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  1. Hello - Just wanted to check back in to note that I've had no side effects, continue to have smooth clear skin and now my only skin worry is wrinkles. If you're on accutane or a similar product now, know that there are many people with positive experiences who just drop off this site when everything is cleared up, b/c clear skin isn't an issue any longer. Stick with it. Favorite products during accutane and after - Aquaphor, skinceuticals phyto corrective gel and anything by Eucerin. Good
  2. Five Years After Claravis/accutane - And All Is Well! 

    I can count on one hand the amount of pimples I've had over the 5 years since I was on Claravis. My face is STILL as clear as can be. I'm on no medication or specific acne products or medication. I wash and moisturize with whatever i feel like. :)

    Hope all is well with everyone. 
  3. @Jedwards I know! I was addicted to the site, as well. It's so helpful that many people use the site as almost a diary to share everything with others. It motivated me to do the same. So if you all can, I wouldn't hesitate to use this site to document everything. And it's also a great thing to look back on once it's all over so you realize how worth it it all was.
  4. @billz7 My skin has stayed so clear since - seriously, only one pimple. And not sure I want to even call it that. Nothing to pop, not sore, not anything like a pimple. Just a very small bump that came and went in under 12 hours. And that's it! Seriously. I am not on birth control. I am not taking anything for my skin now, or using any type of acne cream. I wash my face like a normal person most nice, and do not worry about any lotion or make up I use; no worries about my face. Which now that I t
  5. From the album: Post-Claravis/Accutane

    Let me know if you have any questions. It's been about a year since i finished my claravis prescription and i've had a (1) pimple and hairloss stopped. I would do it again if anything came back. I feel it was worth it.
  6. Here's a couple pics a year after claravis/accutane.
  7. From the album: Post-Claravis/Accutane

    Let me know if you have any questions. It's been about a year since i finished my claravis prescription and i've had a (1) pimple and hairloss stopped. I would do it again if anything came back. I feel it was worth it.
  8. I'm one of the few people who had a positive experience with Claravis/Accutane and came back to share it. I used to come to this site at least five times a day, searching for positive experiences and most often it was negative ones. Turns out, it's true what people say (in most cases) - once you have clear skin, this site washes from your memory. You don't even think about it and what you went through to get to the clear skin. You just start living your life with beautiful skin and start worryin
  9. And if you've read my past posts about my experience on claravis/accutane I didn't have it too rough. Was always upbeat and pretty positive throughout the whole process. Now it just puts a negative haze over the whole process as now I'm concerned this hairloss will never end and I'll never have my healthy, thick hair back. If anyone else has a similar story, please share. Thanks! Katy
  10. Yes, it started about 2-3 weeks after I stopped the medication. Never had a single problem with hair loss prior to Claravis; always had extremely thick, healthy hair. Now my hair is dry, a different consistency (wirey, crunchy with no life) and falls out all the time. I only wash my hair 1 or 2 times a week to avoid the depressing shedding (lose about 150- 200 hairs) that happens in the shower. I also avoid touching my hair as each time i run my hair through the bottom there are at least 30 new
  11. I'm off the medication, and now I'm dealing with non-stop hairloss. I've lost about 60-75% of my hair. I had a lot to begin with, so it isn't very noticable to anyone else, but I'm devistated. I've read others blogs, and I know that they've regretted their decision to do accutane/claravis b/c of hair loss. I'm at a loss. I tried Biotin supplements, and now I'm using special hair regrowth hair products and have yet to notice it stop or improve. Anyone else in this spot?
  12. You ok? How's it going? Hope it's going well for you!

  13. A bit disappointed in myself. I used to read the accutane blogs on this site non-stop, maybe 5-6 times a day when I first started Claravis, and then around month three or so, my face cleared and I slowly started to not check-in as much. I'm dissappointed in myself as I feel that was a selfish move. B/c I know I used the site to read everyone elses daily entries, I lived on them. I wondered how this person will feel tomorrow, waited to hear how their derm appt went, hoped that zit of thier's w
  14. What's new: It's been 20 days, so in the past 20 days my face has been pretty clear. Still get 1-2 pimples on jawline once in a while, but those come and go. Everything else is still clear. Start 80mg (40x2) a day once I get my new Rx tomorrow. My face: It's good. But derm said that since I still get 1-2 pimples sometimes that I should go up to 80mg a day to do away with it. So that's the plan. Skin isn't dry on face. Following same routine from the start. Lips are better, only apply aquapho
  15. MargaretLeo

    Day 45

    Hi! How are things going for you? I haven't been good with checking in, and I see you haven't been on here in awhile either. I hope things are going well for you and you're hanging in there. Not a whole lot of changes for me either way for the past month - which I'll take as a good sign.Hope the reason you haven't been on here is b/c everything is great with you! Happy Friday!Katy
  16. What's new: Couple small pimples on the chin otherwise clear. Still very tired. Very small rash on arms, not every day. My face: A few days a go the tip of my nose was dry - I had a hard layer of skin that peeled off. And then my chin was the same way. So not flaky, just a small layer of skin came off. But that was just one day. Put aquaphor on both places and healed right away. Otherwise, for the past week, I'll have a couple very small pimpls, on and off. So everything is still good for my
  17. What's new: Three new pimples, arm/wrist rash is gone. Derm appointment and I'll continue on 60mg/day. My face: Since I lasted posted, I've had a few small pimples pop up. One in jawline, one on chin and another between mouth and nose. They aren't bad at all, and I really can't complain. So I won't. Everything else: All is good. Arm rash was on it's way out once I started moisturizing again. I think it just came b/c I wasn't moisturizing my arms at all (duh). Now arms are back to normal.
  18. What's new: Arm rash/dryness has gone down a lot. No active pimples. My face: My face continues to be clear of all pimples. Just some leftover red marks in the jawline area, but they are very hard to see. Skin on face isn't dry at all. I'm using the Cetaphil facewash and Cetaphil Restoraderm lotion at night, and then Avene Milky Fluid Antirogues in the AM in shower and using Cetaphil lotion with SPF in the AM. And that's keeping my skin moisutrized. Everything else: I used the Aveene Ecz
  19. So I decided to make a CVS run to get some lotion for my arms. I picked up Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotion and Aveeno Moisturizing Cream Eczema Therapy. I'm hoping the combo will solve the problem. I also got some Dove Deep Hydrating Intense Moisture Body Wash. We'll see... If anyone has the same problem or did and used a cream/lotion that worked, please let me know. Thank you!
  20. What's new: Face is clear and has been for a week or so. Arms and hands are spotted with different types of rashes and bumps. My face: My face is great. No pimples at all and not dry either. So it's smooth and looks great. Woo hoo! Everything else: Arms are pretty bad. They're all scaley and bumpy, and then there's patches of rashes or really dry spots, sometimes they look like blisters. I was in New Orleans for the weekend and in the sun a lot, but every half hour I was applying heavy-du
  21. What's new: No active pimples on face. New skin rash on underside of wrists. My face: In the past three days my jawline has cleared up. Five or so days ago I had 5 or so active pimples on jawline, and now they're all dried up, dead and almost all gone. So that's good. The redness has gone down. And my nose isn't as bumpy anymore from blackheads surfacing. So all is well with my face! Very excited about that. Everything else: A few days ago I noticed some bumpiness, rash-like skin on the un
  22. I broke out on my jawline in the past few days and I think it's b/c of my increased dose from 40-60. Along with the cluster of pimples on my jawline, my face has gotten more red and my nose got bumpy again like a new herd of blackheads are coming to the surface. And my scalp has started to itch again. Still feeling positive about it all.