My Accutane Journey: Skin Update Two Months After Finishing Accutane

If you’ve followed my blog and YouTube channel for a while, you’ll know that I took Accutane (or sometimes also called Isotretinoin) for eight months. I finished my course just before Christmas and I was absolutely blown away with the results. Every single spot and blemish had cleared up and I was no longer ashamed to bare my skin sans makeup.

I wanted to write an update to let you all know how my skin has been coping since finishing Accutane. I’ve had a few people ask how I’m getting along, so today I’ll show you how my skin is looking!

My skin at the beginning | My Accutane Journey: Skin Update Two Months After Finishing Accutane

I have to say, I was terrified that my skin would bounce back to how it was the moment I finished taking Accutane, but I’m thankful to say that so far, it hasn’t. Let me take you back to my final Accutane check up first. I was told by the nurses that my liver levels were higher than they’d like so I’d need to go back once again in a month to have a final blood test to check my levels and make sure they were back to normal. I was apprehensive about the results but thankfully my levels had returned to normal. What they did show however, was that I was very anaemic and needed iron tablets to help boost me again (that explained the extreme tiredness I’d been feeling for months!) After that I was discharged with the option to return immediately if my skin begun to revert back.

Fast forward two and a half months since finishing Accutane and I couldn’t be happier with the progress of my skin! I’ve only had one tiny spot since finishing the medication (I won’t lie, I freaked out!) but it was gone within days and I’m happy to say my side effects disappeared almost in days too. The dry lips? They were almost back to normal in a few days and the body aches quickly begun to fade away in no time too.

My skin today | My Accutane Journey: Skin Update Two Months After Finishing Accutane

I was given a tube of Differin 0.1% w/w gel to use after my last appointment that the nurses said could be applied once I saw the first sign of a spot, however, I’ve used it every second night since receiving it without problems (no skin drying etc). It’s basically a topical version of Accutane that contains Adapalene which is a common retinoid prescribed by dermatologists.

I couldn’t be happier with the progress of my skin both during and after Accutane and I’m so happy that I took the medication. My experience has been a positive one and I can’t thank the lovely nurses at Barnsley Hospital Dermatology unit enough for their care during my treatment.

© Rachael Divers 2018.

adriana cantisani - February 26, 2018 - 7:58 am

Hi Rachel, your skin looks amazing, very happy for you! Just out of curiosity, what sparked your acne or acne in general in anyone past their teens? Hereditary factors, stress, diet, auto-immune disease…? My curiosity sparks from the fact that I used to suffer from rosacea. I literally had purple circles on the apples of my cheeks, not red, deep purply-burgundy wine colour. I was so self conscious and it came out when I was about 30, after the birth of my second child. I saw all sorts of specialists but no one was able to pinpoint exactly what I had. I live in Italy and rosacea was not so common over here at the time. (With the explosion of internet, social media, etc it is much more spoken of. Immagine, back in the ’90s I wouldn’t have even known you existed, let alone “followed”. 🙂 Anyway, back to my original question…. I have Yashimoto’s disease which is an autoimmune disease of the thyroid gland. Nothing major, lots of women, especially, have it but…. since treating that properly and eliminating/drastically reducing gluten and other foods that were giving me gastrointestinal problems from my diet, my rosacea went away. I love my skin, used to hate it… So I was wondering if your condition might stem from an intollerance to some food or perhaps some autoimmune condition…. I hope I don’t sound nosy, I don’t mean to 🙂 xxx

Rachael Divers - March 3, 2018 - 4:06 pm

Thank you Adriana! <3 My doctors said it seemed like a hormonal imbalance that caused the acne due to the placement of the spots which is what worries me a little because I haven't had hormone treatments so wonder if it'll come back. I tried cutting out milk/dairy but didn't notice any difference unfortunately and I was tested for things like Coeliac and Crohns but everything came back (thankfully) clear. I'm sorry that you suffered for a long time before you managed to find an answer to your skin worries, I see a lot of clients with rosacea that are so self-conscious and can't seem to find treatments that work for them. It's especially harder to deal with when it comes along past your teen years because you think you've gotten away with it by that point and have just learned how to properly take care of your skin as it is! It's interesting to hear about the autoimmune condition though, I was thinking of having my thyroid tested because I often suffer with complete exhaustion and wondered if it might be connected. You don't at all, it's lovely to chat to be able to chat to you! 🙂 I'm so happy that you love your skin now, it makes such a huge difference to confidence! xoxo

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