I started Claravis/40 mg per day on May 11th, so this is my 6th day of treatment, almost the end of week one... I have been experiencing both apprehension and excitement since taking the medication. On one hand, there is the potential to finally have clear skin, but on the other hand, there are so many possible side effects.
I'm very glad that I found this message board, so I can share my experience and read about others.
I'm 25 years old, and had beautiful skin when I was a teenager - however, something about hitting the age of 21 - and BAM! all of a sudden I had an acne problem. After several years taking all the antibiotics on the market, undergoing laser treatments, facial/chemical peels, microdermabrasion, and every topical product under the sun - I was at my whit's end. In 2008, my dermatologist strongly suggested accutane; despite my out of control fears, I went through the IPledge program, and got my prescription - I remember holding the pill in my hand for several minutes before tossing it in the garbage...I chickened out.
I decided that I needed to try other methods- even unconventional ones...
However, here I am, two years later, and suffering from the same severe acne problem...
In the past 9 months, I have been to three different dermatologists in my small town FL city - they have all suggested the same thing- and finally, I caved in. (again...)
Although I fear side effects, I have not experienced anything yet, but I guess it is still early, as I am ONLY on day 6! It is weird, because I have dry/peeling skin on my chin, but other parts of my face remain oily. Certain areas of my acne are the same, and other areas have gotten a little worse.
I'm trying to stay patient about the progress- I know it won't change over night - but I would love to hear when individuals on this dose started to see real results - I'm assuming that it will be at least a month on the pills until I notice improvement?