In February this year I finally managed to get my hands on a Dermatology appointment and started a new treatment regime. I wrote about the initial stages in this post, including what’s involved in my new treatment – Soolantra cream and Lymecycline antibiotics.
I officially started taking both new medications on 28 February 2018, which at the time of writing this post, makes me about 6 weeks into treatment. The reason I’ve waited 6 weeks is that the long term antibiotic I’m taking (Lymecycline) reportedly takes around 5-6 weeks to have any real effect. Although I had some initial suspicions about how it would go, I wanted to wait to write this to make sure I allowed enough time.
The best way to describe the treatment so far is to let the pictures do the talking… I took two pictures every week on the same day (except week 5 when I was on holiday) to show my progress:
As you can see, the results are pretty amazing. When the first pictures were taken I was actually in the process of recovering from a pretty awful breakout which happened after I did a charity sleep-out in a local Cathedral (covered by the news, here!) The result of ‘sleeping’ (lying down thinking about sleeping) in low temperatures had a really bad impact on my skin.
But, as you can see – that’s all gone now. Things are so different. The biggest change is absolutely due to the Soolantra topical cream I have been using – There’s more about the medication itself in my previous post. It’s applied once daily at night and soaks in like a moisturiser. It has a moisturising base so there’s no stinging and although itching is listed in the side effects, I only had a bit of jaw itchiness for about 2 days. Not only has Soolantra made a massive difference to the colour tone of my skin and removed a large amount of the redness, the texture of my skin is I n c r e d i b l e. Like, I keep asking people to stroke my face because I honestly cant believe how soft and smooth my skin feels.
Writing this I probably sound like I’m being a bit OTT and enthusiastic about it, but honestly, for the past 5 years my skin has been so bad that this feels ground breaking. I had entirely forgotten what it was like to put makeup on and have it glide over a soft, smooth texture – something most people think nothing of, but something I have been missing out on for so long. I am over the moon and have decided that Soolantra is the best thing on the planet.
I have to say that, so far, I am less impressed with the impact that the Lymecycline has made. I am only 6 weeks in and as a long term antibiotic, it isn’t supposed to give overnight results. But when I look closely at my skin I can still see the tell tale red bumps under the surface of my skin. I’m hoping it just needs more time for my skin to work it out, so I’m going to persevere and wait to see my Dermatologist again in July.
In the back of my mind is still the option of a low dose Roaccutane as there is a chance that could get rid of my rosacea long term – whereas if I stop Soolantra or Lymecycline now, everything will go back to how it was before.
I’m honestly hoping that by writing these posts there is someone out there who with rosacea (or something similar) that might consider trying some active treatment, because so far, it is making a huge difference for me!