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jennifern

Day 89

dose:

claravis 20mg morning 40mg evening

side effects:

dry lips, crack in each corner

eyes dry/itchy and red

skin still sensitive

very fatigued

dry skin

acne:

not too much new. i only every get an occasionaly pimple now. i had a big pimple on my temple and have a small cyst on my jaw. my face is still flushed at times. even my arms are sometimes as well. because my face is dry, sometimes skin peels off when i scratch it. my nose has some scabs from this. i also have a scab on my left cheek by the corner of my mouth. overall this is a huge improvement from a few months ago.

jennifern

Day 79

dose:

claravis 20mg morning 40mg evening

side effects:

lips only a little dry and not nearly as red

eyes dry/itchy and red

skin still sensitive

very fatigued (maybe starting school has a little to do with this?!?!)

acne:

one new small pimple on the right side by my bottom lip. now it is a scab. still have a few scabs around my face, mostly around my mouth. my face is kinda flushed especially my cheeks. i do not like this! i certain lighting (bright) my face looks really clear other than the scabs and in other lighting (dimer) it looks really bumpy and uneven. i feel like every time i look in a different mirror I am looking at a different face.

i am much more prone to blisters on my feet. i wore an uncomfortable pair of shoes for a short walk and ended up with four blisters. i don't if you know what a bedsore looks like but the two blisters on my toes look like minibedsores. i also have a blister on each heal that look like a deep slash.

jennifern

Day 71

dose:

claravis 20mg morning 40mg evening

side effects:

lips only a little dry and not nearly as red

eyes dry/itchy and red

rashes pretty much gone

skin still sensitive

toes are peeling

acne:

one new and small pimple on the left side just above my lip. it hurt and had a lot of pressure. it instantly felt better after i popped it. still have a few scabs around my face. big scab still around the edge of my right nostril and very annoying. my face is really, really, really, clearing up!! i can also tell that the whole texture of my face has changed. it is a lot smoother and more even. my pores are shrinking too. i am very happy with all of these wonderful changes. hopefully it only get better from here.

jennifern

Day 63 and Pictures

Month 3!!

dose:

claravis 20mg morning 40mg evening

starting to think i will be on the same dose for the duration.

side effects:

lips dry and kinda peely

scalp still dryish

eyes dry/itchy and red

rash on forarms

very sensitive skin

acne:

only one new but small pimple on my chin. still have a lot of scabs around my face. a big scab around the edge of my right nostril. if all the scabs were gone, my face would be really clear. i was looking at pictures during the last couple months and i am a little upset about the condition of my face. it has certainly looked much better than it does right now...like even just a few weeks ago.

every time i scratch my skin, scabs appear in a short time. my skin doesn't really feel dry but i guess it must be. the rash on my inner forarms went away for a while and is now back again. it is more raised than before but doesn't cover as big of an area. my arms look like i have been attacked by an animal.

Here are some pictures:

http://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b100/pin...s/Day63Face.jpg

http://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b100/pin...s/Day63Left.jpg

http://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b100/pin.../Day63Right.jpg

jennifern

Day 55

Summer is a busy time!! I finally have a chance to update.

dose:

claravis 20mg morning 40mg evening

side effects:

lips dry and kinda peely

scalp still dryish

eyes dry/itchy

little red dots all over bottom of forarms and a little on right back of hand

lower back kinda sore

acne:

red scabs all around my face, mostly forhead. otherwise really clear! i still get pimples occasionally but no big breakouts. the overall texture of my skin has really changed and smoothed out. i had a couple breakouts over the last few weeks so that explains the healing scabs around my face. still some redness.

it seems like these small cracks on the corner of my mouth are playing tag. i now have a small crack on the right corner but it is healing. a couple days ago i noticed the small red bumps on the bottom of both of my forarms. they are now a little itchy and inflamed. i will start applying the ointment tonight and hope they go away soon. the rash on my lower back spread to the back of my thighs in streaks. it was raised up almost like welts and really red just like the other one also very very itchy. the rash on my back is almost totally healed and the one on my legs is still just a little red but otherwise much better. i still don't know what it was because i didn't go to the derm. i figured i am already going enough with this accutane and if it went away then what is the point of another visit. a few days ago my feet were peeling, now they are dry. my arms and face are dry and when i itch then i get scabs. i can tell my skin is very sensitive and soft and cuts very easily.

i have my appointment for month three on wednesday.

jennifern

Day 41

dose:

claravis 20mg morning 40mg evening

side effects:

lips not nearly as dry

scalp slightly dry

eyes dry/itchy

small amount of little red dots on back of hands

small cut on earlobe

crazy rash on lower back

acne:

i have many scabs all around my face. i had two new pimples on my chin and both are now yucky scabs. one is huge and i am sooo embarrased! i still have a scab above my L eyebrow, between my eyes on my nose, and a few on my right cheek. my face is looking kinda flushed tonightl. i am a little upset because my face was getting so clear and i thought maybe it would stay that way. ugh i hate acne!!

