Wish I had done it sooner.
I have suffered from terrible cystic acne since I was around 13, this only got worse through my teenage years to the point where my face would crack and bleed throughout the day. This not only affected my confidence but also my work (wearing a climbing harness caused my body acne to split and become infected).
I had seen multiple GPs, some of which were very helpful (some who disregarded this as a normal part of puberty). I tried oral antibiotics/ topical creams on prescription and a multitude of expensive cleansers/ toners/ drug store acne treatments. No amount of washing will treat a medical condition and I probably spend more than the cost of this treatment on skincare every year.
I have tried to push for Accutane for the last 5 years or so however, moving around the country a lot for my job means changing GPs roughly every 6 months. This has made it nearly impossible to get a referral to a dermatologist to even be put on the 2 year waiting list. At the age of 27, and with the current pandemic, I had given up hope of treatment.
After a quick google search, I came across Botonics. I was initially sceptical, there seems to be a lot of “dodgy” websites when it comes to the cosmetic industry however, I searched and searched though Trust Pilot, Free Index, What Clinic and could only find positive reviews. There were many well written examples of people’s experiences and I thought why not at least contact them to find out?
I spoke to the wonderful Bill who has helped me through every step of the way. Always quick to answer emails and phone calls and will call back asap if I’ve left a message. Cassie and Michelle on the team have also been prompt in replying and booking appointments for me.
The whole process has been easy and straightforward. Botonics are running a very impressive operation, I have never had to chase them on any issue, their responses have always been professional, immediate and helpful. I would recommend accutane and Botonics to anyone who asks.
Within a couple of days I had a free, no obligation initial video call consultation with Dr Aya who was very knowledgeable and informative. She explained how the treatment works and affects the body and the possible side effects and how to mitigate them. She concluded that I would benefit from a 6 month treatment. Once I had again spoken to Bill and decided on a payment option, the full course of tablets was sent to my address.
As for the actual medication, I am over the moon with my results so far. There was an initial “purge” which is to be expected, this is your skin turn over increasing and getting rid of all the gunk from deep within. For me this lasted around 10 days. I had an awfully itchy scalp for the first week however liberal amounts of moisturiser applied directly to my head seemed to help. So far I’ve managed to avoid the super dry skin that seems to be the most common effect by following a really strict moisturising regime day and night, my skin will absorb layer upon layer of the thickest moisturisers. I would definitely research and stock up on the best products to use while your skin is a little more sensitive. The best advice Botonics gave me is to use COPIOUS AMMOUNTS OF SPF50+ SUNSCREEN, even on cloudy days or while in the car. I would highly recommend carrying lip balm with you everywhere, cracked lips are the one thing I’m having to really work on to mitigate.
All of this though has been so worth it!
I saw positive results by around 3 weeks, my deep painful cysts became less frequent and have now stopped. My body acne was the first thing to clear up, this was almost immediate and my skin feels super smooth and soft. I’m 3 months in now and I haven’t had a white head for about a week. With the lack of new spots, my scars and pigmentation are fading and my skin actually looks like skin.
Where previously I would have layers of makeup just to feel human, I have now stopped wearing any foundation/ concealer, just a little powder to matte the moisturisers before heading out.
Those who have experienced the pain, low self esteem and lack of confidence that severe acne can cause, will understand when I say I looked into the mirror and cried happy tears for the first time at my own natural reflection.