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#201 bodyandsoul

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Posted 03 September 2012 - 10:56 AM

MONTH 2 RECAP
Today is my final day of Month 2! I've heard from some that Month 3 is the "magic month" so I'm hopeful that I'll see lots of improvement in the coming weeks!

A recap of Month 2 progress and side effects:
  • Skin was improving towards the very end of Month 1 and very beginning of Month 2, but there was a lot of breaking out in Month 2. Breakouts became less cystic in nature but individual bumps are much larger and go through a scab/peel/bleed cycle while healing.
  • Finally saw consistent improvement in the very last week of Month 2. Even though I'm still breaking out, my skin is looking its best going into Month 3.
  • Eyes are more dry but still able to wear contacts
  • Lips became much more dry in the second half of this month. Several cracks in the corners of my mouth and more peeling on my lips.
  • Inside of my nose has been a lot more dry. Needed to occasionally use saline spray to combat nose bleeds due to the dryness.
  • Itchy scalp no longer a problem. Scalp and hair is still dry, but does not feel flakey and itchy like it did.
  • Body does not feel dry, no rashes, no eczema, etc. Face very dry but manageable.
  • Felt some agitation/anxiety a few days this month, which may or may not be because of the drug.
  • Started feeling a little joint pain in my ankles and toes when I first wake up in the mornings. Last night I felt more joint pain in my wrists, neck, shoulders and back. Nothing too concerning at this point.
  • Still experiencing random extreme fatigue but it was less often this month.
  • Cholesterol is elevated to 245.

Edited by bodyandsoul, 03 September 2012 - 11:13 AM.

Female / 30 years old / 117lbs / 5'4"

Moderate-severe cystic facial acne


Claravis start date: 7/6/12

Month 1: 40mg

Month 2: 60mg

Month 3: 60mg

Month 4: 60mg

Month 5: 60mg

Month 6?: 60mg

My Isotretinoin Log


Supplements: Fish Oil, Milk Thistle, Vitamin E, Vitamin D, Probiotics


#202 poptartie

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Posted 03 September 2012 - 03:24 PM

I am almost exactly one month behind you. I'm happy for you that you are seeing progress. This gives me hope :) I will also be bumping up from 30-60mg in a couple of days and I'm nervous about the side effects :/ I will hang on for another break out and much more reptiilian skin! This is all such an exhausting journey! Good luck this month

#203 bodyandsoul

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Posted 04 September 2012 - 12:22 PM

Yes progress!! Your skin looks so much smoother!! I can't wait to see the end of month 3 Posted Image

Don't you love how we check our skin for new bumps all the time? I'm really bad about doing this anytime I wake up at night. I just spent a bad skin weekend. I actually had this weekend off and for some reason broke out terribly! I thought I had avoided the IB but I guess 20 days in I got it. I think they are starting to heal now… and I hope when my does increases I don't get this again. The plan is for me to do like you did- month 1 40 and then up to 60 for 5 or six months.

Happy you are seeing improvement!


Thank you! I'm really bad about touching my face. I know it's not helping matters!

I guess I had an IB though it wasn't like so many horrible ones I've heard about. I'm still breaking out here at the start of Month 3 - three new ones this weekend.

Keep hanging in there!

I am almost exactly one month behind you. I'm happy for you that you are seeing progress. This gives me hope Posted Image I will also be bumping up from 30-60mg in a couple of days and I'm nervous about the side effects :/ I will hang on for another break out and much more reptiilian skin! This is all such an exhausting journey! Good luck this month


I thought I would have additional side effects during my second month after bumping up to 60mg, but nothing much really. Still breaking out though and of course there are still plenty of months left for side effects, but I'm pleased with how I'm tolerating it thus far.

Good luck to you too this month!

Female / 30 years old / 117lbs / 5'4"

Moderate-severe cystic facial acne


Claravis start date: 7/6/12

Month 1: 40mg

Month 2: 60mg

Month 3: 60mg

Month 4: 60mg

Month 5: 60mg

Month 6?: 60mg

My Isotretinoin Log


Supplements: Fish Oil, Milk Thistle, Vitamin E, Vitamin D, Probiotics


#204 ginanutrition

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Posted 04 September 2012 - 04:48 PM

I see progress! Things definitely look smoother. :D I hope it continues to get better, and that's fantastic news about no scarring! I have some light scarring. It sucks, but I try not to let it get me down.

28 years young female nutrition ninja

blah blah acne forever. let's kick it in the nutz, accutane.

