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#21 Candygirl30

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Posted 09 February 2013 - 11:30 AM

Am in the same boat I start my claravis on jan 18 and my acne is at it's worst my face hurts you name I got am on 80 mg per day the first week it clean up second week went to hell and 3 rd same lets hope this gets better am praying wish you all the best of the luck if you have any tips for red on the face please tell me I would appreciate have a great day everyone

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Posted 09 February 2013 - 10:10 PM

Can you switch to the full version just to upload pics? That's what I do on my kindle fire. Not sure if that's possible with your phone though.

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Posted 10 February 2013 - 11:02 PM

BMarie-

I've tried to get to the full version and it never works :( I'll try to get on a computer within the next few days though!

Candygirl30-

Thanks for the support! I wish you the best as well! As for my red spots well they always turn into scabs (since my skin is so dry) so every night I put neosporin on them and that seems to help! Good luck!:)

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Posted 11 February 2013 - 07:45 AM

I found out what I was doing wrong I was basically scrubbing my face every time I got out of the shower with my towel so I was hurting my face now I just pat dry it and my skin is getting alot better thank god and I will try the neosporin thanks 😃

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Posted 13 February 2013 - 07:53 PM

Day 29-

 

So I went to the doctor today for my one month check up and she thinks my skin looks better than it has in awhile! Yay! She told me by month 3 (12 weeks) I should be completely clear and just coast thru the last 2ish months. She gave me a lot of hope so I'm extremely excited!! I'm staying on 60mg and continuing with the same moisturizers, but since I'm peeling a lot around my mouth and chin she told me to put vaseline (petroleum jelly) on my face every night. Hopefully that helps since my makeup looks crazy during the day because of the dryness! I also asked her about the dry patches that I have on my left arm and she said that it's eczema..which apparently is a side effect of accutane. If any of you are dealing with this as well she told me to keep it moisturized with vaseline! 

 

And I'm still trying to upload pictures! :(



I finally got on a computer and I still can't upload pictures. Someone help! I'm not very good at this computer stuff!! Thanks!! :)



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Posted 17 February 2013 - 11:21 AM

Day 32-

 

So my skin is still the same. I don't think it looks worse or better. I haven't got any cysts on my chin in awhile though..yay!! So that's a positive.. But I still get a new spot or two everyday. My birthday is next friday so I'm hoping my face looks half way decent so that I can go out.

I've been using vaseline on my face every night like my doctor suggested and that has definitely helped with the dryness and peeling..now my makeup doesn't flake off!

I'm still getting the dry patches on my left arm and I noticed this morning that it seems to be on my upper right arm as well. I guess the vaseline hasn't been helping. Anyone know of any good lotion for this?? Anyway, still no mood swings or depression and still haven't had anymore nightmares. Everything seems to be going in the right direction!! :)



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Posted 17 February 2013 - 06:45 PM

hi question did you get dark spots on your cheeks ? and if so do they seem to be disappearing i got some dark spot they look like burns not even my make up covers them up help does anyone know of anything i can take or use to help with these my derm doc says its the scaring but i didnt have it before sucks =(  i have no acne or cystic acne but just dry skin and dark spots plus i feel so tired other than that am good please let me know if you guys have any ideas for dark spots thank you !!!



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Posted 18 February 2013 - 05:25 PM

Hi!

I wouldn't say dark marks..just red spots on my upper right cheek. I have no idea how to make them go away..I've just been patiently waiting!! Let me know if anything works for you!

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Posted 19 February 2013 - 11:57 AM

Cerave cream the one in the jar, not the lotion, is good for dry patches on arms and legs. Also Dove deep moisture body soap. My son started to get patches or rash on knuckles , back or hand and arms from the accutane. Now no more.

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Posted 20 February 2013 - 12:18 AM

Hey Courtney!

 

Glad to hear your course is going okay so far.  I've found luck w/ Curel healing lotion (comes in the big pump bottles usually) works well for dry/red patches (I had some on my hands in the past with accutane). I just started another round and I'm currently on day 22, right in the thick of one of the most miserable breakouts of my life. Here's hoping that we both clear up for good!! :)



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Posted 20 February 2013 - 10:55 PM

Thanks, I'll look into the cerave and curel!

Erb27- Second round huh? The first time didn't work? That's my biggest fear!! I hope this works for you!!
Thanks a lot for the support! :)

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Posted 21 February 2013 - 06:18 PM

It's unfortunately my 3rd time...the first couple were in high school (which worked wonders, really)...but its been ~7 years since my last dose and they're thinking that I might be able to knock it out with one more course now that I'm beyond my growth stages I guess..who knows! I've been on antibiotics for far too long so I finally made the switch to tane after months and months of denying the derms :X 

 

Hopefully this knocks it out for the both of us!! :)



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Posted 27 February 2013 - 10:44 PM

Day 42-

 

Wow! I can't believe how fast this is going.. I feel like I just started yesterday!!

