Alright well I'm mainly just doing this for my own self interest, but I'd love to have people follow me if they're interested. Basically I've already started my first round of Accutane(Claravis) and am currently on Day 9. To backtrack a little bit I'm a 21 year old male and have been plagued with mild-moderate acne for about 6-7 years now.
Similar to most of the other people on here, I've tried everything to get rid of my acne. I'm in near perfect health (perfect physicals, bloodwork in great shape, clean diet, daily exercise, moderate drinking, no drugs, etc etc) been on bactrum, minocycline, doxycycline, ampicillin, retin-a, duac, tazorac, tried elimination diets with gluten, dairy, and meat, honey masks, oil cleanse, apple cider vinegar as well as a few other I've forgotten all with no success.
My acne isn't terrible by any means, but its persistent and seems to be genetic as well (father had acne until mid 20s). I have spent a lot of time thinking that I can beat acne just by finding something that triggers it in my life and eliminating that factor;however, after years of trying I finally threw in the towel and began my accutane regimen. I'm just tired of fighting it every single day and always having to worry about how it looks.
As I said I'm currently on Day 9 and my side affects have been pretty moderate so far. I started last Wednesday and am taking 40mg a day (I'm 180lbs or so). My lips have been getting progressively drier and I'm definitely getting a moderate initial breakout.
I'm getting a number of some small cysts around all my trouble areas, but I'm at peace with it so far.
The hardest part is trying not to pop some of the whiteheads, which I've been doing an ok job of. I definitely don't force the issue on small whiteheads, but some of them have become so big, that I just pop them, so they don't pop later when I'm working out or something like that. I heard that its a bad idea to pop acne while on accutane, but I figure as long as I'm not picking I hope I'll be fine.
That's it for now, feel free to post or ask questions if you have any. I'll try to post pics soon.