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  1. Thank you so much LisaDawn. I appreciate your support. I totally screwed up. Crazy crazy life happened (I mean like crazy last couple of days where my whole world has been turned upside down) and I missed my appt on Tuesday. ugh. The derm's office was not happy and now can't see me until next Tuesday. So I have been with out Claravis since Sunday. All is fine. no breakouts or changesreally. But I know my dosage is going to be upped so I hope I don't get more dramatic side effects afte
  2. Day 29. I know I must have missed a day here or there. my next appt is on tuesday. I will run out of claravis Monday. Must get my blood test tomorrow too. I had my 7.3 miles race this morning. It was tough... I wasn't that prepared, but I finished at a respectable 10min mile pace. Even though I am feeling better overall about my skin, it was still tough to be out there with everyone who has perfect skin and no makeup on. I had no make up and a pony tail and was very self conscious. I wa
  3. Day 25. All is looking clearer and clearer. I have a big pimple on my neck/underneath chin area. Its awesome. No, its not, its gross. But otherwise, things are coming less and less and the ones that do, leave quickly. My neck area (farther down than the breakout area) is really dry. Today it had all these tiny rash like bumps on it (they are not red so you can't see them). I moisturized my neck, and immediately they seemed smoother. I wonder how its that I've missed moisturizing my neck a
  4. Day 23. Clearer and clearer everyday. My face is so red. so red. I made the huge mistake of being outside all day on saturday... it was crystal clear, not a cloud in the sky. I had sunscreen on, but only spf 15, and re-applied, mid day, but still my face is still got burned and my chest and my friggin' part. wtf? Anyway, got it...more sensitive in the sun. Otherwise, breakouts are not gone, but way less severe and not as clustered. Just got a bump on my jawline and neck area, yuck. al
  5. Hey there, Good decision. I did course of accutane in college and waited 7 years to take another one..... what I feel was a big mistake. Some of us just need more intense help. What would we do without accutane? all the best, lisie
  6. Holy crap... I'm so psyched for you! you look awesome and great job for staying in touch. Thanks for not forgetting about us!
  7. Yay us for not having too much of an IB. My flakiness has gone away, i think it was just dead skin that wasn't glued down by oil finally loosening up. And I totally hear you on waiting to take accutane. I too was scared to take it (again in my case), but after 2+ years of no improvement and now lower self esteem I am now not sure that it could have been that bad. Probably not. here's to clear skin.
  8. Day 19 My skin is looking clearer and less inflammed everyday. Finally the flaki-ness is gone. One thing about oily skin is that makeup just glides right on. Not so much with dry skin. No slip whatsoever. Still looking for a good foundation that doesn't look powdery or feel dry. Also, my face seems very pinkish/red. I guess its the "accutane glow." I don't remember this from the first course. I wish it wouldn't look this way. And, lastly I'm beat. I just feel sluggish and sore from thi
  9. Hey Melissa Welcome to accutane. I'll bet accutane works great for you. I'm on day 19... just a little ahead. I have really oily skin and breakouts on the jawline area too. So far I haven't really had any IB... so don't be so sure you'll have one either. The claravis kicked in right away in terms of stopping oil production and I'm on a lower dosage and weigh more. lol. Basically the way I undertand it, if you're oily, in some cases, your skin is sticky and skin cells that would shed themse
  10. thanks icyfox. ... I figured out how to do my avatar and now for some pictures of my face... still I need to get a camera to take some. I am down to two choices and will get one soon. i need one for work anyway, so I might as well. Anyway... day 16. all is dry and flakey. the few baddish breakouts that came up around day 12ish are clearing. I totally messed with them and made the biggest marks. I really must stop. My eyes are getting really dry. I have to put in TheraTears 3 times a day
  11. Hey lisadawn... don't worry the dry-ness is coming. I had the exact same start and I am only about 10 days ahead of you. my lips went through this weird not chapped, but dry weird feeling phase and now they are just hella chapped and peely. get the aquaphor ready. by day 6 i did have also the same around the nose peely-ness. switch your skincare to a dryand sensitive skin regimen soon. otherwise it sounds like you are going great.
