothing.It seems like everything is heading to Roacutane.

    Im a cross-fitter and took some supplements. Whey protein powder and a recovery (amonoacids). I suspended those when I read that protein powders could cause acne since I started with the Lymecycline to see if that could work, but so far everything still the same πŸ™

    Reading your story along with the research I’ve made and the experiences of people close to me regarding Roacutane makes me more comfortable with the idea of going for it. The only thing that stops me right away from doing it is that my wife is 37 as well and I know it will take some time after the treatment to get it out of my system so a pregnancy for another baby is out of the question right now.

    Anyway, thanks again for sharing and excuse my grammar if it’s not perfect but you have a fan from Guatemala right here πŸ˜›

    All the best in your activities


  31. Aimee 2nd August 2014 / 9:46 am

    Thank you for sharing your story. Acne has such a stigma surrounding it, and it is lovely to see such a beautiful girl share her story – the way you write is really nice, it shows you have a great personality πŸ™‚ I am desperate to try Roaccutane, but due to a family history of Bipolar I am having trouble getting referred, despite me personally having never suffered with mental health issues. I have had bad skin since I was about 12, typical teenage spots, which turned to full blown acne around 16. Im now 24, and whilst ive controlled it to an extent with skincare and lifestyle, I still get the uncontrollable under the skin painful beasts, especially around my jawline – youll know the pain these cause! I try and go without makeup where possible, but feel ashamed when I do and on holiday with my boyfriend im constantly worrying what he will think – although his support has always been great. The only thing that has helped me so far (and I have been on every pill, cream and topical going) is the sun and sunbeds but obviously this carries risk, although it was a doctor who subtly suggested it to me – im dark skinned so lesser risk. When I have no sun exposure, I get cystic type spots on my back and shoulders which hurt to even brush my hand over. However, im still not happy or confident and don’t want to spend another 12 years feeling ugly and not good enough, so im going to give it another push for Roaccutane – thank you for writing this, if I hadn’t read it id probably still be feeling defeated.

  32. Caity 10th August 2014 / 8:21 pm

    Hi, Thank you so much for posting this! It helped so much when i see my derm again i will def ask her if i could try roaccutane I also just wanted to say You’re so beautiful!

  33. Lotta 18th August 2014 / 8:54 am

    Hi Lydia!

    I have been on Roaccutane for about 2 weeks now and I have a problem with my hair. Nothing big, but I was wondering since they get soooo dry during the course of treatment maybe you might have some masks or shampoos to recommend that could help against the dryness. I would really like to get some life into my hair but don’t know which products would work the best.
    Your post about Roaccutane really made me make the decision. I was always wondering how is your skin so radiant and beautiful and was thinking that some people have just good genes. I now hope I’m not setting my hopes too high and wish I’ll have such smooth and good-looking skin.

    You truly are an inspiration and I wish you all the best!

    • lydia 18th August 2014 / 9:46 am

      Hi Lotta,
      so glad to hear you are getting your skin sorted and best of luck on the Roaccutane journey!
      Some of the side effects aren’t easy but I tried to embrace them as much as I could, the easiest to do so was the dry hair so I’m shocked to hear you are stuggling with it. I loved not having to wash my hair as much! If the ends of your hair are dry use a good serum and hair mark! I absolutely LOVE the Kerastase Elixir Ultime range and you can find links in the FAQ section HERE
      I hope this helps! <3

  34. aneta 10th September 2014 / 5:20 pm

    LYDIA it is almost as my own story…I have problems with my skin since the primary school years in Poland when my dermatologist visits started. Now I am 26,I live in England for 6 years now,I have 5 year old son and still struggle with acne on my skin;( I’ve been on all kinds of contraception pills,creams and spreads for acne from GP which makes my skin dry and irritated) About 3 months ago I have finished my 4 month treatment with Lymecycline and still have acne:(I’ve even tried natural oils methods (sweet almond oil+castor oil+avocado oil) which made my cheeks covered in painful pimples:(just have enough fighting all this long years with this…. Do you think it might be the way to get over it forever?
    Love your posts, you are such and inspiring beautiful soul

  35. aneta 10th September 2014 / 10:02 pm

    Just forgot to ask -do you still have any side effects after finished treatment? Dry skin etc?

  36. Nikki 15th September 2014 / 11:37 pm

    I had the exact same experience. I am so happy it worked for you too. I have never felt better! What do you use on your skin now after washing, at night etc. Just curious! πŸ™‚

  37. Candice filippi 16th September 2014 / 3:51 pm

    I suffered really badly too and then I discovered the aloe Vera drinking gel from forever living such an amazing drink I take 60ml each morning in my smoothie and within 4-5 weeks my skin changed dramatically from the nightmare that took me to regular therapy. Not only has it made me the confident clear skinned 23year old that I have become but I sell it like crazy because I have the belief of it’s amazing agents and I know the natural purity that it has blessed me with on the inside too! By the way you are looking fab, I just think it’s sad to have to take something with such side effects! I also wanted to ask how you are finding the skinade? Xx

  38. Nicole 23rd October 2014 / 5:54 pm

    Wow! I have only just seen that you wrote this! I finished my course about 3 months ago and it has been amazing. Thank you for your messages of support at the start.
    Well done for sharing. xxxx

  39. rahima 1st December 2014 / 6:22 am

    Hi Lydia

    Thank you for posting your story which could almost be my autobiography. I had mild acne in my teens then after using diane 35 for years it kind of dissapeared only to return when i had to go off it to start a family. The cystic acne returned in pregnancy with a vengeance.After having my beautiful boy 5 months ago i years of on and off antibiotics and a long list of products i am due to start roaccutane in a few days. I know its a different process for everyone but am so anxious due to having to start it in the festive period where i can’t hibernate from friends and family.I’m hoping it doesn’t induce a marked flare up but rather improves my skin quite quickly.i mainly have 1 or 2 cysts every month with 1 or 2 other smaller ones at the moment. I cannot wait for the day when i can face the world with just moisturiser and sunscreen:) how does being on roaccutane affect your exercise regime if at all?

  40. dannie 29th December 2014 / 8:23 pm

    I love the info you gave here .I am 35 years old and still suffer from acne and took accutane almost 10 years ago and it did help but not enough,.
    I HEAR HORMONAL ACNE is from PCOS but treatments I looked into makes acne worse. I also talked to a natropathic who said hormonal acne is connected to your liver and if it isnt cleared of toxics, acne will always be there.. so I tried dandelion tea as her recommendation but of course when you cleanse, you I feel stuck…it is getting better now with trial and error of herbal supplements such as vitex, selenium, zinc, hormonal balance(estrosmart)
    after your treatment what skin care do u use? My doctor gave me clindamycn ,,and I use BP, retinol.
    I am using a cream Megan fox recommended called Cerave pm lotion. Seems good. I exfoliate with a scrub and a peel to lighten scars. your face looks so love to know what you use. Thanks for the help!

  41. Jillian 6th January 2015 / 4:26 pm

    Lydia I stumbled across your blog as now at the age of 35 I am now going through this acne problem. Up until October 2014 I had flawless skin and in October I began having a smoothie in the morning and soup for lunch and a light dinner and jogging 3 times a week. This seems to be the cause of the problem as it is the only change that has occurred in my life. I started Lymecycline a few days ago and will be on it for 2 months. I had previously been recommended benzoyl peroxide gel Duac which gave me dark patches so I discontinued it. I am hoping it clears with lymecycline as it very distressing. Everyday I get the question ”What happened to your skin” which does not help. Thank you for posting it is very inspiring.

