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So sorry these are late. College had been kicking my butt!

The first three pictures are from October 24 (2 months and 1 week). The bump on my forehead was terrible and did not go away for a while.

The last two pictures are from October 31 (2 months and 2 weeks).

Aches have still been the worst side affect. My back hurts basically all the time. Can't bend over easily or exercise as much.

Dry skin has been an issue, but not as bad. There are random times where a rash flares up on my arms and it's painful. After putting on a ton of lotion, it usually only lasts a day.

So I've had a bump/lump on my left cheek for a few months now. It isn't big, not that noticeable, and is basically under my skin. It had flared up a few times and I thought it would finally go away, but it hasn't. Has anyone else had this experience?

(Entry photo: Halloween!)

2 Months

Sorry for my tardiness! I'm going to write this as if I wrote it on time...

So the bump on my cheek from last week turned into three bumps a couple days later! It really sucked. It was just a big cluster. :( More towards the end of the week, things started to clear up.

Dry skin has been rough. That and the achiness.

Nothing much else to report. It's been a busy few weeks with school!

I apologize for how late this post is. I have been preparing for one of the worst weeks in college ever (tests, papers, presentations, etc.). The pictures below do represent the 1 month and three weeks mark because I did take them on Thursday. (I'm also going to write this as though I posted it on time)

A couple of things....

Do NOT use pore strips. I knew I was taking a risk and now I know not to do it. Maybe two days after using the pore strip, my nose was red and then started to peel in some places. It looked like a sunburn peeling. So...as everyone probably already knows, don't use them.

I have a really annoying red bump on my left cheek and the picture does not do it justice. I'm pretty sure I've had it for a long time actually and now it's starting to get bigger and red. Hoping that goes away soon...

My skin has been extremely dry which is why I posted the picture of my arm and its redness. I'm all scaly. Been putting on lotion every few hours.

The back aches are what is bothering me the most. Once I am in bed, I pretty much have no hope to get out of it. I was watching tv one night and wanted water. I had to hold on to something to stand up, bend down, and lay down. It is no fun at all.

Other than the huge bump, which may have been aggravated by my, um, "cramps", I do think there is some improvement finally. Can't wait for the 2 month mark!

Hope everyone has a nice week.

Intro Pic: Walking Dead!

Sooo....basically no changes. I wonder if my skin is thinner because I have been getting a lot of scratches and I seem to bleed more easily. sad.png

I do have a question for you all. Did anyone experience sore gums while on Claravis? I never have issues with my gums, but they have been bleeding now and then. Just wondering if that's a side effect.

So I used a Biore pore strip a couple days ago because I was getting so many bumps on my nose from my pores pushing stuff out. I knew I was taking a risk using one since my skin is sensitive. It was unbelievable how much stuff it got. I have never had a pore strip work so well ever (and I used them now and again before taking Claravis). BUT I don't think I will use it again. My nose was really sore and red when I carefully removed it. The redness was pretty much gone by the next morning, but I can still see a little redness two days later. I knew what I was getting myself into, but wanted to try it anyway. Super effective, but most likely not worth it.

The aches are continuing to be my biggest issues. My back basically hurts every time I stand up. It's really annoying and difficult maintaining my exercise routine. May need to slow it down a bit.

Hope everyone is having a nice weekend. smile.png

(Intro Picture: Awesome Star Wars pencil skirt I wore at work the other day.)

Sorry I'm posting this a little late. I took the pictures a couple days ago, so it should be accurate!

Anyway, I am now past the 1 month and 1 week mark. My skin was very volatile. I broke out a lot along my cheeks around the 23rd and 24th. At least they come and go fairly quickly.

My skin is extremely dry. Mostly my arms and hands. Some areas just look scaly. I try to put on lotion as often as I can.

