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Six Years After Claravis/accutane - And All Is Well!

Hello - Just wanted to check back in to note that I've had no side effects, continue to have smooth clear skin and now my only skin worry is wrinkles. If you're on accutane or a similar product now, know that there are many people with positive experiences who just drop off this site when everything is cleared up, b/c clear skin isn't an issue any longer. Stick with it.  Favorite products during accutane and after - Aquaphor, skinceuticals phyto corrective gel and anything by Eucerin.  Good

MargaretLeo

MargaretLeo

04/21/17

 

Almost A Year After Claravis/accutane - And All Is Well!

I'm one of the few people who had a positive experience with Claravis/Accutane and came back to share it. I used to come to this site at least five times a day, searching for positive experiences and most often it was negative ones. Turns out, it's true what people say (in most cases) - once you have clear skin, this site washes from your memory. You don't even think about it and what you went through to get to the clear skin. You just start living your life with beautiful skin and start worryin

MargaretLeo

MargaretLeo

09/25/12

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09/26/12

 

About Three Months Off Claravis - Clear Skin But Major Hair Loss

I'm off the medication, and now I'm dealing with non-stop hairloss. I've lost about 60-75% of my hair. I had a lot to begin with, so it isn't very noticable to anyone else, but I'm devistated. I've read others blogs, and I know that they've regretted their decision to do accutane/claravis b/c of hair loss. I'm at a loss. I tried Biotin supplements, and now I'm using special hair regrowth hair products and have yet to notice it stop or improve. Anyone else in this spot?

MargaretLeo

MargaretLeo

01/10/12

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01/11/12

 

4 days short of 5 Months! - Claravis

A bit disappointed in myself. I used to read the accutane blogs on this site non-stop, maybe 5-6 times a day when I first started Claravis, and then around month three or so, my face cleared and I slowly started to not check-in as much. I'm dissappointed in myself as I feel that was a selfish move. B/c I know I used the site to read everyone elses daily entries, I lived on them. I wondered how this person will feel tomorrow, waited to hear how their derm appt went, hoped that zit of thier's

MargaretLeo

MargaretLeo

08/04/11

 

Day 88 - Claravis (Accutane)

What's new: It's been 20 days, so in the past 20 days my face has been pretty clear. Still get 1-2 pimples on jawline once in a while, but those come and go. Everything else is still clear. Start 80mg (40x2) a day once I get my new Rx tomorrow. My face: It's good. But derm said that since I still get 1-2 pimples sometimes that I should go up to 80mg a day to do away with it. So that's the plan. Skin isn't dry on face. Following same routine from the start. Lips are better, only apply aquap

MargaretLeo

MargaretLeo

06/02/11

 

Day 68 - Accutane (Claravis)

What's new: Couple small pimples on the chin otherwise clear. Still very tired. Very small rash on arms, not every day. My face: A few days a go the tip of my nose was dry - I had a hard layer of skin that peeled off. And then my chin was the same way. So not flaky, just a small layer of skin came off. But that was just one day. Put aquaphor on both places and healed right away. Otherwise, for the past week, I'll have a couple very small pimpls, on and off. So everything is still good for m

MargaretLeo

MargaretLeo

05/13/11

 

Days 59-61 - Claravis (Accutane)

What's new: Three new pimples, arm/wrist rash is gone. Derm appointment and I'll continue on 60mg/day. My face: Since I lasted posted, I've had a few small pimples pop up. One in jawline, one on chin and another between mouth and nose. They aren't bad at all, and I really can't complain. So I won't. Everything else: All is good. Arm rash was on it's way out once I started moisturizing again. I think it just came b/c I wasn't moisturizing my arms at all (duh). Now arms are back to norm

MargaretLeo

MargaretLeo

05/06/11

 

Day 58 - Claravis (Accutane)

What's new: Arm rash/dryness has gone down a lot. No active pimples. My face: My face continues to be clear of all pimples. Just some leftover red marks in the jawline area, but they are very hard to see. Skin on face isn't dry at all. I'm using the Cetaphil facewash and Cetaphil Restoraderm lotion at night, and then Avene Milky Fluid Antirogues in the AM in shower and using Cetaphil lotion with SPF in the AM. And that's keeping my skin moisutrized. Everything else: I used the Aveene

MargaretLeo

MargaretLeo

05/03/11

 

Days 52-57 Accutane (Claravis)

