How to deal with Little Bumps after Accutane
As many people know, I was having a course of Accutane and finished it about two years ago. So, I’m talking about my experience. Today I wanted to talk about something related to Accutane. It's a question that I get from many people.
The question I get is did I experience small little bumps under the skin about a month or so after stopping Accutane. The short answer is most definitely “Yes!” At the time I just thought that it was me and my skin. But what I've realized since making a research is that lots of us are experiencing this. I really do think that it's something that happens, when our pores are adjusting to the oil production that's coming back.
You're not the only person going through this. It is normal. I'm really pleased to say that they have completely gone. I've managed to completely clear them. I did it in about a month, to be quite honest with you. So, I'm going to share it with you today.
Firstly, let me just explain what I mean by little bumps, because I know that it can be quite subjective. By little bumps I mean surface textural acne, not red, not angry and not cystic. You wouldn't be able to see them if you were seeing this close to somebody, but the feeling of them is just like really bumpy, and just not an even texture. And this can really bother. You see your really smooth skin. So, I know, it can be quite distressing. And what I want to say is that it is completely normal and I think that a lot of people have this. I believe that it is just the oil production coming back, like I said. And your skin is not being able to turn over as quickly as it would do.
One of the great things about vitamin A, when you’re on Accutane, is that it's like a derivative, a synthetic version of vitamin A. If it's vitamin A that helps you turn over your skin at a very quick rate, so it has a healthy amount of skin shedding. And I think when you stop taking that, the build-up can stop or clog little pores and producers or bumps.
But I want to say that there was really nothing to worry about, because they can be gone, I promise. I also think it has to do something with our skin being a lot drier, because if you've been on Accutane, you'll know that your skin is a lot drier, than what it was before you started. So, that buildup of dry skin in combination with your oil production ramping up again, because you've stopped the drug, is then going to cause a block pour. And it is like pimple really tiny skin colored. Those are the kind of bumps I'm talking about.
I just want to say that first and foremost you shouldn’t panic. You will be able to get rid of them. This really doesn't mean that you're going to need Accutane around, trust me.
So, the first thing that I did was exfoliated. In the beginning it didn't help at all, because I was using chemical products like salicylic acid, glycolic acid, lactic acid and, honestly, not a good combination, if you've already got quite sensitive skin after stopping bracketing.
So, once I realized that the chemical exfoliates were actually doing more harm than good, I completely stopped using them. My decision was to use mine exfoliation, which is basically just using something abrasive to kind of gently buffer on your skin, to get rid of them. For me the best thing that I've found is a muslin cloth. And I still use that.
I use my muslin cloth, maybe, so once or twice a week. And it's just really to help the skin shed and reveal the kind of healthy glowing skin underneath, because lots of the times a buildup of dead skin you might not feel it as really dry skin. And it's just sort of sitting on top of your skin. It's going to make your skin look really dull and potentially, because of those small kind of blocked pores.
If you do still fall out, your skin can handle it. This is what my recommendation would be. I didn't have those small little bumps all over my face. It was just on my cheeks. So, what I would do from time to time if I felt like the exfoliation needed like a little bit extra. As I'll go back to the salicylic acid, only got the combination of all three could work. And I would gently use that product on my cheeks. And I would avoid the parts around my nose, my mouth, my forehead, because those areas were far more sensitive to me.
The second thing I did was looking at what was going to cause excess oil in my skin. I really believe that was an increase in testosterone that had happened, when I came off the pill, so I really did think what I could be doing to help my body to regulate this testosterone, regulate the hormones.
And the biggest thing for me was stress. So, if I'd seen spots on my face, these little bombs, then I almost went into panic. I was on holiday, I panicked and that, actually, made things a lot worse, because I felt that my skin started to get a little bit oilier than it would normally. And the best thing for me to help breaking my stress is having meditations. I have my morning meditation. I continue to have a good yoga practice. These are things for me personally that help to regulate my stress. There're lots of other things that you can do to regulate your stress. You know, even if it's just going for a run, if you're the sort of a person that likes physical activity, then go and do what you love, like going for a run, going to the gym. If you are the sort of a person that likes to sit there and watch Netflix, if that makes you happy, then go and do that. Whatever it is that helps to relieve stress, you should make sure that you're doing it, because, honestly, feeling happy and feeling good is the best remedy for your skin and your hormones.
A personal favorite of mine is Epsom salt baths. I've bang on about this all the time, because it's my favorite way to relax. Recently I've got the best evening routine. In fact, I uploaded it last week. I had a bath with some salts and had a bedtime story read. And when I come out of the bath, I feel like my muscles are still relaxed. I just feel completely and utterly calm. And it's the best feeling, so if you're like me, then that would be great.
I also think reading is great. I'm really making an effort this year to read at least one book a month, and not something that's just educational. I like to read informative books. But I'm making a real effort to read fiction. So, I can relax, and it just takes your mind off all the other things that are going on. That's a great way to chill out.
The next thing that I like to do is to make sure I'm incorporating things in my diet that help to regulate my testosterone as well. So, the biggest thing for me has been spearmint tea. I absolutely love it. I think it really helps. And over the last few weeks I've had to stop drinking it, because, unfortunately, having some problems with my esophagus and acid reflux, so I haven't been able to drink that anymore.
I think they're starting to show, because I have had a few tiny little pimples coming up, which could make me not having spearmint tea. But I did notice a really big reduction in the little bumps the minute I started to incorporate spearmint tee. So, definitely, get on that if you haven't already. I also tried things like licorice roots, which I did see some help with as well. Licorice root is essentially like a supplement, and then you can take that, and it helps to regulate your testosterone.
Another great thing to try and, unfortunately, the biggest thing for me that really works, and it always pains me to say it, because I love it so much, and it's by reducing sugar. I totally understand that everybody is different, but it's worth trying. But for me regulating my blood sugar levels absolutely helped my skin, basically. These little bombs went away. I want to say that 2-3 weeks after I incorporated the spearmint tee, the licorice roots, and then decreased the amount of sugar I was eating. I didn't want to have a restrictive diet, because I'd already tried tons of those sorts of things for my skin. So, this really was a case of swapping things out. I replaced sweets with things that I did like, that may not be considered healthy, but it certainly helped my skin.
I incorporated things like peanut butter. I incorporated things like avocado and eggs on toast. I incorporated all the kind of healthy fats. And that wasn't really depriving me of calories. I stopped eating things that I loved. You know, even now if I'm going to go to the cinema, for example, my old self would have gone in and order sweet and sugary popcorn and a fizzy drink, and I might have even brought in some sweets too. Now I'm just a bit more conscious. And I choose popcorn that's salted. It's, definitely, better for me, than the sweet. It’s just how my skin reacts, and I'll choose something low in sugar.
So, for me that has worked even down to fruits. I know this sounds crazy, but I was eating a ton of fruit. Definitely, it didn't help me either, so if I do have fruit, I normally pair it with a healthy fat as well. I like nuts, peanut butter that kind of thing.
The last thing that I did to help my skin was accepting myself, and I still love myself. I’m still happy with the skin I have. I'm still so unbelievably grateful. I don't have cystic acne anymore, and I believed that this would go away.
I know it's going to sound really difficult to do, but if you've tried all these things and it hasn't worked, then what you have to do is just decide not to think about it. You're not going to pay any attention to it. I know it's difficult but really worth trying. I definitely decided that I just made peace with my skin. I was happy with my skin, I was grateful that it wasn't covered in cystic acne. So, please try this if you haven't already.