Barlean's omega 3-6-9 swirl, probiotics, Thorne liver support, vitamin D

Started Claravis May 16, 2012

Month 1: 40 mg
Month 2: 60 mg

Month 3: 60 mg

Month 4: 60 mg

Month 5: 60 mg

Ending October 18, 2012

link to my loggy


#205 bodyandsoul

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Posted 06 September 2012 - 03:11 PM

Holy crap my eyes are red and stinging this afternoon. I hope this is not a sign that I'll have to stop wearing my contacts. I wanted to read through the logs today and say some hellos but my eyes can't take this computer screen anymore!

Not sleeping well at all this week and starting to get a lot more noticeable joint pain Posted Image Also feeling a bit irritable.

Otherwise, my face is definitely breaking out less but I wish it would break out NONE :P

Female / 30 years old / 117lbs / 5'4"

Moderate-severe cystic facial acne


Claravis start date: 7/6/12

Month 1: 40mg

Month 2: 60mg

Month 3: 60mg

Month 4: 60mg

Month 5: 60mg

Month 6?: 60mg

My Isotretinoin Log


Supplements: Fish Oil, Milk Thistle, Vitamin E, Vitamin D, Probiotics


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Posted 10 September 2012 - 12:39 PM

Day 67
Month 3
Week 9

Still trucking along at 60mg. Still breaking out, though much less. I've been trying to get rid of big bumps at the corners of my mouth (right next to the cracks, ouch) but they are hanging on for a long time. There are some under-the-sink spots along my jawline that aren't very visible but aren't budging. So all in all, I have four active bumps, three healing, and a several clogged pores. And lots of hyperpigmentation!

Still have a lot of fatigue and I now struggling with some joint pain. Major back pain the other night after cleaning all day. I wake up in the middle of the night and in the mornings with pain in my ankles, toes, and wrists.

I'm also having some trouble sleeping. I wake up a lot, completely dehyrdated. So I'm hoping that by consuming more water, I may start sleeping better.

My face is dry but not flakey. The rest of my body doesn't feel dry. My eyes are becoming more dry and I think I'm going to have to start wearing my glasses more often.

Female / 30 years old / 117lbs / 5'4"

Moderate-severe cystic facial acne


Claravis start date: 7/6/12

Month 1: 40mg

Month 2: 60mg

Month 3: 60mg

Month 4: 60mg

Month 5: 60mg

Month 6?: 60mg

My Isotretinoin Log


Supplements: Fish Oil, Milk Thistle, Vitamin E, Vitamin D, Probiotics


#207 ginanutrition

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Posted 10 September 2012 - 01:16 PM

Hooray for breaking out less!!!

Sounds like you're entering into the magical Month 3. Hopefully it just keeps getting better and better.

Have you talked to your doc about the joint pain? That sounds pretty bad. I only get pain in my knees and lower back sometimes. It sucks, but my only savior has been exercise, stretching, and sleeping. What kind of exercise do you do? I try to stay away from running, and use the elliptical, cause it hurts less.

28 years young female nutrition ninja

blah blah acne forever. let's kick it in the nutz, accutane.

Barlean's omega 3-6-9 swirl, probiotics, Thorne liver support, vitamin D

Started Claravis May 16, 2012

Month 1: 40 mg
Month 2: 60 mg

Month 3: 60 mg

Month 4: 60 mg

Month 5: 60 mg

Ending October 18, 2012

link to my loggy


#208 bodyandsoul

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Posted 10 September 2012 - 02:12 PM

The joint pain is not Awful (except for that back pain the other night...but the next morning it was much better).... and it only seems to be in the middle of the night and first thing in the morning so I think it could be the stiffness. I walk a lot with my dog, but I'd also like to take up yoga.


Woah are my eyes hurting this afternoon! I'm going to have to start bringing my contact case and glasses...I don't think I can go all day anymore, especially staring at a monitor most of the day. Boo, I hate wearing my glasses.

Female / 30 years old / 117lbs / 5'4"

Moderate-severe cystic facial acne


Claravis start date: 7/6/12

Month 1: 40mg

Month 2: 60mg

Month 3: 60mg

Month 4: 60mg

Month 5: 60mg

Month 6?: 60mg

My Isotretinoin Log


Supplements: Fish Oil, Milk Thistle, Vitamin E, Vitamin D, Probiotics


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Posted 10 September 2012 - 03:47 PM

i've been getting muscle aches in my legs..mostly in morning and then at night..my back has been fine..but jeez sometimes at nite my legs just ache...my hubby and i walked a long time yesterday and i paid for it last nite and this morning..129 more days, but who's counting..heehee

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Posted 17 September 2012 - 07:21 AM

Day 74
Month 3, Week 10

I am breaking out significantly less now and the bumps are much smaller...typically whiteheads that aren't too inflamed. My skin looks and feels pretty smooth, but it's very red (the good ol' accutane "burn"). Lots of hyperpigmentation but I think that will fade in time. I'm sure some of it already has.

