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crtrrein

Today is my seventh day of taking 20mg of Claravis(Accutane). I must say, my skin is really looking great! I am also using the Clean & Clear Advanced Spot Treatment that works very well on certain spots. Since I just recently started taking Accutane, I don't believe that it's fulfilling its complete task yet due to it not having the chance to completely get in my system. My doctor told me it takes Accutane about a month for it to really start working. To be honest, I really can't tell if it's the Accutane working, or the spot treatment. I haven't broken out in a while, and now I'm applying the spot treatment to a few areas on my face that were previously pimples a few weeks ago. These pimples just left me with red marks. I've got great news for that situation! Believe it or not, the Clean & Clear Advanced Spot Treatment actually reduces redness! Using this product will dry up your pimple overnight, and reduce leftover redness in less than a week. It's amazing! As for the rest of my face, I believe the Accutane is keeping me from not breaking out anywhere else. Who knows, I could break out tomorrow! All I'm saying is my face has not brought up any new pimples to the surface of my skin. It's just as smooth as it can be, other than maybe two or three spots of redness I'm trying to get cleared up right now. Hopefully, I won't deal with many side effects from Accutane once it starts to kick in dramatically. I have a feeling I will suffer from dry lips and dry skin. Since my face is oily, I will stop using the spot treatment if I start noticing extremely dry skin. I will then continue to use my cleanser, Cetaphil, and apply Lubriderm on my face for moisture. I can't imagine having dry skin from Accutane, and double dry skin from 2% salycilic acid coming from the spot treatment. By the way, do NOT cake on the spot treatment on just one area of your face because YOU WILL dry your skin out tremendously. It will start flaking and peeling which takes a while to heal and regain moisture. I've also noticed cutting back on shaving everyday has helped my skin from getting irritated. I have extremely sensitve skin, and shaving everyday just irritates it. I normally shave every two to three days. Not to mention, I don't look bad with facial hair because my beard is thick. Sometimes I go a whole week without shaving, it just depends on how I feel. I will say that breakouts underneath facial hair looks grungy and unclean. Also, if you're trying to clear up your skin, you will be much better off applying creams to your face shaved, rather than appying the cream with facial hair over your breakout. The hair follicles just keeps it from not directly soaking into your pores. Anyway, I will continue my blog about my results with Accutane once I start noticing dramatic results. Until then, good luck to all of you! :)

crtrrein

HELP PLEASE!!!

Since Wednesday, I have been taking 20mg of Claravis, a generic form of Accutane. I have been doing a lot of research, and reading other people's testimonies who have used/using Claravis. I understand there are many generic prescriptions of Accutane such as Claravis, Sotret and Amnesteem. Below are questions I need answered that have had me confused since I've started taking Claravis and have done research.

1. I've read that "Accutane" is no longer prescribed to patients. Doctors only prescribe generic forms of Accutane such as Claravis, Sotret and Amnesteem. Is this true or false?

2. If question number 1 is true, does it matter which generic brand of Accutane you take? For example, is Claravis more effective than Sotret or Amnesteem, or vise versa? Or is it all the same and have the same effect for clearing up your skin?

3. Are these generic brands of Accutane prescribed by doctors because they're cheaper to purchase at the pharmacy?

4. If you have taken Claravis, when do you actually start noticing side effects? Today will be my third day taking the medicine and I have yet to notice any side effects. Is this normal?

5. How long does 20mg of Claravis take until noticing results of clearer skin?

6. When will you notice dramatic flawless skin results while taking Claravis?

7. Is it okay to use a spot treatment such as Clean & Clear Advanced Spot Treatment, with 2% Salicylic Acid, if you haven't seen results with using Claravis durig the first month?

8. Is it normal to not notice clearer skin, or have side effects using Claravis during the first month taking it? I say the first month becuase my doctor said it takes about a month for Claravis to start working. Is this true or false?

9. If I do not notice results during the first month using 20mg Claravis, should I ask my doctor for a higher dosage, or switch from Claravis to Sotret or Amnesteem?

