I am so happy to be able to say I no longer have to remember to take two pills a day! This journey has been a long one but completely worth it. After I completed the 6th month, I had about 4 new break outs. Of course at the time this had me extremely worried but I believe it was other conditions that brought this on. It has been about two weeks since I've stopped taking Claravis and for the most part there are no new breakouts. My face and lips are still extremely dry and the scarring is definitely still visible but after seeing my before picture, I can safely say THERE IS A HUGE DIFFERENCE!
Looking back at how bad my acne was (not compared to anyone else's), I wish I had begun the treatment years ago! For anyone that may be hesistant starting it based on side effects, every person is different but chances are you will not have a bad reaction other than the minor side effects such as extreme dryness. I have not yet begun putting any topical creams over my entire face, except for on the breakouts. And even then it dries that area out even more! As of right now, I am extremely satisfied with the results and if need be (hopefully not!) I would do this all over again. It was not easy but it was worth it in the long run!
The 5th month of Accutane was under the generic brand Zenatane and even though the dermatologist said it shouldn't change anything, for me it certainly did. For those of you out there whose pharmacy fills a prescription different than what you've been using, possibly due to change in insurance as was the case with me, you are actually able to request the brand name you've been using. I wish I had known that sooner! I had more breakouts in the 5th month than throughout the whole process! It's definitely been discouraging but slowly its a bit better. When I went in for the 5th month checkup she said to go back to using Claravis. Side effects are still the same-dry lips and skin. I still feel like I'm sweating more than before accutane but then again where I live it's extremely humid and hot so who knows if its from accutane itself. I've noticed redness on my cheeks and the scars seem a little more apparent now. I'm hoping once I go back on to Claravis it'll go back to the improvement I had seen in the prior months. I really hate the thought of doing 7 months if that's even possible. But as of now I am starting my 6th month. Although I rarely breakout I feel that one round of this medication may not be enough. I can only hope by some miracle it'll improve even more by the end of the 6th month!
I want to start this entry but saying something I thought I would never (well in the near future) be able to say. From very early on in month 4 my skin was looking much better! I thought I'd be trying to cover up the leftover scars and redness with makeup. But for the first time in a VERY LONG time, I do not need to put any type of makeup (excluding eye makeup) such as foundation, concealer or makeup powder before leaving the house, even for when I go to class. Granted my face is still extremely dry and tight but the lotion/creme is absorbed almost immediately. I had no crazy side effects and the headaches have subsided. I had seen a youtube video where the girl said for some reason she wasn't able to sweat since taking accutane. Unlike what I saw, I have noticed that sweating is happening a lot easier than it used to. In other words it's more excessive or occurs faster and stronger than I've ever had. Other than that I have no other complaints. The dermatologist said the fifth month which I begin tomorrow, may be my last. She said if any breakouts occur during my fifth month or if I feel like an extra month is necessary that we can go ahead and do a sixth month. My blood results have shown a rise in one of the categories but she said that's normal for the time being. My insurance has switched the generic brand from Claravis to Zenatane. If anyone has had that happen or has taken Zenatane, please let me know if anything in side effects or in your complexion changed (good or bad)!
Today I am officially beginning the fourth month of Accutane. I went to the Dermatologist and was told my skin was progressing each and every time. I asked the doctor if the red spots that look like past pimples would ever go away and she told me something I had no idea could happen. If you see/have these red spots it's EXTREMELY IMPORTANT to wear sunscreen any time you are going to be exposed to the sun for longer than a few minutes. She explained that if the red spots get sunburned and what not, they will turn into brown spots and those are harder to remove than scars or the red spots would be. The red spots should slowly disappear in the last month of Accutane and afterward completing the treatment. I also asked about the headaches I've been having and she said those are side effects that come with taking Accutane as the water and pressure begin to collect around your brain. She reassured that it's normal but if they become unbearable to stop taking the medicine for a while.
My skin has definitely cleared up even more from the last month. I've only had one new breakout since then. My skin and lips are still dry but nothing too extreme. Other than that, no other complaints. I can only hope that it just gets better from here and that the headaches subside.
I have about a week to go before I finish up my third month of Accutane. But this past month I've gotten quite a few headaches. I'm not sure if it's because I'm tired and stressed or Accutane heightens it. I was wondering if anyone else has experienced headaches to a greater degree while being on Accutane and if it possibly occured more during the middle of the process?
Today I have officially started my 3rd month of Accutane! I'm pretty excited about it since I've heard that the third month is when you see a bigger improvement. I went to the dermatologist 2 days ago and she had said that my prior blood work showed an increase in something but that this time around it was perfect. I'm thinking it might have been better this time because I hadn't been consistent with taking the medicine for one week. So I would definitely recommend checking in with your dermatologist at each visit and make sure the blood work came in with good results since it seems they don't always tell you everything.
