Well today is day 15 on Claravis. Two weeks down! I started doing 40 mg every other day on Monday (01/25) and remained at 20 mg on the other days. Month 2 the Derm said I would be on 40 mg every day through the third month and then 60 mg the last three months.
So far I think this hasn't been too bad. The 4 trouble spots which came after starting Claravis are completely healed. I have had about 4 decent sized whiteheads pop up over the last 2 or 3 days. I popped them before showering each day and they just went away in a matter of hours. I know you should not pop but come on, they stay around for ages if you don't and who wants to have these displayed on your face like a Victoria Secret's supermodel on a runway.
My face looks clear right now. Some red spots from old battle scars but nothing too noticable. My skin isn't as dry as the first week but the oil isn't half as bad as it was. Lips are holding up. I use Aquaphor like 5 times a day. Still drinking a lot of water. Hair is dry. I need to use double conditioner and let it stay on longer.
Haven't had a bloody nose since first week. I think Using Ayr saline nose gel really helps. No more headaches. No real side effects except I am itchy on my arms, back and legs. I also noticed a small rash or something on my right wrist and forearm but it went away as fast as it came.
So this is the start of week 3. From my reading of other accutane blogs, this is the possible IB week. I really don't want to see that happen but if an IB is inevitable lets get it done!
Hope everyone else starting accutane is doing as well. Good luck.
Well today is day 11 on Claravis. I finished my first blister pack yesterday. No new breakouts since the 3 or 4 which happend after starting accutane. Of those, 2 are completely gone and the other 2 are actually healing nicely. I was worried they would not heal very well because the skin was way too dry but it is looking good today.
Woke up today even more dry then in the days prior. Skin is just flaking off (how much skin can one loose?) After a quick bath the skin come off and you look good. The skin is smooth almost like a baby. I think I'm going to stop shaving every day though.
No more bloody nose issues since I started using Ayr saline nasal gel in the nostrils. I think is works great. No issues at this time. No headache. No joint or back pain. No vision or hearing issues. I think the worst is the dry skin and mouth.
Still using Neutrogena oil free moisture (3 times a day) and Aquaphor. I'm using Cetaphil skin cleanser in the morning and at night now since my skin is too dry to use the products I had been using to control the oil. Not as oily anymore. Instead of every hour blotting the skin dry because of the oil I think I can go maybe 5 or 6 hours now. Can't wash hair every day. I am now going every 2 or 3 days because the hair is really dry.
I have been taking Biotin for the hair (because I don't want to loose any of it) and vitamin E.
Definately need to drink lots of water. I have to carry a water bottle around because my mouth is so dry. I went to Costco and bought (2) 35 packs of Poland Springs water in addition to the 1.5 gallon jug my wife buys for the refrigerator each week.
So far so good. Some people have their IB in the 2nd or 3rd week so I don't know what to expect in the next few days. On Wednesday I will be increasing my dose to 40 mg every other day and staying at 20 mg on the other days..
Took 9th Claravis pill today.
I woke up with wicked dry skin. Peeling all over the place. Once the skin peels, the area is slightly red. Using Neutogena oil free sensitive skin moisture.
First bloody nose today while showering.
Skin looks bad compared to day 1. (I started accutane finally looking good). Now have 4 spots including a cystic one. One spot is open and since the skin is dry it is not healing very fast. These would have happend even if I was not on accutane so I can't say I'm going through an IB.
No headache or other side effects besides the bloody nose and dry skin.
Today is the start of my second week. No new spots and no improvement in the existing two that I developed in the past few days. I noticed I am very dry today. Skin is peeling around the mouth and eyes. Definately do not use the products you had been using prior to accutane because your skin will not be able to handle it now.
Constantly putting chapstick or aquaphor on my lips.
My headache is now gone and no other side effects yet.
I am officially 1 week into my Claravis treatment.
3 new blemishes in the last couple of days. One went away kind of fast while the 2 others are hanging around.
Skin on my face is more dry than usual and flaking in some spots but still oily in the T zone. Need to blot with a paper towel every couple of hours.
Have a headache but not too bad and itchy skin on my arms and legs. No other side effects.