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Dying for Clear Skin

I wondered if you saw Dying for Clear Skin on BBC3? The programme covered the side effects of Roaccutane and the devastating effects it has had a on a group of young people. The show was interesting, seemingly balanced and it raised some valid points regarding the use of the drug to treat Acne.

Three of most important things the programme identified for me were:
  • Most users will suffer some sort of side effect when they start using the drug
  • The crisis of confidence that Acne sufferers go through.
  • The drug may be being prescribed to light sufferers who may not need it.

The programme mentioned some, but not all, of the common side effects that may affect 1 in 10 of  users, such as:

  • Blood problems
  • Dermatitis
  • Dry eye – seek medical advice if you get dry eyes. You may need to use an eye drop or an eye ointment to stop your eyes from becoming dry while you are taking Roaccutane
  • Dry skin – you should use a moisturising cream or ointment while you are taking Roaccutane ( NB: not one that has AHA’s in it)
  • Fragile skin – skin may be damaged more easily
  • High levels of lipids in the blood
  • Inflammation and cracking of the skin of the lips or dry lips – you should use a lip balm while you are taking Roaccutane
  • Irritation or inflammation of the eye or eyelid
  • Itching
  • Jointpain
  • Musclepain or tenderness
  • Skin exfoliation
  • Skin rash or rashes
    (Source: NHS Website)

but only briefly touched on some of other, lesser, side effects cause by the drug, you may wish to take a look at the full NHS  list of side effects associated with Roaccutane.

As you are probably aware, I treat a number of  clients with acne issues and would always recommend a course of action that did not rely on a drug based solution. However; I cannot deny that Roaccutane does bring relief to thousands of sufferers, but the physical and mental cost of the solution does not, according to the programme, seem to be monitored correctly.

The skincare products I use to support my Roaccutane clients, or those who have just completed the course of treatments are:

I also recommend the use of PRIORI® CoffeeBerry Perfecting Minerals as these products are 100% natural and do not contain any oils.

I always start my clients on the Cleanser and the SPF30.  I have found that each client’s skin can react differently and introduce the other products once I have patch tested their skin to ensure they have have no adverse reactions, normally caused by skin sensitivity introduced by the Roaccutane treatment, to them.

Finally, I would like to share an email with you from one of my younger clients who wrote to me after she had heard the BBC News trailer for the programme.

“Hi Trisha, 

Lovely to see you and Paul on Saturday. As always, my skin has been glowing ever since!
I don’t know if you watched the BBC News this morning but there was an interesting report about the psychological affect that acne can have on sufferers, particularly teenagers. I could completely relate to the report and as I was happily putting on my make up, I felt so frustrated that there is actually a cure but people just don’t have access to experts like you. It was equally frustrating when a consultant dermatologist was interviewed speaking about the various treatments available such as roaccutane.

Anyway, I just wanted to email you to thank you again for what you have done for my skin because this morning’s report reminded me about how awful my skin made me feel!”

What do you think about Roaccutane, listen to this young man’s view?  I hope my blog helps in some way to open up the Roaccutane discussion further, if you want to discuss Acne problems or Acne treatments with me just give me a ring or email me with your details and I will call you back or correspond with you if you prefer.
Warmest Regards

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