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Week 3



Hey all,

Just starting week 3 of Claravis 20mg twice a day. It's hard to believe it's been 3 weeks already!

Things haven't really changed that much in the last week. My blemishes are healing extremely quickly. Seems like they just dry right up overnight. My skin isn't producing any oil, which is soooo nice. I've always had such oily skin and I never realized how much better I could look when my skin isn't shiny! I'm very dry and peely still, but I don't mind because I don't have any new spots at all as of this morning, just a few that are healing from last week.

I used to have really bad breakouts along my jaw line of all places, but that is completely gone now, and I am extremely happy about that. Also, I was out in the sun all day with no sunscreen on July 4th, and I only got about as much sun as I would've if I wasn't on accutane, and even got some compliments on my nice tan. I had a headache creeping on as of yesterday, but I was proactive about it and took some painkiller and it didn't really bother me at all. My lips are sooo dry. They look like they are going to shrivel up and fall right off my face if I don't wear Aquaphor 24/7.

All in all, I'm very satisfied with my experience so far. I haven't had an initial breakout, and I already feel much more confident because my skin is so clear and smooth right now.

I have my bloodwork appointment later this week, and my derm appointment next week. Here's hoping my bloodwork comes back ok!!


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Hello Gryffindor. I've been following your posts and I'm waiting for you're 4th week report. It's really really good that you're seeing improvement with Accutane. I do have a oily skin like you do and I've been dealing with acne for so long. It's time to put an end to that!

I myself have been trying to use Accutane for quite some time now but my main problem is my current insurance which is worse than an HMO.

It doesn't cover the expenses of a accutane and they don't send me to a good dermatologist.

Can I ask you about the country you live in and the type of insurance you have and how did you convince your doctor to prescribe Accutane?

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Hey Arthur, insurances can be such a pain in the butt, I know. I used to work in the medical field and I had to deal with them a lot. My insurance is united healthcare, and I just pay a copay of $35 for my prescriptions. I kind of lucked out as far as my doctor goes. I worked for a dermatology practice for 4 years, so my doctor is my old boss. Since she knows me so well, she knows all the products I've tried and she was almost more excited than I was to see me finally go on accutane. It doesn't hurt to shop around for doctors. Having worked in the field, I can tell you that there are lots of doctors that don't want the work of prescribing accutane cause it's a hassle for them too. Good luck! I hope it all works out for you. It took me a long time to get insurance so that I could go on it, but it was worth the wait!

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