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6 Months Off Of Accutane!

So, it has been awhile since updating...happily, there just isn't anything to report! My skin is still clear, just a few occasional blackheads, not a pimple or whitehead since I don't know when. My knee joint pain seems to have totally resolved, which is a blessing. My skin still remains much more sensitive to picking, but that encourages me not to do it. I really do not know of any remaining side-effects. I cannot tell you how great it is not to worry about my skin and getting pimples an

LadyWhoWaits

LadyWhoWaits

11/25/11

 

5 Months After Taking Accutane!

So, it has been awhile since I posted. I came down with Mono and have been recovering. My face is still extremely clear. I get an occasional blackhead, but I can live with that. I still remain very happy that I went on this drug and my only regret is that I did not do it sooner. For those of you considering it, don't wait...just do it.

LadyWhoWaits

LadyWhoWaits

10/31/11

 

125 Days After Accutane

Hi there, I actually had my first whitehead/pimple in months. It was on my nose and came up suddenly. I dispatched it and it quickly went away. Otherwise, things have been boring otherwise....clear, clear, clear. I am exfoliating more and using a clearing lotion to keep the blackheads at bay. Not a whole lot going. I am happy to say that.

LadyWhoWaits

LadyWhoWaits

09/25/11

 

100+ Days Off Of Accutane - Update!

Well, it is now approximately 113 days after finishing my course of Accutane. I am still very clear with no pimples or cysts on my skin. I do continue to have a blackhead every now and then, but nothing that concerns me. My skin is not dry or oily...just normal. No lingering side effects at this point. My husband is also doing just great and is very pleased with the results of his taking Accutane. I am exfoliating regularly and moisturize at night. I regularly go without makeup and I

LadyWhoWaits

LadyWhoWaits

09/11/11

 

3 months post-Accutane!

Hello everyone. Here is my 3 months after Accutane update. My skin is still amazingly clear. I have had a few small blackheads, but no whiteheads, pimples or cysts. Many days I go without any makeup whatsoever. My skin is not dry or oily...it is just normal and very low maintenance. My hair is thick, full and shiny. Most of my joint pain has resolved. My body skin is normal. My eyes are not dry anymore. Was it a pain in the ass? Absolutely. Would I do it again? You know it. My only reg

LadyWhoWaits

LadyWhoWaits

08/30/11

 

75 Days after Accutane!

Sorry for the delay in updating....my mom has been in the hospital, in ICU, for almost a month. I have been preoccupied with caring for her and my Dad, so updating became a low priority. So, my skin looks great. I have gotten a few blackheads, but I also think some of this is caused by my being off of my routine with caring for my Mom and trying to work and keep it all together. I haven't been exfoliating any, so I think this is to be expected. I will keep you posted as to whether or not

LadyWhoWaits

LadyWhoWaits

08/16/11

 

2 months after Accutane! Update!

I am now a two full months off of Accutane! Woo hoo! Life is good. My skin looks amazing and is so clear. No pimples, no whiteheads, no cysts. Ever. While my skin is not dry, it is not oily either. It is just normal, happy skin that does not require a lot of maintenance. I do continue to wash with Cetaphil cleanser, occasionally use a gentle scrub for exfoliation and use a moisturizer at night. My hair is just fine as is my body skin. I am so glad! My husband is doing about the

LadyWhoWaits

LadyWhoWaits

08/04/11

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08/16/11

 

From whence I came...

Today, I went back and read all of my blog entries. It really was fun seeing how I felt all during the course of Accutane, and how things have changed since I have been off of it! Btw, I realized that I never reported on my final blood work...one month after last dose... Cholesterol 171 Triglycerides - 113! It is amazing how one month off of Tane can impact your Triglycerides.

LadyWhoWaits

LadyWhoWaits

07/28/11

 

56 days after Accutane!

