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I've struggled like many of you with acne/pimples/cysts for 8 long years. Enough is enough after trying everything at the drug stores, along with oral pills and topical creams I have decided to take Accutane! Hope I can provide some insight t

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Accutane (Clarivis) Day 25

So, its day 25 on accutane/clarivis, almost a month yah! I'm on 20mg, 1 capusule a day. At this point I can definetely tell my skin is improving. Slowly but surely my acne is clearing up. I'm pretty sure i'm past the initial breakout stage, but you never know. I have my dermatology appointment soon and I'm thinking of asking him if he can increase my dosage. I feel like 20mg is a great starting point, but i've been reading of all these people on 40, 60 or even 80-100 mg and I'm just worried 20 isn't going to clear me completely up, or that it will take realllyyyyy long to clear up everything. I don't know, do you guys think I should ask my dermatologist to up my dosage?? If anyone has any advice or info on increasing accutane dosage please let me know! Thanks

mnaccutanegirl12

mnaccutanegirl12

05/28/2012

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05/25/2014

 

Started Accutane Days 1-12

Hi everyone, Sorry i'm lumping almost 2 weeks of information in one post, I'll do better next time So, I am on Clarivis (aka Accutane): 20mg, one capsule a day, for 8 months I'm not sure if I will be on 20mg for the whole course or if my dermatologist will be increasing my dosage. Days 1-3: Stressing out about the horrible IB, i've been worrying myself sick about it. So far have noticed that as soon as I take the capsule after dinner about 30 minutes to an hour later I get horribly tired and sleepy. I know its from the medicine because I normally do not sleep at 10pm. I'm usually up till 12pm or 1am. Day 4: noticed my upper lip is a little dry and peeling somewhat. breaking out more, also clarivis does not make me tired anymore (I guess was a side-effect that only lasted a couple of days!) Day 5: lips are more dry, becasue I have not been putting vasaline on at night, woke up this morning and my nose was kind of dry and flaky. Getting more pimples, worried I'm having my IB Day 6-9: had really bad acne surface all over my face. Specifically, my t-zone area which is where I usually break out. But, surprisingly I don't usually break out on my chin, however I had like 4 big cysts there. Day 11-12: I can see my face is getting better slowly but surely. I still have acne, but my complexicon is better, there is also a reduction in my acne from last week. I think I had a gross breakout, because I ate a lot of junk food, oily, fatty food, candy etc. on the days leading up to my first day of starting accutane. I know that I break out when I eat unhealthy foods, so I believe it was less of an IB that I had and more of my acne coming out because of my diet and then accutane just added to it and made it worse. That might sound stupid, but its the only rationale that I could come up with. I want to emphasize that even though that first week and a half I was breaking out quite a bit, I could still see that my face was looking better and better each day I took accutane. There's something about knowing that I'm on accutane that makes me feel less bad about my acne, because I hope and pray that it will all work out for me in the end. So long, Don't forget to say hi, comment, or just give any tips you've acquired while on accutane!

mnaccutanegirl12

mnaccutanegirl12

05/15/2012

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05/25/2014

 

Ahhhh, 6 Days Before I Begin Accutane !

Hey fellow acne sufferers, I just wanted to give a quick summary of my history with acne and let you know what I have used in the past that hasn't worked for me. I'm also going to be starting accutane soon! Products used: Proactiv, Clean & Clear, Nuetrogena, Acne Free, Exposed Skincare, Cetaphil cleanser gel & bar soap, and a bunch of scrubs, exfoliators, I've used yougurt masks, I've tried the egg mask, drinking apple cider vineger, cutting out milk products, eating healthier and drinking more water! (obviously I still have acne or I wouldn't be here, so those haven't worked, then I got serious and went to a dermatologist). Products prescribed by 2 different Dermatologists that didn't work: Retin A, Clindamycin gel =topicals Doxycycline (1 pill, 100mg a day), Monocycline (2 pills, 50mg each day)=Pills It's been almost 7 months since I found out about Accutane while researching and it has taken me THIS long to finally be allowed to take it! I will post another blog on how I finally got my dermatologist to agree to give me accutane. You might be wondering what kind of acne I have. Well, I consider myself to have severe acne, but I'm probably exageerating just a smudge. I've been told by a friend, a dermatologist and my mom that my acne isn't severe. If i'm being honest I think my acne is moderately-severe. There's good weeks and bad weeks, its just a rollar coaster ride with my skin. No one day is the same. Each morning I wake up wondering what new pimple has decided to resurface and show its ugly face on MY face! With accutane, I almost feel like its time now. I'm the most ready I'll ever be and seeing as how nothing has significanlty improved my acne, I'm excited to take the plunge and begin using accutane. Okay, so when do I start? I start in exactly 6 days, my 2nd derm. appointment is 4/30/12 @8:25am!!! I'll get my 2nd blood test and will hopefully get my prescription for accutane. I'll be in school for 2 weeks and then the semester's over, which i'm so thankful for! Then I can have my horrible initial breakout and all the disgusting peeling and chapped lips away from people, in the comfort of my home! My hope is to post weekly updates of my accutane process. I'll write sideaffects I'm having, how my acne is doing, advice, maybe helpful products i've found etc. Please for those of you on accutane, plz give me any advice about accutane, what I should use, things I shouldn't do/eat etc. That'd be sooooooooo helpful. Peace, thanks for reading

mnaccutanegirl12

mnaccutanegirl12

04/24/2012

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04/24/2012

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