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Taking the plunge and trying accutane at 33.

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Month 1 - 20 Mg Claravis

So, so sorry! I've been so busy chasing around my 2.5 year old and working that I totally haven't had time to my new goal is to update on a monthly basis.

I have 1 month down on 20 mg Claravis 2x day. The first couple of weeks things were a little strange with the most noticeable symptom being the terribly dry lips...SHEESH! I had no idea they would be so bad, they didn't so much hurt, but it was so annoying. I literally had to apply chapstick every 10 minutes and still have to to this day. My derm recommended the Dr. Dan's Cortibalm and the Aquaphor which both work relatively well. I say the thicker the chapstik the better. I apply constantly.

Other issues....

Few aches and pains in my joints and muscles, nothing serious, just some things I hadn't felt before. Pretty much non-existent after the first couple of weeks.

Eyes - I have been having changes in my eyesight or so I could be Claravis or it could be allergies. I went to the eye dr. who upped my vision script and diagnosed me with an asigmatism. He also did a wetness test on my eyes and they were very dry. He said that could be the cause of a lot of my symptoms and recommended artificial tears. I have not had any issues wearing my new contacts or had any issues since I went to the eye dr. So I'm almost convinced it was dry eyes from allergies.

Have been experiencing less bowel movements then usual which is beginning to alarm me. I spoke with my Dr. about this and the dangers of getting Crohn's and IBS and she said that we would watch it. She went on to explain that she wasn't totally convinced that accutane/claravis caused this. She explained that it can result from antibiotic use as well and most people who are on accutane are on antibiotics before. I purchased some probiotics to potentially try to counteract this, but have not been taking them regularly.


The one posotive after the first month is that my skin is no longer oily:) I have not experienced anything I would define as an initial breakout. I haven't really been experiencing excessive dryness anywhere either. I have been using regular lotion with a few drops of jojoba oil in it and haven't had any flaking or dryness at all.

I still have the blackheads on my nose and in random places on my face. At one point a few weeks ago I thought they were getting darker and was hoping they would just wipe off/fall out like other posts suggested, but that hasn't been the case. They are just there..... The cystic acne hasn't subsided by any means either. It's actually more annoying then before. I have consistently (for the past year or so) had two to three cystic spots on my face at any given time. That is still true today, however I would define them as worse as they do not pop and they do not go away. I was horrifed to find a new one pop up today, it hurts and there is nothing I can do about it so I will have to live with it in the painful stage for at least a week.

They only noticeable change is the acne on my back, I haven't had any new ones in the last couple of weeks and I think it's almost clear.(I can't see it).

My Dr. said that sometimes it takes 2 months to see the actual clearing??? I am praying that is the case. If this doesn't work I may seriously lose it. My acne is so painful and embarrassing! She bumped me up to 30mg 2x/day this month and thinks that this will be my final dosage for the rest of my 5 month course because I am so small.

I may also note that I have drank while on this medication, but I skip one dose before and one dose after having the alcoholic beverages. I usually have 2-3 beers 1x per week. I haven't had any noticeable problems. However, I don't take a liver function test until right before my next appt.

I have also laid out in the sun for a couple hours at a time and used SPF 8 tanning lotion and have not gotten a sunburn. We will see what 30mg does with sun exposure as I am going to FL for vaca this weekend.

See you next month :)


Day 1 - 3 Claravis 20 Mg

I am 5'5" and weigh approx 120lbs. My Dr. put me on 20 mg for the first month and plans to bump me up to 40mg the 2nd month.

I took my first dose in the pm with dinner. I didn't really notice anything except for my mouth being a little dry. I moisturized my whole body with organic Shae Butter lotion and Jojoba Oil and put CeraVe on my face with drops of Jojoba as well. - I plan on continuing this routine until I feel a need to change.

First Full Day - I went to Wal-Mart over my lunch hour and had some pain in my foot from just walking and my arm was sore for most of the day just from carrying my purse around. My scalp was a little itchy and it feels strange after I scratch it, like sensitive strange. My face kinda feels like it's purging blackheads already, I scratch my face in some places and little chunks of sebum or whatever it is get stuck under my fingernails. The skin on my body feels different, I can't really explain it. It feels rather sensitive on my shoulders and back where my bra straps rub, but didn't leave a mark. I didn't notice nearly as much oil. I have several painful cysts that I have had for a week now that didn't change. I went for a long brisk walk with my dogs and didn't experience any pain during or after. I slept fine actually better then normal.

I plan on having a heavily diluted drink with friends this evening we will see how it goes...................................




I am 33 years old and have been struggling with some form of acne for as long as I can remember. I have a family history of acne on both sides. My Mother's acne was a mild form and was cystic in nature, but well managed with birth control and antibiotics. She was/is beautiful and I really never noticed she had a problem. She said it finally subsided when she went through menopause. My Father is in his 60's and still has blackheads and enlarged pores on his nose and consistently breaks out on his chest and back. He gets cysts as well very similar to the ones that I experience. My brother did a course of accutane when he was in highschool and besides back acne he has been clear his whole life.

As I said, I have had acne for as long as I can remember and in some way shape or form it has always had a huge impact on my life. It has caused me immense amounts of physical and emotional pain and has definitely held me back from achieving my goals. It has effected my self esteem and essentially "made me crazy." I can't remember a day in my life that I didn't worry about what was going to pop up that day and consistently prayed that I could just experience one day with a clear face. I went through the creams, the antibiotics etc

That never happened so here I am.

After those pubescent teenage years in my 20's I do rememeber it not being so bad. I would just have one or two that were easily covered up and remember that as being one of the happiest times of my life. It was manageable until I was 29, with a new boyfriend, now my husband, and I started taking birth control for the first time in years. I believe I was prescibed Yaz. After a few weeks on this bc i began to experience the worst breakout I had ever experienced in my life, very painful cysts on my jawline, chin and back. I went to the derm and he told me to hang in there with the BC and gave me spiro and antibiotics, and retin-a. After two more months with no change I gave up the BC and things got better. Shortly after I got pregnant and contined to clear up and stayed manageably clear until my baby turned 1.

The winter after my baby turned 1, i began breaking out in places I never imagined, all painful cysts. Especially my neck, jawline, chin and forehead. I never knew where one would pop up next. In the winter it was always worse and I would get very painful cysts on my neck that would take months to go away. It was and is TERRIBLE. During this time my skin became extremely greasy as well especially my forehead. I have missed work because of embarrassment and pain. I can barely let me husband kiss or touch me because I am always in pain or sobbing from all the emotional stress. I essentially live in a personal hell.

I went back to the derm and for a year tried everything imagineable, changed all my makeup, changed my diet, tried supplements, liver cleanses and apple cider vinegar, tried all the different oral antibiotics, Acanya, Retin-A, Finacea. The Retin-A and Finacea helped on the surface, but not with the cysts. You named it I tried it. I got acupuncture, which I loved and really helped, but I had to give up because my insurance didn't cover it and it was soooo expensive. I went to an endocrinologist who tested my hormones (specifically for to much testosterone) and tested me for PCOS. The endocrinologist found nothing.

So finally here I am Day 1 on Claravis.........if this doesn't work I don't know what I will do.

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