Sorry for the delay in posting, my mom is in the hospital and I have been with her. My facial skin is still flawless. No pimples. Amazing! Still a few dry patches on my body, but those seem to be resolving. Do still have some joint pain, but I am beginning to think that is from my allergies to food, especially yeast. I am now on a yeast free diet, no sugar, no dairy, no fruit. I am starting week 3 and hope to see some improvement soon. My husband's skin also is clear. We are both

LadyWhoWaits

LadyWhoWaits

07/27/11

 

48 Days Post-Accutane!

Here is an update... Everything is clear, no pimples and one or two tiny blackheads. Still some joint pain. Otherwise, all is fine. My hubby is doing great too! Started using Neutrogena Face Scrub on a regular basis, with Cetaphil Cleanser and Neutrogena Moisturizer. I am carefully monitoring my skin for any sign of regression. I will keep you posted!

LadyWhoWaits

LadyWhoWaits

07/18/11

 

38 Days Off Accutane! All is Clear!

Hello everyone! I am on the end of a week of vacation and I am happy to report that my skin is still perfectly clear! No pimples, no blackheads, nothing but clear! While on vacation (spent traveling around on our boat from place to place), I got plenty of sun, with no ill effects. I used sun screen and wore a hat lots of the time, but even when I did not, everything was fine and no burning. I had been afraid of hyper-sensitivity to the sun after taking Accutane, but neither my husband no

LadyWhoWaits

LadyWhoWaits

07/08/11

 

28 Days Off of Accutane!

Hi everyone! Reporting in about life after Accutane...yes, there is normalcy again! Everyday, I see my body returning to normal. I still have some joint pain, but it is less. I really don't Have other side effects remaining now. My skin remains very clear. I have had a few tiny hard white balls of gunk come to the surface, but they do not form pimples or anything sore. They just come to the surface and come out. My skin continues to purge itself of all of the impurities acc

LadyWhoWaits

LadyWhoWaits

06/28/11

 

I am slowly returning to normal!

It is now 20 days after my last dose of Accutane and I continue to see improvements in my overall health and well-being. My side-effects continue to lessen and most have gone away entirely. My skin remains clear and not oily at all. I am going to start using a gentle exfoliator scrub to keep my skin cells from building up again and clogging my pores. My lips have returned to normal and that is so wonderful. That Chapping and peeling really was the worst side-effect for me. My joi

LadyWhoWaits

LadyWhoWaits

06/20/11

 

Update! Life after Accutane! My lips are better!

Hallelujah! My lips really are better. I really began to notice a change this past weekend...I really never thought I would feel normal lips again! No more chapping and not having to slather some type of goo on them every 10 minutes is such a wonderful thing. My eyes have also become less dry. My gums seem not to be as sensitive. My hands do not get cut or nicked as easily and my skin is less dry. I am 13 days off of Accutane. I still have fairly significant joint pain. Still hav

LadyWhoWaits

LadyWhoWaits

06/15/11

 

10 days after...update!

As promised, Here is my update on life after Accutane. First of all, DO NOT think your side-effects will disappear overnight...most do not. My derm said that it takes 9 days for the drug to clear from your system...I still have significant side-effects 10 days out. I still have very chapped lips, although I believe I am seeing a tiny glimpse of relief just today. Still have dry eyes and joint pain, patches of dry skin on my body, irritated gums, a few sores in my nose and sticky and c

LadyWhoWaits

LadyWhoWaits

06/10/11

 

All Done! No More Accutane!

I took my last dose of Accutane yesterday! I went to the dermatologist today and had blood work done. She said my skin looked amazing. I have not had a pimple in months! I will have to take one more blood test in about a month. Everything is in great shape so I do not have to come back for any follow ups. For those of you just starting Accutane, I am going to recap all of the side-effects I had, some of which were unusual: Chapped lips - the most constant and worrisome problem I had pr

LadyWhoWaits

LadyWhoWaits

06/03/11

 

Only 8 days left on Accutane!

Wow! I find it hard to believe that I am almost at the end of this journey. It will seem very unreal to me when I no longer have peeling, chapped lips, dry eyes and joint pain. It has been difficult and annoying, but worth it. Skin update - very clear facial skin. No pimples for months. A few tiny blackheads. Dry skin that is fragile. Body skin - dry patches here and there. Was out on a boat on Sunday for a while and did not burn, so I was glad about that. Weird side effect - I h

LadyWhoWaits

LadyWhoWaits

05/24/11

 

Only Two Weeks Left! Severe joint pain!