The aches are becoming the most irritating. My back, neck, and ribs feel achy basically every day now (usually in the evening and morning). It's my ribs that give me the most problems. It feels like someone is pressing my ribs inwards. There are times when I have trouble sleeping, especially when my neck is hurting. So I take a lot of ibuprofen and it usually works.

Other than that, I have yet to see significant results. I'll continue to update when I can!

(Entry picture: AMURICA)

Month 1

So I finished my first month (and a couple days)! I went to the dermatologist on Thursday and I will getting my second prescription today.

This week has been a little crazy because I got sick with a cold or something (I've been sick for a week now and I don't see it ending soon). I don't always get sick, but when I do, I get SICK (insert Dos Equis meme). Basically, my nose and lips got really dry, though I think that's mostly because of being sick.

My skin has been getting dryer though. I seemed to notice it only a couple days ago. Mostly my arms, particularly my right arm on my hands and near my elbow.

My skin wasn't all that bad this past week until maybe three days ago. Now I have some spots on my cheeks and one on either side of my jaw sort of near by chin. Trying hard to stay positive. I keep telling myself it's only been a month and I still have four more to go and, from what I have read, people don't notice significant differences until around the beginning of the third month.

I forgot to mention on my last blog, I used pore strips on my nose, forehead, and chin a week and a half ago. I know people taking the medication don't really need to use other products, but I read some people trying it without anything going wrong and I wanted to try. They worked pretty dang well, but it did hurt my nose a little bit when I carefully peeled it off (though it usually does, so maybe it's nothing). Soooo I can't exactly recommend doing this, but it did get stuff. Just be extremely careful and don't force anything if you do.

Nothing else I can think of to report. If I forgot something, I'll add it to the comment section.

Hope everyone has a great weekend! I won't 'cause I'll be studying!

PS - I'm going to try to have cool entry pictures from now on. This week: Kingdom Hearts because it was and still is one of the best video games in the history of mankind. (I do not own the pictures except for the one on the left.)

Week 3

Officially done with my third week! It has been a crazy one so I will tell you all about it....

So the red bump(s) on my right cheek that I posted last week changed several times. First it was like 2 bumps. Then it was four smaller bumps. Then it turned into one large bump. It's not very big anymore, so I'm hoping it goes away soon.

I also had some dry patches earlier this week on each of my cheeks. They were really strange because they were maybe the size of a dime and I couldn't see them. I only knew they were there because I could feel them when I washed my face. A couple days later, they peeled and that was that.

Right now, I have a few red spots on my cheeks (see below). I also have one on my chin and a small bump on my eyebrow which is really irritating. I did have a bump on my forehead earlier this week, but it's gone now.

I have been aching lately, particularly my back. I'm not sure if it's because of the medicine or something else. I know that is one of the side effects, so I thought I'd mention it.

Hope everyone has a great weekend!

I have officially completed my second week. Seemed to go by a lot faster than the first so I'm hoping it keeps up with this pace!

So I definitely think that I am in the initial breakout phase. I had a few bumps earlier this week and I now have two painful bumps on my right cheek (see picture). They are not pleasant and I hope they go away soon, but I'm used to those lasting a while. sad.png I also have a somewhat big bump near my chin.

Still haven't experienced many side effects. Dry lips and I thought that my skin wasn't dry until....

...I stupidly washed my face with a washcloth. First time I've used a washcloth in months (I try to avoid them because they apparently collect germs). I came home from work this afternoon and wanted to get all my makeup off fast. I must have rubbed my face too hard because when I washed it with soap, it burned. Lotion didn't really help. Several hours later when I took a shower, it still felt sensitive and stings a bit (sort of like a sunburn or something). Learned my lesson.

Other than that, still no peeling or flakes or anything. My skin is apparently just sensitive and I didn't realize it until today.

Hope everyone has a nice weekend!

Week 1

Week one complete! Feels like so much longer, but that's probably because school has started.

