I have now been off of accutane for 1 month. i went to my derm about a week before i finished up treatment, and to my relief she told me my skin looked great and i wouldn't need another month on the drug. Since i have stopped taking it, my skin has been completely clear and i'm hoping it will stay this way! It does feel good not to have to take the pills anymore everyday, just one less thing to have to remember....
When i went to my follow-up appt my dermatologist gave me a prescription for a low dose of Retin-A. I already knew that this was the plan after i was finished with the accutane, but i am now a little hesitant about using it. I just applied a little bit tonight(it said start using one month after finishing accutane). I am going to take it very slow, like they told me to do at first, probably just apply it at night every other night for the first week or two. I am hesitant because i do not want it to cause any sort of breakout like it says it may, but im thinking that since ive taken accutane and my pores are basically non-existent anymore, hopefully that will not happen. Has anyone had a similar experience, using retin-a after accutane, and if so how did it go?
Thanks for any replies!
Alright! Last month of accutane! I'm really excited to be almost done with this! So I haven't posted since about month 2, just been really busy.. But anyways, my skin is doing A LOT better. It's crazy to me how well this stuff works. Overall, I only have a couple of red marks left on my face, and I haven't even had a pimple since like my first month on the stuff! My face/neck is totally smooth! I love it! Now here's hoping it stays that way when I'm off the pills..
I've still been taking 60 mg/day of Claravis, nothing has changed there, my derm said I probably wouldn't need a higher dosage since it's been working so well so that's still how much I'm taking. Haven't had any new side effects or anything, but still just dealing with the dry skin and chapped lips. For anyone that struggles with their lips being dry all the time(which is probably anyone taking accutane) all I can say is AQUIFER!! That stuff is great, I've been using it the whole time, no other chapstick even comes close for me. Still using cetaphil face wash and cetaphil face cream, it's really moisturizing which I like. I just picked up my last prescription of Accutane a couple of days ago, and I'm going to have a follow-up appt with my derm towards the end of the month so she can tell me what she thinks. I haven't seen her since the end of month 1, so I'm looking forward to see what she thinks and where I will go after the Accutane.
Since I'm not completely finished with this drug yet, I guess I can't say yet for sure, but as of right now, I feel really grateful that I took it because I feel like I have so much more confidence now. I wasn't one of those people with terrible terrible acne to begin with, but I had it bad enough to have it alter my moods at times and even make me less social if I had a bad breakout. I felt like before, I was constantly worrying about my skin and how it looked, and it's not perfect now, but I barely think twice about it now and a lot of times don't even put on makeup anymore. It's just nice not to constantly be having breakouts anymore and stressing about it. I'm almost 21 years old, I want to be done with acne! And assuming that it won't come back when I'm off accutane(fingers crossed!) I feel like this drug has been the answer for me. I only wish I would have taken it sooner, or at least discussed it with a dermatologist sooner. So I say for anyone wondering about Accutane or hesitant about taking it, I say discuss it with your dermatologist and weigh the risks, but don't not take it because you hear horror stories because millions of people have taken it and it really does work for most! I'm going to post a pic to my album if anyone is interested.. I would post a link to it but I don't know how.. sorry. So I will let you know how my follow up appt goes, and here's to anyone finishing up their first round of accutane! Woo hoo!!
So I'm just updating my blog I'm on week 7 now of 60mg/day of Claravis. Not much new to report, but it is amaaaaazing how this stuff works. I do not have one active pimple right now and the last one I got was probably about 2 weeks ago. This has not been the case with my skin since before I started having acne! It's very nice but it also means that my skin is very dry, but not too bad as long as I apply moisturizer at least twice a day. All that is really left now is red marks.
So a few days ago I picked at a spot of dry skin on my cheek and it totally peeled off and left a big red mark. I knew I should have left it alone but it's hard when you think it's just dry skin and then you peel it and a whole chunk of skin comes off! Anyways it looked really bad the next day, my boyfriend was like 'where did that come from? that wasn't there yesterday!' and I just said I know, I know...I messed with it and I shouldn't have! So from now on, if it feels like just another dry flake of skin or not, I am going to try and NOT touch it. Sounds easier than it is!
So now it seems like what is left is just red marks and some scars that I have, but I feel like they will get better with time and hopefully be gone or very unnoticeable. Once I'm done with Claravis, my derm said she'll put me on a very small dosage of Retin-A and she said this will really help with any scars that I have left. But there's still a little over 3 months to go on this stuff first! No new side effects, just feeling tired all the time, it kind of sucks! Does anyone else feel like that? I feel like I really need to start exercising regularly again, but I'm kind of hesitant because I'm tired all the time now to begin with and I want to have enough energy to work and complete my schoolwork. Has anyone had any difficult experiences of trying to get in shape while on this drug? Like running shape? Because that's what I would do when I worked out, mostly cardio. Thanks for any responses, and I'll update again soon!
So it's been a little over a month now for me taking 60 mg/day of claravis. I would say that I am very happy with my results so far! This past week I have not had one new pimple, and that has not happened in a very long time! My skin is still very dry but not as bad as it was during the first month; I think it is adjusting. For the most part my face and neck feel smooth all over and the marks that were left from my first bad few pimples on the medication have now almost completely faded. Hopefully my derm was right and any scars I have left at the end of my treatment will be gone or almost unnoticeable!
