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I write here about my results with Accutane (Claravis)

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Worried a little

Hello everyone. I am back. I haven't blogged since last year. I am writing because I am concerned about something. I have been enjoying acne free skin through the last months. I started the treatment on August 2010, and finished in December 2010. I have got a couple of black heads that are not very noticeable, but in the last weeks I have gotten small red bumps, that only last for 1 or 2 days thanks to some samples I got from Epiduo. To me this have not been a big deal. But what have scared me, is that last week I discovered a "bump" under the sideburn of the right of my face, very close to the ear. It felt and looked like a cysts because it looked inflamed. Then I told my mother to take a bobby pin to see if she could pop up that cyst. She put some light pressure in it, and it did pop up, and it had a lot of pus. Oh crap, not again. This cyst was not visible at all, it was hidden under the hair of my sideburns, so it really wasn't a distraction in my face, but what bugs me is that after being cyst free all of this time, I got a cyst again. I hope this is one time only, and I don't get no more. I am scared and I don't want a relapse again. Last month I started to go to a plastic surgeon to see if he could apply some laser treatments that will remove my post-acne marks. He suggested Fraxel but is very pricey, 1,000 per section. He told me that I should start using a set of products that will condition my skin and lighten it up before Fraxel. Depending on the results I may not have to do a lot of Fraxel sections which will help me save $$$. This products are called Obagi and they are amazing, is a 5 step treatment that has a cleanser, toner, and a couple of lightening products, plus it has it's suncreen. Supposedly this products can cause acne at the beginning as a side effect, maybe this is what making me break out? I don't know......... My skin has improve for the better with these products. My face looks more softer and lighter, what pissed me off was that fucking cyst that appear in that area of my face, a very sneaky one. I will have an appointment with a estetician that works for that plastic surgeon, she is also giving me treatments of Blue peels, to help remove my marks. I will tell her about that cyst to see what she thinks.

amethystdream

amethystdream

 

Last entry I am posting her

Hello everyone. Everything is fine with my face. I was done on December 13. My face has stayed clear. I am waiting until all the redness is gone and that what I am expecting to happen on the next following months. My lips are still dry. Vaseline is the only thing that helps my lips dry moisturized. I will be on a cruise on January so I hope the sun does not affect me much. I decided not to post any pictures of myself and keep them private. Take Care, I am glad I got through this.

amethystdream

amethystdream

 

I am almost done! Yes!

I have like two or three weeks left to finish my Accutane treatment. I finish on December 13 and I am so glad I am done with this. My face is looking awesome. I have no acne. I get little bumps once in a while but nothing crazy, but I have been clear in the previous weeks. I have been in a good mood since the holidays started, is my favorite time of the year even though I am broke lol, I am enjoying it. I am going on a cruise soon and it is something that me and my family deserves. I have been feeling so confident now. I asked my doctor what I have to do next after finishing my treatment and he told me I just need to make a final pregnancy test, and continue a "Genesis" treatment that will make my face smooth, there is also microdermabrasion. Since I am currently not working right now is best for me to wait.......but my mother told me that I should give myself the genesis treatment because if I start to work soon I won't have the time to get this treatments........but I don''t know they are so expensive. The genesis treatment is at 800 dollars right now with a discount but it originally costs 1,000. I think I will wait. I want to see how my face will get months after finishing accutane. I hope it stays this way.

amethystdream

amethystdream

 

Face is looking great

Face is looking great today.......... Wore my contact lenses without feeling uncomfortable, did not felt my eyes dry. I will pick up my last package (hopefully) next week. I really hope that the doctor decides not to make me take an extra month of treatment. I really can't wait to finish this. I really hope my face does not goes crazy again in the following months and years. I have been through enough in life thanks to acne. I have feel so comfortable around people now, and people don't look at my face weird anymore.

amethystdream

amethystdream

 

