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Last Month of Treatment

Hey everyone. Well.... I MADE IT! I did not die on my accutane journey like all my friends and family said I would! Haha! This is my last month of treatment. I have seen an intense improvment in my skin. I rarely wake up with a new pimple on my face. My back and chest are completely clear. My face and hair is not oily any longer. i do have spots on my face still that are scars. I wish I could get a chemical peel soon but my dermatologist said no because it would leave scars. too bad for this summer! I have like crazy dry patches on my arms. I hope that will go away when I get off of this. It is ugly and red. I will keep you updated as my skin becomes more and more perfect!

missmarissa0527

missmarissa0527

05/09/2011

 

I have been so sensitive and bitchy. Anyone else???

I am not sure if it is linked to the accutane or what? It seems like I take everything people say the wrong way. If my boyfriend says something and I take it wrong I just literally start crying and it is so embarassing. One minute I am happy and the next I am sad. I really don't think Im actually depressed. I dont feel like sad about life or whatever. I actually have a great life, very busy, but great. It is just that I take things the wrong way. I guess you could say I am more sensitive but most of the time I am happy. Anyone else having similar symptoms? Or am I really a looneytoon?

missmarissa0527

missmarissa0527

03/15/2011

 

Fourth Month

This month they bumped up my dosage to 60 mg a day. I still take my 40 mg at night and then i take a 20 mg pill in the morning. I switch doctors because my usual doctor moved. He said they odnt keep patients on accutane longer than 5 months. My other doctor said id be on it for atleast 8 depending on how my skin is doing. I am a little concerned that if IM only on it for 5 months that the acne will come back after I quit. SO any ideas? Let me know!

missmarissa0527

missmarissa0527

03/04/2011

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03/15/2011

 

Going into my third month this week

It has been a while since I have updated. I have been working alot over Christmas break. I start back to school on Tuesday so it will be fun to see how the stress affects my skin. haha Well let me tell you about my skin at the moment. The acne. It is getting fewer and fewer everyday. Most days I don't wake up with any new pimples. The medicine is just fighting the old ones I guess. My biggest concern at the moment is that most of the spots on my face are old pimples that have been there for months and are just scarred I guess? And I can't get any sort of microdermabrasion done until a month after I am off the treatment. So my actual acne is clearing up but I still can't go without makeup because my face still has spots. It will be after summer before I get off Accutane so it will be fun trying to go swimming this summer. I was told not to use a tanning bed. Does anyone know if it is just the tanning bed or will I be allowed to lay outside this summer? Okay back to my skin. So it is so dry. No matter how many layers of moisturizer is on my face when I put my makeup on it starts to flake up. Also on my biceps and tops of my hands I have these like bumps. They aren't noticeable but you can feel them. It is just dry skin but it still bothers me. haha Other than that I am really not having any side effects. At first my joints were really dry and it make it hard to move around alot and if I worked out I would get tired easier but it seems to be getting better. Maybe my body is getting used to it? I really have no idea to be honest. Oh well. That is all I have to say. I will try to make time to update more. Please leave any comments or reccomendations below. I love to hear from you all!

missmarissa0527

missmarissa0527

01/16/2011

 

Day 22

Well unfortunately Claravis doesn't seem to be fighting mother nature. Being a female suck! My face is very broke out again. Of course, I have finals tomorrow so all the stress can't be helping either. Now it is EXTREMELY dry! And it seems like my allergies are flaring more. I have to blow my nose like 20 times a day. That is making my nose very raw. Also my head has been very itchy, but no flakes so far. I guess we will see what happens. Before I started Claravis I had to use those oil blotter sheets atleast twice a day and I would take off my makeup halfway through the day and redo it because the oil would make it look smeared and cakey. Now I don't have that problem at all. My makeup looks exactly the same at the end of the day as it did when i first put it on! YAY! Well I will keep everyone updated! Thanks for reading!

missmarissa0527

missmarissa0527

12/14/2010

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12/14/2010

 

Day 15

It is not my imagination. My mom and even people at work have said that my face looks clearer. I hope it keeps working! It makes me so happy to think that this could really work, and I will finally have perfect skin! My face is a little drier today, especially my nose where I have been blowing it constantly. I have also not been able to concentrate. It is the last week of classes before finals and I should be cramming and doing my last minute projects but I just can't seem to find the motivation. I think Claravis stole it. Ive noticed my nails are breaking one by one. I am not sure if it is from Claravis or just from my diet. I will keep you all updated! Thanks for reading!

missmarissa0527

missmarissa0527

12/07/2010

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12/07/2010

 

Day 14

Hey everyone! Happy Day 14! I hope this isn't just me imagining things, but my face seems a little clearer today (knock on wood *knock knock*). It didn't seem like there were as many new pimples today and a few of them were shrunk or completely gone. I am not under the impression that the initial breakout is over, though. I don't want to get my hopes up. I bought some of the equate version of olay's uv complete moisturizer and it seems to be working great. Also, Aquaphor is magic in a tube. I bought some dandruff shampoo but it seems to be making my head itchy. Im not sure if it is the shampoo or just a coincidence. My skin hasn't become too dry yet. It is tolerable. I am experiencing something strange though. You know when you have been constantly moving all day long and then when you finally lay down you have that almost pain but it doesnt really hurt it's just like a relief? Well, I have that 24/7 now. It happens everytime I sit down and even when I just bend down or something. I hope that is normal! Anyways I will keep you updated! God bless!

missmarissa0527

missmarissa0527

12/06/2010

 

Day 12

Well I figured it couldn't get any worse. I was so wrong. My face is not only broken out completely, but on the very rare spots that don't have a zit, the skin is red and kind of... shriveled looking? I am not sure how to explain it. I have noticed also that my face is even more oily? I am not sure if that is normal or not. My face isn't all that dry yet. The only problems I am having with dryness is my lips are very very chapped but I am using the aquaphor my dermatologist gave me to keep moisturized. I also had to use some artificial tears while sitting in front of the fire because the heat made it impossible to keep my own eyes moist. I have read so many success stories that I have total faith that my face will be beautiful after this is all done. It does make me feel better, but at the moment I feel extremely embarassed to go out in public. I have to cake on the makeup and even then it doesn't make me feel much better. Oh well, hoping that this time will fly by and then my skin will be gorgeous forever! Thanks for reading! Suggestions and personal stories are appreciated!

missmarissa0527

missmarissa0527

12/04/2010

 

First Post- Day 11

Hello. I am new to the site and new to Claravis which is the generic for Accutane. I am a 19 year old female with severe, cystic acne. I have had acne since the 6th grade and am now a sophomore in college. I finally broke down and went to a dermatologist because my family doctor seemed like she couldn't care less. I tried everything you can think of: birth control pills, tetracyclin, retin-a, proactiv, every type of spot treatment, acne kit, and face wash known to man. Nothing worked at all. As soon as I walked in the door of the dermatologist's office she said "Let me take a guess at why you are here". She was trying to be funny but that was just the point. I cant go anywhere without people only seeing my acne. She immediately said "we are pulling out the big guns, I want to put you on Accutane". I hate needles. In fact, I pass out everytime. But it is worth it if I can have clear skin. Day 11 and I have had the initial first break out. It looks absolutely awful. I am embarassed to be at school right now. My face isn't too dry but I have had a severe runny nose and it is always a little bloody. I have also been tired but it might be because it is the end of the semester. Anyways I will try to keep you all updated on my journey. If you have any tips or reccomendations on what products work well please let me know. My lips are ripped up.

missmarissa0527

missmarissa0527

12/02/2010

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12/03/2010

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