Make-up artist, who was desperate to get rid of her severe acne washed her face with DETTOL .

Ella Gorton only ever experienced the 'odd spot' throughout puberty and her late teens but during a girls holiday to Mexico in 2014, painful bumps starting emerging around her mouth (seen before October 2016)Despite her fears over using the controversial drug, which has been linked to 20 suicides and can have serious psychological and physical side effects, Ella decided it was 'worth the risk' (seen after her course finished in June 2017)
A make-up artist who developed severe adult acne aged 21 was so desperate to cure it she washed her face using undiluted Dettol. Ella Gorton, 25, from Swinton, Greater Manchester, only ever experienced the 'odd spot' throughout puberty and her late teens, but during a girls holiday to Mexico in 2014, painful bumps began forming around her mouth. The baffled beautician, who has qualifications in skincare, spent the next two years 'trying everything' to clear it up, splurging a small fortune on high-end products in a bid to soothe the angry red cysts and pustules covering her once smooth face. Ella, who said she questioned her ability to do her job in light of her problem skin, became so desperate she resorted to washing her face in antiseptic agent Dettol, before finally turning to controversial Roaccutane. She said an eight-month course of the powerful drug, which she started taking in October 2016, finally cleared her skin. Despite her fears over using the drug the side effects of which have been linked to depression and suicidal thoughts desperate Ella decided it was 'worth the risk'.After two courses of the specialised acne medication, Ella has seen amazing results and is back to her confident self, happily showing off her radiant makeup-free skin. Speaking about how her journey began, Ella said: 'I had never suffered from acne, I would just get the odd hormonal spot.'Then I was on a girls' holiday and I started getting these really sore lumps around my mouth.
'I didn't know what was bringing them up. I thought maybe I was using the wrong sun cream for my skin.'I think at first I was in denial. I kept telling myself it would eventually clear up but it just kept getting worse. You never expect to get acne at that age.'Plucking up the courage to seek professional help, she continued: 'By the time I went to the doctor a few months later, he showed me this chart. There are five stages and I was stage three.'I remembered seeing the same chart when I was studying skin care at college and thinking how awful it was.'So when the doctor was then showing that chart to me, I was so upset. I just couldn't believe we were talking about my skin.
It was extremely painful. I had to learn to sleep on my back because if I slept with my face touching the pillow it would be too sore and sometimes the cysts would burst in the night and cover the pillow with blood.'Being a makeup artist and having acne is the worst. I felt like people were looking at me and thinking 'she's not doing my makeup, she can't even look after her own skin'.'It got so sore, it hurt to touch it and day to day putting makeup on became so painful.'Having a skincare background, I didn't want to wear makeup because I wanted to let my skin breathe but at the same time I couldn't face going out without covering it up.
'It really knocked my confidence, I was so self-conscious. I didn't want people to stare at me so I would just look at the floor and not make eye contact with anyone. Remembering her desperate attempts to cure her skin condition she recalled trying a range of products.'It was making me so low that I was willing to try absolutely everything to get rid of it. I tried every single cream, ointment and antibiotic the doctors could prescribe.'I also spent a fortune on different skin care regimes, trying to use all the high-end products, but nothing worked.'I would scrub my skin until it bled. I got so desperate I even tried washing my face with pure Dettol which was so dangerous. It made no difference, nothing did.'It's so scary looking back to think I was willing to do absolutely anything.'
After visiting her GP in late 2014, Ella was advised she may need to take Roaccutane but decided to try other milder medications first. Over the next two years, Ella was prescribed various courses of antibiotics and creams but her skin never improved. Once all other options were exhausted, Ella accepted her GP's referral to the hospital to get a prescription for Roaccutane but the wait was going to be lengthy. Seeing their daughter's growing despair, Ella's parents Megan Gorton, 53, and Craig Gorton, 56, offered to pay for her to see a private dermatologist. Just a couple of weeks later, Ella started on her first course of Roaccutane, taking 50mg a day for the next four and a half months. While she didn't experience any of the more serious potential side effects of the drug, Ella did suffer extremely dry lips, dried out hair and nosebleeds.
These side effects all felt worthwhile as Ella watched her skin clear up but taking such a short course of Roaccutane saw her acne return in October 2017. However, a second longer course of the medication, which ended in June this year, has worked completely and Ella is now celebrating being acne free. Roaccutane's link to 20 suicides was investigated and widely reported back in May 2015. Ella said: 'When my GP first mentioned Roaccutane in 2014, I really didn't want to take it. I asked to try all the other options first.'I'd only ever heard bad things about it and its links to depression and I didn't want to risk it.
'But I spent years trying everything and spending so much money on all these different products.'Every the time I went back to the GP he could see how distressed I was getting and eventually he told me again he thought I should have a referral to the hospital to get Roaccutane and I accepted it.'My the skin was already so bad it was making me depressed so Roaccutane wasn't going to do anything worse.'Just getting a hospital appointment, let alone getting the medication through the NHS, was taking months and months.'My parents could see how upset I was so they offered for me to see a private dermatologist. I got my first prescription in just a couple of weeks, it was amazing.
'I did have a few side effects but nothing too severe. Everyone gets the dry lips and my hair was so dry I never had to wash it which was quite handy actually.'I got a few noses bleeds too but I consider myself really lucky that I didn't get anything too serious.'My skin got worse before it got better because all the toxins start coming out but after the first few weeks, the improvements I saw every day were incredible.'I knew it was a risk doing such a short first course and my acne did start to come back but I just did a longer course the second time around and now my skin is completely clear.
'I'm so much happier and more confident since my skin has cleared up.'Putting my makeup on is a joy now, it doesn't hurt and my skin is so smooth. But I also joke that I'm the laziest makeup artist ever now because I love going out makeup free.'I would recommend Roaccutane to anyone suffering from acne. There are risks but they're so worth it.'Looking back now, I wish I'd never hesitated about taking it. I just wasted so much of my time feeling trapped in my own skin.'Your the face is the first thing you see every day when you wake up and brush your teeth and not liking what you see is horrible.'Now being able to look in the mirror and smile and not worry about how I'm going to cover up my skin, there's such an amazing sense of freedom.'
A spokesperson for Roche, the Swiss healthcare company that develops Roaccutane, said: 'More than 17 million patients worldwide have received Accutane ® (isotretinoin) since it was first introduced in 1982 and we are pleased that Ella had a positive experience using it to treat her condition.' That said, we understand that patients may be concerned about the possible side effects of any medicine.'The association between isotretinoin and depression has been reviewed by regulators and a link has not been proved or disproved.'It's also known, that severe acne can affect the mood and self-esteem of some sufferers sometimes leading to depression.'The information provided with Roaccutane carries a warning that some patients may experience mood changes, including an increase in depression.'It is important that, before they start taking the medicine, every patient tells their doctor if they are depressed, or if they have felt this way in the past.'If anyone believes they have suffered a side effect to any Roche medicine they should report it to us directly or to the MHRA via its yellow card system.'