Wow face looks great today

Face looks great 2day. I only have one tiny whitehead that will pop up soon. No new break outs. Only two months left, and I am done! My mental state has been fine. I have been feeling very relaxed in spite of my work situation, but I have my hopes high. Hopefully something good will come up. I was approved unemployment benefits so at least that will help me cover the costs of health insurance. Happy Hallowen!

amethystdream

amethystdream

 

Close to the end

Today I got my penultimate blue light/glycolic acid treatment at the dermatologist. There is only one treatment left and I am thinking of getting it on my last month of my treatment which will be December. So far my face has cleared up a lot. I still have post-acne marks in my face but they are slowly fading. I really hope I end this on December. I still think my face needs to improve more, but there are two months left. Today I looked at my old pictures when I started the treatment and showed it to my mom and we were both in shock. My face was a total disaster. The doctor will decided if I need an extra month, but I really hope not I am tired of taking this medication. This is for the brave lol, and I have been more than brave for continuing this. I have to applaud myself. I asked if it was normal that I had missed periods and they said that yes. .......I always been regular. Lets see how this month goes. Bye Bye.

amethystdream

amethystdream

 

redness?

i forgot to say that my face has gotten red in certain areas, like if had a rash, is that normal?

amethystdream

amethystdream

 

Hello again, third month coming up

So yeah, I will start my third month this week. Only two months left. I will take new pics soon, at the end of the treatment I will make all pics public. So yeah my face is not 100% clear today, I got this whiteheads but they are drying up, but no cysts, that is what matters to me really....not getting cysts. I think is normal that I got those white heads because I think I am having hormonal issues right now. I have not gotten my period in two months. This is the first time I get my period late. I don't know if this medication has to do with this. I will ask the dermatologist next time I see him. My dad told last week when I waked up that I looked like if I had makeup on, and I even did not wash my face. I got up straight to the kitchen without doing anything to my face. I woke up with normal skin, no oil. I remember when I used to wake up with all that grease in my face and new red bumps. UGH. I am still praying that the results stay forever. I have felt better about my jobless situation. I went to talk to a professional last week and she really helped me to feel better about myself. I asked her if I had an attention deficit disorder that made me loose my job, and she said that is impossible for me to have ADD, if I was able to finish college in time. I still blame this medication for making me lose my job because of the headaches it was giving me, I was not able to focus well, but I don't think it was 100% the cause of it, it had to do with other factors such as differences between co-workers. It is time to move on. I will relax and finish this treatment and keep searching for new jobs that are more rewarding and challenging to me. The Cobra Law is a facade, I did more research on it, and it is really stupid, everybody ends paying all the insurance themselves, but I am just going to keep my insurance until I finish the Claravis treatment and I am done. I will be covered by my father's health insurance next year so whatever. I am not going to stress myself with all this shit. I am too young to give a fuck lol. So bye people,lets see how the next month goes lol.

amethystdream

amethystdream

 

Some people are just plain mean and you can't do much about it

First lets talk about my face. It has stayed clear, I got a couple of pimples near my jaw area, but they are dry now. I have not gotten my period since last month which scares me because I always been regular. I have gotten cramps this week but no period yet. How strange. I will start my 3 month in two weeks. As you can see i deleted a couple of my old posts, i don't want to have any problems with my past employer so that is why i delete it all. some people don't have nothing better to do, and they like to search for dirt to use against you. So I feel upset today because these people lied to me, like if I were stupid. I though that the Cobra law was going to help me pay the health insurance and that is what that company told me that was going to do, and went I went to the Dept of Labor they said that also, but no I have to pay the whole health plan by myself. I can call the Dept. of Labor again and tell them that the company does not want me to pay a percentage of the health insurance costs but I am sick of this shit. I want to cut all ties with those people and move on. They taught me a lesson about how to watch my back. This treatment will end on December, soon I will begin my 3th treatment, so I am just going to have to pay 270 dollars, almost 300 dollars for this health insurance until I finish this Accutane treatment, it is almost close of what I was going to pay for Accutane without a health plan. I don't know if I should cancel it and move to another health insurance company. Thank God that Obama approved a law that lets you have insurance coverage with no costs until you are 26 years old under your parents insurance but that starts in 2011, and I cannot stop this treatment now. I don't have much money in my bank, I worked for only 6 months, and I was saving for a car, and paying my college loans (i have a debt of 30,000). I pay 182 dollars to pay my loans monthly so I have to pay even more for health insurance. Ridiculous. But that is how life is. In this era the majority of people are mean, and they only care about themselves and filling their pockets with the money of others. But soon things will get better. My life has not ended. I will have a better opportunity soon. I am praying for that. God will help me live a better life.

