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Accutane - 6 months

Just had my 6-month checkup! All is well, still getting a few, small, "normal person" breakouts from time to time. I can definitely deal with that! However, my dermatologist is really adamant about me staying on Accutane until I've been completely 100% clear for at least 30 days to prevent it from coming back. This being my 3rd course on Accutane, I'm happy to do whatever I can to keep the acne away FOREVER. This is an especially exciting time in my life. My college graduation is com

5 1/2 months on Accutane

Dosage: 40 mg Claravis Acne: One lingering cyst on my right cheek, a few healing places on my chin Side Effects: Same I can't believe it's been almost 2 months since I posted last! I just had my monthly check-up a few weeks ago, and got bumped up from 30mg/day to 40. Turns out my progress is nowhere near where it should be for the amount of time I've been on Accutane... I totally blame that on being on such a low dose! Having that said, my skin is amazing. I am still getting a

Day 126: CLEAR!!!!!!

Dosage: 30 mg Claravis Acne: NONE today!!! Side Effects: Dry lips It's taken me 18 long weeks to get here, but today, my skin is CLEAR! OK, well it's not completely clear since I still have significant scarring on my cheeks and lots of red spots, but NO active pimples. NONE! When I touch my face, it's completely smooth. This is unheard of!! The other night, I went out wearing a one-shoulder dress. My face, back, and chest are all acne-free at the same time. This is amazing!

Week 16 and STILL breaking out!

Dosage: 30 mg Claravis Acne: Complete pustular explosion on my chin, one big pimple on my right cheek Side Effects: Nothing new I'm not sure why I'm feeling the need to update today, except for the fact that I'm afraid my makeup theory may be true. I went out Friday and Saturday night, and wore makeup both nights. Today, I have tons of new breakouts. Has bare minerals ever done this to anyone before? I'm completely discouraged. To be at this point in my Accutane cycle and still hav




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Week 15 (Day 106)

Dosage: 30 mg Claravis Acne: A few breakouts on both cheeks, some scattered whiteheads around my mouth and chin Side Effects: Dry lips.... I finally had my 3 month check-up a few days ago, so I'm "officially" into month 4... The good news is that they were able to schedule my next appointment ON TIME, so I won't have to skip any pills this month!! Things are improving. I was really clearing up until a few days ago, and had another bad breakout on my cheeks. It seems like this alway

Week 13 (Day 93)

Dosage: 30 mg Claravis Acne: NO new active pimples today! Some healing places around my jawline and plenty of lingering red spots from my terrible, horrible breakout from the past few weeks Side Effects: Nothing new, except that my lips are extremely dry and cracking in the corners (which would happen to me this time of year, regardless) My attitude has changed quite a bit from my last post! So far, my time on Accutane has been such a roller coaster. I've gone from being pleasantly

Day 81.. All I want for Christmas....

Merry Christmas! I asked Santa for clear skin, but I guess that wasn't in the cards for me today. I thought my terrible breakout was over, but now it's even worse than it was before, and it's taking over the right side of my face as well as the left. It's not easy to celebrate Christmas with family and friends when all you want to do is get in bed and pull the covers over your face... So here I am, day 81 of my Accutane treatment. Before I started, I read a thousand blogs and decided




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Week 11 -- Breakout!

Dosage: 30 mg Claravis Acne: Healing giant nodules on the left side of my face, still some small places on my chin, a few cysts on my back and shoulders Side Effects: Dryness (duh) Is it normal to get IB in your third month of Accutane? I don't know what happened, but this week has been TERRIBLE. The left side of my face just exploded with one of the worst breakouts I've ever had. It's finally starting to get better instead of worse, but that was just no fun at all. It's easy for m




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Week 10 -- Thinning hair?

Dosage: 30 mg Claravis Acne: Just one small nodule on my left cheek, a few little places on my chin, and two cysts on my back, lots of blackheads around my lips Side Effects: Dry lips, THINNING HAIR I finally had my monthly checkup yesterday, so I'm on pill 61 today. I already scheduled my appointment for next month, and of course it will be 6 days after I run out of pills. I hate that I'm always so behind! As for my skin, I've been taking pictures weekly and I can definitely see a

Week 9 (Day 63)

Dosage: 30 mg Claravis Acne: A few active pimples around my jawline and some small white heads on my cheeks and under my nose, many red spots from healing breakouts on both cheeks Side Effects: Dry lips, dry face (which I'm sure has something to do with the cold, dry weather) and irritation on the backs of my hands I've been counting days from the first day of my treatment, but because my dermatologist consistently makes my follow-up appointment a few days after I run out of pills, I'm

Week 8 (Day 56)

Dosage: 30 mg Claravis Acne: 2 cysts on my left cheek, a few healing spots on my right cheek, a few healing nodules on my chin, CLEAR chest, back, and forehead (with the exception of a few spots near my eyebrow) Side Effects: Dry lips Nothing really new to report this week. My skin isn't better, but it's also not getting worse. Almost done with Month 2!

