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  1. Hey Everyone, This is my first post on Acne.org and decided to make an accutane log of my journey after reading so many on this website. To kick off this embarkment, I'm a 23 year old male who has been battling acne since I was 15. I've never had cystic acne, nor do I consider my acne severe, but I've always had moderate persistent acne. Like most people who decide to go on accutane, I have tried every prescription and OTC medication: Doxycycline Minocycline Benzoyl Peroxide Salicylic Acid Differin Retin-a Tazorac (2 times) Along with those I have tried many natural remedies such as Honey, Egg masks, baking soda, lemons, green tea, Apple Cider Vinegar, etc. (I think you are catching the drift) Nothing has worked to stop my persistent acne so I saw my dermatologist last Thursday to discuss with her taking Accutane. She said since I have tried all the other medications without prevail, that made me a candidate for accutane. Like I said, my acne isn't severe. I have a handful of hyperpigmentation marks on my face from my losing battle with acne and about 7 active pimples at the moment. I tend to mostly get my pimples between the eyes and sides of my face by my temples. I have alot of blackheads on nose (due to large pores) and then I'll get a few on my cheeks here and there. Anyways, while talking to my dermatologist, I asked about dosages and what she would recommend. I weigh 200 pounds, so she recommended that she starts me out with 80 mg a day. She said that dosage is calculated by prescribing 1mg of accutane to every 1 kilogram you weigh. 200 lbs is about 90 kilograms so 80 mg is just about right. As long as everything goes according to plan, my course should only take 4 months, 5 months at the absolute latest which I am not too upset about. So after taking my blood tests, the blood work came back good and I just picked up my first month prescription of Accutane (which I am now refering to as Claravis). I am ready to start my journey as it is a means to an end of my persistent acne (hopefully!), but I am worried about some of the potential side effects such as the dryness, initial break out, and dry lips. I work your typically 9-5 work week doing Marketing for a company and meet with people everyday. I already am self-conscience about my face and having it get worse before it gets better is going to make work tough for a little while having to interact with people all day, but it's a means to an end. I can't wait until I have clear skin and no more acne! That's all I really have to say for now. Not feeling very talkative as I'm beat tired and will be taking my first 40 mg pill of claravis tonight. I'll keep everyone updated with my journey and I would love to have any type of feedback whether it be questions, comments, recommendations or whatever.
  2. Hey guys, im starting my accutane and wanted to let you guys know how it goes! Im a 15 y/o male thats 6'1 155. I started getting Acne when i was about 12 (yes) and it has progressed since then. Currently i have acne on my Chin, Forehead, and Back. I am on 40mg claravis a day (the exact same thing as accutane, except just a generic brand, so don't worry) lol Acne was getting sort of terrible for me being an athlete and such, almost always having sweat or oil on my face and it started sucking pretty quick. I finally got fed up with it and got on the tane and... I hope this will help you guys in making a decision to get on it and get a look at some of the side effects i get. *Day 5 -lips drying out -skin drying out a little -dry eyes, not too bad - starting to break out more in the areas that have acne, and even a pimple just here and there on my face *Day 10 -noticed back pain, as if my back was really tight. -dry lips -dry eyes, not enough to bother me -skin is starting to really dry out pretty bad...its about time i start moisturizing -I have noticed that the areas that have old acne marks on my face have started to fade away, and have become smoother #Hope i start seeing more results soon...
  3. So I've been dealing with severe cystic acne for a few months now. It developed out of nowhere. I've had acne since the start of high school but it's never stayed around long. Now I'm a 16 year old high school senior and my face destroyed itself right before school started. Not a fun experience at all. I have two large cysts on my cheeks (one on each side) that have no intention of leaving. I've tried minocycline and clindamycin but to little effect. Then Bactrim DS, which cleared up my regular acne pretty well but did very little to the cysts, my actual problem. Well my first Derm didn't "do accutane" but he did ask if I had considered it (I said no). Finally doing research, especially on this site, convinced me into doing it. I saw a different Derm from the same office and he said I was the "perfect candidate" for Accutane. Well 12 days later, after being referred to a derm that does prescribe Accutane and after finding out how incredibly annoying 'iPledge' is, I have taken my first pill. Since my cysts are so large, he has started me on 40mg every other day, since apparently big cysts mean possibly extra-bad flare ups. After 2 weeks, if all goes well, I'll start to take them once a day. I've been so anxious to finally get the medication and to begin treatment, I couldn't wait. I've prepared myself for the dry skin and lips side-effect, and I'm praying that I don't get any other bad side-effects, or a flare up (I'm already bad enough!....) This serves as my first log, not much to report however since I've been on Accutane for about 3 hours. I'm positive about this however, and I'm hoping for the best. I want my life back! We all know this feeling. Tips and pointers for anyone else dealing with my situation would be great! Remember I don't have a terrible case of whiteheads, it's the horrible huge cysts! No exaggeration. Thank you in advance!