amethystdream

amethystdream

 

I am drinking water

I have been drinking water since I wrote my last post like an hour ago and I already went to the bathroom like three times. I feel better now. Maybe that is the problem, I am not drinking the plenty of water each day and my body is intoxicated. I will drink more later and see how I feel during the day. If the headache is gone then that is the problem.

amethystdream

amethystdream

 

I am worried

I have been searching information online about memory loss caused by Accutane, and I have found comments of people saying they have lost their memory permanently because of this drug. I am pretty scared because I feel I am going through that path. I work in a busy laboratory where I have to be labeling specimens, organizing patient records, and I can't make mistakes, or I will lose my job. I feel I have done well at work considering I only have 6 months of experience, so I am still learning, but sometimes I make mistakes that I should not be doing now. Before Accutane I have had my days where I have messed up at work, so it is natural for me to sometimes space out and make a mistake, but now I am experience pressure in my head, and I don't want to get worse. This started to happen this week so I do not know if this is something that will be gone next week. I will see my dermatologist next week and I don't know if I should talk to him about this. The most responsible thing to do is to talk, but I am afraid he will take me off this drug. I am a strong person and I want to finish this. I will do all my best to stay focused. This morning I took 2 Advil pills to alleviate the pressure in my head, and I have been feeling slightly better. I take my Accutane during the evening everyday, so that can't do harm. I will drink lots of water today. I have this huge water bottle that equals 8 glasses of water, so I will try to drink most of it today and see if I can detoxify my body. I read someplace that this could happen because the liver is storing too much vitamin a, so detoxifying it can be a solution. I have organic pills to detoxify the liver at home, but I won't take them during the 5 month treatment, but I am thinking of doing it after finishing to remove all those chemicals from my body.

amethystdream

amethystdream

 

I feel like crap.

I have not been feeling well lately. I have been feeling super crappy. I am not focusing well at work and it seems as I am forgetting things. I have to pay attention to every single detail at work and even though I try my best to do everything well, I am missing certain things. Some co-worker asked me if I could see well with my glasses.....these glasses are like a couple of months old, of course I do. I read someplace that Acutanne reduce the eyesight of some people. I doubt it has affected my eyesight, I see well, but I feel it has made me feel mentally tired. I had also felt moody and annoyed. I am still getting hemorrhages inside my nose. This week was my 24th birthday and I did not felt like telling anyone. I am in a new job so nobody has a clue. I tough it was better that way because I did not felt in the mood to be the center of attention. I just had a mellow b-day at home with my family. My face has been improving a lot. Next week I will go to the dermatologist to get my glycolic acid/blue light treatment. My left face still needs to clear more, but it looooooks so much better. Lets see how it goes.

amethystdream

amethystdream

 

I forgot to say

My face does not look oily like it has been forever. This drug has made my face to look oil free during the last two weeks. My hair is also dry.

amethystdream

amethystdream

 

Hello there.