What's new: Face is clear and has been for a week or so. Arms and hands are spotted with different types of rashes and bumps. My face: My face is great. No pimples at all and not dry either. So it's smooth and looks great. Woo hoo! Everything else: Arms are pretty bad. They're all scaley and bumpy, and then there's patches of rashes or really dry spots, sometimes they look like blisters. I was in New Orleans for the weekend and in the sun a lot, but every half hour I was applying heav

MargaretLeo

MargaretLeo

05/02/11

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05/02/11

 

Days 48-51 - Claravis

What's new: No active pimples on face. New skin rash on underside of wrists. My face: In the past three days my jawline has cleared up. Five or so days ago I had 5 or so active pimples on jawline, and now they're all dried up, dead and almost all gone. So that's good. The redness has gone down. And my nose isn't as bumpy anymore from blackheads surfacing. So all is well with my face! Very excited about that. Everything else: A few days ago I noticed some bumpiness, rash-like skin on th

MargaretLeo

MargaretLeo

04/26/11

 

Days 43-47 - Claravis (Accutane)

What's new: One big pimple and then about 4-5 smaller pimples on just one side of my jaw. Another on my lower cheek/near mouth area. Clear skin everywhere else. Itchy scalp is back. My face: Well it's been five days since I last blogged, and it's not b/c nothing has changed with my skin. Work has been crazier. So in the past five days I've broke out again on my jawline. I'm not sure if it's b/c my time of the month is here or that the upped dose from 40-60mgs is kicking in, but a few days

MargaretLeo

MargaretLeo

04/22/11

 

Days 41-42 - Claravis (Accutane)

What's new: One active pimple on chin. Jawline pimples aren't active for the past two days. A few small pimples on chest area. Still overly tired by mid-day. My face: It's going well. The jawline pimples that have been coming and going have just been going for the past two days. During that time I got a new pimple on my chin, kind of near mouth. It's not too big. Nose is stil clearing; can't see blackheads there, or anywhere on my face really. And no other active pimples on face besides the

MargaretLeo

MargaretLeo

04/17/11

 

Days 38 - 40 - Claravis (Accutane)

What's new: Two active pimples on jawline. Black heads are disappearing on nose and all over face. Side effects are not bad at all. My face: So just the two pimples on my jawline, and those are new and then dead within 24 hours. The best right now is the no blackheads - it's so cool to look closely and see smaller pores and no black heads all over. Smoother skin by far. So the increased dose from 40-60mgs/day hasn't changed my skin in a bad way...yet. Lips are fine, only feel dry or hurt wh

MargaretLeo

MargaretLeo

04/15/11

 

Day 37 - Claravis

What's new: Two active pimples on jawline, dryer skin than yesterday. My face: Instead of one pimple on jawline (how it's been for a week or so), I have two today. Maybe b/c of the new dose of 60mgs? And my face was dryer, not peely, but when I put powder on I could see some dry skin. Nothing crazy. Everything else: Fine, nothing new. This tired thing though is strange, I feel like a grandma. By mid-day I'm ready for a nap; just feel drained.

MargaretLeo

MargaretLeo

04/13/11

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04/15/11

 

Day 36 - Claravis

What's new: One small active pimple on jawline. Little pimple on lip line. My face: Only the small pimple on jawline and small bump on lipline (not visible). I still have about 5 red marks on my jawline from old pimples. Face isn't dry anymore at all. Redness is going away. Haven't seen an IB since I upped my dose from 40-60mg/day. Everything else: Nothing new. Side effects are very minimal: sometimes some pain in lower back after sitting in one place for too long, and when I go on a

MargaretLeo

MargaretLeo

04/11/11

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04/13/11

 

Days 34 and 35 - Claravis (Accutane)

What's new: One active pimple on jawline, blackheads are disappearing on nose, not bumpy either. Side effects, minimal. My face: So it's tough to update once or once every other day b/c so much changes for my skin within 12 hours. For the past few days I've had only one active pimple, and it may not be the same one. For instance one died last night, but I have a new one this AM. But one active pimple is no big deal, at all. Everything else: Nothing new. It's been 4 days on the dose of

MargaretLeo

MargaretLeo

04/10/11

 

Day 33 - Claravis

Too much information post. What's new: Skin is still improving; looks smoother and clearer. And the one active on the jawline is becoming inactive - still a bump but very little pain. My face: I'm feeling really good about it. One active and that's it. Lips are doing pretty well, too. I apply aquaphor every hour and they are a little peely in the AM when I get up, but other than that, they're fine. Skin isn't dry anymore. In the AM I can apply one hefty layer of Cetaphil Restoraderm l

