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Week 1 Update


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

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