Hello there. This week I will finish the first month of taking Claravis. I have 6 pairs of pills left and I was told that when I had this amount remaining then I had to take a pregnancy test and do the same thing again. Today I went to the clinical lab to get my blood tests for the preg test and tomorrow I will go to the doc to get my new prescription for Claravis. Well I have been having the same side effects: Very dry lips (Eucerin Aquaphor is not helping me much. My lips are so cracked specialliary in the corner of the lips, it hurts and bothers me.) My hair stopped itching thanks to T-gel but now my nostrils are filled with dry mucus with blood. This is normal, I read the list of side effects in the Ipledge manual and it is called nasal hemorrage. My mood has been blah in certain days. I have felt a little sick today, like if I had the fever but maybe is not the drug. Also sometimes I feel a little pressure in my head, but is nothing intolerable. It bothers me, but I know this is temporary. Lets see what happens tomorrow. I hope I get that prescription and that the last Walgreens I went have Claravis available unlike last time that I had to wait another day, because they did not have the 10mg dose. My face looks clear in the right side, but in the left side the cysts are shrinking and are drying, but I look better than weeks before. My mother told me that looks like the dark spots have faded but my face looks red. Lets see what happens on the next months. I hope my face gets clearer. I have my hope high that I will not get cysts again. Sometimes I get scared and think what if I get a relapse, years after finishing this treatment, and then I think.....hmmm maybe this drug is not perfect and this can happen but if if does, all I hope is that I get small acne, that is easily to treat, and last only a week, not the type of cysts I get that are of the size of a pencil eraser or much bigger. But then I think again, I don't even want to get small pimples, I want to get NADA, nothing, I want 100% clear skin. I will update, in like 2 weeks or so.

amethystdream

amethystdream

 

My lips look fuller......???

I have noticed that my lips have gotten fuller, in spite of the dryness that acuttane has caused them. Days ago they look cracked and broken and now they look full like if I had botox injections on them. They actually look better than they used to be before acutanne, but I am not sure if the drug causes this or if it is my constant use of Aquaphor. I apply it during my lips like 5 times a day because they get so dry. My hair looks *pretty* My sister blowed dry my hair and ironed it, she is pretty good at it. It looks very straight and shiny. The best thing you can do to draw attention away from your face is to fix your hair, and dress pretty. People will think oh she may have a couple of zits on her face but her hair looks nice, and she has a good sense of style. lol.

amethystdream

amethystdream

 

Sleeping on the side is bad.

Hello everyone. Today I bough a medicated shampoo called T-Gel from Neutrogena, which is for itchy, dry scalp with flakes. I said I already had a shampoo for that called Denorex but that shampoo has been in my house since a long time, it is old and I bough it for a dollar , so it must be expired.....I read good things about this shampoo in this forum so I watched my hair today with this shampoo. I hope this permanently solve this problem that is driving me crazy. My face looks better, but not clear. I put my gallery in private so you cannot see the first pics I took before staring Tane, and some new pics I uploaded of my Initial breakout, where my face looks very bad........to the extreme.When I am in the middle of my treatment I will put them public. The cyst that looked like it had a brain of its own shrunk but it still bleeding and has a little pus but compared to how it was that day it has gotten way better. Even a co-worker told me that my face looks better, so that is a good thing (people where I am from don't hide what they think lol even if you don't ask for their opinion, they say it). Another thing, one cosmetologist told me one day that I should not sleep on the side, because I am putting pressure to my face with my pillow and that causes to have bad circulation and cysts can form in that area of the face that is resting on the pillow. Weird huh? I love to sleep by the side, I never like to sleep with my face looking at the ceiling, is uncomfortable for me. This sounds ridiculous but I think is true, sometimes when I sleep in this position all night, on the next day I see a cysts in the corner of my cheekbones. Another thing she told me is that I have to wash my pillow covers frequently, because bacteria forms there and it can cause me to breakout. I will try to not sleep by the side even though I enjoy it quite much. I will change my pillow covers weekly.

amethystdream

amethystdream

 

