How my skin has changed after Roaccutane treatment


…is a question you may be asking yourself right now if you’re currently undergoing Roaccutane treatment. I thought I would do an update on how my skin has been since coming off the tablets as it’s been over three years (I can’t believe it’s been that long) since I came off it. I rarely hear people discuss how their skin is a few years after coming off Roaccutane treatment so I felt the need to write this post in case it helps any of you out there asking the same question. I am aware that I’ve been very lucky with my experience and I know not everyone will get see the same results. I’m not a medical professional but I want to share some positive Roaccutane vibes!


Now I did a video back in September last year where I spoke about my positive experience of going on Roaccutane and how it was the best decision I ever made for my skin. You can watch my skincare journey video here. Since then I’m pleased to say I’m still so grateful that I was prescribed Roaccutane and that my dermatologist knew what he was doing in terms of the strength and duration of my course.

If you don’t know what I’m talking about, Roaccutane is a very strong drug which is prescribed as a last resort for severe cases of acne. I go into this in more detail in my last video but while I didn’t by any means have severe acne at all, I used to get a lot of hormonal breakouts around my chin area which would be very persistent and sore. This had been going on for over 10 years so to me it really was a last resort. Yes I was a bit apprehensive but after weighing up the pros and cons I felt it was worth the risk.


I’m pleased to say that my skin is still 99.9% better than it used to be. Rarely do I get any breakouts and if I do they heal so much quicker and are usually a time of the month type thing or because a particular skincare product has irritated my skin. My complexion definitely isn’t as dry as it was while I was on Roaccutane treatment too. I have noticed it’s become slightly oilier again which did worry me for a while but it hasn’t become worse thankfully. My skin will look younger for longer though, right? Any scarring I used to have has gradually faded without the introduction of new spots and any blackheads I get are completely manageable.

The skincare products I use change quite often as I’m always on the hunt for the next best thing. I’ve always been really thorough with my skincare routine, removing make up every night without fail and using face masks once or twice a week. However I do try and keep my routine as simple as possible so as to not confuse my skin too much.

This brings me onto my current obsession, skincare by The Ordinary which is part of The Abnormal Beauty Company. I explain which products I’m using from the range in my video but it’s basically a stripped back version of skincare, focussing entirely on good quality ingredients and even better results. And have I told you how affordable this skincare is? Pretty much all of their products are under £10 so it really doesn’t hurt to give it a go.

I have a couple of friends who have reacted badly to some of the acid formulations but I’d say just be careful and test the more exfoliating products on a small area of your face before going all in. Or avoid the acids like I have and go for more gentle options! It’s been so fun to experiment with the range and I definitely wouldn’t have been able to use such a variety of skincare ingredients before I went on Roaccutane. I may have even ordered two of their new foundation formulas. I’m not-so-patiently waiting for them to be dispatched by Victoria Health! I recommend Suzie’s post or Fleur’s video if you want more information on The Ordinary skincare and of course, check out my video below.

Have you ever been on Roaccutane or know anyone else who has?




  1. July 18, 2017 / 2:48 pm

    Love this post & your skin looks great! Ive just ordered my first purchase from the ordinary too! Roaccutane really helped my skin and changed my life!
    I wrote a blog about the side effects I had and what happened to me, if anyone wants to read it 🙂

    • ellaryder
      July 18, 2017 / 2:56 pm

      Thanks Emily, your skin also looks great now! I know every experience is completely unique. Your post is very informative! Thanks for reading 😊 xx

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