  42. Katy 22nd January 2015 / 8:52 pm

    Wow I’ll start by saying your skin looks amazing!! I was on Dianette for 2 and a half years which worked a treat, but unfortunately was instructed to come off it due to long term risks.

    My skin of course massively relapsed and I have recently seen a private dermatologist (as my gp kept refusing to refer me) who has given me the option of Roaccutane. I have been a little scared about it and so he has prescribed me a retinol and antibiotics and has said the next step would be Roaccutane if these don’t work.

    After reading this though I must say I’m starting to really want to go down that route now. I hope this time next year I have the confidence to go bare-faced with skin as beautiful as yours!

    Katy x

  43. Mackenzie 23rd January 2015 / 8:19 pm

    I am going on my second round in February. It has been a while since you posted this, and I was wondering if you have had any breakouts since stopping treatment? Thanks! xx

  44. Vicki 29th January 2015 / 10:23 am

    I have just been referred to a dermatologist by my doctors after suffering from mild acne for years & trying everything else. Can you recommend any specific prodcuts you used that helped with the dryness whilst taking it? As that is my main worry now that I will have to go through another load of products trying to find the best one. Xx

  45. charlene 29th January 2015 / 11:50 am

    I am currently on a course of roaccutane after an outbreak of sudden adult onset acne last year. Just a question did you take birth control pills while on roaccutane and if so have you stopped them after your course? Im really worried about my acne returning after i discontinue the bcp

    • Lucy 17th March 2015 / 9:05 pm

      Did you ever find out about this? I am preparing for treatment & I have the same concerns.

      • Jo 25th April 2015 / 11:16 am

        Just wondering if anyone can answer this question as I too am wondering .. Thanks

  46. Gaja 2nd February 2015 / 8:56 pm

    Hey Lydia!

    I just wanted to say, reading this post, it is scary how exactly similar is to my journey. I had terrible skin, too, and was in doubt when deciding to take Roaccutane, I had been taking it for a year. But the results are surreal. My skin is 90% better. I too struggle with dry lips (I’m Roaccutane-free for almost 2 years now), and as you mentioned, it was a blessing how the hair doesn’t get all greasy for almost a week!
    I am so happy for you, as I went through the same. People with genetically clear skin don’t know what they have!

    Best wishes

  47. Primrose 12th March 2015 / 11:35 am

    Oh my god this is amazing. Reading that you have gone through the same journey as me really does help and inspire me to make a change! I had never had terrible skin, but still wanted to clear spots up on my face. I was put on some medication for too long, so after a year of beautiful skin it slowly began to deteriorate. I too was put on Lymecycline which did nothing but make me skin worse, I also tried evening primrose oil. Unfortunately I am only allowed to go on one type of contraceptive pill, so the combined pill with skin boosting advantages was out of the question. After a few meetings dicussing Roacutaine I decided to leave it for a while and give my skin (and body) a break from all this medication. Its been about a year and I am still always tempted to go back and see what can be done, because obviously being a blogger you want to wear pretty dresses but feel disgusting when your skin/back is looking awful! My family are quite against me using the medication because a few of my family members have had very bad reactions/depression from this (or at least they think it was this). I still really want to give it a go, so it was really great to see your story and progress, as I am so worried about scarring if I leave it too long! Sorry for the massive essay, as soon as you mentioned Roaccutaine in your faqs I had to find this post! I just wanted to say a huge thank you for sharing this and if you felt wary about trying it do you have any advice/what mindset did you put yourself in? xx

  48. Lucy 17th March 2015 / 9:04 pm

    Wow your skin looks lovely!

    I have previously taken Roaccutane when I was 20 & the results were great my skin looked amazing & the only side affects were dry skin & lips, I was very lucky. Unfortunately I am now preparing to start treatment again. I am now 29 & have suffered acne since I stopped taking the contraceptive pill. I am having to go back on this inorder to get treatment and I am trying to see if it will cause the flare up again when I stop treatment & come off the pill again, did you stop birth control?

    Thanks in advance πŸ™‚

  49. Emily 25th March 2015 / 8:34 pm

    I am about to start my 2nd course after 2 years off accutane. Did you feel you had any loss of hair during your treatment x

  50. Laura 2nd April 2015 / 6:59 am

    Your skin looks great πŸ™‚

    Since I was 13/14 I always had pimpels and blackheads and when I turned 18 my skin went so bad. I had red spots and so much pimpels which hurt really bad. And nothing really helped. Also my skin is oily. I went to my doctor and since then I’m the pill. Which helped quit a lot. I’m 21 now. But I still have blackheads on my nose and around my nose, also I have large porse in those areas. And I also have some little pimpels on my chin. And if i try to squeeze them something like a white thread comes out. I can cover all of these with foundaion. I have blemished skin, not acne. Maybe a light acne. I tried so many things. And I also work out, look after what I eat and drink lots of water. Every few I go to a beauty specialist but that doesn’t help much.
    Do you think I should try Roaccutane or maybe I have hormonal ia ssus?

    I’m sorry for the long message and my grammar, I’m from Germany.

  51. Shaylee Maccarthy 8th April 2015 / 5:59 pm

    Are you still on Roaccutane?

  52. Paulina 13th April 2015 / 2:32 pm

    Hey! I’m wondering if it also helps with clearing up acne scars? I’m suffering from acne since years amd since I was quite young when it first started (around 13) I popped every spot and scratched it away (I know gross sorry!!) leaving me with tons of acne scars which are really annoying with covering up (also since I don’t like wearing make up and my confidence wasn’t always that “good” as it is now since I’m completely tired of hiding of sth a lot of people suffer from or being “ashamed” ) Thanks for sharing your story x

    • lydia 13th April 2015 / 2:34 pm

      Hi Paulina,
      I’m sorry to say i didnt suffer much if any scarring so I’m not sure about whether it helps with that πŸ™

      • Paulina 13th April 2015 / 2:40 pm

        Okay, I will ask my dermatologist about it! Thanks tho! You are very inspiring πŸ™‚ x

  53. Demi 13th April 2015 / 2:32 pm

    Thank you so much for posting this! I have struggled with acne prone skin for most of my life and as I’m getting older my confidence is getting lower and lower. I am just like you were. I can’t even go to the gym without makeup on because I just don’t have the confidence. Reading this has really helped me and I’m so proud of you for sharing!

  54. Kirsten 13th April 2015 / 2:50 pm

    Your skin looks amazing!!

    I’m 17 and i will never go anywhere without make up, i don’t let my friends or boyfriend see myself with a bare face! However, the doctors seem to think despite the large amount of massive spots that are constantly sore and blackheads on my face, back and chest that my skin isn’t ‘bad’ enough to be put on to Roaccutane! Since i was 14 i have been using different medication that they have prescribed me which i have always stuck to but just never seemed to do anything for me! i am sick of it because i do everything i possibly can to help but i feel like the doctors are just being difficult. Were the doctors ever reluctant to let you try? I don’t know, maybe I’m too young and they think age will clear it up.