  4. Hey everyone, wanted to tell my acne story. Accutane gets a bad rap, and I think its because only the people who had a negative experience end up speaking up about it. For me, I was on this site every day during my acne wars, but since now I am cured thanks to accutane, I never went on here again. I decided I would tell my story and hope to encourage someone else. Today, I am a 26 year old male in the US. I had acne as a teen, on my chin and forehead, as well as constant nose blackheads. The acne lightened up on my face as I got into my 20s, but it flared up on my back. I'd say from 21-24 I had gnarly cystic type acne on my back, and worse, on the back of my neck, right on the hairline. I became obsessed with looking at the back of other people's heads, because I never saw anyone else with this condition. I would get large cysts, right on the hairline. Like I said, they were huge. And also painful. It would hurt to move my head around in certain positions. They had a LONG life cycle, that would take probably two weeks or more, start to finish. That was what was so discouraging about it, because when I felt a new one, I knew that was gonna be there for quite a while. It would eventually come to a head and drain, and wouldn't start to heal until after draining. I tried to self medicate. I tried everything. I was changing my pillowcase every.single.night. I washed the area twice a day, morning and night. I used antibacterial soaps. I used regular acne washes, salicylic acid, bp, etc. Neosporin, polysporin. I took bleach baths. I thought I had MRSA, lol, I went CRAZY. It really wrecked my life for a couple years. I couldn't get haircuts when I wanted to. I couldn't style my hair the way I wanted it. I had to wear it longer, to cover the cysts. I didn't want people standing behind me. All kinds of ridiculous things that were normal to me back then. I finally smartened up and went to a derm. They put me on doxycycline pills, and clindamycin gel. Man was I excited. Finally thought I found the answer. I would rate the effects at about a 1.5 out of 10. Next to no results. No change. Problem continued. At this point I found out about something called black drawing salve, or ichthammol. This stuff was interesting, in that I would confirm it does speed up the cyst coming to a head. BUT, it absolutely stinks and is so messy, and still takes a day or so to work. Its not realistic to have this tar on a visible part of your body for long. I went to a new doctor, only because I moved. Told him my story. And he said one word, accutane. He told me if nothing else has worked to this point, this is what I need. He called accutane our 'ace in the hole.' He said he'd recommend his brother, son, daughter, anyone to take it. He said it would 'cure' me. That word really hit deep with me, cure. I needed a cure. My prescription was for claravis, isoretinon or whatever. I was on a high test prescription, I don't remember the dosage, but 2 pills a day. I gobbled them down like tic tacs. I may have had an initial breakout on my face. Nothing even somewhat crazy, because I still had had forehead acne to this point, it just wasn't an issue to me because my back was so bad. Anyhow, I really had no adverse reactions to this drug. The only thing, and I mean only, were my lips. Yes, my lips were dry/chapped as hell. Chapstick became my best friend. I needed lip balm every half hour. So yeah, that was a little annoying, but I didn't care. Small price to pay. I took my pills for 6 months, and I can honestly say it cured me. It has been about 6-7 months since my last pill. I can count on one hand how many pimples I've had since then. I was worried about a cystic rebound. Hasn't happened. Like I said, I definitely had face acne too, I just didn't worry about it bc of my back. But my face is crystal clear today. Its perfect. Blackheads gone. The back and neck too. It was a dream come true. My only regret is waiting until I was 25 to do it. I have some decent scarring on my back, and worse on my neck hair line. Those huge cysts mess up cologen and whatever else. I shouldn't have waited so long. If I started it at 21, I'd be golden. But I;m still good! So my advice is dont wait. Don't hem and haw over the pros and cons of accutane. Just DO IT. Nothing bad will happen to you. Life is so much better without all the stupid creams and gels and the 10 different face washes in the shower, the toners and witch hazels, and concealers. YES, i had used spot concealer on my face lol. NEVER again. I can look someone in the eye and speak to them and not worry about their eyes wandering to the zit on my forehead. I can get my hair cut and not worry about the giant cyst I hope isn't too visible. It's a different life. I wouldn't lie to you. Do yourself a favor, theres only one cure for acne and its accutane. Then you can be like me, and you will forget about acne.org Good luck
  5. Hi everybody, I'm here today writing because recently I couldn't afford Accutane. I found out that my insurance will no longer help pay for my Accutane medications. I'm currently 4 months into my Accutane treatment and it has been going great. I've been looking around my local pharmacies and comparing prices and I can't afford it. I've tried Goodrx and other coupon methods and I still couldn't afford it. The prices I've gotten without the coupons were almost $800 - $1,800 at Walgreens and with the coupon I was able to get the cheapest price of $496. I am absolutely devastated. I can't afford this and I've been suffering with Acne for almost all my life. I fear of going back because Acne has absolutely destroyed my life entirely. I don't know any other ways to reduce the price. Please, somebody help me. I currently need to take 80mg a day.
