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Vermilion

First Time Accutane User / Claravis 40Mg

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9/19/2015 Day 30: So a month has passed. I am still taking just 40mg a day. I'll try and mix it up by skipping some days. Initial outbreak resulted only in a few spots, all of which have left. Though they left some marks, so that's unfortunate. The new nivea moisturizer works well. However, I have to double cleanse the morning after, and even then, there's a sheen on my face after a couple hours of applying my spf-moisturizer.
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9/20/2015 Day 31: Nothing much to report. Only issue is I feel is the nivea moisturizer is really greasy and quite hard to remove the morning after. I am still able to workout and run without any joint pain or anything others have reported at the one month mark.
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9/21/2015 Day 32: Everything's good so far. Every side effect is handled nicely. Though, one side effect of accutane I had not realized until this morning was tiredness. I usually sleep 6 hours during the weekdays and close to 11 hours on weekends (8 hr + 2-3 hour naps). I also have been feeling drowsy by noon at work.
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9/23/15 Day 34: Side effects include dry lips, somewhat dry face, and overall tiredness. Still have some oily skin, but it's reduced by half definitely.
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Glad to hear everything is getting manageable. I'm on my last day of the first month, and things have gotten a lot better as well. The dry skin on my face has actually started to subside a little, lips are a bit better as well. The rest of my body has now started to dry out, but that is much easier to stay on top of.

I've had a few minor spots that do seem to heal a lot slower, but otherwise I've had huge improvement. My nose has been covered in black heads for years now, but every single morning I can see more and more being pushed out and closed up...its really phenomenal.

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9/25/15 Day 36: Back is feeling fine. Jaw/cheek has been strained from yawning. It actually hurt somewhat to just eat yesterday, but it seems to have subsided this morning. Not sure if it's related to accutane.
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Day 9/27/15 Day 38: Everything is fine as I approach the 40 day mark. Only concern is once I get off accutane, the oily skin returns and the cycle continues again.
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9/28/15 Day 39: 2 spots sprouted up on my hairline. Not really a big deal. Will apply some BP and it'll die down.

9/29/15 Day 40: Skin is pretty good. Blackheads going away.The 2 spots yesterday are shrinking. I have to use the foaming cleanser by CeraVe as it is strong enough to remove the Nivea moisturizer in the morning.

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9/30/15 Day 40: Feels like my oily skin is coming back.Thought I read someone having the same issue. Other than that, just feeling tired and dry lips.

10/1/15 Day 41: Slept or 9 hours. Still somewhat groggy. Skin pretty good, though.

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10/2/15 Day 42: Oily skin subsiding a bit. I didn't take my dosage for 3 consecutive days, so that is probably why the oils increased.

10/3/15 Day 43: Skin is best its ever been for past 6 years or so. Just have red marks that are somewhat mild. I am only experiencing dry lips and slight chest pain this morning.

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10/4/15 Day 44: Nothing really to report. I have just two acne spots. Oily skin is once again down significantly. Dry lips.

10/5/15 Day 45: Same as yesterday.
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10/6/15 Day 46: Skin is pretty good so far. I only need to use an oil blotting sheet every 6 hours instead of 2 hours. The nivea moisturizer is great. My face does not feel dry and  tight in the morning anymore. Only dry lips is the issue as of now. I will be doing a blood test again next Saturday.

10/7/15 Day 47: No acne spots as of yet, except for one near my chin.Other than that, pretty clear.
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10/8/15 Day 48: Slight bump on the right cheek cropped up. Seems like it't not much of an issue though. Otherwise, skin is good.

10/9/15 Day 49: Skin still good. Blackheads appear to be disappearing on nose. Just dry lips as of now.
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10/10/15 Day 50: Dry lips so far. My core is kinda strained at the moment. Not sure if related to accutane.

10/11/15 Day 51: Still have a strained core. Face, back is clear. Chest has some spots.
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10/12/15 Day 52: Nose is kinda dry for some reason. Everywhere else is fine.

10/13/15 Day 53: Nose is still dry'ish. Everything else is okay, though. No other side effects. Abdomen/core is no longer feeling painful.
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10/14/15 Day 54: Realized what was causing drier nose than usual. Pretty obvious after the fact, I decided to use BHA to remove the remaining blackheads.

10/15/15 Day 55: Nose is bit less dry than before. Pretty sure BHA was cause. Will be taking blood test tomorrow. So far just dealing with dry lips. My skin is still producing oil, but a lot less than before.
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10/16/15 Day 56: Took my blood test today. Results tomorrow. Skin is pretty good. Back is as clear its been in years. Chest has some acne on it. Face 1-2 spots on nose, but nothing that time can't handle. Still just dry lips.

10/17/15 Day 57: Received blood test results. Everything is good except for my triglycerides are in the high range. I will be meeting with the nurse on Tuesday.
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10/18/15 Day 58: Just dry lips, one spot on the bridge of my nose.

10/19/15 Day 59: Spot still on nose. Dry lips.

10/20/15 Day 60: Still have spot on bridge of nose. Just came back from the nurse visit. As I said on day 57, only triglycerides were high. I need to keep it below 300. Also, found out that my audit trip to the east coast was cancelled, so that's good. Didn't want to mess up my routine.
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Hope all is continuing to go well.  Glad to hear your trip got cancelled - I understand too well how that can impact your routine (I had to do a trip up to NJ earlier in my treatment, and it threw things off pretty badly).  I'll be going to Vegas for over a week in early December, so I'm a bit worried the dryness is going to peak with me being in the desert.

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10/23/15 Day 63: Over 2 months now. I still need to exfoliate with a cloth. I definitely do not do chemical exfoliation as it dried my skin quite much in the past, but just dealing with dry lips as of now. I have been waking up with a stiff, tight Achilles.

10/24/15 Day 64: Played basketball yesterday. Can't rest too long in between games as my body tightens up more than usual. Not sure if related to accutane.
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10/25/15 Day 65: Achilles still tight after waking up in the morning. I will be asking the nurse if it is related to the accutane. Dry lips as usual.

10/26/15 Day 66: Still dry lips. Scalp is not itchy at all, really.

10/27/15 Day 67: I will be seeing the nurse again next week. Early than usual as I plan to quit my job within a month and need a good supply of accutane before my new job can register me for their insurance program. Also, I made a post in the oily skin forum, but there appears to be a couple drugs in development at the moment that address oily skin, so hopefully I can go on that in the future.
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