    Thanks so much for sharing, hopefully sometime I’ll have lovely skin like yourself !! x

  55. Hettie 13th April 2015 / 3:01 pm

    Thanks for posting this, I’m just about to go on roaccutane myself but am terrified having heard all the possible side effects-reading this has put my mind at rest! I’m 17 and so just about to start my a level exams and have heard about side effects such as tiredness and loss of concentration…was this the case for you or am I reading way into it? It’s really the only thing holding me back from starting the treatment X

  56. Kate 13th April 2015 / 6:52 pm

    I had a very similar experience on Roaccutane. By far one of the best decisions of my life and I haven’t looked back since!

  57. Claudia 13th April 2015 / 8:02 pm

    Hello! I think its amazing you posted all about it.
    I have used the same thing, or at least very similar (i can’t remember the name)..
    I do remember it drying up my skin so much to the point that it would peel off, and my lips were always so dry. Also I didn’t need to wash my hair nearly as much, which was very odd.
    It made my skin so much better, it’s unreal. I do still get a stop here and there, but just occasionally.
    However, every since I was young I have suffered from a “light” OCD, with this treatment my mental health really suffered and I got a bit of a depression, which I have now overcame, and it my OCD much much worse, which I haven’t yet been able to recover from.
    Thought I’d share because I hope people really are careful when taking it, and pay attention to the slightest change.

  58. SamI 13th April 2015 / 11:14 pm

    Hi Lydia!

    First, thanks God you wrote this! I have been trying to deal with redness and breakouts for the last 2 months… I have always had oily skin but now it is getting worse and it’s worrying me alot. I have read that you cannot wax whilst you are in treatment, is that true?
    I am definitely going to my GP since I am not confident and happy with my face at all!
    Thanks again for letting us know what you went through and for showing me the light at the end of the tunnel hahaha. Cheers πŸ™‚

  59. Kerry 14th April 2015 / 2:09 am

    Really happy you have had a positive outcome .
    Can I ask with you going private did you have to do a 24hr wee test to check your liver was suitable for this treatment ??
    I’ve suffered for 30+ yrs with my skin , not with the classic acne you showed in your b4 photo (very brave lady) but mine were boil/cyct like spots on the T zone , chest and back . I’ve used antibiotics orally , topically for YRS with minimal help , then a dermatologist suggested Roaccutane , my liver test came back fine and I started my treatment , I looked like a glue sniffer as my skin dried out SO much around my mouth nose , chin it used to peel off like a face mask and that was using clinical ointments . Blackheads went , spots went , greasy hair went – this stuff was the “mirical cure” it claimed to be ……. But was it ?? No in short it wasn’t , it gave me permanent liver damage and that was being constantly watched , 99% of the back and chest has stayed clear , my forehead has stayed clear but my nose , top lip and chin Still get the biggest spots Ever that took an age to clear up – now I have found the simplest and easiest way to treat them . Vicks vapour rub – or poundlands cheaper equivalent . Put it on at night like a face cream – I have sensitive skin and had no rash from doing this at all but plz do a skin test 1st , now it does tingle and maybe sting is spot is open for about 5 mins but then nothing . It’s the eucalyptus in it that is good for the skin . Maybe try that 1st b4 you try the harder drugs ??

    Don’t use toothpaste as that can burn your skin

    Ps the bonus is you never wake up with a blocked nose either πŸ™‚

  60. Emily 14th April 2015 / 8:12 am

    Perfect hair, perfect eyebrows, perfect skin, perfect err’thing so unfair ????????

  61. Elle 15th April 2015 / 8:40 pm

    Hi Lydia,

    I just came across your blog from a link on instagram. Reading your description of how you would look at your skin first thing in the morning brought tears to my eyes as I could identify with it so much. My skin has troubled me for around four years (I am now nearly 20) I am at University, and face daily struggles with big pimples covering my chin area and nowhere else. I guess I should be thankful, my forehead and cheeks are clear and smooth, however I often look ridiculous with a fully caked chin! However hard I try not to use too thickly spread double wear on my chin I am obsessed with coverage. If my skin is bad when I wake up, I miss uni, shut the curtains and lie in bed all day. This is horrible as I am usually extremely sociable and confident, obsessed with fashion and beauty. Basically, my skin is ruining my life. My brother had acne and went on roaccutane and had terrible side effects. He requires surgery on his nose after it drying out so much he acquired an infection and he also struggled heavily with depression. This has led to my parents, perhaps understandably, to banning me from the drug. Whilst they attempt to understand my struggle, I feel they are exasperated at the effect it has on me.
    This long message comes as a thank you for your honest blog. I am envious of your beautiful skin and am very happy for you and pleased roacctune worked for you without any nasty side effects! I am on the pill, trying all kinds of expensive creams (which surely don’t work, but a girl’s gotta try!) Sorry this is a long ramble, It certainly helped me to get it off my chest! you have become an agony aunt for us all battling with our skin!!

    Thanks again Lydia, great job!!

  62. SopHie 17th April 2015 / 7:49 pm

    Lydia, this post is inspirational. For years I have just accepted my not so great and oily skin, and I’m just kind of living with it now.
    Iv been worried about going to the doctors and asking for some kind of treatment just incase they say that my skin isn’t that bad. It isn’t severely spotty (it’s calmed down since iv got older) but is very oily all the time and my make up just slides off my face and when I do get spots they are big and sore. Not nice at all!
    I just want to be able to leave my house with no make up on. One day I hope this will happen. Thank you for sharing your experience. X

  63. Caro 21st April 2015 / 9:01 pm


    Great post, would you be able to tell me how much the treatment costs?


  64. Jasmin 28th April 2015 / 4:53 pm

    Hey I’m getting prescribed these in about 3 weeks! I’m so relieved that they work after reading this. Just a little question… Would you say my acne would be gone by July if I start them in 3 weeks time? Would really appreciate a reply! X

    • lydia 28th April 2015 / 9:13 pm

      Mine was gone in two weeks but I didn’t suffer the flare up that most people suffer when they start roaccutane, my acne responded immediately to treatment. xx

      • Chloe 3rd December 2015 / 11:15 pm

        Hi Lydia, if your acne cleared up so quickly how comes you were on roaccutane for 6 months?

        Thanks, look forward to your reply!

        Chloe x

        • lydia 3rd December 2015 / 11:53 pm

          Because that is what One course of roaccutane is to ensure that it doesn’t come back. Just because it goes away doesn’t mean it won’t come back but they reccomend a course of 6 months to minimalist the chances

  65. Natasha 7th May 2015 / 12:40 am

    After using Lymecyline and showing no improvement I’ve just today been asked to make the decision about Roaccutane. I was very very apprehensive but after this I honestly could not be more excited to just get my skin back to the way it should be. There’s nothing worse than feeling conscious of it, and at this point I’m desperate for any miracle! Thank you so much, honestly this outweighed anything scary I’ve read online because this journey relates to mine so specifically it’s crazy. Can’t thank you enough x

  66. Aurora 7th May 2015 / 3:12 pm

    Wow, your skin is absolutely flawless! I’ve been suffering with severe cystic acne for almost a year now and I really don’t know what to do; I’ve tried everything and I’ve been considering to go on Roaccutane. However, I’m aware of the long NHS waiting list. How much did you have to pay for the Roaccutane packets and the appointment with the dermatologist? Please answer soon.

