So I guess this will be my first entry chronicling my experience with Isotretinoin, or more specifically Claravis. Some background info to start off with, I've had acne since I was about 13 years old. It started off quite severe, and I used to not be able find a clear spot on my whole face. I was familiar with the horrors of acne already because my older brother had had severe cystic acne for several years. I began trying some of his topical medications when my acne persisted despite my best efforts to scrub it off my face. The topicals were helpful, and my acne subsided to more of a moderate, and at times, mild acne.
Over the years, I perfected my skin routine so as to keep my skin from becoming severe again. I kept the forces of acne at bay by never skipping washing my face in the morning and at night, and never going anywhere without my benzoyl peroxide. Although my acne has really subsided into a low maintenance mild acne over the years, I still breakout regularly and can never skip applying my topicals (aczone has become my new best friend).
Fast forward to now, I have finally decided to try accutane after watching both of my brothers go through it and emerge with gorgeous, baby-smooth skin. I worked at a dermatologist office for 4 years (ironic, I know) and I know all of the ins, outs, side effects, horrors, and successes of accutane. So it's definitely time to put this acne behind me.
That being said, I'm just finishing up my first week of being on Claravis 20 mg twice a day. So far, I am experiencing dry skin, akin to having a sunburn that is just becoming a little peely. My lips are really dry, so I am never without my chapstick. The dry eyes, I noticed immediately. I've never had contacts or anything, so that was somewhat of a new feeling for me. I have also been experiencing some headaches that are annoying, but not unbearable. My skin feels irritated, again like a mild sunburn. My skin is actually pretty clear, and it's hard to imagine I'm going to experience any initial breakout, but I'm sure it's coming!
Some facts about me just for comparison: I'm 24 years old, 5'10", and 135 lbs.
I'll try to update weekly. I'm definitely excited to just get through this process and have clear skin on the other side!!