  6. Hello! I'm new here on acne.org and this is my first post. I've read the forum rules but I'm a bit of a headcase so I apologize in advance if I've done something wrong. To clarify (like I wish my skin was doing!) - Claravis is the generic form of Accutane. Anyway, I started taking Claravis (30 mgs) about 3 days ago. I haven't particularly noticed any change - whether it be dryness or irritated skin - aside from the slight breakout I've gotten. I also take 40 mgs of Adderall (which has a tendency to make me drink an excess of water). My question is regarding the list of side effects - how many people taking this drug experienced any sort of voice change? I ask because my voice is extremely important to my line of work (I plan to go into musical theatre, I've been taking voice lessons for 6 years and I would hate for that all to be thrown away because of a medication). I've read that Claravis has a tendency to dry out the throat which may temporarily effect a singing voice or range, but that shouldn't have any long term effect on the vocal chords, correct? Or does the medication do something else which will effect my voice permanently? Another (slightly embarrassing) thing - have any of you taking either Claravis or Accutane had trouble with your bowel movements? It feels like I still have to go after I've finished and I sit in discomfort for the rest of the day.
  7. I am just finishing up my second month on Accutane (Claravis). My first month I was on 40mg once a day and the second month, my doctor still had me on 40 mg but every third day, I was taking it twice. However, I started getting bad rashes and my lips were becoming raw so I went back in and they said to bring it back to my first month dosage (40mg once a day - and I now have my symptoms under control and better lotion and chap stick). I noticed results within the first 3 days of starting Accutane and it continued to improve and yes, I would get a pimple here and there which as A LOT less than normal. However, with in the past week, I started breaking out much like before starting Accutane. It's completely killing the self confidence I have started to build up since starting. Is this normal? *On a side note, I did have a tonsillectomy about 4 weeks ago (approved both my dermatologist and surgeon) and I recently started eating more solid foods again. Basically I couldn't eat much at all this past month and I saw some articles online saying an empty stomach can reduce the effectiveness of the medication, but why am I just now getting breakouts instead of breaking out all month? Has anyone experienced this or had their doctors mention something about this? Unfortunately it's the weekend and my doctors office is closed and my 3 month appointment isn't until the following week. Thank you!
