Monday, 15 August 2016


It has admittedly taken me far too long to write this but it's because it's such an important subject to me that I want to do my story justice!

I guess I'll start by saying that I have had acne for 10 years.  The years I should have been my most confident were ruined by the fact I had horrendous cystic acne.  I've always been outgoing in social situations but inside, would always be deeply embarrassed about my face and paranoid that people were staring.

I tried countless long term courses of antibiotics (some of which made me really ill) as well as daily topical creams which burned and dried my skin out).  I also experimented with cutting things out in my diet, excerising, drinking more water, switching up my skincare regimes and none of these helped lessen the blemishes on my face.  After 10 years of this my doctor finally referred me to a dermatologist for a medicine called Roaccutane.  

Because of it's intense side effects and the fact that you must not get pregnant whilst on the medication, it means monthly visits to the dermatologist for check ups, blood tests and pregnancy tests.  I'm not going to lie, it's an intense drug!

I decided from the start that I wanted to document my journey on this medicine for a number of reasons:

1) So I could document and compare how my skin was changing on a daily basis, to either give myself or other acne sufferers some hope!
2) To get rid of some of the bad stigma surrounding this medicine and to show the reality of it.
3) To emphasise that it's okay to show your imperfections - no one is perfect and hopefully this will help some people going through the same thing.

I am now currently three months into my Roaccutane journey but I still have 5 more months to go so still lots of content to come.

Each month there will be 2 Roaccutane based videos on my YouTube channel.  The first will be a recap of the side effects over the previous month with before and after pictures so you can see how my skin is improving.  The 2nd video will be a 'daily skin vlog' where I have filmed my bare skin every day to show how it's changing daily.  

You can watch month 1 & 2 here:

If you have watched, shared, commented or supported any of these videos, thank you so much.  I really appreciate everyone's support and positivity.  The feedback has been so overwhelming and I couldn't be more grateful to have such beautiful humans watching my journey.

I wanted to ask here if you guys would like written update posts from each month as well as the videos?  I'm unsure of wether to write updates from the first two months as they've already been and gone but happy to write up monthly going forward - just let me know!

Lots of love,

Katie xx



  1. I would like to see written posts but only if it's not too much additional work for you. I've had acne for almost 20 years now (I'm 34 years old) and nothing seems to help. Granted, my acne is not as bad as it once was but it still makes me feel very self-conscious.

  2. I've used Roaccutane 10 & 20.
    20 was more painful than 10 (dry skin, red, delicate lips,...).
    It helped me a lot!
    It'll help you a lot so don't give up!

  3. I would love to read written updates! They would be great to catch up with when I don't have the time to dedicate to watching a YT video

    Steph -

  4. I finished Roaccutane earlier this year after 15 years of acne - it has worked wonders. It is tough going but I think well worth it in the end.

  5. Written updates would be good - but like Vanessa only if it's not too much trouble. I've suffered from spots all my life (I'm 52 now - the menopause is helping, bizarrely!), but they do get better, and the right skin products are worth their weight in gold. My husband and my friends accept and love me for who I am and that's just magical. :) :) xxx

  6. Seeing the vlogs really takes me back to my own struggle with acne and my roaccutane journey. My breakouts weren't as bad as yours, but still, I can relate. As for the written posts, sure, why not, the more people you can reach and help with this issue the better.

  7. I read your article Katy and really felt for you and just wondering if you have ever hear of Tropic natural skincare. One of my ladies suffered with cystic acne for very many years - similar to you - started when she was 11 and she is now 26 - was referred to hospital etc. I am happy to send you a copy of Emma's documented journey with Tropic and it has really helped her and also our products have cleared her facial scarring too. Email me at and I can send you a copy of Emma's journey and a bit more info about Tropic if you wish. Kind regards, Lynne Preece - Ambassador & Senior Manager at Tropic Skincare

  8. I'm sure I prefer written updates. A lot better than video because it takes less time consuming. But still it depends on what you write though. I've sincerely never had so acne as bad but it does pop up every time near menstruation. I someone found that physical exercise which make me perspire a lot helps stop my acne season. But that's me. Thanks for sharing your journey with Roaccutane. Sharon Elsie |

  9. Hi Katie, thanks for your honesty! I saw u were looking for lipbalms, have you tried lanolin based ones eg lanolips?

  10. Your story is nearly exactly the same as mine. I'm finally starting accutane this month and I'm so so hopeful it's the answer I've been waiting for! I'll definitely be keeping up with your journey. :)

  11. Dear Katie

    Thank you for sharing your story. It helps people understand that acne needs to be taken very seriously and understand how much it affects peoples quality of life. I once read an article written by my dermatologist who said that acne mentally affects you just as much as having cancer, I know acne is not life threatening (!), but is it still thought-provoking.
    I too have been on accutane, which I reacted VERY strongly on. I had all the side affects; insanely dry skin and lips (i could peel off my skin in big pieces), had temporary arthritis, fatigue and it even made my skin look even worse! When it peaked I had 40 pimples on my cheeks (which gave me a lot of scars) and my face would hurt each time I laid down on my pillow.
    Despite going through a really tough periode where I just wanted to hide, I would STILL do it all over again! The pills really work! I have gotten laser treatments (photo dynamic photo rejuvenation), which have removed almost all of my scars, and now no one can tell that I had acne. Hang in there, and don't give up! <3


  12. I'm so sorry that you've had to go through all of this. I remember having acne in my early teenage years and I felt so self conscious, especially because I didn't wear makeup at the time. I really hope this works out for you! Lots of love xx


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