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  1. Just had my 6-month checkup! All is well, still getting a few, small, "normal person" breakouts from time to time. I can definitely deal with that! However, my dermatologist is really adamant about me staying on Accutane until I've been completely 100% clear for at least 30 days to prevent it from coming back. This being my 3rd course on Accutane, I'm happy to do whatever I can to keep the acne away FOREVER. This is an especially exciting time in my life. My college graduation is coming
  2. Dosage: 40 mg Claravis Acne: One lingering cyst on my right cheek, a few healing places on my chin Side Effects: Same I can't believe it's been almost 2 months since I posted last! I just had my monthly check-up a few weeks ago, and got bumped up from 30mg/day to 40. Turns out my progress is nowhere near where it should be for the amount of time I've been on Accutane... I totally blame that on being on such a low dose! Having that said, my skin is amazing. I am still getting a little
  3. First of all, thanks for continuing to update! I'm having to go another 2 months, and I'm starting to get worried about life post-tane.My skin has just now started clearing up, so it's easy for me to say YES it's all worth it! After dealing with acne for 10 years, having clear skin is an incredible feeling that only we acne-sufferers could understand. If I end up getting some sort of horrible side-effect from all this, I still think I'd do it again if I could go back and start over
  4. How exciting that you're almost done! Congrats! We started at the same time, but I've been on a lower dose (30 mg), so I'm actually going to have to do 7 months total... And I'm moving 2,000 miles away before I'll finish my treatment! I hope everything goes well with your move and new dermatologist... I'm definitely nervous about the change. I can't wait to hear updates on your skin post-tane!
  5. Dosage: 30 mg Claravis Acne: NONE today!!! Side Effects: Dry lips It's taken me 18 long weeks to get here, but today, my skin is CLEAR! OK, well it's not completely clear since I still have significant scarring on my cheeks and lots of red spots, but NO active pimples. NONE! When I touch my face, it's completely smooth. This is unheard of!! The other night, I went out wearing a one-shoulder dress. My face, back, and chest are all acne-free at the same time. This is amazing! I also h
  6. Dosage: 30 mg Claravis Acne: Complete pustular explosion on my chin, one big pimple on my right cheek Side Effects: Nothing new I'm not sure why I'm feeling the need to update today, except for the fact that I'm afraid my makeup theory may be true. I went out Friday and Saturday night, and wore makeup both nights. Today, I have tons of new breakouts. Has bare minerals ever done this to anyone before? I'm completely discouraged. To be at this point in my Accutane cycle and still having a
  7. Dosage: 30 mg Claravis Acne: A few breakouts on both cheeks, some scattered whiteheads around my mouth and chin Side Effects: Dry lips.... I finally had my 3 month check-up a few days ago, so I'm "officially" into month 4... The good news is that they were able to schedule my next appointment ON TIME, so I won't have to skip any pills this month!! Things are improving. I was really clearing up until a few days ago, and had another bad breakout on my cheeks. It seems like this always happ
  8. Dosage: 30 mg Claravis Acne: NO new active pimples today! Some healing places around my jawline and plenty of lingering red spots from my terrible, horrible breakout from the past few weeks Side Effects: Nothing new, except that my lips are extremely dry and cracking in the corners (which would happen to me this time of year, regardless) My attitude has changed quite a bit from my last post! So far, my time on Accutane has been such a roller coaster. I've gone from being pleasantly surpr
  9. Thanks for giving me hope... I'm in month 3 and am feeling pretty discouraged! I guess I'll just be patient. :)Merry Christmas!
  10. Merry Christmas! I asked Santa for clear skin, but I guess that wasn't in the cards for me today. I thought my terrible breakout was over, but now it's even worse than it was before, and it's taking over the right side of my face as well as the left. It's not easy to celebrate Christmas with family and friends when all you want to do is get in bed and pull the covers over your face... So here I am, day 81 of my Accutane treatment. Before I started, I read a thousand blogs and decided that
  11. My dermatologist recommended me to continue using Tretinoin in order to control the breakouts that I'm still having. Because of my lower dose and the minimal dryness on my skin, she is pretty confident that it won't affect me negatively, and so far it hasn't. Usually it is suggested not to use harsh acne creams while on Accutane because the skin is too sensitive to handle it, but that hasn't been the case for mine. Everyone is different, so of course this crazy drug affects everyone differently
  12. Dosage: 30 mg Claravis Acne: Healing giant nodules on the left side of my face, still some small places on my chin, a few cysts on my back and shoulders Side Effects: Dryness (duh) Is it normal to get IB in your third month of Accutane? I don't know what happened, but this week has been TERRIBLE. The left side of my face just exploded with one of the worst breakouts I've ever had. It's finally starting to get better instead of worse, but that was just no fun at all. It's easy for me to g
  13. Dosage: 30 mg Claravis Acne: Just one small nodule on my left cheek, a few little places on my chin, and two cysts on my back, lots of blackheads around my lips Side Effects: Dry lips, THINNING HAIR I finally had my monthly checkup yesterday, so I'm on pill 61 today. I already scheduled my appointment for next month, and of course it will be 6 days after I run out of pills. I hate that I'm always so behind! As for my skin, I've been taking pictures weekly and I can definitely see a BIG d
