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First Time Accutane User / Claravis 40Mg

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10/28/15 Day 68: Achilles still somewhat tight and stiff in the morning. Will ask the nurse what is the deal with it.

10/29/15 Day 69: Over two months now. Have about 2 spots today. One on jaw line and another on the forehead above eyebrow. Next blood test is this coming Monday and appointment on Thursday.
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10/30/15 Day 70: Same old, same old. Oily skin seems to have peaked in terms of decreasing oiliness.

10/31/15 Day 71: Still feel stiffness and tightness in Achilles.

11/1/15 Day 72: Nothing different.

11/2/15 Day 73: Had blood test today. Should get results tomorrow.

11/3/15 Day 74: Nothing different.
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11/4/15 Day 75: Back of arms are developing some bumps of some kind. It is probably due to cooler weather nowadays.

11/5/15 Day 76: Visited the nurse again. Blood results are good. Now have a huge stash of accuntane pills. It should last me for a couple months.

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11/6/15 Day 77: So I still need to use oil blotting sheets, but now I can do it every say 6 hours or so.

11/7/15 Day 78: Stiff Achilles and dry lips as of now.

11/8/15 Day 79: Also, dry arms and legs. But minimizing it by applying some CeraVe body moisturizer.

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11/9/15 Day 80Approaching 3 months now. Times flies. Arms are really dry if I dont apply a moisturizer after a shower. It's odd because it just suddenly came about, this dryness.

11/10/15 Day 81: So side effects are now - dry lips, tight Achilles, dry arms (especially elbow area)

11/11/15 Day 82: Same issues going as detailed above.

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11/12/15 Day 83: Arms are dry, but do not have any tiny bumps anymore. The CeraVe moisturizer seems to have worked. I have been applying it inconsistently, but still worked.

11/13/15 Day 84: Same old effects: dry lips, arms, legs, tight Achilles (though not sure if related to Accutane, spoke w/ nurse last time and she could not confirm if it was-I suspect it is).

11/14/15 Day 85: Back is really clear, smooth. The most out of my chest and face.

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11/15/15 Day 86: Have a little zit-like bump at the corner of my lip. I think.

11/16/15 Day 87: Getting some acne on jaw line, probably b/c i keep resting my hand there.

11/17/15 Day 88: The bump referenced in Day 86 has spread it. It's oozing puss. Scheduled an appointment w/ my non-derm doctor.

11/18/15 Day 89: Cancelled appointment. It seems to have calmed down, the puss and everything. I will give it till next week before seeing the doctor. I have an interview with a recruiter this Friday. Will be leaving my current job soon, so will not have to travel out of town for work-which is good for my skin, routine, etc.

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11/19/15 Day 90: Three month mark. Skin is pretty good. Oil levels are going to decrease any less than they are now. Only acne is on jaw line.

11/20/15 Day 91: Dry lips, any drier skin in general on arms and legs-probably due to the cold.

11/21/15 Day 92: Same as above.

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11/22/15 Day 93: Back is really, really clear. The oils, man.

11/23/15 Day 94: Just dealing w/ stiff ankle, dry lips, and skin. 

11/24/15 Day 95: Same as above.

11/25/15 Day 96: Same as above.

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11/26/15 Day 97: Not much to report. Skins at its best since high school. Except for nose...it's red.

11/27/15 Day 98: Same as above. Went to have blood test again. Results came back good. Also had my first ever food poisoning.

11/28/15 Day 99: Nose is red from foolishly exfoliating too much from past years. Will be using Eucerin Redness Relief moisturizer. I think it's moisturizing enough for accutane dryness.

11/29/15 Day 100: 100 days already. Pretty quick. Have probably 200 days of this to go if I ration my reserves well.  So the negatives and positives at the 100 day mark:

+ reduced oily skin

+ clearer back, face

- dry lips, skin (exacerbated by the cold)

- tight achilles

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Hows your joint pain? Ive heard alot of people take fish oil supplements to help out! Btw do you take your pill with a high fat meal? :) 

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5 hours ago, Chloe123 said:

Hows your joint pain? Ive heard alot of people take fish oil supplements to help out! Btw do you take your pill with a high fat meal? :) 

I do not feel any pain of any kind (joint, etc.) I usually eat it w/ some meal-not necessarily fatty.

12/7/15 - 12/12/15 Day 108 - 113: Still not much change. Have not had any acne these past few weeks.

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My skin is really tolerant to 99.99% of skin products. I have never broken out from a product so my experiences will not be of much help to you. I did not even get an initial breakout like most others here have when starting accutane.

I exfoliate lightly once a week w/ a bamboo-like cloth. Only because my nose accumulates dead skin and product etc quicker than what is removed by cleansing. So I have to exfoliate even though it is generally not recommended to do so.

Good luck!

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12/13/15 - 12/18/15 Day 114 - 119: Same as past few weeks. I have not had any acne spots on my face. Few on my chest, however. I had my blood test today and will be seeing the nurse this coming Monday. Side effects still include dry lips and dry body in general.

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12/26/15 - 1/1/16 Day 127 - 133: Still side effects from prior months. Back of hand, however, has sprouted a several dozens small bumps. I suspect it is because of dryness. I had the same bumps a couple months ago and moisturized and that resolved it. Accutane reserves should last till June.

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1/2/16 - 1/7/16 -Day 134 - 139: Still same side effects. Back of hand has returned to normal condition after moisturizing it after showers - as expected. Two zits came up within the pat 1-2 weeks. One on right temple and one on left cheek. Both have gone down, but not w/o brown/red marks.

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1/8/16 - 1/16/16 Day 140 - 148: Still have the same side effects of dry lips, slightly itchy scalp. I still feel like I need to physically exfoliate as I can still scrape off sunscreen that I applied in the morning. I will be using a konjac sponge to do some light exfoliation. Other than that, I have only had 1-2 zits - nothing major. I still have about 6 months more of this treatment.

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1/30/16 - 2/5/16 Day 162 - 168: Well the acne on my jaw line has subsided, but not completely. I still have the same side effects for the past few months. Mental state is fine as well. Though, I have been stressing over finding a job that I like. Other than that, all good.

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2 hours ago, CNA7 said:

What is your dosage now Vermillion? Have you gone up or stayed at the same dose? 

I am still at 40mg/day. I usually go 5 days straight of 40mg/day then take one day off and go again. So 5 on, 1 off. This will help extend my treatment period and still keep my oily skin down and relatively acne-free.
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I am surprised that your derm hasn't up'd your dosage if you are still breaking out somewhat. Have you discussed this with him/her?

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