Please answer these questions because I am confused. I need to hear from someone who has a lot of experiece with Accutane and has taken/taking the drug. Thanks!

crtrrein

Since Wednesday, I have been taking 20mg of Claravis, a generic form of Accutane. I have been doing a lot of research, and reading other people's testimonies who have used/using Claravis. I understand there are many generic prescriptions of Accutane such as Claravis, Sotret and Amnesteem. Below are questions I need answered that have had me confused since I've started taking Claravis and have done research.

1. I've read that "Accutane" is no longer prescribed to patients. Doctors only prescribe generic forms of Accutane such as Claravis, Sotret and Amnesteem. Is this true or false?

2. If question number 1 is true, does it matter which generic brand of Accutane you take? For example, is Claravis more effective than Sotret or Amnesteem, or vise versa? Or is it all the same and have the same effect for clearing up your skin?

3. Are these generic brands of Accutane prescribed by doctors because they're cheaper to purchase at the pharmacy?

4. If you have taken Claravis, when do you actually start noticing side effects? Today will be my third day taking the medicine and I have yet to notice any side effects. Is this normal?

5. How long does 20mg of Claravis take until noticing results of clearer skin?

6. When will you notice dramatic flawless skin results while taking Claravis?

7. Is it okay to use a spot treatment such as Clean & Clear Advanced Spot Treatment, with 2% Salicylic Acid, if you haven't seen results with using Claravis durig the first month?

8. Is it normal to not notice clearer skin, or have side effects using Claravis during the first month taking it? I say the first month becuase my doctor said it takes about a month for Claravis to start working. Is this true or false?

9. If I do not notice results during the first month using 20mg Claravis, should I ask my doctor for a higher dosage, or switch from Claravis to Sotret or Amnesteem?

Please answer these questions because I am confused. :) I need to hear from someone who has a lot of experiece with Accutane and has taken/taking the drug. Thanks!

crtrrein

Accutane: Day 2

In my previous blog, you read about my acne journey and all the medications I have used in order to cure my acne. In my case, nothing has permanently worked so far. If you continued reading until the end, you would have read that I recently saw my doctor who just prescribed me 20mg of Accutane(Isotretinoin). I have done a lot of research on the medicine and I am mentally prepared for any mild to severe side effects to come. Today is the second day of taking my Accutane pill. My doctor told me that it would take at least a month for the medicine to start working in my system and two to three months before seeing dramatic results. I take the pill with a glass of milk because that is what the sticker intstructions read on the box. I'm not completely sure why "milk" is recommended, but I think it has something to do with how the fat in milk better absorbs the medication. I'm not positive, but it's something I will ask my doctor. I would just like all of you to know I am very passionate with people who have acne and understand what they're going through. It's the worse thing that could have ever came apart of my life because it has caused me to live an unhealthy lifestyle. I'm very self conscious about my skin and will do anything I can to take care of it. Please, if you have any questions about your acne, I'm here to help! :) I have tried a lot of different products and I can tell you if they're good choices for your skin. Obviously, I can't answer that many questions about Accutane since I just started taking the medicine yesterday. The only questions I can answer for you on that subject are the questions I have researched and have asked my doctor. I'm willing to learn and hear all I can about the positive outcome of Accutane if it has worked for you. There is hope for your skin just like there is hope for mine. You just have to keep believing and thinking positive. I've always been told that if you want a rainbow, you have to put up with the rain. Feel free to ask me any questions or give me any advice. Good luck!