I have somewhat relieved the itching in my scalp

Last night I could not sleep AT ALL because of the itching in my scalp. I woke up and went to my parents bathroom like at 12am or 1 am, and grabbed a bottle of conditioner (trying not to wake them up) , because I did not had in my bathroom and I put a huge amount in my hair, the itching keep going and my mother who is an angel came to my room and asked me what was wrong and told me to pour some Witch hazel in my hair, in my country it is known as Wonder Water (Maravilla Lotion from Humphreys) . The itching soon stooped and I could sleep. I put some of that in a spray container, and I will use it tonight, because the itching started again and I want to get a good night sleep. I have not tried medicated shampoo yet, even though I have one around just for this problem but I will try it when my hair gets oily, now it is still dry. I started my two new packs today (40mg and 10mg). My face looks clearer but a couple of small white heads appeared bellow my lips. My lips were getting dry constantly during the day at work and I had to use aquaphor to hydrate them. That is about it. I hope my face gets better at the end of this week.

amethystdream

amethystdream

 

AHHHHHHHH the itching does not stop

My whole body is itching me, since my body is getting very dry from this drug. Even my ears are itching. Today I went to Walgreen's to buy some remedies. Tomorrow I will finish my first package. My face looks more clearer compared to two days ago when my face looked like it had the planetarium. Now they look small and dry. I can't wait until they are gone completely. My mother says my face looks lighter (whiter) but I still have not noticed that, maybe because I am focusing on the acne, and the itchiness I am feeling in my body. My mother has told me that I have gotten moody. Even though I was angry in the morning I went to the movies to see Twilight: Eclipse. I am from Team Jacob lol. Warm and furry men are my type even though Edward Cullen is very sexy but he is too pale and freaky for my tastes. (He is such a stalker, give that woman some space and she won't cheat on you for a wolf).

amethystdream

amethystdream

 

One with with Accutane (Claravis)

So I finally finished a week of taking Accutane. Oh wow what a day. My hair and scalp has been itching all day like crazy. My lips have gotten more dry. My face is less oily and feels more tight and dry. I had to put some epiduo on a huge cyst that has been driving me insane even though my doctor advised me not to use it but I was not going to make a fool of myself with that huge cysts that was filled with pus, and it still has some, but it got smaller and is drying. I took pics of it yesterday but I don't feel like posting that online. When I get visible results I will do like a collage with all my pics!. I put some aloe vera hair conditioner I found in the bathroom to control the itching. I also got a side effect that I won't talk about because it is embarrassing, but it happened few days ago. I looked it up and it is pretty normal in women. I am all itchy everywhere. Lets see what happens on my second week.

amethystdream

amethystdream

 

Day 7

I started to feel dryness in my lips, if I feel like this all weekend it means that this is one of the side effects of the drug. Days ago I felt like my lips were dry but it sees it was a false alarm, now they are starting to bother. My face looks dry but it was because I got a glycolic acid treatment yesterday .My skin is still oily.My pimples look very bad. I feel like this is my initial break out but I am not sure because as I said I was on my period last week and some appeared before I started the drug. They definitely look worse than before I started the drug. The biggest cyst I have started to suppurate. I felt really awful today, but my mother says the drug is working. I must confess that I have been feeling self-conscious about my acne when I am around people at work, but I have to forget about it, and have faith that I will have beautiful clear skin. I now have a 100% natural clay mask. All the mask I have used have been natural (oatmeal, avocado, clay, all of them are home made) Lets see what happens next week.

amethystdream

amethystdream

 

Day 6: Original Accutane V.S Claravis (Generic Drug)