  14. Hang in there!! You'll adjust soon, and the good news is that the worst is probably over!
  15. Dosage: 30 mg Claravis Acne: A few active pimples around my jawline and some small white heads on my cheeks and under my nose, many red spots from healing breakouts on both cheeks Side Effects: Dry lips, dry face (which I'm sure has something to do with the cold, dry weather) and irritation on the backs of my hands I've been counting days from the first day of my treatment, but because my dermatologist consistently makes my follow-up appointment a few days after I run out of pills, I'm act
  16. Dosage: 30 mg Claravis Acne: 2 cysts on my left cheek, a few healing spots on my right cheek, a few healing nodules on my chin, CLEAR chest, back, and forehead (with the exception of a few spots near my eyebrow) Side Effects: Dry lips Nothing really new to report this week. My skin isn't better, but it's also not getting worse. Almost done with Month 2!
  17. Dosage: 30 mg Claravis Acne: Nothing new today, but 7 or 8 giant red spots on my cheeks and chin from healing bad breakouts from the last week, a few small pimples on my back, chest is still clear, forehead has been completely clear for weeks!! Side Effects: Dry lips, dry skin on chin Either I'm slowly adjusting to my lower dose, or the Tretinoin cream that I've been using like crazy is doing its job, but my horrible breakout (that got so much worse over the weekend) is finally drying up, a
  18. I'm going through pretty much the exact same thing. I was so happy with my skin last week, and now its a mess! Hopefully this means everything is coming out and clear skin is soon to follow!
  19. Dosage: 30 mg Claravis Acne: More cysts on my back, a few on my chin and jawline, one big cyst on my right cheek Side Effects: Dry lips All my optimism from last week has turned into discouragement. I don't think lowering my dose to 30 mg was a good thing... I've gone from moisturizing 4-5 times a day to not at all, and I'm back to using Tretinoin cream every night just as I would have before Accutane. I also switched back to an acne scrub from regular face wash. My skin is gradually becomi
  20. Don't worry! Try just using some topicals and talk to your dermatologist. Usually they recommend waiting at least a year before starting Accutane treatment again, if you need to. Hang in there!
  21. Wow, that's a VERY intense regimen! Hopefully you'll get to see some of the same great results that I have so far with my third course.. My dermatologist seems to think that since my body has recognized Accutane twice before, it's handling it a lot better than it normally would. I'll definitely be following your progress! Best of luck to you!
  22. I had my blood work done on Friday and my follow-up with my dermatologist today. All is well, and she is satisfied with my progress and lowered my dosage to 30 mg/day in order to take care of some of my headaches and dry hands. I hope this won't slow anything down (or flare up my skin)! Today is a great day for my skin. It's crazy how extreme the ups and downs of Accutane are. This weekend I didn't want to show my face because my left cheek was just so blown up, but today, I woke up with not
  23. lesmiserables

    Day 32

    I understand your pain with the red lips! I've actually started using Burt's Bees chap stick with sunscreen (the kind for lifeguards). It is pretty much completely white, but it tones down the red lips and isn't shiny like Aquaphor. I do still use Aquaphor like crazy when I'm at home, though. Hope this helps!
  24. Dosage: 40 mg Claravis Acne: Only 1 cyst left on my back, a few problem areas on both cheeks, and right side of my forehead.. Chest is completely clear!! Side Effects: Nothing really new. Dry, red areas on the back of my hands are getting better. I don't have too much to report this week. My monthly check-up isn't until Monday, and I won't get my next prescription until then, so I'm spacing out the few pills I have left (completely skipped this weekend). I really hope this doesn't affect my
  25. Dosage: 40mg Claravis Acne: Some active pimples on my cheeks, and cysts on my chin, jawline, hairline, and back Side Effects: Chapped lips, dry (flaking) skin on my chin and ears, dry patches on my hands and arms, dry and flaking scalp I'm getting dryer and dryer every day. My chin was absolutely terrible over the weekend, to the point where I couldn't control it whatsoever, and I was verrry embarrassed to go out with it peeling so bad. I switched moisturizers (to Nutregena Oil-Free moistur