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Accutane Week 4

So I am not sure if it is the medication but I have gotten a really bad cold and sore throat last week, a UTI, and constipation. Not only that but when I #2 it is hard and the skin is getting cuts. that sounds graphic but yeah that's the truth. I am dry and itchy and skin is peeling alot especially while in the shower it peels off and feels smoother after. Then I feel more tired and less active than usual. My stomach burns a little. Are these typical symptoms with most accutane users? Pimple status is 1-5 that comes and goes daily and some spots are hard and will not go away. I tried to pick one and it scabbed up really bad and peely and red. Now it is a scar :( Well that's it for now.

Dry everything. I feel itchy like i'm on pins and needles.. no IB still... I am starting to wonder if it will ever come I hope it does not. So no new breakouts. My pores are showing up and they look weird dark and dry and I can't pop or squeeze anything my skin is sensitive and I have a pinkish orange tint on my face still.... I put chapstick and aquaphor at night and in the morning my lip skin all comes off soon as I wash my face then again at night it peels in the shower and reveals new skin.. I hope my whole face will do that during this treatment. I hope to shed off all this crap gunk on my face including these deep scars.... Anyways that's all I can update.

Skin: dry and itchy. Flaky but still exfoliating at night to control it.I really can't stand the itchyness I feel like I have a sunburn my face is reddish tint which magnifies the old and new scars/spots. I feel like I have ant bites all over my face but when I look its just really dry. Some new actives but they are drying out and going away there's a medium sized spot on my upper lip that is tender and I can feel it and see it! I hate getting zits on upper lip, middle of for head, in between eyebrows, actually I hate any spots front in center of my face lol I don't mind them on the outside area of my face as much but hate the ones I can feel bc it's all I think about! Okay I'll try to stop obsessing.

Hair: dry but still kinda have that waxy dried feeling so I still wash it daily.

eyes: super dry I am wearing glasses from now on

Lips: dry and flaky to the point I peeled off all the skin from my lips they were so flaky and sticking out everywhere and a few hours later they started to flake the same again! I am using chapstick with a coat of Aquaphor on them. Anyways guess I gotta start dealing with that now. Anyways I'll try not to peel them anymore its not a good look lol

Body: is itch all over I am getting a rash on the tops of my hand. Kinda feel achy when I wake up. At night I get hot and uncomfortable tossing and turning. I am also really thirsty now and feel dehydrated..

mind: I feel more tired I usuallly don't take naps but today I was super tired in the middle of the day and took a two hour nap.

I woke up to no new blemishes today after last night I thought I had began the inevitable initial breakout but today those spots seem to be shrinking and no new spots forming yet.. but who knows I read other ppl's experience and most log that spots could pop up anytime. Well it's somewhat of a relief but at the same time I feel like I am still waiting for the IB to happen.. Face is pretty dry and still itchy today. I would say when i started claravis my oily-ness was 8/10 ten being the most oily and now it is about 4/10 my lips are even more dry I put lip balm maybe 5x daily and I also put oil on my face before moisturizer at night and it has helped with the dry, itchiness, and redness so much! It looks like it is fading the scars too. So I will continue to do that and still exfoliate as much as my skin can tolerate.

Day 8-10

Alright well I thought I was doing so well and was really scared for the IB and I think I have gotten it... On day 8 I was still dry and my active spots from the days before were going away and today, day 10 I woke up to two new spots on my cheeks but the rest of my face was flat. Well It is night time now and I looked in the mirror and saw 3 new spots on my forehead and 4 on my cheeks... AH I hope this IB doesn't last too long or get too severe I will feel really depressed and alll that bad stuff that comes along with a bad breakout. I hope I will one day have flawless skin. Only some people can be that lucky with accutane. My lips feel drier and my eyes are super dry. My face and some parts of my body are incredibly itchy and my eyebrows too! I am really thirsty and need to start drinking more water. Well guys wish me luck and I pray this IB will move along quickly. Currently I am still exfoliating with bha's. Not sure when my skin will start to get too angry with everything..

It sucks that people who suffer from severe acne have to go through so much crazy BS to have decent looking skin. Anyways thanks for reading.

Hello I am a 20ish y/o female journaling my experience with Claravis the generic of accutane. I am 117 lbs. I never had acne in HS or as a young teen. I started breaking out in college around the age of 18 but just a few pimples. I started the "Regimen" with Bp and it helped clear my skin up very well however after a few years I started to get a weird flushing of the skin and wrinkles around my face. I continued the BP but soon I started to get cysts underneath my skin. Just a few at first so I decided to stop BP and boy that was a bad idea. My face got so bad with all kinds of acne on my skin including the very bad cystic nodules and it covered my whole face and was now on my neck. I became severely depressed I did not want to go out. I remember smiling or sleeping my cysts will burst (sorry for gross content) and my face would leak. I had like 20 cysts on my face. Well I went to see a doctor and found out I was suffering from many serious health issues (I was allergice to everything) however they weren't sure if it was connected to my breakouts. I have now resolved my serious health issues and my skin is no longer breaking out in cystic acne however I still get around 2-7 active small pimples and it makes me so annoyed waiting for it to stop breaking out but every morning I wake up to a new pimple. I would say since resolving my serious health issue my acne has improved 60% thank goodness for not getting cystic acne anymore. Acne in any form is terrible. So I decided I don't want to use bp for my skin anymore bc it causes my skin to look older and redder. I went to a derm and they suggested I try accutane. I was worried at first because of all the side effects short and long term and especially my history of clinical depression. Well I am so tired of waiting for clear skin so I thought about it and researched it for months and decided to take the leap.

Well I took a bloodtest which is a breeze it is only one tiny tube. I also took a urine pregnancy test. Then I went on the ipledge program to answer some birth control questions then I was approved for getting Claravis 40 mg 1x daily.

Day 1: took my first pill with apple and peanut butter. My skin is somewhat combo of dry and oily on the face and very dry on the body. I did not notice any changes from the drug. I have about 5 little pimples on my skin the white head kind and lots of pores on my skin and cheeks. I have a lot of scarring from the breakout from a few months back so I look like I have a sunburn from the scars. Physically and mentally I feel the same.

Day 5: skin is itchy still the same amount of pimples and lips are a bit dry. I still have not had any other side effects.

Day 7: Skin is less oily but still combo. The pimples I have are drier and the white head is dry to where some of them kind of fall out if you scratch it off or pull it with a tweezer however some pimples are still under the skin but no initial breakout yet. face is more flushed looking. Skin is really itchy feels like I am breaking out all over however I am pleasantly suprised when I look in the mirror. Lips are more dry and require more lipbalm application. I feel more thirsty and hot to the touch at night. eyes are dry before tane but is even more dry now. I still somehow manage to wear contacts I feel like the next few days I will need to start wearing my glasses for the rest of the treatment. My upper arms are very dry and itchy now. I kinda feel and look like I have a sunburn. Have stopped using tea tree oil on my face bc it burns now. Well that's it. I'll try to update every week and add photos.


this is months ago when I had my bad breakout


this was day 1 prior to taking my first claravis pill, as you can see it has gotten better but still needs that extra help from claravis.

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