I'm so happy to have found this message board, so I have a place to come and share my experience with Claravis. I just started on Tuesday, May 11th. A little about myself- my name is Shana, I'm 31, soon to turn 32. I hardly had acne as a teen, it mostly started in my 20's. I've tried many, many things to get rid of my acne. I've used Differin, Retin A, topical antibiotic creams, oral antibiotics, over the counter, under the counter I've tried it all. Before going on my last course of oral antibiotics, I would have 10+ pimples at any given time, plus lots of scaring. My skin has cleared significantly over the past month, but I know that the antibiotics are not a long-term solution and my skin eventually gets used to whatever I'm on and will begin to break out again. This medication really is a last resort for me. I've tried everything over the past 10 years.
So, this brings me to the Claravis. I was so anxious to start, and it seems like it's taken so long just to get to the starting part! There's the first negative pregnancy test, then another 30 days later before the prescription is filled, the labs, all the iPledge stuff. My second appointment, to fill the prescription, was nearly 3 hours. Yuck. I think the worst part of the derm. appointment is leaving the house without makeup on. I've become a master at covering my acne/scars. Nobody really knows how bad my skin is under all the makeup I so artfully apply each morning and touch up throughout the day. I can't even imagine what it will be like, not worrying about whether my makeup has smeared, if my pimples are showing, or talking to someone and seeing them stare at my acne.
I am on day 4 today, starting out at 40mg for the first month, then 80 for the next 3, for a total of 4 months. I didn't expect to have side effects so soon. I did my research and stocked up on everything I think I'll need: Lubriderm lotion (practically in every room) various chapsticks/lipbalms, lubricating eyedrops, Clinique Super Rescue antioxidant lotion (for my face, when it starts to flake). I didn't expect to experience side effects so quickly. My eyes already feel like the Sahara, that started yesterday. I wear contacts, we'll see how long that lasts. Eye drops are already my new best friend. My face already looks drier. I noticed a flaky spot on my forehead, which is typically oily, along with my nose. I'm also very itchy, pretty much all over. I'm going to start applying lotion at bedtime, instead of just when I get out of the shower in the morning. This is only 4 days into it and at 40mg! What will it be like a few more weeks down the road, and at 80mg?!!! I hope I adjust...
My skin was fairly clear when I started, now I have 2 active pimples. I'm a picker, which is terrible, I know. The pimples seem dry and strange, not the usual puss-filled monsters that I'm used to having. This must mean my oil glands are drying out already? Did I really just talk about what was inside of my pimple? Gross.
So, that's what I'm doing. I hope to come here and update on a regular basis and read the rest of your experience and get tips. Thanks for reading.