Hello everyone I am writing today. I went to the dermatologist today to get my monthly (blue light and glycolic acid treatment), and the doctor's assistant who did my treatment today asked me if I got the right medicine.....and I told her that I had difficulty finding Accutane at different pharmacies, and only one had Claravis, (the generic drug), and she told me again that I should try to order Accutane online through a Canadian pharmacy because I can get it cheaper. I just have to send my prescription through fax and I will get the medicine in three weeks. And I told her that my pharmacist told me that Claravis has the same ingredients as Accutane, and she was doubtful and told me that I should not trust pharmacies but you don't know what you really get. Hmmmm while she told me this I was laying down in the chair getting prepared for the glycolic acid, and the doctor was there writing something in my record, and he did not say a thing. I though...hmm maybe I should order the original Acutanne......because I really don't know if Claravis is the exact same thing, so I told her to tell the doctor to make me a new prescription so I can order it through the canadian pharmacy. When my blue light treatment ended I could not find this assistant and I told the receptionist that I wanted to ask her a question. Seems that she was busy and she brought the other assistant who has done treatments to me before. I asked her when I could fax that prescription to get the medicine and I explained her that I cannot find Acutanne in the pharmacies near me, and I could I find was Claravis, which cost me cheap. And she told me to continue taking Claravis, because is the same thing and that lately that Canadian pharmacy has been giving issues. OOOOOOOOOOOOkkkkkkkkkkkkkk......So Who should I listen too???? Maybe I should have asked the doctor directly but I had the fear he would tell me I was wrong for taking Claravis. I then read the prescription he wrote me and at the botton of the paper it says "OR GENERIC". So that means that it is OK for me to take Claravis because is a generic. Then why is this woman trying to confuse me? I will check online and compare all the ingredients and see if it's the same thing. I cannot afford a 500 medication every month, and I know that if I order it at a canadian pharmacy it would cost me about 200 dollars monthly. Claravis cost me 10 dollars, nothing can beat that. I also asked the doctor if I should use Epiduo in my face, and he told me no, nothing. I cannot use any other topical medications. I just need the Cetaphil Face Wash, Moisturizer, Sunscreen, and that's it. That is for today. Oh I forgot. Today when I washed my face when I was at the derma's office before getting the treatment, a cyst popped out full of pus, so nasty. I don't know if the medication is causing this. There are smaller zits full of pus that want to pop out too.

amethystdream

amethystdream

 

Day 5

Hello everyone, this is the 5th day of my treatment with Claravis. I call it also Accutane because it has the same chemicals, and everybody knows Accutane more. What a day! I came from work hours ago and I realized that I took the lunch bag of someone else by mistake, it looks exactly like mine, same colors, blue and black, same brand........ugh, the things that happen in life. No wonder I have so much acne. I stress about the silliest things....well......maybe the owner of the lunch bag I took does not think is silly. I will put it back and hope mine is still there.....lol........ Ok so, I still have acne in my face, but the pimples look dry, and with dark scabs. After I washed my face in the morning and applied make-up some of the pimples in the left side of my face started to bleed without me applying pressure to my face. My face is still oily. It still have not gotten dry like people say, maybe it will in a few weeks. My lips did not feel dry today, and my eyes either. My face and mental state have stayed the same. Isn't it annoying when some person you barely know ask you if you have done something for your acne, or if you have tried proactive? It happened today again. Some man I barely know had the guts to tell me that he knows a friend who was like me, and got treated with certain dermatologist. Maybe you would think "Oh he was trying to help"........but I though it was inappropriate. Another lady from a place I was working months ago asked me the same thing. We barely knew each other, and she immediately asked the same question. Have you gone to a derma? Have you tried Proactive? I had a friend who had her face really bad like you and got cured.......Then they stare at your face like you had some terrible contagious disease. How rude. I am such a respectful person and I stay out of peoples business that I never ask those people "I know a nutritionist who can help you lose weight", or have you gone to Jenny Craig? "You should try to exercise more often", You look fat". (/Edit) Actually this is the third person who brings this up to me, in these last monts, the second one was a woman who told me that she had her face like me and she took isotrein (?) and it worked for her...plus Proactive. I pardon her because she suffered from the problem and suggested me a dermatologist near me telling me his complete name and location unlike the other two people who did not even knew where the heck those dermatologists are and their names pff.......*lol*. But I think I have tried isotrein before and never worked just temporary and my acne came back again and Proactive?????? That is for mild acne, not cystic acne. (Edit/) I once talked to this cosmetologist once. She works for a dermatologist I wanted to go but it is to far from home. She told me that she has seen and talked with people on the street with major skin problems and she never comments anything to them about their condition...because she thinks is rude, and makes her look nosy..........and she is a professional. People are just plain nosy and have nothing better to do. If you are an intimate friend or family or someone who really careeeeeeeees about me, then I will listen to your suggestions to cure my acne, but if you are some random person I just meet, or someone who I don't like, don't bother. My face can clear up but I know people are going to find other flaws I have because they are too insecure of themselves. Thank God I am finally getting this treatment, and I hope it works. I will pray to God for this medicine to work, so I can have clear skin and don't suffer from this anymore. I have an avocado mask in my face right now...........100% natural. Buh-byeeeeeeeeeeee.