Still having some back and joint pain. My lips are very dry and I still have that big crack in one corner of my mouth. But otherwise, side effects are pretty minimal for now!

Check out Progress Pictures here - http://skinbodyandso...s-pictures.html

Female / 30 years old / 117lbs / 5'4"

Moderate-severe cystic facial acne


Claravis start date: 7/6/12

Month 1: 40mg

Month 2: 60mg

Month 3: 60mg

Month 4: 60mg

Month 5: 60mg

Month 6?: 60mg

My Isotretinoin Log


Supplements: Fish Oil, Milk Thistle, Vitamin E, Vitamin D, Probiotics


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Posted 18 September 2012 - 02:40 AM

Just looked at your pictures , your skin has improved so much ! Happy for you :)

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Posted 18 September 2012 - 11:19 AM

Your skin is really improving!! So happppy for you!!!

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Posted 21 September 2012 - 07:26 AM

Thank you...I do see the improvement too and I'm happy about it. I still feel like I have a long ways to go!

Day 78
Month 3, Week 11

Skin - I do have a few small actives right now and some other spots that are healing, plus one little jerk on my neck. The hyperpigmentation looks like acne to the untrained eye, however my face is soooo much smoother compared to pre-Accutane. I haven't been obsessing as much lately or constantly checking for new bumps...which is probably why I haven't been as active on the forums (though still reading others' logs)

Side effects - very dry lips with a big crack in one corner. Fatigue and some joint/back pain and having some trouble sleeping. Otherwise, my body doesn't feel dry and my face is manageable if I keep it moisturized. My eyes are a lot more dry and I'm often wearing my glasses instead of contacts. I get headaches and crabby if I don't drink enough water.

Since I got my haircut I feel like my features are so much more noticeable, which I like, but it makes me want to cover that hyperpigmentation. So yesterday I broke down and switched up my makeup routine to a foundation that covers a lot better. It stayed on all day and definitely hid those marks, but I'm so concerned that I'll get a giant cyst. Today I'm back to my tinted moisturizer and mineral powder.

Monday is bloodwork and next Thursday is my Derm appt, before heading into Month 4. Here's hoping that my cholesterol has stabilized. I've been better with my eating habits this month, though still not perfect.

Hope you all are healing too Posted Image

Edited by bodyandsoul, 21 September 2012 - 07:31 AM.

Female / 30 years old / 117lbs / 5'4"

Moderate-severe cystic facial acne


Claravis start date: 7/6/12

Month 1: 40mg

Month 2: 60mg

Month 3: 60mg

Month 4: 60mg

Month 5: 60mg

Month 6?: 60mg

My Isotretinoin Log


Supplements: Fish Oil, Milk Thistle, Vitamin E, Vitamin D, Probiotics


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Posted 01 October 2012 - 02:16 PM

Day 88
Month 3, Week 12

Last week I had my Dermatologist appt and I'm now just about done with Month 3! My cholesterol had stabilized this month, only dropping a few points, but not increasing, so that was good news. Triglycerides were creeping up, though still normal, so I better start being more diligant with my fish oil (I have been slacking the last couple of weeks!)

My skin is breaking out much much less now, which of course is awesome. I still break out and I have a lot of hyperpigmentation that needs to heal, but my face is pretty smooth and no longer feeling congested.

My lips are quite dry and my eyes have become Extremely dry, but otherwise my side effects are minimal for now!

Female / 30 years old / 117lbs / 5'4"

Moderate-severe cystic facial acne


Claravis start date: 7/6/12

Month 1: 40mg

Month 2: 60mg

Month 3: 60mg

Month 4: 60mg

Month 5: 60mg

Month 6?: 60mg

My Isotretinoin Log


Supplements: Fish Oil, Milk Thistle, Vitamin E, Vitamin D, Probiotics


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Posted 11 October 2012 - 02:46 PM

Sorry, friends, that I have not been around. I think of you all quite often and hope you're all seeing healing and feeling good!

Month 3 Recap
Month 3 was my best yet!