I am taking 40mg of Claravis. I am on a one pill then two pills routine for the next five months. I use Cetaphil everything (lotion, cleanser, moisturizer, etc.) for my skin though I have not yet experienced much dryness. My lips are a little dry and also my nose, but that's it for now.

Haven't had any side effects as far as I can tell. I think I may be starting my initial breakout. I have a very large bump on my lower left cheek (it's a little hard to see in the picture). Other than a couple of bumps, my skin hasn't been that bad. I think this is because I was on vacation for two and a half weeks before I started the drug and wore makeup maybe 3 times total. I was also in the sun all the time. Of course, I knew it wouldn't last so I still went ahead with the drug like planned.

I'll try and give an update every week with pictures. Hope everyone else is having a positive experience!


Hello, all. I have been reading tons of posts on this website for a while now and thought I would join. There have been so many great stories and I hope I will have one of those. Maybe I can help by detailing my experience too.

A little bit about me…I’m 21 years old, about to start my senior year in college and have been dealing with acne for probably 8 years now. I am going to begin taking Accutane at the end of this month. I want to start by saying that Accutane was my LAST resort. I have tried Arbonne (do they even exist anymore?), Proactive, Clinique, Neutrogena, Clean & Clear, Benzoyl Peroxide (I think I’m immune now), Minocycline, and natural remedies like honey, apple cider vinegar, lemons, etc. I was pretty hesitant about taking Accutane because of all of the nasty side effects. The one biggest thing I am still afraid of is potential hair loss. I’m really hoping that doesn’t happen.

My boyfriend, brother, and friend have all taken the drug and it did wonders for them. While they are guys and it’s a much easier process for them, I hope that I will have the same results.

My acne seems to have been at its worst the past few months. I’m sure most of it is hormonal, but I think stress is also involved. I recently realized how much of a negative effect acne has had on me. The other day, I was driving home from work with my boyfriend when he pointed out a guy on his bike. My boyfriend said that guy lived next door to us in our apartment for two years and moved out the past week. I had never seen him in my life. I could not have pointed him out if there was a line-up. For a while, I made jokes that I was really oblivious. But I now realized that I avoid eye contact constantly. I hated people looking at me because I was so self-conscious. The past few years have been full of excuses not to go out with friends to the point that they probably think I’m anti-social. I am so emotionally drained from worrying about my skin. There have been so many times that I wish I could skip work or ditch class, but I can’t bring myself to do it. And then when I am there, I constantly stress over my skin which I’m sure adds to the breakouts. I simply don’t want people to look at me.

A couple of weeks ago, I went on vacation and looked into a mirror and started to cry (granted, it was a mirror with the harshest lighting I had ever seen). It wasn’t the first time and I have been on the verge of panic attacks before, but it was enough to make me one hundred percent sure I wanted to use Accutane so that I could get rid of my skin problems once and for all.

I am so impatient to start Accutane. My dermatologist gave me the green light, but I still have to wait until August 22nd. I’m not sure what dosage I will be taking, but I know that I am going to have a one-pill day, two-pill day routine for five months. It’s irritating that girls have to go through such an ordeal, but I suppose I understand why the pregnancy tests are necessary even though I personally practice abstinence.

I hope that I can update my progress on Accutane with pictures here and there between two jobs and school. It is going to be a hectic next few months and I already am dreading the initial breakout that everyone talks about. But like I say, you need to make yourself worse off in the short run to be better off in the long run (including the $450 out-of-pocket I’ll be paying for the pills each month for the next few months *cries*). I really wish I had done this years ago when I didn’t care as much about my appearance. Dealing with acne in college when you have jobs and need to focus on impressing people for the future is so difficult.

Anyway, I hope to be done writing dull, depressing things. Any tips/expectations are welcome!

The two pictures below I have uploaded show my skin's current condition. I get a lot of painful, red bumps on my cheek areas. The picture on top is me with makeup and less blemishes than now. Hope my skin will look that way naturally one day!