  8. So I just took my first Claravis pill! I'm a 22 year old with mild to moderate, very persistent hormonal acne. I weigh 150 lbs and my derm prescribed 40mg per day for the first month which she said would be under-dosing me a bit, but that it's an easier transition if she doesn't put me on the maximum amount for my weight right away. I'm wearing make up now, but I do plan to post pictures in this log, because I'm really excited to see my progress. Right now I have 3 small active nodules (one on either side of my jaw, and one very high on my cheek bone--this is very weird for me), and two or three inactive nodules that are even smaller but they just wont go away. Those are the worst because I'm always afraid they're scars and will sit there forever, but I know they aren't because they occasionally flare up a bit and then go down again. Anyways, I'm a little nervous about how fast the side effects will come on. I work in a very busy restaurant and today I start training to be a server (I was a host before). I know that will be a lot of running around and I'm hoping the fatigue/joint pain wont be too overwhelming. I also hope my face doesn't get so gross at first that it makes people want to skip dinner, lol. I'm hoping that since my face is always moderate, at worst, it won't get too bad of an i.b. Like, I hope it stays within the realm of severity that it's already in, just on the worse side. The products that I bought to aid with dryness are Aveeno 24 hour dry skin relief for sensitive, over dry skin, Aquaphor, and Carmex Lip Balm just for the beginning so I don't go through the aquaphor too fast. I'm also considering my Nivea redness relief soothing night cream but it's a cream gel and I'm not sure it will be enough a few months down the line. So! I guess that's all I really need to say for my first entry. I'll probably post photos tonight when I get home from work. I'd love any feedback from you guys, especially if you're in my weight range and have started with 40mg--I'd love to know how fast the effects come on. Thanks
  9. I have finally decided to give accutane a try. It was offered to me when I was a teen and my family wouldn't let me take it. Too many really scary side effects. Now, at 36, know that my two kiddos are all I will be having, I have decided to go for it. In my mid 20's my acne really cleared up and I was able to manage it with OTC's and makeup. In January my mother died. It was a very unexpected and stressful event. I think I experienced a type of stress my body has never experienced before. My skin freaked! I was so exhausted that I couldn't put much effort into worrying about it for a month or two. When I did, my doc put me on minocycline - minor help. She put me on rentin-a, high dose benzoil peroxide, and azalex. My face literally SWELLED. My eyes, my lips, my cheeks. It was a DISASTER! I was reluctant to take accutane due to the crazy side effects. Finally, after 4 months of trying other meds I gave in. I am on day 21 of 60mgs per day. The biggest issues I am having are super uncomfortable lips - I don't think they are dry...just weird and uncomfortable. My scalp feels like it is going to itch off and my nose is full of crusty boogers. I am obsessed with lip treatments of all kinds and have yet to find the PERFECT one that works for more than 3 days. Any suggestions would be great! My acne however, is doing MUCH better! A little broken out but the pustules heal within a day or two instead of a week. My question to you - Do the side effects go away? Amy I going to quit itching all over? Will my lips ever feel ok? Overall, I am happy that I chose to take it. I am excited at the thought that I might be acne free for the rest of my life! Please pass on any helpful hints and information. Thanks!
  10. The problem being, of course, acne. Everyone on this site, whether daily contributor or lurker (I fall into the latter category) is all too familiar with this problem. We've been scarred, if not physically, then certainly emotionally. And at times, it can feel like we are alone in the problem, out in space, with no one around to sympathize with - especially when we look around and there seems to be perfect skin everywhere we look! I promise you, you are not alone. A few days ago, I blasted off into the world of Accutane and I'm starting to make entries into this blog in order to document progress in a way that pictures will never be able to. My skin's short biography, written by me: zits started to make landings on my face as early as fifth grade, but it didn't become a real problem until sixth/seventh grade. Went on doxycycline. Worked? I type a question mark only because the memories are a bit blurry as far as my skin goes from that time (maybe I just partied way too hard back in my middle school days). Stopped working (notice the lack of question mark). Then there was some retin-a, some harsh BP wash, crazy home treatments, etc. the point is, nothing worked. I suppose the closest I got to being clear was with The regimen which just took up so much time - at least an hour every days. Quit that (and everything else) at one point only to have perfect skin for a couple of months. I kid you not, my skin was looking awesome. I was doing nothing to it but washing it and it was seriously clear. Of course, that didn't last. Huge breakout that took forever to get under control. Another round of Doxycycline and epiduo, which just about cleared me...until I went off of it. Broke out again. Went back on Doxy for a couple of months to get me thought the holidays. Went back to the derm. Prescribed me Claravis. One week (or so) later, here I sit. I am currently prescribed 40 mg/ day. I am a 16 year old male. I weigh about 160 lbs (72ish kg) and stand at 5'10" (yea, let's go with 5'10"). FIRST WEEK: Actually, not really the first week. More like five days. The week before I started, my skin was looking good. Really good. I was nervous to start my pills just for the fact that I actually kidded myself into thinking I didn't need this medication. Pfft, please. I have been slathering my face with aquaphor at night and using cetaphil daily moisturizer during the day. No dryness, so far. A few zits here and there have been popping up, nothing too bad. My problem with after I get a zit is more the red marks left behind that don't fade right away. I'm mostly left with them at the moment. I'm really nervous for the IB. I hope that I can just get it out of the way ASAP. Really wish I were able to think of a good line or two that continued with the space/rocket ship/astronaut metaphors that could wrap up this post but they're just up in space at the moment. (Dang, aren't I clever?)