Week 7 (Day 50)

Dosage: 30 mg Claravis Acne: Nothing new today, but 7 or 8 giant red spots on my cheeks and chin from healing bad breakouts from the last week, a few small pimples on my back, chest is still clear, forehead has been completely clear for weeks!! Side Effects: Dry lips, dry skin on chin Either I'm slowly adjusting to my lower dose, or the Tretinoin cream that I've been using like crazy is doing its job, but my horrible breakout (that got so much worse over the weekend) is finally drying u

Week 6 (Day 42)

Dosage: 30 mg Claravis Acne: More cysts on my back, a few on my chin and jawline, one big cyst on my right cheek Side Effects: Dry lips All my optimism from last week has turned into discouragement. I don't think lowering my dose to 30 mg was a good thing... I've gone from moisturizing 4-5 times a day to not at all, and I'm back to using Tretinoin cream every night just as I would have before Accutane. I also switched back to an acne scrub from regular face wash. My skin is gradually be

Week 5... Going into Month 2 on a Positive Note!

I had my blood work done on Friday and my follow-up with my dermatologist today. All is well, and she is satisfied with my progress and lowered my dosage to 30 mg/day in order to take care of some of my headaches and dry hands. I hope this won't slow anything down (or flare up my skin)! Today is a great day for my skin. It's crazy how extreme the ups and downs of Accutane are. This weekend I didn't want to show my face because my left cheek was just so blown up, but today, I woke up with no




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Week 4 (Day 30)

Dosage: 40 mg Claravis Acne: Only 1 cyst left on my back, a few problem areas on both cheeks, and right side of my forehead.. Chest is completely clear!! Side Effects: Nothing really new. Dry, red areas on the back of my hands are getting better. I don't have too much to report this week. My monthly check-up isn't until Monday, and I won't get my next prescription until then, so I'm spacing out the few pills I have left (completely skipped this weekend). I really hope this doesn't affec

Week 3 (Day 21)

Dosage: 40mg Claravis Acne: Some active pimples on my cheeks, and cysts on my chin, jawline, hairline, and back Side Effects: Chapped lips, dry (flaking) skin on my chin and ears, dry patches on my hands and arms, dry and flaking scalp I'm getting dryer and dryer every day. My chin was absolutely terrible over the weekend, to the point where I couldn't control it whatsoever, and I was verrry embarrassed to go out with it peeling so bad. I switched moisturizers (to Nutregena Oil-Free moi

Week 2 (Day 14)

Dosage: 40 mg Claravis Acne: Face and chest still doing fairly well, just a few small pimples around my jawline and forehead, but now there are about 6 or 7 gigantic cysts on my back Side Effects: Very dry lips, dryer skin and some peeling on my chin, dry eyes, headaches I'm finally starting to see signs that the medication is working! I really can't get over how clear my face is right now. The only problem I'm really having is that when I get a pimple, it takes forever to heal and stay

Week 1 (Day 7)

Dosage: 40 mg Claravis Acne: Surprisingly fairly clear, only a few active pimples, mainly around my lips Side Effects: Very slightly dry lips I'm just waiting for everything to kick in! I'm enjoying my skin right now since it isn't too bad... But it's probably just the calm before the storm. I'm also still using Tretinoin cream at night, and I plan on continuing for as long as my skin can handle it. I honestly just want to see some dry skin so I'll at least know that the medication is w

2 Weeks until Treatment

I just got my first round of blood work done today, so I'm patiently waiting for round 2 in 2 weeks, then I'll hopefully be getting my first dose! Here's my story. I'm a 22-year-old college student, and I've been battling with moderate acne for the past 10 years. To say that I've tried everything is a gross understatement. I've attempted everything from OTC creams to antibiotics to light treatments, and even one prescription that is intended for someone with a bladder infection, becaus
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