small crack in the left corner of my mouth is gone. still have some very small red, dry dots on the top of both of my hands. been applying the ointment. the small cut on my left earlobe is still there. my forarms have been very itchy lately. a few days ago i noticed a rash on my lower back. it was about the size of the bottom of a coffee cup but a wierd shape and VERY itchy. it was raised up almost like welts and really red. i have been applying ointment to it and it has gotten a lot better. there are a few little dots on the back of my thighs that must have spread. the main rash is still pretty large but less itchy and red and not raised up anymore. i have no idea where this came from and if it is related to the accutane or not but i really want it to go away. bad week in the acne/accutane department. i hope next week is better!!

jennifern

Day 33

dose:

claravis 20mg morning 40mg evening

side effects:

lips still dry but not as much

scalp slightly dry

face pretty dry

eyes dry/itchy

small amount of little red dots on back of hands

really dry patchs on neck

small cut on earlobe

acne:

i only had one new pimple by me ear. i still have some whiteheads on my chin and a few blackheads on my nose but nothing compared to before. a few healing scabs on my face--a big on right above my eyebrow and on on my chin (taking forever to heal!). my face is a little more red than usual. it is also uneven and my pores are enlarged. i am overall pretty happy with my face.

my lips are still very red. small crack in the right corner of my mouth is gone. the prescription ointment healed the corners of my nose and above my lip really well. i have some very small red, dry dots on the top of both of my hands. been applying the ointment. there are some really dry spots on my neck too. i also have a small cut on my left earlobe and i don't know where it came from. i haven't really used facewash lately to wash my face because my face has been dry and plain water is sufficient.

jennifern

Day 29

Month 1 is almost over!!

dose:

claravis 20mg morning 40mg evening

side effects:

lips pretty dry but it varies day to day

scalp doing much better after some medicated shampoo

face dry and itchy sometimes

eyes dry/itchy

back still a little sore

acne:

i still get occasional pimples but nothing really bad. i hate that every time i pop a pimple it turns into a red scab and takes a while to go away. i have quite a few healing scabs around my face. the whiteheads on my chin are pretty much gone and the blackheads on my nose are fading. my face doesn't feel as smooth as it has in the past but i think that is just because it is a little dry.

my lips are pretty red--they look like i have lipstick on. i can feel a small crack in the right corner of my mouth. my eyes have been red and dry but visine drops a couple times a day really help. i haven't gotten the prescription ointment yet but the dry areas between my upper lip and nose and around the corners of my nose are doing much better (still going to get the ointment just in case). i bought t-gel shampoo and used it this morning after using a sample of head and shoulders for a couple days. my scalp is barely even flaking now and is not itchy.

jennifern

Day 23

dose:

claravis 20mg morning 40mg evening

side effects:

lips not as dry

scalp dry with some flaking

corners of nose and skin just above my upper lip really dry

eyes dry/itchy

back really sore

acne:

doing pretty good. happy that i haven't had any new pimples since monday. pretty much the same annoying whiteheads and blackheads as before and a few healing scabs. i wore mineral powder today after not wearing it for a few weeks and it really evens out my skin and takes away some of the redness.

i went to the derm yesterday and i will have the same dose for the second month. still not sure how long i will be on this stuff but i guess it doesn't really matter. she gave me a script for cutivate ointment (similar to hydrocortizone) for the cracks in the corners of my nose and the dry/dead/peeling skin between the bottom of my nose and my upper lip. those are really the only dry places. everythings else does fine with moisturizer.

jennifern

Day 21

Three weeks here I am

dose:

claravis 20mg morning 40mg evening

side effects:

lips fairly dry and sometimes peel

scalp dry but not nearly as itchy--starting to flake some

face pretty dry around chin, lips and nose (ears just barely dry)

eyes dry/itchy and sometimes bloodshot

maybe the occasional achy muscle or joint but not too much

acne:

i wish that i could say that by some major stroke of luck i didn't have any new acne this week but i guess that is not the way this thing works. three little pimples graced my chin yesterday. one hurt pretty bad. today a little bitty pimple appeared under my nose. i guess things could be much worse but this acne just drives me crazy. i still have lots of whiteheads on my chin. the blackheads on my nose are pushing up to the the surface so maybe they will decide to go away some time soon. several healing scabs around my face, red marks, and blotchyness. the corners of my nose are incredibly dry and cracking...ouch! sometimes i look in the mirror and i am thrilled with my face and other times i am really, really not. right now i am not dealing with it too well.

i was out in the sun too long on friday without sunscreen (i know bad me) and my shoulders got burned. they were really red but didn't really hurt. although the sunburn wasn't really too bad, my left shoulder had a few blisters. i have never gotten blisters from a sunburn, even my very worst. they are dried up now and my shoulder is peeling. i am going to hide from the sun from now on :wub:

jennifern

Day 14

two weeks and doing great!!