  67. Katie 10th May 2015 / 10:04 am

    Hi Lydia,

    This was such an informative post. I just wanted to ask, have you stayed clear since stopping? From the dates, I can see it’s been over a year since this post. Did you suffer any emotional symptoms? I have a somewhat natural tendency towards low moods and depression. However, the acne makes me depressed anyway, so it’s a catch 22! Also, can the dryness be combatted with a good quality moisturiser?

    Thanks for your time!

  68. Jasmin 20th May 2015 / 10:09 pm

    I’ve asked asked a question but I need your help again! I’ve just started taking 30mg of this every morning (took my first dose today) and I’m so excited. But I’m going to my boyfriend this weekend and staying a couple of night and I have never let him see me without make up on, even when we are sleeping I don’t take it off (which I hate) and I don’t know what to do now because I know if I do then my make up will flake off or something in the night plus having dry skin won’t help. What do you recommend me to do? I want to brave having no make up on but I would just hate for him to see my acne scars without anything on them. He does know that I’m on the treatment and everything but I’m just scared of what he thinks! Please give me advice on what to do at night for my skin whilst I’m with him! Thanks so much x

  69. James 21st May 2015 / 10:02 pm

    I just stumbled upon this blog because I have taken this drug before. I’m a boy (now man) but I thought it worth posting something. I had horrific acne all the way through my teens and 20’s. I was prescribed everything, antibiotics of every kind, lotions, creams, scrubs – nothing worked. I didn’t push my Doctor enough and as a result it pretty much destroyed my teenage years and most of my 20’s. When I was eventually referred to the hospital (in the UK roaccutane can only be given by a hospital) I was prescribed it at 65mg a day including a high strength Retin-A gel which is a topical form of the same drug. with a few months I was completely clear of acne everywhere, amazingly, despite years of acne, I was also left with little to no scarring too. I was a changed person. Unfortunately every 2 years or so the acne would return with a vengeance. Each time I as assessed and it was deemed safe to be prescribed Roaccutane again, which is not that common. Due to a Stressful period I was back on the drug in 2008 at the ripe age of 32. That time the drug cleared acne for good and, with the cumulative effect of 4 times on the drug, appeared to take at least 5 years off my appearance (you can understand why the drug in other forms is contained in so many cosmetics – Retinol is one such product) All I can say to anyone with this problem is to ask about this drug, it changed my life more than I could ever have imagined, and I understand deeply the destroying effect acne can have on you in every way. I was luck not to suffer any side-effects other than dryness which at times was almost intolerable, but speak to your doctor and get advice. It’s the single best decision I ever made. Good luck everyone!

    • Ryan 10th November 2015 / 1:06 pm

      Hi James

      Thanks for posting this up in here,I am in my late 20’s and have started roaccutane about a week ago I am on 40mg aday. How is it that you were on 65mgs a day. I thought the drug only comes in 10 and 20mgs capsules? Its my first time on the drug I hope I lose 5years off my age haha. What side effects did you experience?

  70. ismahane 23rd May 2015 / 10:51 pm

    i just wanted to ask you about the side effect of this medicine??

  71. Jess 27th May 2015 / 10:48 pm

    Hi Lydia,

    I’ve just started a course of Roaccutane and I’ve well and truly stocked up on products like Carmex and Dr. Lipp but I was wondering if there were any other products you’d recommend to use whilst on the medication (especially a good foundation)?

    The results you’ve experienced are amazing and if I can get similar results, I’m going to be so so happy.

    Jess xx

  72. Helena 29th May 2015 / 10:12 am

    Hello, I saw your Instagram photo of your results with Roaccutane. I am 16 and used to suffer badly with acne, I went to my GP and I was prescribed zineryt. Whilst this has worked to reduce the inflammation and amount of acne, I still get quite a lot of spots and my scarring is bad. I’ve tried many skin care products, I’m going to go back to my GP and ask for a stronger treatment but I don’t think it will reduce the scarring to my face. Does Roaccutane reduce scarring? Your skin looks amazing now and I’d be so happy if I could get similar results! Thank you????
    Helena xx

  73. Alex 29th May 2015 / 9:24 pm

    I’ve finished my four month course of roaccutane, and wondered if you got any bad skin after stopping it? My skin isn’t really bad now but I have pumps under my skin from stopping? Just wondered if you have been through anything similar?:)

  74. Green Cleanse 28th June 2015 / 3:53 am

    An interesting discussion is worth comment. I think that you should write more
    about this topic, it might not be a taboo subject but generally people don’t speak about these subjects.

    To the next! Many thanks!!

  75. Tulah 29th June 2015 / 5:44 pm

    Hi, I am a 33 year old woman and I suffer terribly with acne and blemishes. I cannot leave the house without makeup and have tried everything accept Roaccutane. All I want is clear, acne free and blemish free skin. I am really scared to start taking this.

  76. ALICE x 4th August 2015 / 6:35 pm

    Hi Lydia,

    I know I am very late in commenting on this post but so glad I have come across it.

    I saw my dermatologist yesterday who told me to start taking roaccutane. I am 28 have always had bad skin (not terrible but enough to make me very self consious and upset about my appearance) After reading your blog I am excited to try it but still so concerned about the side effects. I am worried if I become depressed or that my acne gets much worse or the dry skin/red face will make me even more self consious. I really cannot make my mind up.

    If I have results like you I would be so happy. πŸ™‚ xx

  77. Mikaela 4th August 2015 / 8:41 pm

    Your skin is gorgeous! I follow you on Instagram and Snapchat and it’s hard to believe you once suffered with acne. Im curious, how bad was your condition? I’ve always dealt with mild acne on my back, and now all of the sudden I break out on my arms and chest. It’s nothing too horrible though, no deep cystic acne. My face was always clear in high school, but with a change in hormones due to birth control my skin broke out horribly and hasn’t been the same sense. My condition was treated with an oral antibiotic which took care of the majority of pimples. I now only have clogged pores and a few regular pimples. I was wondering if I’d still be able to go on accutane, given that all topical treatments haven’t worked, or if your skin condition has to be horrible in order to be on accutane. Thanks!

  78. anna 20th August 2015 / 8:43 pm

    Hi Lydia
    I know I am very late in commenting on this post but so glad I have come across it.
    I have recently just started this treatment but i would like to know if you wore any makeup/foundation throughout and if so what? Im now looking for a hydrating foundation for the upcoming months seen as that i will have to deal with the dry skin however im looking forward to hopefully some great results at the end thanks not only to what ive heard but also from this post!
    Your skin looks gorgeous btw!

    Anna xx

  79. Sarah 21st August 2015 / 1:36 am

    I am so glad I stumbled upon this post! I’ve been struggling with acne since I was about 17, now I’m 22. I’ve been on Solodyn, spironolactone, 3 different types of birth control, and more topicals than I can remember. Now that I’m home from college, my dermatologist has decided it’s about time to go on accutane. Your story shows that there truly is a light at the end of the tunnel, and I am so beyond excited to start treatment in less than 2 weeks! Just one more pregnancy test before it all starts ahahaha. Thanks, again!(:

  80. ella 25th August 2015 / 4:49 pm


    firstly thank you for publishing this as it has been very helpful and your skin is amazing and i’m glad it worked for you! I am starting on roaccutane next month and i am very nervous and have a couple of questions?

    I get senstive eyes and i imagine my skin will be very sensitive to this. You know how your skin gets ridiculously dry and sensitive, is it still possible to wear makeup? And basically 6 months for perfect skin is something i can definately live with after having acne for so long! But it is still possible to do your makeup and your skin still look nice even though it’s basically peeling?