The back pain is not as bad as it was a few weeks ago. I have noticed from the beginning that when I blow my nose blood or rather dried blood will emerge. I talked to my dermatologist and she said that it was perfectly normal and that it was a side effect. As long as it's not full on nose bleeds it's nothing to worry about. I have been taking monthly photos of my skin and after comparing them I can definitely say my pores have minimized. The depth of the scarring is still very obvious in the photos (not so much when I look in the mirror) and I realize Accutane probably won't be able to remove it but I'm hoping it'll not look as bad as it does now.
Can't wait to see what the end of month 3 will show!
As I'm about to begin my third month of Accutane, there has not been a significant change. When I went to the dermatologist a month ago, she said in the third month my skin should break out less to the extent of no new acne forming. As of right now, I have a few breakouts and the scars of old acne is not fading at all even a little bit. I'm hoping this third month will show a much more drastic change.
There are no new side effects. The backpain has come back and the dryness on my lips and my face has not disappeared (not expecting it to). My hair is still dryer than how it usually is which is nice for a change.(I also dyed my hair during this process and luckily no negative side effects occured). Since I live somewhere where the sun never stops shining, I have been careful with the sun exposure by using plenty of sunscreen. For the most part there hasn't been any negative reactions to being out in the sun. My face feels more of the heat and as a result I try to cover it to if I'm at the pool or beach.
Other than that, I'm surprised and pretty happy that the journey so far is going great!
In a few days it will be exactly a month since I've begun Accutane. The third and fourth week were the same in side effects and results. I had watched a accutane vlog a while back where the girl said her scalp was drier (she said she had naturally oily hair which I do as well) and she mentioned that it wouldn't look oily at all. I thought that might be for certain people only but my 4th week in I noticed my hair to appear less oily as well.
The redness has SIGNIFICANTLY decreased due to using Aveeno products as I had mentioned in the last post. It is less flaky and easier to work with makeup wise. It is impossible however, to go without any kind of lotion. As soon as I pat my face dry after washing it, my skin is yelling for moisturizer. I still use the Aveeno lotion and a Cetaphil moisturizer. I also a use a all natural product from my home country of Serbia. And it has proven to be the best therapy for my skin during this very dry process.
Just about a week ago I noticed the blackheads on my nose and the cheek area right past the nose slowly disappearing. First I thought the skin on my nose was peeling off but when I looked in the mirror I saw the blackheads getting smaller and smaller. Right now I have a few stubborn pimples appearing in different spots. I'm not sure if this is due to the medicine or my upcoming finals. In the 3rd week I had odd backpains as well as in my chest. For now they have stopped.
I'm still on 80MG a day and I have my first visit to the dermatologist since starting Accutane later on this week. I can't believe the improvement I've seen for just a months time. Luckily there have been no harsh side effects and hopefully my blood result will come back with flying colors.
So I've been on Claravis for about 12 days now and even thought it's only been two weeks, I can definitely see changes. The redness had only gotten worse and the flakiness and dryness were just as bad. But about a couple of days ago a friend of mine who had already taken accutane told me about 3 products that helped her skin out immensely! Now after trying ALL kinds of facial products, I was somewhat hesitant to try out her suggestions.
She suggested for the redness that I buy Aveeno Ultra Calming Daily Moisturizer and pair it with the Aveeno Ultra Calming Foaming Cleanser that also helps reduce redness. On a side note, both products are part of a new collection of Aveenos Active Naturals line. The moisturizer was a bit pricey but I will be the first and probably not the last to admit that it was well worth it. Within days I noticed my skin looking a lot calmer (the redness is still there but to a smaller degree).
Although I spent a week or so avoiding using makeup, because of my job, I had to give in and put some on. For girls on accutane, if you must put makeup on as well, I suggest you try the Covergirl & Olay Simply Ageless Foundation. This was another product my friend suggested. It has both SPF and moisturizer in it! So although it would be nice to not have to apply makeup atop of all the flakiness, this is really a good product to try out.
For the most part there are no crazy side effects. I have found my face to be extremely itchy and sometimes my scalp as well. Because my hair seems to get oily within a day, with accutane I have noticed that although it still may get oily, it is dry. Again, I'm not sure how it's possible to have a combination of both but it's happening. And the moisture from my lips is just about gone. Aquaphor has really been a lifesaver during this process.
My dermatologist started me on 40mg and its two a day. Can't help but wonder how safe this is. Anyone else using such a high dosage twice a day?
For the longest time I had been against trying accutane because of all the different things I heard, saw and read. But after having acne for 7 years too long, I finally decided to go for it!
The first two days there was little to no side effects but by the third day I noticed my pores getting smaller. I had gotten really excited thinking maybe it wouldn't be as bad as I've read but not this time!
Now I've been on it for a week and the side effects have definitely begun to show. My face feels extremely tight and dry but because of how much moisturizer and cream I've been putting on, it is both oily and dry. I don't know how that's possible but it is. My face also feels itchy and it looks like a bad sunburn. It's also flaky and red. Not only does my face feel dry but my lips are just as dry! No matter how much stuff you put on your lips it disappears within minutes. Those are really the only side effects I've been experiencing with taking the medicine. I'm sure these next couple of weeks will probably get worse but that's expected. Until next week!