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New to Claravis aka Accutane

So I'm almost two weeks into taking 80mg of Clavaris daily. So far my side effects aren't too bad. Side Effects so far:

*My nose peeled, but I did a gentle scrub and I've been using Aquaphor/Neosporn on it and it seems to be doing better, it does look slightly sun burned *My lips of course feel chapped - Carmex is the bomb diggity btw *My face definitely feels sun burned, it hurts/stings to put anything on it other than Cetaphil lotion - baby sun block stings like no bodies business!! *I've been moisturizing excessively (even before I started) so I'm not drying, well not yet.

I'm sure these are the lighter side of the side effects but I hope they don't get as bad as I've heard. I just wanted to see if anyone currently further along on this drug could recommend products to help keep my discomfort to a minimum, anything special help anyone out??

My worst fear is cracked lips :cry:

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You're doing a great job by moisturizing regularly, which I find some people overlook. So continue doing that morning and night. In place of a traditional moisturizer at night I like to use extra-virgin olive oil. It's super moisturizing and reduces red marks. As your skin is experiencing the "Tane Burn", I would hold off on trying anything new on your face. I experienced the red skin in the first couple weeks and it definitely subsided with time. Now I have this pink flush to my cheeks.

For lips I highly recommend Nivea Kiss of Moisture, and Aquaphor is great for lips, too. I haven't had any cracked lips yet which I am also afraid of. I am constantly putting on lip balm, so I think that's the key. And just staying hydrated.

I'm not sure what cleanser you use, but Purpose Facial Cleanser is wonderful. It foams up but is 100% soap free and takes off all of my makeup.

I don't know if you take supplements, but before blood tests I take Milk Thistle to help clean up my liver. Many people take flaxseed, Vitamin E and fish oil, but that's too many pills to remember every day.

And good luck! Accutane is a serious drug but if you're not too scared about side effects you should be fine. As long as you're not screaming in pain, I wouldn't bother the derma. :)

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Hey there! I've been on a high dose Accutane (80mg/day first month and the 120 mg/4 months) 6 months ago and my skin is clear, fingers crossed (except a FEW TINY red marks which are fading!). I have to say that the dryness was quite uncomfortable but I developed my skin care routine together with my derm that kept the discomfort to minimum. And besides feeling tired a lot and a few muscle aches, I did not experience major side effects.

Well, I live in Europe so I am not sure if you can get the same products where you live but I will list them anyway! I washed my face with Eucerin gentle wash gel. It soothes the skin and moisturises it as well. Then, I would spray a mist of AVENE Thermal water which was amazing as it reduced all the redness, tightness, and irritation. My dermatologist recomended it and it worked wonders for me, leaving my skin REALLY nice and smooth and not red at all. I would spray it on my face whenever I was getting flushes or redness (especially during winter when it was freezing outside) Next, I would apply VICHY Aqualia Thermal Rich moisturizer which would absorb really quickly, leaving my skin soft and not shiny at all. I would do it in the morning and in the evening. When I was in the sun, I would use Aqualia Thermal SPF 15 which was also great, as I never had a sunburn and my skin felt comfortable.

Also, twice a week I would use a hydrating mask, Hydraphase from La Roche-Posay, also recommended by my dermatologist, and it would just add extra moisture to my skin. Finally, I would use AVENE Cicalfate cream at night when my skin was very dry and flaking and sometimes after shaving in the morning. This really soothed my skin and speeded up its recovery.

As for lips, I found that only BLISTEX MedPlus worked for me, as I did not have to use a lot and it stayed on my lips for quite some time. It also healed some of the cracks. I would also put some Cicalfate on my lips from time to time and it REALLY helped a lot.

Well, sorry for the long post. Believe me, I am not a product freak, these are just products that were recommended by my derm and since I really wanted to have nice and glowing skin, I decided to follow her advice. It might sound expensive to buy all of them but since I did not have to pay anything for my Accutane+Blood work+Derm appointments (as my insurance covered it all) It was not that bad but it really worked great!