  81. AHMET 30th August 2015 / 1:35 pm

    Hi Lydia, I’ve been keeping up to date with your posts for a long time now. I can’t believe I’ve only just discovered this amazing post though. I’ve had acne on my cheeks, chest and back since I was 17 and I’m now 19. I’ve tried everything from nearly all of the benzoyl peroxide creams to antibiotics which are still no help. I’m really considering about getting this treatment done however I’m really worried about the mental side effects as I’m a second year Law student and due to already having the stress of exams, i’m worried that it could make me worse if I start this treatment. Please can you give me some tips on this please, what were the major side effects? Hope you get to read this and your skin looks flawless now!

    • Aletz 2nd September 2015 / 6:23 am

      I was at a dermatologist yesterday (01/09/2015) and was prescribed this Reoccutane and I had to do research and found rhis blog. Here’s to beautiful skin

  82. Aletz 2nd September 2015 / 6:27 am

    Thank you Lydia for your block and research. You have helped me conclude my research successfully.

    The dermatologist explained all side effects and gave me eye drops, for the dry eyes, lip balm for the dry lips, advised me to use vaseline for dry nose and a moisturiser.

    Here’s to beautiful skin

  83. Amy Barnett 4th September 2015 / 6:34 pm

    I am 33 and have suffered with acne for 23 years and have tried everything, even spending Β£1000 on laser surgery. I’ve recently been tested for PCOS which was negative and my bloods showed hormone and testosterone levels were normal. Roaccutane is probably my final option but I’m not sure about it. I’m in a pretty low place and I’m worried it will push me even lower. It’s a catch 22 situation and I don’t know what way to go.

    • Caz 28th October 2015 / 11:40 am

      Hi Amy,

      Im 35 and your story is so similar to mine, I was given Reoccutane yesterday by my dermatolagist. I’ve tried every avenue and for the last 5 years every year I’ve taken a 6 month course of antibiotics, this always works really well fore me after a month of taking the meds. When I come off them within 2 months I’m back to square one, I’m very nervous about the side effects but you know what I’m a missrable cow to live with when I’m covered face, back, chest and arms in spots. This is my only unexplored avenue and if I dont give it a go then I’ll always be left wondering what if Reoccutane worked and the side effects weren’t so bad for me. I think the key is to do your research and be very self aware, I’m ready with my lip salve and eye drops praying that this is the answer to my awful skin. I say get your self to the doctors, get a reffered to a dermatologist and disscus your options with them.
      Good luck! πŸ™‚

      • Amy Barnett 28th October 2015 / 1:49 pm

        Hey Caz,
        It is so good to hear from someone else in my situation. I had my bloods taken last Friday and have my hands on the prescription once they come back. I to have taken shares out in Vaseline. Please keep me updated with how you are getting on. You can email me privately if you’d prefer. We could support each other.

        Good luck

        • Caz 28th October 2015 / 1:59 pm

          Brilliant Amy, yeah I love to have someone to compair notes with. My email is

  84. Janine 6th September 2015 / 11:10 pm

    So glad I came across this blog so thank you for posting Lydia! You’re looking fab by the way so good on you girl! I’ve had face, chest & back acne since the age of 13, I got bullied in school, it destroyed my confidence & I didn’t like leaving the house. I tried roaccutane in my early 20’s and it was the best thing I did! I had horrible side effects, dry lips, skin and the inside of my nose, so dry that it would often bleed. Also Developed eczema on my legs, aching muscles & joints and mood swings. But it cleared my skin brilliantly, gave me my confidence back and I loved how my once really greasy hair didn’t need to be washed so much lol
    Unfortunately a couple of years later it did come back but not half as bad as it was. I’m 30 now and although I still get acne along my jawline & neck It hasn’t come back on my back or chest but if it gets unbearable for me again I would have no issues about taking them again. Xx

  85. Megan 21st September 2015 / 6:42 pm

    Hey Lydia, I too am suffering with acne at 23 and my story is identical to yours. However, I’m in month 3 of taking accutane on 40mg a day and it has got worse and worse to the point where my acne has never been this bad! I’m only due to be on this for 4 months in total and was hoping to not continue past that point for lots of reasons. Is this normal for it to get a lot worse? Is upping the dosage for the last month going to solve my issues? It’s so upsetting πŸ™

  86. Sophie 23rd September 2015 / 8:50 am


    I have noticed that the last few years at some point I come out in acne. This time it has not shifted I have been on antibiotics for nearly 3 months and it has improved it but not got rid. The spots are also staring to scar my skin. I am an MUA so in the profession I am in it can make me very self conscious. I went to the private hospital yesterday and he suggested roaccutane however he told me all the side effects and some sound terrible that its actually scared me. Suicide is the scariest.
    I am completely torn with what to do. My dad is willing for me to have this treatment however my mum is very worried regarding the side effects.

    I just want some guidance on what to do.


  87. Aileen 9th November 2015 / 5:54 pm

    Thanks for posting and the pictures. I have persistent adult acne on my chin and Rosacea on my cheeks. My skin presents as dry but is oily underneath. I start Roaccutane tomorrow and was wondering if, from what you know, my skin can be even drier than I already experience is or is the dryness you had beyond what you might expect? Were you able to wear make up on the treatment?

    Best wishes

  88. Laura middlemass 11th November 2015 / 2:22 pm


    I’ve just read your blog post and wow.. What an inspiration you are! I’ve been an acne sufferer since 13 years old and now being nearly 21 and still suffering with it, it’s time to sort this out. I went to the doctors today and even the doctor was shocked that I had been hiding this for so long due to it being so painful and inflamed. I have it from cheeks down to my neck which is not the best for my confidence. I also suffer with it all along my shoulders and down my back (not the best of looks for my wedding day in a few years time..) Reading this has reassured me that there is light at the end of the tunnel – its just telling yourself, nothing is forever. I’m now waiting for a dermatologist appointment and I can therefore request Roaccutane. You are beautiful and once again, thank you for sharing your experience πŸ™‚

  89. Kelly sharpe 19th November 2015 / 10:16 pm


    I’v just read this and am almost in tears (sounds ridiculous) but iv been suffering with my skin for 10 or more years and have been on loads of medication. The next one they want to try me on is roaccutane but they said it could have really bad effects etc etc but after reading this I feel more positive and like there may be light at the end of this very dark and spotty tunnel

    Thank you so much. You look stunning on your pics. I hope one day I can take pics like these without having to use the whitagram app on my phone to edit out all my spots before showing them to anyone lol!


  90. Jolien 20th November 2015 / 11:06 am

    I’m from belgium and i also have acne in a aggressive way. My dermatologist said that maybe it’s good if i started doing a cure of roaccutane for 9 months. I want to take it but if i read all the effects that it’s having while you’re taking it i’m not so sure anymore.. Would i do it?

