I am a 43 year old woman who has had acne for years. My teenage years were acne filled. It affected my self confidence and self esteem. Although I got over most of that when older - whenever I got a bad breakout - it didn't matter how smart or successful I was at my job - I felt like an ugly duckling.
I tried it all and my dermatologist felt that with my age, and I'm empty-nesting with no intention of having more children that Accutane (Claravis) would be a good try.
I've read blogs and peoples experiences that have made me comfortable to try this treatment. So - I thought I'd share my experience as well.
My doctor had me on the Obagi treatment for one my prior to Claravis. It had great results but not without a lot of peeling, pain and itchiness. The scars have lightened but the acne prevailed.
So here I am Day 1 on Claravis. Nothing sensational other than at the start of the day I had that tight feeling of when you wash your face but the tightness lasted longer than usual. I didn't oil up as much - but by the end of the day I was close to the shine that I'm used to experiencing.
I saw that my urine was dark. I'll have to ask the doctor about that.