I am still using the Eucerin cleanser, Avene Thermal water, and Aqualia Thermal Moisturizer post-tane and it keeps working! Fingers Crossed! I look much younger, and my skin is soft and plump!

Wish you all the best with your course! Whichever products you use, just make sure you moisturize a lot. That's what my derm said! It's great you started way before feeling the real dryness!

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You're doing a great job by moisturizing regularly, which I find some people overlook. So continue doing that morning and night. In place of a traditional moisturizer at night I like to use extra-virgin olive oil. It's super moisturizing and reduces red marks. As your skin is experiencing the "Tane Burn", I would hold off on trying anything new on your face. I experienced the red skin in the first couple weeks and it definitely subsided with time. Now I have this pink flush to my cheeks.

For lips I highly recommend Nivea Kiss of Moisture, and Aquaphor is great for lips, too. I haven't had any cracked lips yet which I am also afraid of. I am constantly putting on lip balm, so I think that's the key. And just staying hydrated.

I'm not sure what cleanser you use, but Purpose Facial Cleanser is wonderful. It foams up but is 100% soap free and takes off all of my makeup.

I don't know if you take supplements, but before blood tests I take Milk Thistle to help clean up my liver. Many people take flaxseed, Vitamin E and fish oil, but that's too many pills to remember every day.

And good luck! Accutane is a serious drug but if you're not too scared about side effects you should be fine. As long as you're not screaming in pain, I wouldn't bother the derma. :)

Do you use a facial lotion at all? I find that pretty much any lotion I have been trying to use lately just burns/stings my face. I have been using Cetaphil which is suppose to be gentle and hypoallergenic, but even that seems to make my face sting.

Hey there! I've been on a high dose Accutane (80mg/day first month and the 120 mg/4 months) 6 months ago and my skin is clear, fingers crossed (except a FEW TINY red marks which are fading!). I have to say that the dryness was quite uncomfortable but I developed my skin care routine together with my derm that kept the discomfort to minimum. And besides feeling tired a lot and a few muscle aches, I did not experience major side effects.

Well, I live in Europe so I am not sure if you can get the same products where you live but I will list them anyway! I washed my face with Eucerin gentle wash gel. It soothes the skin and moisturises it as well. Then, I would spray a mist of AVENE Thermal water which was amazing as it reduced all the redness, tightness, and irritation. My dermatologist recomended it and it worked wonders for me, leaving my skin REALLY nice and smooth and not red at all. I would spray it on my face whenever I was getting flushes or redness (especially during winter when it was freezing outside) Next, I would apply VICHY Aqualia Thermal Rich moisturizer which would absorb really quickly, leaving my skin soft and not shiny at all. I would do it in the morning and in the evening. When I was in the sun, I would use Aqualia Thermal SPF 15 which was also great, as I never had a sunburn and my skin felt comfortable.

Also, twice a week I would use a hydrating mask, Hydraphase from La Roche-Posay, also recommended by my dermatologist, and it would just add extra moisture to my skin. Finally, I would use AVENE Cicalfate cream at night when my skin was very dry and flaking and sometimes after shaving in the morning. This really soothed my skin and speeded up its recovery.

As for lips, I found that only BLISTEX MedPlus worked for me, as I did not have to use a lot and it stayed on my lips for quite some time. It also healed some of the cracks. I would also put some Cicalfate on my lips from time to time and it REALLY helped a lot.

Well, sorry for the long post. Believe me, I am not a product freak, these are just products that were recommended by my derm and since I really wanted to have nice and glowing skin, I decided to follow her advice. It might sound expensive to buy all of them but since I did not have to pay anything for my Accutane+Blood work+Derm appointments (as my insurance covered it all) It was not that bad but it really worked great!

I am still using the Eucerin cleanser, Avene Thermal water, and Aqualia Thermal Moisturizer post-tane and it keeps working! Fingers Crossed! I look much younger, and my skin is soft and plump!

Wish you all the best with your course! Whichever products you use, just make sure you moisturize a lot. That's what my derm said! It's great you started way before feeling the real dryness!

Thanks for all the advice, I will definitely check into to those products!

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