  91. Megan 22nd November 2015 / 6:39 pm

    Hi Lydia,
    I have just started a 30mg course 2 weeks ago along side Erythromycin. I suffer with really bad acne and it was bringing me down as I felt like I had tried everything! I then got recommend to a private dermatologist who put me on Roaccutane straight away. I can feel my skin drying out already (especially my lips!). I am using Catephil moisturising lotion at the moment but not sure if you would recommend something different? I am hoping I don’t have much scarring and definitely wanting to try Bare minerals makeup but scared that it won’t cover my spots at the minute as they are very red:(
    Thank you so much for writing your blog as it has made me realise that it will be worth it in the end as your skin is amazing!! πŸ™‚

  92. Allan Mills 24th November 2015 / 4:56 pm

    Many thanks for not approving my posts from last night, I am pleased that Roaccutane made you feel and look better, but for some of us the opposite was very true, by not putting my post on you are advocating the use of this drug, I thought blogs were supposed to be a two way thing, sadly you took the decision not to post my post, I really really hope none of the bloggers suffer like I and many of thousands have from this drug……………..whilst you still endorse it………….I feel sad for you

    • lydia 24th November 2015 / 5:08 pm

      Hi Allan,
      I didn’t approve your post because it was scaremongering, I am happy to share peoples experiences where I feel they are beneficial however yours I felt wasnt. I had a flawless experience using Roaccutane so I am an advocate of this drug, that is MY experience and I am entitled to it. There are many differing experiences on the internet to Roaccutane and mine is one of them. What I would like to know is who was the doctor in charge of your care for you to have had the experience you did because my dermatologist monitored me extremely closely and adjusted my dose accordingly to my bodies reactions.
      This blog is about MY experiences and MY reviews so please don’t feel sorry for me just because my experience differs from yours.
      If you feel so strongly about your experience I suggest writing your own blog about it and getting yourself heard there.
      Thanks, Lydia

      • Allan Mills 10th December 2015 / 7:03 pm

        I’ve been sharing my experiences since 1985, the year my life changed, don’t forget it’s a LONG term problem, I just hope that nobody does something bad after reading your blog, I pray they don’t. I believe every blog/blogger should always look at both sides of the story, I’m truly happy for you, that your experience was what you wanted, but I find it hard that people can condone this drugs to others, especially when the side effects can be so devastating. Many thanks for your reply. Allan

  93. Deidre 9th December 2015 / 12:28 pm

    Hey there,

    Thank you for your story. I’ve been suffering with acne for about 10years, and used to cover up my chest and back, but have recently grown tired of doing this. I have now taken the decision to go on Roaccutane, starting in January. I just wanted to find out from you, after you’d completed the 6 month treatment, how long did it take you to “go back to normal?”/stop feeling the side effects?

    Thanks again for sharing your story. I’m looking forward to my journey, and relatively acne free skin!


  94. Amy Barnett 9th December 2015 / 10:19 pm

    After reading this blog I decided to ask for roaccutane. I’m now on day 38 and up to 30mg. My confidence is through the roof and the improvement all ready is amazing.

  95. Stacey 14th December 2015 / 9:33 am

    Ive just come across your post as I googled the drug. I suffer from Acne Roseca only recently diagnoised. The drs are starting me out on antibiotics but Im a little unsure about taking them as they wipe out good gut bacteria. Im glad I found your blog, will be making a note of this drug.

    • Janos 15th January 2016 / 12:38 am

      Pro-biotic yougart drinks like actimel/yakult/others put good bacteria back in your guts that anti-biotics kill, i was going to toilet several times per day on anti-biotics till i discovered the pro-biotic drinks put more good bacteria back in your guts and solve this problem, their quite cheap to buy from supermarkets.

  96. Court 25th December 2015 / 8:57 pm

    Hi Lydia,
    I enjoyed reading your post and am so happy for you! I have a few questions it looks like you were lucky and cleared right away… I was much less fortunate I began taking accutane last February and was told by my derm “your skin is going to be porcelain when you are done”. I was so hopeful until 2 months in my skin broke out with cystic acne. It wasn’t the amount that destroyed my faith it was the type. I stayed strong and they extended my course to 7 months so be sure the break outs were done. I to started with 40 then went to 60 Absorica. Now it’s almost four months after and I still have red marks and slight scarring that in certain lighting looks indented but yet is still getting better. Did you have lingering marks or any marks that looked very damaged that Healed over time. Again I am staying positive and do see the slowest of improvements every week but being that it’s almost 5 months post and it is still far from flawless eapecially coming from what was a scar free face I am less lucky than many others. Please let me know what you think as far as what my doctor told me I have got multiple answers ( your skin is not indented, it’s slightly indented, it will heal, it will look a lot better) at this point I feel only time will tell for sure. Thanks for your time so much. And today is Christmas, Merry Christmas!

  97. Sean 26th December 2015 / 1:39 am

    Really good insightful story, just wondering how long after the treatment did everything return to normal, or has your lips and skin remained dry? Also would you say the roaccutane damaged your skin in anyway, im in month 2 atm and had a bad breakout and a little low on confidence

  98. Azz 29th December 2015 / 6:15 pm

    Hey there, probably a little late to this article but I’m 20 and have severe acne. I’ve had 3 courses of Roaccutane so far and am about to start a fourth. For me it seemed to work for about 6 months afterwards and then my acne flared up again. Have you had the same problem or nay?

  99. Rick 29th December 2015 / 10:57 pm

    Thanks for sharing your story Lydia!
    I can definitely tell when people have been ok roaccutane but I always felt awkward asking them about it, so this was really insightful. And your skin looks great in the picture btw.
    Thanks again and have a happy new year!

  100. Emma 10th January 2016 / 10:44 pm

    How long did it take for you skin to get back to normal?
    e.g. back into the sun? no more dryness? using normal products?
    And is the treatment always 6 months?


  101. Janos 13th January 2016 / 12:31 pm

    I was given this evil fraud drug with false information, i was told 4 month course of 80mg per day and then a so called maintainanence dose when i came off, i came off the drug completly as it gave extreme soreness and irratation to every part of its so called improvements which completely reversed when i came off, so ended up with a far more extreme untouchable version of acne drom the very thing thats supposed to treat it, i was never told the reason for the maintanence dose at start of treatment and asked before i come off the drug if its improvements would reverse if i stopped taking it completely, so came off because it was so extreme and all off its improvements reversed so ended up with far worse problem from the very thing that was supposed to treat it, truly evil joke of a drug.

    • lydia 13th January 2016 / 10:49 pm

      Hi Janos, thank you for scaremongering on my post. The only thing that sounds like an evil fraud is the doctor/dermatologist who prescribed this to you without making you aware of the side effects, treatment term or any other important information. This drug changes peoples lives when prescribed correctly, please don’t let your bad experience and bad doctor ruin it for others, thank you!

  102. Janos 14th January 2016 / 1:40 am

    If what i have said prompts even one person to ask their drs at the start of treatment just exactly what the maintanence dose is for if they mention it to them when given the drug then it is worth it, no side affect or misinformation should be filtered out from anyone or any site as that’s exactly what the drs and roche have been doing for years hiding serious and fatal flaws with this drug, because the drug worked ok for you does not mean these problems dont exist with it, if i was told the reason for the maintainanence dose is because this will happen to you when you come off then i would not have even considered taking it.