amethystdream

amethystdream

 

Another quick update

I said before that Acutanne has made me feel more sleepy but it has not affected my performance at work during the day, nor my mood. I still feel the same. I don't feel down, but at 7:00pm I felt asleep at the couch, and it is 8:24pm and I want to go to sleep. I feel the desire to sleep early and I don't know if it's the medication or because I am tired from work.....that is weird because I am leaving early. My lips started to feel a litle dry but not to the extreme. I have Aquaphor lip balm just in case or I can use some Lip Butter from the Yes to Carrots line sold at Walgreen's. It says it hydrates, conditions and soothes, lets see which does the work best when I feel discomfort. I will drink a glass of water before going to bed to feel dehydrated. Some pimples are dark, almost black my mother says they are healing. I won't use Epiduo tonight. I only have about 6 tubes samples, and they are pretty small. I want to know if Acutanne is working by itself. I will just use Epiduo in case of a big emergency, if I get a nasty huge cyst. Good night. Sorry if I misspell Accutane or other words.

amethystdream

amethystdream

 

First Post- Day 4

Hello everyone. I decided to start a blog to write about my progress. I still have pimples and cysts all over my face (cheek, forehead......everywhere), but I noticed that some of them got darker, don't know why. I use Sunscreen evey morning SPF 55, (Walgreen's brand). I sometimes use a spray sunscreen from walgreens also 70 SPF. I noticed that spray sunscreen makes my face look less oily. The purpose is the same as ordinary sunscreen so pff........ I scheduled an appointment with the derma for this Wednesday so I can get my third blue light and glycolic acid treatment. I am supposed to get it each month. It is part of the Accutane treatment. First I get the blue light treatment. I have to sit in front of this machine that emits blue light to my face for about 20 minutes. It makes me feel like I am in a spaceship. It's purpose is to avoid bacterial growth in my face which causes acne. Then I get a glycolic acid treatment and a mask, I am not sure what are the ingredients of the mask. This is for fading blemishes and scars. The dermatologist assistant is the one who gives me these treatments. She gave me a couple of epiduo sample tubes, and I have used them during the night. I feel it has helped a bit to relieve the inflammation I have in my face. I don't know if I should ask for a prescription when I run out of epiduo samples since I don't know if it's necessary to use a topical medication (creams) in my face while I am on acuttane but I think a topical medication helps externally while accutane helps internally. I took my 4th dose, half an hour ago after eating dinner. The dosis I got is 50mg (40mg + 10mg) and the generic name is Claravis. I was a little doubtful when the pharmacy tech, told me they only had 40mg Accutane and not 10mg, and they just had Claravis in both mgs. I immediadily asked if it was the same thing and had the same ingredients and she said yes. I asked for the price of Claravis and Accutane with health insurance and she told me that Accutane was 500 dollars and Claravis 5..........I did not think twice about getting Claravis instead. I cannot afford to pay 500 dollars each month. I will not have money left to pay for other things I need. It cost me 10 dollars in total for the 40mg and 10 mg packs. I went online and did a search on Claravis in this website, and many people got the same results as they were taking the original drug, so I should not worry at all. Well I think I am done for today.........I will post pics at the end of the month.

amethystdream

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