crtrrein

Hi! I'm so glad I found out about Ance.org and joined. I can now share and relate with others about my struggle with having acne. Hopefully, I can help give you advice to help your skin and vise versa. I started developing acne when I was fifteen. At that time, my mom mentioned to me about Proactiv and how all the celebrities were using it. Acne was new to my lifestyle so I had no idea what Proactiv was and how it would prevent my breakouts. After watching the advertisements on tv, I started to understand a little more about the medicine and I noticed the beautiful skin the stars exposed while selling the product. I got very excited and wanted to find out more right away! Luckily, there was a Proactiv booth at my local mall. I went to talk to the woman that was selling the product. She recommended the five piece kit for me and discussed how to use each step. I'm sure most of you have used Proactiv and understand what I did to clean and medicate my face using the regimen. Anyway, it worked on and off for a few years. I even used other advanced products they sold on their line as well. When it would stop working, I felt as if my skin started to become immune to the medicine. When my breakouts would get severe, I would make an appointment to see an esthetician and she would give me an acne facial. Yes, I've done it all. I've had the peels, microdermabrasions and high frequencies thinking that it would help my skin forever. Don't get me wrong, using the Proactiv and making frequent spa visits to my esthetician did help, but there wasn't any long term results. My acne kept flaring back up consistently and it cut into my social life horrendously. Eventually, I stopped using Proactiv and switched to Murad. Murad was a lot like Proactiv except for the less harmful ingrediants according to the infomerical. (Proactiv is a benzoyl peroxide treatment where Murad is a salicylic acid treatment.) I noticed less drying of the skin did occurr while using Murad. I used Murad for about six to eight months and it worked a little better than Proactiv, but still no long term results. I began to feel hopeless for my skin thinking that there was no cure for my acne. I stopped going out as much with my friends and quit being apart or around social activities. I also noticed a lot of anxiety, anger and depression issues developing. At that time, I had already graduated high school and my acne had gotten even worse. Acne was no longer on my face, it was appearing on my chest, back and shoulders. I remember immediately freaking out and running to my parents about the issue. My dad made me an appointment to see a dermatologist who prescribed Epiduo topical cream for my body and Differin cream for my face. He also prescribed me a pill to take by mouth daily called Droxyl. Boy, are those creams expensive and run out fast! The topical creams worked extremely better than the over the counter medications I used, but I still did not see any long term results. My acne, once again, began to flare back up after a short while and I ended up paying a lot of money to get my prescriptions refilled. The really bad thing was when I would run out of medicine and needed a refill urgently, my insurance refused to sale it to me at low cost because I had refilled the prescription too soon. I desperately needed the medicine so I emptied out my pockets fast! I'm talking around six hundred dollars or more without being covered by insurance at times. I really had to stop doing that because it wasn't worth spending that kind of money towards something that was a lot more effective than the Proactiv and Murad, but still didn't work the way I expected it to work to cure my acne. Afterwards, I started using the Clean and Clear Advanced Acne Spot Treatment. To be honest, I would say that cleared my acne up better than any of the medicines I had ever used, and was the least expensive! Go figure?!? :) Even still, using the spot treatment did not show permanent long term results. I then really started to feel discouraged and hopeless. I began to think if the doctor can't even prescribe me something that works, then nothing will work! It wasn't long before I found out about the prescription drug called Accutane, a high dose Vitamin A pill, used to treat mild to severe acne. I've heard of doctors prescribing it to patients, but my doctor never brought it up to me because of the serious side effects that come with taking the medicine over time. I started to think that Accutane would have to be my last resort and last bit of hope to clear my skin. Before seeing a doctor about taking the medicine, I did a lot of research. I read all about the pros and cons of taking Accutane. The positive result of taking the medicine is after it has ran its course, you're completely acne free forever with PERMANENT RESULTS! :D The negative result of taking Accutane are the serious side effects. Some side effects may be more common than others, where some may be the complete opposite. Accutane, also called Isotretinion, may cause pinkeye, dry skin, dry lips, dry mouth, dry eyes, itching, joint pains and nose bleeds. The more severe side effects of taking this drug may cause serious signs of depression and the feeling of worthlessness, agression/anger, thoughts of suicide, hearing impairment, thinning hair and decreased night vision. Everyone of these came to my attention before seeing my doctor. I was so desperate to find a cure, I went to get my doctor's opinion anyway. It turns out, my doctor prescribed me the drug of 20mg. She mentioned that most side effects will not occurr during the process of healing. The only side effects I would probably have to worry about is the dry skin and dry lips. She also told me to contact her immediately if I started to have mental issues of feeling depressed and thoughts of suicide. I became mentally prepared for everything to come. I already had been going through the depression and anxiety for years, but no thoughts of suicide. I actually took my first pill yesterday and I am expected to stay on the medicine from four to five months. I hope Accutane is the answer to my acne and I will never have to worry about it again. I can get my life back and continue to follow my dreams! Right now I am using Cetaphil cleanser to cleanse and applying Lubriderm lotion to moisturize in times of severe dryness which I have been warned about. If you have any positive testimonies on how Accutane worked for you, please feel free to share! I need all the encouragement and advice I can get. Thanks!

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