    • lydia 14th January 2016 / 9:55 pm

      The drug worked because I had a competent dermatologist just because yours didn’t do his job doesn’t mean everyones elses would be the same. However even though my doctor was great I STILL took it upon myself to research the drug for 3 months before even seeing him to be sure this was the treatment I wanted. it’s not a last resort for no reason it is a serious drug therefore you have a duty of care to yourself to also practise caution but nothing about this is anything to do with the drug its self, the facts and side effects are easily accessible for all to see and I am VERY open about the side effects regardless of whether i experienced them or not however this is NOT your review, this is mine, this is my experience and if you want to air yours please go and do it on your own blog because If i had read a comment like yours and not had the treatment because of it then I wouldn’t be giving this honest review of my POSITIVE and amazing experience. I’m not endorsed by Roaccutane and no body paid me to right this, infact quite the contrary! I PAID HUNDREDS OF POUNDS FOR THIS TREATMENT VIA MY PRIVATE DOCTOR and yet still my review, experience and outcome was amazing.

    • Deidre 3rd May 2016 / 8:23 am

      Janos, with all due respect, scaremongering like this is what stopped me taking Roaccutane for 14 years.

      I lived with horrific self esteem issues because I had acne all over my back and face. I constantly felt like a failure because it was clearly a cream I wasn’t using, or a vegetable I wasn’t eating, or even my hormones I was not controlling correctly.

      I finally decided to do it, and it’s been one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. If anything I deeply regret not doing it earlier. My dermatologist gave me a list of all side effects, I had to do two intermittent blood tests as well as sign consent forms.

      If your dermatologist didn’t explain the ins and outs – thats not Roaccutanes fault, thats your dermo’s fault.

  103. Dale 15th January 2016 / 11:28 am

    I took roaccutane for my acne when I was 20, and it worked marvelously. My side effects were those mentioned above, plus my lips cracked easily as they dried out too. As I rememebr, it took a few weeks for the drug to take visible effect.

  104. Saima 22nd January 2016 / 10:28 pm

    Hi I’ve just started taking roaccutane but in 3 months time I’m going on holiday I’m scared that if I go out in the sun, my skin might mess up! HELP!

  105. Rare 22nd February 2016 / 11:44 am

    after the treatment can I resume going out in the sun. I work.

  106. Louise 23rd March 2016 / 9:50 pm

    Hello- I’ve just started on roaccutane and, as expected, my skin is dry dry dry! I just wondered what products you could recommend to stop the dryness affecting my make up- in the morning it looks alright but by lunchtime it looks really sparse, cracked, just generally dry and not as nice. Obviously it’s the drug working, but how can I counter act it/ what did you do with your make up whilst on roaccutane?
    Any other products you’d recommend generally whilst being treated would be amazing xxxx

    • Sarah G 2nd April 2016 / 3:27 pm

      Hi Louise, I’m currently on month four, so far so good, just the usual dry lips, skin and eyes as expected. I was told by my consultant not to use oil on skin as the aim of the medication is to stop the oil and dry out your skin to get the best effects. A British dermatologist called Dr Sam Bunting recommended to me Cetaphil Cleanser, Cetaphil Lotion for a day moisturiser and Cetaphil Cream for a night moisturiser. My skin has loved these, no cracks at all and works under makeup. On lips Eucerin Aquaphor literally sorts out your chapped lips overnight.

      I would love some recommendations for a good physical sunscreen for my face. Currently using La Roche Posay SPF 50 Anthelios, which is fab but it’s chemical and I want to block out the UV rays too πŸ™‚

      • lydia 2nd April 2016 / 11:01 pm

        Cetaphil is exactly what I used! πŸ™‚

  107. Shaz Pierre 25th March 2016 / 12:30 am

    Hi there – how much is this medication privately ?

    • Ance 1st April 2016 / 10:33 am

      When I was using it, in my country at the pharmacy it was about 80 euros (for a month dose).

      Could be more expensive as that was almost 5 years ago.

  108. Raman 26th March 2016 / 10:27 am

    I wanted to ask ..did accutane fade the left over dark marks after acne has gone ? dis it completely clear the skin ?

  109. Ance 1st April 2016 / 10:31 am

    Lydia, if I understand correctly, your acne hasn’t come back after Roacctuane? It helped you completely?

    I have had it for almost 10 years now and have tried every possible treatment – Roaccutane for almost a year, different birth pills, all available antibiotics, consulted with all possible doctors (gynecologist, loads of different dermatologists, gastroenterologist etc.) on this issue, I use high quality and pharmacy products, visit facial massages, have done a laser therapy (which actually worsened it). And it only reduces a bit during summer time when it’s less stress and the sun is out..

  110. HARRY E 8th April 2016 / 9:09 pm

    Dear Lyidia


  111. Alex 20th April 2016 / 11:08 pm

    I took roaccutan in my forties for Oily and extremely black heads and acne, God it really worked and my skin is amazing nice and your story is same as mine Im a boy by the way πŸ™‚

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  113. J 31st May 2016 / 7:04 pm

    Hi Lydia, I was just wondering if your acne came back after treatment? I also had treatment at The Chilterns a year ago but mine has come back!

  114. Helena 2nd June 2016 / 7:46 pm

    Hello I’ve been prescribed but go on holiday in two months – will I have to stay out of sun? Did you?
    Should I take a month then have a break or just wait till I get back from holiday?
    Thank you

  115. Anna 13th June 2016 / 9:37 pm

    I’ve recently started using this product(day 4) and already my face feels sore and I’m experiencing tightness but my skin isn’t as dry as I thought it may be. However, I’m noticing my skin getting lighter in tone. Has anyone else experienced this side effect whilst on Roaccutane?

  116. Rabia 26th June 2016 / 2:05 pm

    Hi, thanks for sharing this ! I’m just really
    Keen on going on roaccutane, but I’m just scared as I heard it darkens the skin. What advice would you give me ?

  117. Josephine 28th June 2016 / 8:35 am

    Hi there…I had the exact same sad feeling as what you had gone through and I was also on Roaccutane now and day 2. I could feel abit of dry lips and abit of outbreak that’s coming on. Hearing what you have to say gives me confidence to carry on. I hope these symptoms are exactly what you felt moving on too ; (

  118. Jenny 29th June 2016 / 10:33 pm

    I have recently started the treatment and suffering with dry skin, what face creams did you use to help with dry patches??


    • Lisa 5th August 2016 / 9:36 pm

      Hi, i don’t know if this is of any use to you. I’m currently taking the drug and the dermatologist gave me a prescription for Cetraben cream & lotion also. The lotion is less greasy but not as intense.

      You can buy it over the counter but by prescription works out slightly better value for the large bottles.

      For my lips i’m using lanolips. It’s not cheap at Β£10 a tube from Boots but it is amazing. It lasts ages 2 applications a day & it works wonders. You can also use it on sores on the edge of your nose.

