Acne Treatment (4 year update)


The best acne treatment – What worked for me

I had struggled with spots since I was 14 years old, At school, I always felt like the ugly duckling around my friends and would use my love for fashion, style, and makeup as a way to mask my insecurities.

It wasn’t until I was 24 that I finally did something about it, realising this wasn’t just a puberty thing, I was actually suffering from cystic acne and it wasn’t going away anytime soon.

The video above explains my story of how, after many years of putting it off, I decided to make a big decision and took a prescribed drug called Accutane which cured my acne, hopefully for good. 4 years later I am still so glad I made this change and my skin is still acne free.


Heres some further information about subjects covered in the vlog.


What is Cystic Acne?

  • Cystic acne is more than just the odd spot.
  • Deep under your skin, your (face or body) pores become swollen and blocked
  • This is caused by bacteria or dead skin cells, getting trapped inside the pore, causing the area to become red and swollen creating a large bump or cyst on the skin that can become itchy and sore to touch.
  • Some people can feel the spots coming under the skin, as they become hard and very sore before erupting.
  • Cystic acne can create deep lasting scars on the skin
  • Picking these spots will make the infection worse, causing it to spread and create more breakouts.
  • Cystic acne is linked to a hormonal imbalance
  • Your diet can cause outbreaks if you are eating unhealthy foods and find yourself breaking out more frequently this could be the cause. Your skin acts as an excretory system to get rid of things that your body is not in agreement



After acne treatment


Spots on chin acne?

Something people mistake for cystic acne are hard and under the skin spots that only form on the chin and jawline area.

I still get the odd spot on my chin now, due to hormones and spots on the jawline can indicate congestion in the large intestine and are a reflexing on diet. Drinking 4 liters of water a day is what I recommend. Not only is it amazing for the skin, it’s good for weight loss and flushing out your bodies toxins.




If like me, this is something you are getting once a month then the chances are it is hormonal, a good face wash such as Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish which I have found is great for acne-prone skin. And a toner with an acid will help and unclog your pores such as Alpha H Liquid Gold.





Give this method a go first before taking medication. If you are still having problems and have tried all my acne and spot preventing tips, then ask your doctor to refer you to a dermatologist or seek a private clinic for advice.


Emily rajch

Acne scarring 

The products I mention in the vlog above for acne scars are:


NYX Professional Makeup Pore Filler

Vitamin C Serum

Zelens Power C treatment drops

*Full dermarolling vlog and post coming next week


Roaccutane posts

The full post on my journey with Roaccutane can be seen here:

Roaccutane (isotretinoin)


My Side effects of Roaccutane:  



8 Products I used to help with the side effects:

Products to use while on Roaccutane (Isotretinoin)



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