I am so excited that I am almost finished with Accutane! I cannot believe that soon I will be done! Yippee! Skin update- perfectly clear skin. No pimples whatsoever. An occasional blackhead. Face looks great! My husband still has the one stubborn pimple on his cheek that he keeps raw by shaving over it, but otherwise, perfect skin. Side effects- my husband and I worked in the yard on Saturday. We both are so sore that we can barely walk. Our joints are stiff and sore and the muscle

LadyWhoWaits

LadyWhoWaits

05/17/11

 

The home stretch!

Hi! My husband and I had a wonderful mini-vacation this past weekend. It was just what the doctor ordered! Out in the sun at a steeplechase, but I did not burn, thanks to SPF 55 sunscreen and a hat. Only about 22 more days to go for me, about 30 for my husband. We continue to both have badly chapped lips. He developed a pretty severe rash again on his arms which looks terrible, but does not hurt or itch. My eyes continue to be dry, his are not. We both have joint pain and stiffnes

LadyWhoWaits

LadyWhoWaits

05/09/11

 

Month 5 - the last month!

Hello everyone, I went to the derm today for blood work review, check-up and final Rx. Blood work - What in the world??? Total cholesterol - 170. Triglycerides - 161. These are the Lowest numbers in years. April was my birthday month and I definitely was not as careful with my diet. However confused I am, I am still delighted! For those of you having problems with cholesterol, here is what I am taking: 3600 mgs. Of fish oil daily 375 mgs. Slo-niacin daily 2 Red Yeast Rice

LadyWhoWaits

LadyWhoWaits

05/03/11

 

Day 114 - One more week till month 5!

Hello everyone, Lips are still very chapped and some joint pain, but my facial skin is not dry, nor is my body skin. My eyes have not been nearly as dry. My face looks so clear...it is awesome. I haven't had a pimple in so long, it is hard to remember how it was. I do not know how I will do after I discontinue the Claravis, but I hope for good things and clear skin forever. My hubby has extremely dry skin now and chapped lips. Minimal joint pain. Very clear skin. Does anyone el

LadyWhoWaits

LadyWhoWaits

04/21/11

 

Day 111! My lips are falling off!

It gets to the point where you just have to laugh... My lips are so chapped that I am putting on Aquaphor, Chapstick or lipstick Constantly! My husband is doing so as well. I am serious...every 5-10 minutes. They are horribly flaky. I never know when a big chunk of skin will flake off in the middle of a business meeting...Now that is really attractive! The skin on my hands is also extremely fragile. I remember reading some of the blogs about the tiny cuts on the hands...that ha

LadyWhoWaits

LadyWhoWaits

04/19/11

 

Day 105 and all is well!!

Hello everyone! So, here I am now into the second week week of month 4. My face is clear, a few blackheads, but it really looks great overall. Side effects remain manageable...dry skin, dry eyes, joint pain. My husband has basically the same side effects but very clear skin. We are very excited about nearing the end of our journey with Claravis. For those of you just starting your journey, hang in there! It really is worth it, even if it is hard and the side effects are a pain in the

LadyWhoWaits

LadyWhoWaits

04/13/11

 

Day 101!

Skin update- Don't know why, but I again have quite a few blackheads all over my face. I do not know if it is because I had to miss a few days of Accutane or not but they have definitely reappeared. I guess I just have more gunk that needs to come out! Side effect alert- I have noticed that the palms of my hands always feel sticky and clammy. No matter if I have just washed them or dried them. They also have a shiny appearance. Just another kind of fun you can experience with this drug!

LadyWhoWaits

LadyWhoWaits

04/08/11

 

Month 4 - Doctor visit and Bloodwork

I went to visit my Dermatologist today, and despite exercising more, losing another 5 pounds, eating well and taking lots of fish oil, my triglycerides were back up to 215! How discouraging! My doc said not to worry, that this is very normal for a person on Accutane at the later stages of treatment. However, some good news, my HDL is 41, so that is a Ray of sunshine! As I am on the downhill side of treatment, she also asked me lots of questions about my mental state, joint pain and skin cond

LadyWhoWaits

LadyWhoWaits

04/05/11

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