Skin:
  • Breakouts really started diminishing. Only a few actives this month.
  • Did not see much change in the hyperpigmentation.
  • Face is often very red, but overall quite smooth.
  • Fair amount of clogged pores

Side Effects:
  • Eyes became dry and irritated enough that I've basically stopped wearing contacts and only wear my glasses
  • Inside of my nose extremely dry and raw, sometimes with bleeding. Using saline spray.
  • Fatigue/lack of energy
  • Insomnia - some long nights awake despite being very tired!
  • Some minor joint pain in my hands/wrists/ankles
  • Cholesterol stabilized at 237
  • Body is not particularly dry
Progress pics can be found here: http://skinbodyandso...p-pictures.html

Female / 30 years old / 117lbs / 5'4"

Moderate-severe cystic facial acne


Claravis start date: 7/6/12

Month 1: 40mg

Month 2: 60mg

Month 3: 60mg

Month 4: 60mg

Month 5: 60mg

Month 6?: 60mg

My Isotretinoin Log


Supplements: Fish Oil, Milk Thistle, Vitamin E, Vitamin D, Probiotics


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Posted 11 October 2012 - 03:54 PM

Your progress is awesome! You must be really happy with the results so far, I bet! I have been reading your log among others, since I am soon (next month more or less) to start my own accutane journey (second one but the first was ages ago), in order to take some strength and good vibes for the months to follow and, honestly, you people here make me to actually anticipate to start my treatment!

Good luck with the rest of your course and a wonderful, flawless, acne - free face at the end!

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Posted 12 October 2012 - 03:30 AM

Good for you !!
I just ordered Paula's choice RESIST Pure Radiance and manuka honey for the pigmentation ,but I don't think that they will improve my pigmentation , I just ordered them to keep my face smooth:), don't worry about the pigmentation , time will do it , you should see the post I did today :D !

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Posted 30 November 2012 - 10:18 AM

Hi Friends! I know I have been out of the loop for a long while, but I've been so happy with my progress, I didn't want to dwell. I've been keeping all of you in my thoughts and wishing you success in your own journeys to become acne free :) Here's an update on me.

End of Month 4 Progress Pics
Today I had my LAST dermatologist appointment! I'm wrapping up Month 5 and I begin Month 6 pills in about a week, and then it will all be over!

I did have several breakouts at the beginning of Month 4, but they healed fairly quick and since then I've only had two or three active bumps. I do have a small active bump right now, and boy does it stand out when the rest of my face is so clear!

Side effects are minimal at this point. I have had some problems with insomnia that is likely accutane related, but my skin has tolerated this drug surprisingly well. Still ready to have my old self back, sans acne!

After I completely finish Month 5, I'll post some more pics. This hyperpigmentation should fade with time - most everything is not true scarring.

Pictures of End of Month 4: http://skinbodyandso...gress-pics.html
Pictures at End of Month 3: http://skinbodyandso...p-pictures.html
Pictures of Day 1-43: http://skinbodyandso...ugh-day-43.html

Female / 30 years old / 117lbs / 5'4"

Moderate-severe cystic facial acne


Claravis start date: 7/6/12

Month 1: 40mg

Month 2: 60mg

Month 3: 60mg

Month 4: 60mg

Month 5: 60mg

Month 6?: 60mg

My Isotretinoin Log


Supplements: Fish Oil, Milk Thistle, Vitamin E, Vitamin D, Probiotics


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Posted 03 December 2012 - 08:02 AM

indeed body and soul, it seems like this med affects everything, hope all goes well with everyones journey,

agggg my head has gone so flaky,

is it normal for hair to fall when on accutane? i dont know if its my imagination or i am really loosing a lot of hair. has anyone had this before?

So far i am on my 3rd week.

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Posted 05 December 2012 - 04:11 PM

Doctors always say be careful and keep an eye on depression signs. hoever i think: DEPRESSION DOES NOT COME FROM MEDS BUT FROM DOCTORS.
You might ask why do i think this way, well let me tell you. I went to see my dermatolog as it has been 1 month and i have to get a new prescription. The doctor suggested that i take anibiotics, HOWEVER she didnt know what works with my accutane so she goes and GOOGLES it in front of me and checks different webs.
How can u trust a doctor who doesnt know the answer and above all relies on internet web info.
I think to control negative thoughts i have been trying to arrange events and keep spending time with friends. I love cooking for friends so have been inviting a lot of people that make me laugh.

Dont worry about the lips, make sure u use plenty of vaseline and they wont crack,.
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