I am still washing my face with Cetaphil basic cleanser morning and night and moisturizing with the cream. My lips still get very chapped so I make sure to always have Aquifer or some type of chapstick with me. My back has been a lot stiffer this past week, I have had to take Advil a few times. Hopefully that side effect will not last long because it makes everything(laying down, carrying things at work, even walking) uncomfortable. And I'm not sure if it is the medication or not, but I feel tired all the time now. It's like I can't get enough sleep! I don't mind that much except for when I need to get things done like schoolwork .
So I am looking forward to moving through this second month, hopefully I will only improve more and more! I am going to have an appt scheduled at the end of this month sometime with my derm, and she said as long as I am clear and not breaking out at all I will probably stay on 60mg/day for the whole 5 months. Has anyone heard the same thing from their dermatologist? I just started thinking that I see a lot of people on here who vary in how much they are taking and it usually goes up sometime during their treatment...I'll have to ask her. I'm just wondering if you increase your dosage then you are less likely to relapse after you are finished with your treatment? I really just would not want to have to be on this stuff more than once! But for now I am going to keep going and hope for the best!
So today I had my follow-up dermatology appt after one month of being on 60 mg of accutane per day. I think it went very well; my derm told me that she was happy with how well I was doing(she had expected me to break out more during the first month, and so had I!) Apparently everything looked good, my bloodwork was normal, there weren't any elevated triglycerides and whatever else they check for. I told her about the few side effects I have experienced, the headaches, very dry skin, lips, and lately inside of my nose? Pretty crazy how much this stuff dries you out, it affects your whole body! She also told me in the coming months to really make sure I wear sunscreen, and not just on my face, or I will burn really easily. Kind of sucks because I like to swim and tan a lot in the summer, but looks like this year will be a slow start for that since I am supposed to be on the medication until the end of June. In the last week, my face has definitely shown big signs of improvement. I have had a few pimples but they were small and dried out and cleared up very fast. Considering it's only been one month on the medication and I am already starting to clear up, I can't wait to see the difference the next 4 months will make. I was very happy after leaving the dermatologist's office today, because I am starting to clear up but also because she told me that once I am off the medication you won't even be able to tell I ever had acne and the few scars I do have on my cheeks will be very unnoticeable! It's really kind of hard to believe since I have struggled with acne since I was about 13, that 7 years later with only 5 months of treatment it will be gone, and possibly gone for good! Makes me wish I would have taken this drug sooner...but what's important is that I am doing it now and I am very excited to see my progress in the coming months! On to month #2!! Woo hoo!!!
The third week of Accutane is over! Not much new to report...I forgot to take a pill one night and I broke out a little over the next couple of days, I wonder if missing a pill was related? My lips have become a lot more chapped and they hurt, but as long as I keep applying Aquifer they do ok. I put a lot on at night before I go to bed and that really helps. One night I did not apply it and I could not believe how dry and chapped my lips were when I woke up! Still using cetaphil cleanser and cream twice a day, my skin seems to just suck up the moisture of the cream now; when I first started using the cream it felt really oily and weird but now it feels normal and refreshing for the dryness of my skin. I've been trying to drink a lot of water and always eating around the time I take my pills. I have my next dermatologist appt on the 28th of this month so I'll let you know how it goes!
My second week of accutane has been pretty much the same as my first, maybe a few more side effects. My skin has become a lottttt drier and my scalp has been itching like crazy and also drying out. I have had a couple more breakouts on my chin and neck but nothing too bad. I'm not sure if this is my initial breakout or not.. I guess I will see. The last couple of days my joints have felt a little stiffer, and my lower back was a little sore the other day after taking a long walk, but who knows if this is because of the Accutane or not. My face feels like it is starting to clear up a little more, the few zits that I have had are smaller and go away faster than before, but I'm not getting my hopes up yet! That's about it for week 2, on to week 3!
Hello everyone! I have just completed my first week on accutane. I just figured out how to get to this blog thing so I think I posted one thing on a regular message board before but from now on I will just post things here.
So it's been one week on the treatment so far. I am taking claravis 60mg/day. The first few days I did not really feel or see any changes but yesterday I started to think otherwise. I am not sure if I am having the initial breakout right now but in the last couple days I have broken out with three large pimples on my chin, a couple deep ones on my cheeks, and the same in a couple spots on my neck. I feel like this might be the medication because although I normally had breakouts before going on it they were not as large and painful as the pimples I have now. But who knows, maybe the worst is still yet to come! So I am still washing and moisturizing my face twice a day with Cetaphil. My lips have also become a lot more dried out over the last 2 days, and I have been moisturizing them with chapstick and aquifer, which is great stuff! Other than that I have not really had any other side effects yet, and hopefully I won't. My dermatologist said I will probably stay on this for 5 months, the first month I will breakout pretty bad and the 2nd month I will start to clear up so I am anxious to see what happens! I really don't want to have to breakout this first month but if I start clearing up in the 2nd month I think I will be ok with that. Good luck to everyone else just starting out on Accutane like I am, and I will try to keep updated with my logs!