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My Accutane Journey | Month 6: Lowering my dose

As I’m sure you’ll know if you already read my blog or follow me on social media, I’ve been feeling a little under the weather for the last few weeks. My body seems to be taking a little while to feel 100% again, and I think that I might have the answers as to why. Although I haven’t felt my usual self, I’ve been so enjoying meeting and making over my lovely clients and continuing with my work. I have so much Halloween preparations to be getting on with (I’m currently planning a look for the BBC Radio Sheffield Breakfast Show on Halloween!) along with planning my look for the Professional Beauty National Awards Final in London soon! I love my job so much that it would take a lot more than aches and pains to keep me away from my favourite place – our beautiful studio!

My Accutane Journey | Month 6: Lowering my dose | Rachael Divers

So, Wednesday marked my six month Accutane check up – I’m now 3/4 of my way through my Accutane journey which is just unbelievable. The months have just seemed to fly by this year and I can hardly believe that I’m almost at the end of the Accutane road!

On my most recent check up, I saw the lovely nurse that I’ve seen a fair few times now – she’s like a real life Disney princess. So pretty and kind and caring too. She carefully discussed my month with me and asked about any new side effects that I might have encountered (nothing new to report this month, yippee!) and also told me that I looked a little run down. I went on to explain to her the whole bad chest and viral infection fiasco and how it’s been clinging on for longer than I’d have expected. She explained that sometimes Accutane can affect your body in a way that it takes much longer to recover from illness, (even a heavy gym session can result in excess aches and pains for days) and thought it might be a good idea to lower my dose just for a week or two to see how I get along. Of course, I agreed and have been taking her advice.

My Accutane Journey | Month 6: Lowering my dose | Rachael Divers

I really don’t have anything new to report this month at all, but thought the connection between my recovery and Accutane was an interesting topic to bring up and might be helpful to mention. Now that I’ve lowered my dose for the time being, I’m expecting to spring back to 100% in no time!

I’m so pleased with how my skin is looking at the moment too, it’s still completely clear and seems to be on an even keel. I haven’t suffered with excess dryness at all over the last few months (expect for dry lips but they are firmly under control) and I really hope that continues into month seven.

I can’t wait to bring you my next update soon!

© Rachael Divers 2017.

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Silent Hill Nurse Halloween Makeup

To celebrate the arrival of October, I wanted to release one of my new makeovers for Halloween 2017 – the Silent Hill Nurse!

Silent Hill Nurse Halloween Makeup | Rachael Divers

The Nurses from Alchemilla General Hospital have always fascinated me and I really wanted to re-create one for Halloween. So, off to the craft store I went where I bought the supplies to make a life cast of my own face (something I’ve never done before). I also bought some calico, red felt and plenty of refills for my glue gun as I wanted to make my own nurses hat to go with the outfit. eBay was the perfect place to find a nurses outfit, and I was thrilled to find a secondhand Ann Summers offering for a mere £6 – such a bargain and perfect for this look!

A few pictures from the making of the hat and mask | Silent Hill Nurse Halloween Makeup | Rachael Divers

I set to work casting my own face before working on my very own custom mask with a mixture of cream paints and alcohol paints. Then I went on to create the hat with the calico and red felt. It really took me back to my Fashion Design uni days where I’d be sat surrounded by tons of calico and patterns ready for cutting and sewing! To finish the look, I added a few gauze bandages around my head that I dirtied up a little with cream paints and a little fake blood – after all, you can’t be stuck in Alchemilla General Hospital for all that time and not look at least a little worse for wear now, can you?

I really loved the whole process of creating this look as it was something very different to what I’d usually do and challenged me creatively – something that I think is really important in order to learn and improve no matter what aspect of makeup you’re applying. I’ve never tried my hand at life-casting and I’ve never really made my own pieces to complement my outfits in the past aside from the clown ruffle I made for my American Horror Story Cult clown that I created back in August.

Silent Hill Nurse Halloween Makeup | Rachael Divers

Lastly, after applying my look and adding the final touches, I headed into the Divers Photography studio ready for my photo shoot!

I hope that you like the finished look – I’m really pleased with how it turned out. If you’d like to make a booking for a Halloween makeover this year, please see my Halloween and SFX page here. I’m fully booked for Saturday 28th October, but I do have availability for other dates.

© Rachael Divers 2017.

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My Accutane Journey | Month 5: Cuts from crumbs and side effects update

Month five of taking Accutane has probably been the absolute easiest month of them all. Some days I even wonder if the drug is actually working for me because I’m not (touch wood) experiencing some of the horrible side effects I’d read so much about before I too started to the medication. I went to the hospital for my regular check up last month (this update is a little late!) and even the nurses seemed surprised at the fact that I was coping so well with minimal side effects. They also told me how amazing my skin was looking and how radiant I looked which really made me so happy to hear.

As I’ve been coping so well on 60mg of Isotretinoin daily, the nurses and dermatologist didn’t see any reason to up my dose for the time being. My blood test results were back to a healthy level and I wasn’t having backache anymore so I too was more than happy to stick to the same dose.

My skin on month 5 – if you look carefully you’ll see the mark on my nose! | My Accutane Journey | Month 5: Cuts from crumbs and side effects update | Rachael Divers

My skin has been an absolute dream. I haven’t had any further breakouts what so ever and my pores are completely clear (or at least to the naked eye). I haven’t suffered with any excess dryness at all and my skin has felt completely comfortable the majority of the time. The only side effects that have remained for me are dryness inside my nose, and dry lips, but honestly, these don’t tend to bother me at all as I make sure to use lip balms regularly to combat the effects. I think the fact that I’m a complete beauty junkie that takes moisturising and drinking water so very seriously has really helped me out on the Accutane front. I’ve been fortunate enough not to suffer with cracked lips, terrible joint pain, horrible headaches and peeling skin.

The first new thing I’ve noticed this month which I’m not sure I can even attribute to Accutane is that my face tends to burn up a lot almost as if I have a high temperature. Now, I say it might not be down to the Accutane as this month I’ve actually been quite poorly with a viral infection that badly affected my chest, so the temperature may well be down to that. The second new thing is that my skin is more sensitive than usual which is to be expected but still comes as a bit of a shock. One day I was sweeping some crumbs away from the worktop whilst tidying up and felt a sharp pain on my hand, I was really shocked to see that the crumbs that I’d swept away had actually caused tiny little cuts along my hand, just like tiny paper cuts! The second incident happened when I went to scratch my nose after a relentless itch and was horrified to realise that my skin had broken from the scratching and scabbed over the next morning. It’s very easy to forget just how powerful this little drug is when you’ve been on the good side of the side effects.

From Month 1 to Month 5 | My Accutane Journey | Month 5: Cuts from crumbs and side effects update | Rachael Divers

Aside from those two little incidents, nothing at all has changed for me and it’s been a very easy month on the drug which I’m very happy about. I’m really pleased that my body has coped so well so far and I’m looking forward to my next appointment to see what’s coming ahead.

Shop my current favourite skincare to use whilst on Accutane
Caudalie Vinosource Moisturising Sorbet
E45 Intense Recovery moisturiser 
Decleor Hydra Floral Anti-Pollution Hydrating Gel Cream
DHC Quick Film Smoother
Skinfix Hand Repair Cream
Carmex
Blistex Relief Cream
Dr Organic Vitamin E Pure Oil Complex

© Rachael Divers 2017.

 

 

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