So not only is this my first post on this website but its also my first blog ever! Let me start by introducing myself, I'm a 24 year old female and have been struggling with acne for about 6 years. My acne has got progressively worse the past year. I've tried different birth controls, no birth control, antibiotics (topical and oral), different face washes and daily routines, drinking tons of water everyday etc. you get the point, I've tried everything. For the past 2-3 years I've been on oracea, which is an oral antibiotic typically used for rosacea. In conjunction with oracea, I was using clindamycin lotion (morning) and tretinoin cream 0.05% (evening). My boyfriend recommend I ask my derm about accutane (which he had taken years before and had great success), but I was very reluctant due to the scary side effects ( I was really worried about pregnancy issues post accutane). But after doing research and reading many blogs like this, I decided to make the leap.
Now on to the good stuff...
I've now been on claravis 20 mg twice daily for one week now. I have still been using the topical clindamycin to help with the initial breakout...yes I've got the initial breakout, it sucks but isn't too much worse than the acne I already have been getting! Hopefully it won't last long.
Some symptoms I've experienced so far are fatigue, nausea, slight headaches, moodiness (ha my poor boyfriend), dry lips (Im constantly applying lip balm, so far my favorites are aquaphor and Vaseline- the tiny little jar made for lips), dry hands, dry face (I've been using clinique dramatically different as a moisturizer and eucerin face wash), whew! I'm hoping all these symptoms will be worth it!
I will be adding pictures as soon as I upload them from my phone. In the mean time if anyone has any questions/comments I'd love to hear from you guys! It makes it easier to know we're all going through this together. )