MargaretLeo

MargaretLeo

04/08/11

 

Day 32 - Claravis (Accutane)

What's new: Started taking the 30mgs 2 x a day. One active pimple on jawline, that's it! My face: All looks pretty good. Still red, but not as bad as weeks 1-2. Dryness isn't that bad either, not as bad as week 3. Just have one pimple on jawline, and then some dead ones, red spots just hanging out on the chin/jawline. Don't mind those at all though. Everything else: I just feel more tired. Around 5:30pm on the train ride home I'm ready for bed. I've been going to bed/sleep around 9p

MargaretLeo

MargaretLeo

04/07/11

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04/08/11

 

Day 31/The Target Incident - Clarvis

What's new: One active pimple on jawline. And little holes, large pores on side of nose, top of nose and chin. And...I had my first breakdown/serious mood swing last night. My face: Face feels smooth and looks really good this morning. Although, after I moisturized and put powder on I could see these big holes on the side of my nose where the powder didn't sink in, and they are on my chin, too. They look really weird - like holes in my skin. Anyone else? Everything else: Nothing new w

MargaretLeo

MargaretLeo

04/06/11

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04/10/11

 

Day 30 - Claravis (Accutane) 4 more months to go - I got this!

What's new: Well, nothing....besides Katy - 1, acne - 0. One month down, acne. WHAT?! My face: Really nothing. The stuff on my jawline just keeps going down. Face is less peely. Lips are fine. Everything else: Just fine. Nervous though, about starting the 60mg tomorrow. I assume something will have to happen with the increased mgs, it's just a matter of what and how much. Of course, just when I'm getting used to this level of accutane in my body, I have to go and mess with thing

MargaretLeo

MargaretLeo

04/05/11

 

Day 29 - Claravis (missed 28 somewhere)

What's new: No new pimples, have two active pimples (one on chin area and one on jawline). New dry spots on one arm. My face: Not as dry, not as red. And seems to be calming down. Still have the blackheads on nose that haven't changed since I first started. They've just camped out right on the surface of my nose - grr. Still have about 10 spots on my jawline from ones that have come and are dead but have left a mark. Everything else: Noticed dry spots on one arm yesterday so I put tw

MargaretLeo

MargaretLeo

04/04/11

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04/18/11

 

Day 25-27 - Claravis (Accutane)

What's new: Jawline has calmed down - do active pimples there. One active pimple on chin. Skin was really dry a couple days ago, now not so much. Lips have blisters again. My face: Looks pretty good right now. Still red, but things have calmed down. About a week ago, my jawline was breaking out (about 6 active pimples) now, they are all on the way out (hope they don't come back). Now I just have a small active one on my chin, and one going away near my nose. Lips are dry, not peely. And t

MargaretLeo

MargaretLeo

04/03/11

 

Day 23-24 - Claravis

What's new: New pimples on jawline (total of 5 active pimples on jawline); new pimple on lower cheek near nose (only one not in jawline area). Face is dryer. My face: Seems like the jawline is getting hit now, some pimples seem to heal or die (or so I think) but then they come back. And then news ones come. So the jawline is just "active" all around - but nothing too bad. Can handle it. And my face half way through the day is dry/little peely in my chin area, and side of nose. Same face

MargaretLeo

MargaretLeo

03/31/11

 

Day 22 - Claravis (Accutane)

What's new: Nada. My face: Nada. Everything else: Calves were really sore yesterday and today. My workouts involve a lot of jumping, so I know my claves get a workout. But normally they wouldn't be this sore. It's gotta be the Accutane. Oh well. That's not going stop me from exercising.

MargaretLeo

MargaretLeo

03/28/11

 

Day 20-21 - Claravis

What's new: Two active pimples on face, on jawline, one on right, one on left. Nose is bumpy from all the blackheads surfacing. One side of my chin was really dry this AM. My face: My face is still very red. I'm still getting new pimples on my jawline that come and go, nothing serious. Bunch of red marks on jawline from past pimples. And my nose is still bumpy from the herd of blackheads. I used the Modern Friction exfoliator scrub on my nose again in the shower, and it feels a lot smoothe

MargaretLeo

MargaretLeo

03/27/11

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03/28/11

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