  12. Yes hang in there. I am only a few days a head of you. I haven't had much initial breakout, but I am very surprised about the crazy dry-ness that set in already. dry lips and flakey-ness were pretty instant. I can already see a difference in terms of less large bumps that would normally have set in at this time of the month. So chin up... there will be a rainbow and a clear skin life at the end. my own advise so far: water, don't drink wine in large quanitites days in a row, aquaphor or ot
  13. Hey there, thanks for your nice comments. I hear you on the painful face. I've not had the painful chin, but if my bf would bump my cheek or jaw or something it would hurt. you'd think i had a massive bruise there or something. I will try to so something about pictures. Perhaps I will just go get my own camera and try to take pictures myself. I don't really want to see pictures but i think it will be good for a frame of reference. Any tips on dealing with flakeyness? I feel like I moistu
  14. That's great. I just passed day 15 and I'm waiting for the breakouts to really stop. and put my face up close to my bf or anyone for that matter. to go jogging and not worry about who I might see w/o makeup... so inspired by your progress. keep posting. most people disappear and it makes it harder for people farther back. :0) all the best, lisie
  15. Hey.. where've you been? I like reading your log. Hope all is going well for you. Upload pics soon. It gives us farther behind folks some hope. I finally started Claravis and I'm psyched.
  16. Day 15. all is good. leg soreness is going away. Skin is matte all day. I wish the flake-i-ness wasn't there. foundations does not look good with flakey skin. I had a good sale at work today so I guess its not that bad. I found another lip balm that is seems to be less "balmy" than aquaphor. Its the Neosporin lip care with spf. Its thicker and not as greasey and is working well so far... all for now. I really want wine and am feeling like I should abstain. but I probably won't-- haha.
  17. Day 14. Sorry yesterday's post was day 13. Holy crap my legs/thighs are sore. Sorer than usual. Walking down the 3 flights of stairs in my building is killer. Perhaps it is the accutane; I haven't been this sore since track workouts back in college; i didn't do that many squats. And last night I didn't over moisturize and my skin was very flakey this morning. I had to dose it in jojoba oil before i went for a run and my skin just drank it right up... The one other thing I wanted to note is
  18. Hey there, We hear you loud and clear! here is to a beautifully clear future. Good for you for taking control and moving on. Best of luck to you. Smiles
  19. Day 13. Almost 2 weeks yay! My lips are exceedingly dry already... I can't be without aquaphor for more than like an hour. I'm sorry anxious they are going to get crazy chapped and peeling. I don't want cracked lips. I was at all day workshop the other day and I seriously I was pulling out the little tub every hour. I wonder how much I've eaten already? otherwise not too much to report. I seem to be developing this glow... kind of like my face is tan, buts its not--my makeup seems a little
  20. Hi indygal I'm on day 10 of accutane and I still have been spot treating with 2.5% bp--2x per day on those super stubborn areas... right along my jaw line. I really haven't had dryness yet. But i think its helping to keep new problems or an IB at bay. I'll stop when i don't need it or it gets too dry.
  21. Thanks, indygal. Its nice to know someone has a similar path. Even harder when we are not 19. Best of luck to you too. K, Day 10. I had really good intentions to log everyday or at least every other day. And here we are at Day 10 already. I can't really say too much is going on. I had a headache for the first 2-3 days. It seems to have subsided now. However, I can't be sure it wasn't from the wine I was drinking. Note to self, don't start accutane on a holiday weekend. I probably sho
  22. Hello everyone. I'm so excited. I just took my first pill of my treatment. I'm taking 40mg/day of Claravis. i'm 28 year female. 135 lbs and 5'8". My derm said I'll go to 60mg for 5-6 months. I really hope this is the end of all this nonsense. So far so good. I can't even believe the rediculousness that is iPledge. I went yesterday to the derm right at 9am. Got my scrpit then went to the lab to get my blood work done where I had to wait an hour. Then had to wait till 4:30 today for the r
  23. Awe-- that is a great story! Congratulations to you. I'm hoping my story is the same as yours. I have a similar history. 28 and was on spiro for 2 years before coming off and 4 months after my skin starting going haywire. Now it even 3 years after that, and I just can't deal anymore. I'm stoked about your clearness and wish you a clear future...
  24. hey there, yay for you taking control of the situation. My acne is like yours, except mine is on my cheeks and jawline more, and underneath my chin--same level, but I have more marks. I know its yucky and hard to face the world some days... but we do it and we will be the stronger and more humble for it. I too waited to go on accutane (I actually did one course when I was 19... ) and wish I had just done it right away the first second time the derm told me to... except I waited 2 years. Btw
  25. Ugh, can this month go any slower? I'm starting on 9/3/09 and this month is dragging. I'm just feeling down today, feeling mad at myself that I let my skin get so yucky before deciding to go on accutane... it doesn't help that my boyfriend totally yelled at me saying how could i let it get this bad... he's kind of schmuck anyway but that is another post. I wish I had just gone on accutane the first time the derm suggested it for the second time (2 years ago). Sadly, my skin is worse than so