 

Well so far so good. My skin seems to be looking better and better. I still get spots here and there but they're a lot smaller now. Haven't had any painful cysts in weeks now!! I'm expecting my period in the next few days and I only suffered a MINOR breakout. Nothing like usual! And people have been telling me my skin is glowing..haven't heard anything like that in years! Such a great feeling! 

The only negative thing I can say right now is that I'm constipated!! I heard it was a side effect and I was hoping it wouldn't happen to me but sure enough it is! :( Anyone else experience that? Suggestions? I've been trying prune juice the last couple days and it only seems to be slightly helping. Other than that nothing bad to report!

 

I hope everyone else is experiencing positive results as well!! :) :)



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Posted 06 March 2013 - 11:36 AM

Day 48- (I think)

 

My lips are SO dry. I use aquaphor multiple times a day, but a few days ago my lips cracked SO BAD and now they just look raw. Not sure what to do about this other than to just keep using aquaphor and wait patiently!

My skin hasn't been too dry. Any dryness is usually just around my chin.. I'll say this every time..the vaseline every night helps tremendously! My skin seems to be a lot better. Less redness and way less breakouts. I have a really painful bump near my eyebrow.. ( not sure if it's a pimple or ingrown hair?) I've recently started noticing how dry my hair is.. I could go DAYS without washing it. And my body is really dry too..still dealing with the eczema..on both arms. :(

Oh and the constipation issue was resolved with the prune juice..yay!

I go to my doctor next Tuesday, so I'll update again after my appointment. Hopefully she can determine how long I need to be on this! 

 

Good luck everybody!! :)



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Posted 13 March 2013 - 10:24 AM

Day 55-

 

Well, I went to the doctor yesterday and she just kept telling me that by week 12 I'll be extremely happy with the results..so by my next appointment. She could defiantly tell that I'm discouraged lately. I'm still breaking out and it's frustrating. I guess I was hoping to be pretty clear by now. I have good days and then bad days (today is a bad day) I guess I just need to be patient right?

I've been on Claravis the last two months and when my doctor went to fill my prescription she was told it's on backorder, so she switched me to amnesteem. Has anyone switched brands midway thru? That switch has me on edge as well. I don't want to have an IB all over again. :( 

 

Other than that.. my dryness is under control and I started using dove soap which is really helping the eczema.

 

I'll update in a few days after I start taking amnesteem. 



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Posted 15 March 2013 - 06:31 PM

Don't worry about the brand switch; the active ingredient is the same (isotretinoin). 

 

I find the best way for me to stay patient and positive during a breakout is to resist coming to boards like this. I know it sounds counter-intuitive, but I think when you're reading a bunch of accutane logs, you stumble over people who are getting over the IB way sooner than you (or barely have an IB), and then you start stressing about that. 



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Posted 16 March 2013 - 09:27 PM

Day 58-

 

Just a quick update...

 

I had such a difficult time getting my prescription this week. Like I mentioned in my last update my doctor was switching me to amnesteem..well the pharmacy didn't have that in stock and was suppose to order it..so after a few days of waiting I called to find out the pharmacist contacted my doctor and switched me back to claravis.(???) instead of 30mg twice a day I'm now taking 20mg three times a day. It took me 5 days to get it because there was issue after issue after issue..thank God I finally have it now though! Hopefully I can go back to 30mg twice a day next month cause it's $15 cheaper!! Is anyone else paying a fortune for this stuff every month? It's starting to get irritating. Half way there! Woohoo.

 

Thanks Pleogsk! I'm constantly on here reading different blogs..it gives me hope for the future!! :)



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Posted 23 March 2013 - 10:03 PM

Half way there? Awesome! I hope your IB is starting to fade away. Have the breakouts started to be less frequent recently?? Stay strong and know that these breakouts will go away soon!! I'm almost @ month 2 and I'm trying to tell myself the same thing.

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Posted 24 March 2013 - 08:13 AM

Day 65-

 

 

Hi erb27! 

Unfortunately my skin looks worse than it has in awhile. The right side of my face has about 12 spots...some just fading red spots and others are pimples. It's very hard to cover it all with makeup, so once again I'm self-conscious going out in public. :( The left side is almost 100% clear. My skin has such gotten worse within the past week and I'm not sure why? I'm hoping by the time I see my doctor next month it'll look better. I also had the eczema under control and now it seems to be flaring up all of a sudden again. This coming week starts week 10 so I'm trying to stay positive! How is your skin by the way? Hope it goes well for you!! :)



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Posted 15 April 2013 - 11:05 AM

Day 87-

 

Wow I haven't updated in awhile!! So sorry!

 

Well, my skin is getting a lot better. EVERYONE keeps telling me how great it looks. I still get breakouts but a lot less than before and they go away almost instantly. And I have the dryness under control.. finally! I went to my doctor last week and she said I should be seeing nothing but positive results from now on since tomorrow hits 13 weeks! I guess it did take me about 12 weeks to start noticing real results.. So anyone getting frustrated I promise it does get better!! 

 

I'll try to get back to updating more frequently!!surprised.gif






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