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Week 1 Update

Posted by youngforever, 11 November 2013 · 226 views

Yay 1 week down! So far I have had a really positive experience. I know its only been a week but I was expecting much worse! Just to recap, Im only on 20 mg a day so its a pretty low dose compared to normal claravis/accutane users. 
I haven't had the dreaded IB YET, and the only thing I've noticed is that my blackheads seems to be extracting themselves, and one small closed comedone (or maybe even milia -- it was so small) that just sat dormant on my chin BEFORE I started the drug became more noticeable. It turned red and a little bit inflamed but it never became a monster cyst like those small bumps have been known to do. Good news is that it is already healing so I know the drug is working since it is pushing whatever is in those tiny bumps OUT. I also had a pretty big pustule on my chin before I started claravis and it is completely gone now (yay!) Other than that my skin is doing just fine!
Other side effects:
- Headache the first few days but it has subsided now
- Super dry eyes [i wear contacts]
- I have been more tired lately but I'm hoping that will change over the next few days
- NO dry lips! I've been religiously putting medicated blistex on throughout the day and aquaphor at night to prevent this, and so far it seems to be working!
- NO flaky skin! HOWEVER, I have been taking vitamin e capsules every day, AND putting vitamin e oil (from Trader Joe's) on my face at night. My skin is nice and smooth when I wake up which is nice. I highly recommend vitamin e oil
- Face is still a tad oily but I've noticed my pores look smaller and face generally looks clearer. 
- NO sore joints -- I take Fish Oil every day too so this may be why. 
I am very pleased with my experience so far, but I know its too early to tell so I am keeping my fingers crossed that it goes smoothly the rest of my treatment! 
Feel free to ask any questions I didn't answer!
Until next week :) 
Daily Regimen:
- Wash with Avene Clean-AC cleansing cream
- Moisturize with Avene Clean-AC hydrating cream (both Avene products are made for accutane users)
- SPOT TREATMENT: Aczone gel [prescription] -- I've been using this for about a year and it doesn't dry my skin out at all 
- AS NEEDED: Eucerin Professional Repair Dry Skin Lotion ONLY on cheeks, nose, & around eyes since they get the most dry
- Wash with Avene Clean-AC cleansing cream
- Moisturize with Avene Clean-AC hydrating cream
- Aczone [if necessary]
- Trader Joe's Vitamin E Oil all over face 
- Blistex Medicated Mint Chapstick
- Aquaphor [at night only]
- Neutrogena Healthy Skin liquid makeup - Foundation/Concealer 
- Neutrogena Skin Clearing Mineral Powder 
- Excedrin for Migraines [as needed]
- Gold Bond skin therapy healing cream w/ aloe, vitamins A, C & E - Hand Lotion
- Eucerin Professional Repair - Body Lotion
- Tresemme Moisture Rich Shampoo for dry/damaged hair 
- Tresemme Anti-Breakage Conditioner 
- Dove Deep Moisture body wash

Great to see your doing fine!

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