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!
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