  119. Cherry 1st July 2016 / 8:51 pm

    Hello Lydia!
    I’ve only recently just started watching your videos and you’re now my favourite Beauty/fashion/lifestyle guru on the internet! I’ve even found myself asking ‘would Lydia wear this’ when I’m shopping because I have the exact same hair and figure as you ????.
    I honestly didn’t think I could idolise you more until I read that you struggled with acne… I developed acne about 6 months ago at the age of 19! I had just broken up with my long term boyfriend so the ‘I’m going to be super hot to make you want me back’ tactic failed miserably as I was too self conscious to even leave the house, let alone post maticulously angled selfies to make him jealous! Anyway- I’ve got my acne mostly under control… But I’ve been left with the most awful scarring/hyperpigmentation- my whole face is a series of red marks that make it look like my battle with acne was never won!
    I have no idea what treatments are best that I haven’t tried already and wondered if you have any tips???
    Thank you so much x
    Lots of love

  120. Cherry 1st July 2016 / 8:51 pm

    Hello Lydia!
    I’ve only recently just started watching your videos and you’re now my favourite Beauty/fashion/lifestyle guru on the internet! I’ve even found myself asking ‘would Lydia wear this’ when I’m shopping because I have the exact same hair and figure as you ????.
    I honestly didn’t think I could idolise you more until I read that you struggled with acne… I developed acne about 6 months ago at the age of 19! I had just broken up with my long term boyfriend so the ‘I’m going to be super hot to make you want me back’ tactic failed miserably as I was too self conscious to even leave the house, let alone post maticulously angled selfies to make him jealous! Anyway- I’ve got my acne mostly under control… But I’ve been left with the most awful scarring/hyperpigmentation- my whole face is a series of red marks that make it look like my battle with acne was never won!
    I have no idea what treatments are best that I haven’t tried already and wondered if you have any tips???
    Thank you so much x
    Lots of love

  121. Lisa 9th July 2016 / 1:58 pm

    Hi Lydia,
    Having taken 2 courses of roaccutane in my 20s, i’m about to embark on my 3rd course now in my late thirties. I came across your blog soul searching to find others who are also taking it, struggling with the symptoms but achieving great results as this will keep me motivated. Thank you for still responding to comments after all this time. Hopefully this will be my last ever treatment.

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  123. Mark 19th July 2016 / 4:15 pm


    I was a naive teenager (and vulnerable) when prescribed double dose of RoAccutane . It was between 1984- 1988.

    I had awful side -effects ( bleeding nose, dry eyes, eating cravings, self consciousness and tiredness).

    My skin went bright red and my face was like a red balloon.

    I am certain that it damaged me and my A levels were affected.

    Do you think this is normal?

  124. joanna 25th July 2016 / 9:15 am

    My daughter has really bad acne and we have seen the dermatologist and he put my daughter on antibiotics for a few months, we also increased her hormone pills. Alas, this has been to no avail. We suspect that we might have to go the Roaccutane route. After reading all the pro’s and con’s obviously I am concerned. No so much for the physical changes (dry skin etc) but more for the possible psychological changes. Did you feel overly emotional, depressed, suicidal at all, that what concerns me the most? One always hears of people on this medication but you don’t always get the full story. Thanks for sharing. πŸ™‚

    • Simone 25th July 2016 / 10:20 am

      I was on it for 5 years in total. It gave me so much confidence and I definitely was not depressed at all. It’s basically synthetic vitamin a or retinol that you’re injesting. So it really shouldn’t cause depression, although I realise all people are effected differently. Hope that helps a little.

  125. Simone 25th July 2016 / 10:18 am

    So glad it worked for you! Your skin is amazing! Unfortunately my story differs a tad. Whilst on roaccutane it was amazing and perfect. However after 2yrs on it I decided to stop, and it was fine for a year, until it came back even worse. So after a year of persistence I decided to go back on it. 3 years this time, however the last year was VERY minimal dosage, 10mg every third day. Again, once I stopped it came back with a vengeance. Have been off it 2yrs almost, and am slowly calming by skin down using environ and priori skin products and getting regular peels and omnilux treatments. I would love to go back on accutane but in the long run its just not great health wise! So envious of your beautiful skin Lydia, and I love your blog and channel ??????

  126. Megan 5th August 2016 / 8:04 pm

    If anyone has any advice or products they use please may you share them. I am on day 5 and have got very dry skin, what is a good wash and scrub and moisturizer to use and what else did people use. Lydia did you only use Carmex? Are there foods I could eat to help aswell praying I don’t get much more than this dryness which is very bad and migraines ???? They not nice either.

  127. Jam 4th September 2016 / 9:45 pm

    Is your skin still clear now? Thanks x

  128. Diana 6th October 2016 / 11:28 pm

    Heya lovely, your skin is looking radiant! I am now back on this course due to being on it for a few years in my teens up to early 20’s but was drinking and eating a lot of junk while taking it. Once i stopped that after a good 6 months i broke out even worse then what i before taking it. But then couldnt handle the break outs anymore and just like you had, i went through every other acenue before deciding to go back onto the acne medication but i am now in my mid 20’s and dont drink and hardly eat and junk foods as i am no meat eater.

    My question for you is what make up did you use while on the course? As i dont enjoy wearing make up, i have to for work and because my skin is super dry but was extremely oilly before i started the course. Im not too sure which foundation to purchase. I do use olay sensitive skin moisturiser and good cleanser dermaveen soap free face wash and the drunk elephant real gentle exfoliater twice a week.

    Thanks kindly for taking your time to read this and looking forward to hearing back from you ( :

  129. sube 16th October 2016 / 1:41 am

    Helo , so nice to hear your story . I am in roaccutance for last 12 days I have seen huge improvements . 20mg per day . I just want to know that after the medication people have the possibility of returning of acne again , ?? And the product that used for your skin after the medication . πŸ™‚

  130. Ashley 28th October 2016 / 4:29 pm

    I came across this blog post when typing in roaccutane tips on google. I was reading through thinking oh my gosh this is exactly like me!!! Having tried all the things you tried first, and trying every product known to man to matify the oil in my skin it’s safe to say after 8 years of begging my GP for a dermatologist referral I am finally giving this a go as it was thought I would ‘grow out of it’. Hopefully I will see some amazing results.

    Thank you for the tips I’m actually excited to go and buy dry skin products for a change

  131. Stevie 14th November 2016 / 5:23 pm

    I noticed the other day in one of your videos that you mentioned Roaccutane and it completely caught me off guard. I’m 24 now and have struggled with acne since I was about 13/14. Not all years have been bad, in fact, I had such good results with the Cilest pill that I thought I’d never need anything else. Earlier this year a stand-in GP changed my prescription and said “it’s the same thing” welllllll it wasn’t and it brought out the most horrendous cysts all over my face. I usually only get them on my jawline/cheeks but this had literally made them pop up everywhere. They changed me back after I went back and told them it had had that effect on my skin, but I find that now 2 weeks out of every month I get some big break outs! It then it takes another 1-2 weeks for the damage to heal πŸ™ Apart from the acne, I have quite nice skin but the areas that get it now have become pretty scarred. I’m at the end of my tether here haha, I think I need to just bite the bullet and go see my dermatologist again. This has really motivated me to at least see if Roaccutane is a possibility!


  132. Lauren 2nd January 2017 / 2:27 am

    Hi Lydia! I know it has been a long while since you have posted this but was it difficult to discuss this with your parents considering the medication had very harsh side effects? Also, how would you recommend someone who wants to go through roaccutane to convince their parents?

  133. Louisa 1st March 2017 / 7:23 pm

    Hi Lydia.
    I have just one question: did your skin get worse in the beginning when you started to take the pills?
    I read a lot of comments that it gets really bad because all the “rubbish” has to come out first before it starts to get better? Is that true?

    Thank you so much! ????

  134. Nikki 5th March 2017 / 3:59 pm

    Hi, I was just wondering how long into the treatment did your acne go away. I’m on it now in the first month and it’s doubled my spots so I’m just wondering when it will start to get rid of them

  135. Sinethemba 23rd April 2017 / 3:00 pm

    Hi LYdia, I was wondering if Reoccutane helped with dark spots left by pimples as well??

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