dose:

claravis 20mg morning 40mg evening

side effects:

lips a little dry but burt's bees is doing the trick

scalp sooo dry and itchy

face a little dry

eyes dry/itchy

hair dry but leave in conditioner is great

acne:

pretty darn good! a few new pimples on my back and shoulders. a new pimple on my forehead and chin--poped and left icky scabs. the scab from the cyst on my chin is healing. my cheeks are clear. my face is very smooth when i touch it. the corners of my nose and under it are itchy and sore and my allergies probably don't help. my face is just a little red and kinda blotchy. it is much less oily which is wonderful! i had a bump appear on my upper lip and i thought it was a cold sore but it poped. my scalp is very itchy and it is driving me crazy. there are like five or so bumps on my scalp that have scabbed but just will not go away (pimples? cysts?). the little bumps on my forehead and around my hairline are going away but still itch. overall i am very pleased with how my acne is doing. off to go put some more chapstick on...

jennifern

Day 9

dose: claravis 20mg morning 40mg evening

side effects:

lips a little dry, they feel kinda funny like swollen or something but they look ok

scalp dry and itchy

face getting dry and some itching/flaking

eyes are sometimes dry/itchy

mood is doing great

acne:

doing really good. the blackheads on my nose are less noticable. most of the whiteheads on my chin are gone. the little red bumps on my forehead and around my hairline are slowly going away. my pores are still really enlarged. i have some red marks on my chin, cheeks, and nose. two new pimples today. one small one by my nose and a tiny one on my cheek. i poped them both. they were not painful so i guess i can handle that.

Here are some pictures I took last night (you can click to make bigger)

left cheek

http://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b100/pin.../closeagain.jpg

forehead (sorry about my crazy eyes)

http://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b100/pin...hdots/uptop.jpg

this one is just really close (i never would have done this 6 months ago!)

http://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b100/pin...s/wholeface.jpg

my whole face (i was really tired and my hair looks gross)

http://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b100/pin...hdots/smile.jpg

jennifern

Day 7

One week down! So far I have been doing pretty good. Nothing too bad. I had a really bad headache on Sunday but I think I was just super tired because after sleeping 10 hrs it was gone the next day. I can be a hypochondriach sometimes and so I keep freaking myself out thinking that I am going to have some major side effect from the drug and not know it or somehting because I will not know what is normal and what isn't. My skin was itchy the first few days but I also had a little sunburn so that might be why. But the tops of my feet where dry and itchy and they didn't get burnt. My scalp is dry and itchy and my hair is pretty dry. I bought some leave in conditioner so hopefully that will help. My lips are not dry really but they do feel kinda funny. I still use my Burt's Bees all the time. So far no major IB, although I did have a lot of blackheads come to the surface on my nose and whiteheads all over my chin. Gross!! The blackheads are still there but the whiteheads have been faiding. My forehead was pretty much clear when I started and now I have little dry red bumps and they go along my hairline as well. They are kinda itchy sometimes. Some of them have fallen off. The acne left on my cheeks from before I started is healing well. The day before I started I developed a cyst on my chin. I rarely get cysts so it probably appeared just to spite me. It was very painful this week and after some picking from me (oops!) it is now a yucky scab. I hope it goes away soon. My face is kinda dry and still kinda oily. I can see some flakes on my nose and chin. My chin was sooo itchy last night! I had one pimple on my back and one on my shoulder but none on my face which is awesome! My acne is overall better except for these crazy bumps on my forehead. I have been drinking a lot of water.

Oh yah I forgot the corner of my nose on both sides is also really itchy, red, and sore. My eyes have been a little dry and itchy too.

jennifern

Day 2

So I took my accutane last night, this morning, and tonight. Because from what I read the real fun doesn't usually begin right away, I will probably not post every day. I am also taking a class this summer so that will take up a lot of my time. I had a horrible time sleeping last night. My guess for the culprit: anxious, very humid outside, crazy thunderstorm in the early am, sore from mowing the grass at the begining of the week, and a little of who knows. I am trying to drink A LOT of water because it is very humid here and I have heard that Accutan is very dehydrating. I will post again when something major happens...like my lips fall off...oh god just kidding lets hope not!

jennifern

My History

I have suffered from acne for about 5 years on and off. I have been to a dermatologist and tried many treatments for about that long as well. I have moderate persistent acne. My face is the worst but I have previously had acne on my chest and back. My acne is usually at its best in the summer months. Last summer my face was the best it had ever been. My dad was also diagnosed with cancer that July and through the stress of that and starting nursing school, my face became a nightmare. It was the worst it has ever been in Dec 2007. I finally went back to my derm in February to get some control over the mess. She put me on an antibiotic, duac topical in the am, and tazorac topical in the pm. Over the past few months my face recovered and my back cleared almost completely. When I went for follow up my derm basically said that was it and come back if I need to. I was not satisfied and switched to a different derm. During my first appointment in April she suggested Accutane and I agreed that would be the best course. I peed in the cup for the pregnancy test and made an appointment for the next month. I had my next appointment on May 28 for blood work and the prescription. I finally got my prescription filled today (after some major problems with the pharmacy) and I will take my first dose with dinner tonight.

Here is a picture of me in on new years eve 2008:

http://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b100/pin...fernewyears.jpg

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