I'll start off by giving my acne history. I've had acne since 5th grade, from puberty I'm sure. From then it progressed from just a few small papules to what I have now. Basically every type of acne under the sun, some non-inflamed acne, clogged pore on my cheeks next to my nose and inflamed acne. I only started getting cysts maybe in the begginning of 8th grade. But I think when I started to using retin-a cream with isopropyl myristate it caused me the worse acne ever for about three months then it started to clear, slighty. I've never really been clear since I've had acne, about 70-80% is the clearest I've ever gotten.
Anyways I started Claravis on 11/4/11 or November 4, 2011 on 40mg daily. I saw a derm last Wednesday in the same office as my regular derm and was prescribe my "highest" dosage which is 60mg daily. I weigh roughly 135lbs which converts to around 61kg. My acne only really flared when I started the medication but I'm sure it was because I had to stop taking minocycline. I shall get to the side effects I've had so far and topical things I have been using.
The only things I've noticed is my nose was very day one day and when I blow my nose I had a mini nose bleed out of just one nostril. Then my hair hasn't been as oily as compared to before which is a plus. My face is pretty much the same my acne comes and goes. My face is basically just as oily before starting the accutane.
Because I'm in Iowa and with the usually dry and pretty cold winters I have dry lips. Well the derm I saw recommended Aquaphor and it works alright, not amazing though. I've been using the same things as in my siggy but I'm experimenting with a heavier moisturizer* and also a sunscreen**. The moisturizer doesn't seem to break me out. I'll have to test the sunscreen out tomorrow to see it does or not. Then I've added a witch hazel toner as well to help with my current acne, control oil and all that good stuff.
*Cetaphil Daily Advance Ultra Hydrating Lotion (Been using it since yesterday and haven't broke out, yet)
**Clinique Age Defense SPF 25 (Shall try using it tomorrow!)
I will try to update at least once a week or more often!
Edited by Brown Spots, 13 July 2012 - 10:30 PM.