  11. livielu222

    Chest Pain?

    I am on my second week of Accutane (Claravis) I am taking 60 mg a day and I started having chest pains at times especially when I bend a certain way and lay on my chest. It feels tight and painful and there is almost pressure. When I breath in it almost feels tight and it hurts. It is not heartburn because I have had heartburn plenty of times. I was wondering if anyone else has or experienced this before?
  12. Hello! I've read a lot of blogs from my fellow Accutane users these past few months, and since so many stories have helped me, it's time to share my experience. Here's a little bit about me and my acne: (scroll way down if you'd rather hear about the accutane) I'm a 27 year old female, and I've been dealing with mild/severe acne for 3+ years now. I had normal skin prior (a pimple here and there), but it seems that out of nowhere I started getting these huge, painful cysts. I just dealt with it for awhile, thinking it would get better eventually, but it never did. At the very beginning (2009?) I went to the derm and he put me on antibiotics and differin. Although I kept hoping that it would eventually work, it never did. I was put on a few different antibiotics and topicals after that, but nothing worked. At one point my doc brought up Accutane, but I was the one saying "I WILL NEVER EVER EVER EVER GO ON ACCUTANE!" Why? Because someone once told me it would ruin my life, but I didn't really know much about it. Prescription meds and topicals didn't work, so I bought every over the counter acne treatment - ointments, cleansers, lotions, masks, etc. You name it, I bought it. And not just the cheap stuff, I bought it all! Basically, if someone said "I use this and it works" I would buy it immediately. Including makeup...I bought all new oil free, non-comedogenic make-up, thinking that my current makeup must be clogging my pores. I had high hopes, but that didn't work. I changed my diet, even though I'm pretty healthy to begin with, but there were no changes with my face. After all the research I did, I figured I had hormonal acne. I went to a new dermatologist (2011) and he assumed the same thing. Although, I wasn't getting too much acne around my jawline (where most hormonal breakouts occur), but mostly my cheeks. This doc recommended spironolactone - a lot of his patients loved it and were successful with their hormonal acne clearing up. I had never heard of it but I was anxious to start. He warned me it would take awhile to notice, but I was prepared, and patient. 5 months go by...horrible headaches everyday and my skin was still not better (even worse most of the time). Spiro is a diuretic, so I was always drinking plenty of water, but the medicine still affected me in the sun regardless of how much water I drank. I actually passed out at a concert, it was really scary...people thought I was on drugs....if they only knew it was from acne meds lol! Basically, that was the WORST MEDICATION I'VE EVER BEEN ON! So I stopped after 5 months. I do not recommend it. **Note: During the past 2.5 years, I switched my birth control 3 times! None of them helped my skin, not even the slightest** Ok, it's been 3 years and now I have scars and marks on my face that I pray are not permanent. I wasn't sure what to do next. I should mention, there was never a time when I stopped buying new products. Anyway, I had just found out that my sister was on accutane, and my first thought was "WHY, ARE YOU CRAZY!??!?!" After all, my skin is way worse than hers. Seeing how amazing her skin started to look made me so envious. She would never not have makeup on in public, but now she had glowing, clear skin and she was confident enough to not have to wear face makeup. So that's when I started to do research on Accutane, but I still told myself I would never go on it. Anyway, I'm back at the derm to get cortisone shots all over my face bc I have painful, gigantic cysts everywhere! As most of you know, this is not permanent, it helps heal quicker, but those bitches come back. As many of you DON'T know, insurance does not cover anything that is injected into your body. I had a pretty big bill, and it made me so mad because of course, my big ol' cysts came right back. Waste of time and money. I had tried a different topical during this time, but that only dried out my skin. Definitely did not make any improvements. I went to my gyni to get hormone blood tests taken. My results were normal, so at least I could cancel out that my acne was not hormonal related. But now I was just more confused and I didn't know what to do next. So I went back to the doc for probably the 10th time, trying to hold back tears, I asked what I can do next. He literally said, you have tried everything and your last option is accutane. He didn't understand why I was so against it. Even one of the doctors at his office was on it. He gave me his opinion, which I do value and trust. So, I decided to do it. I had my blood work done and I made my appointment to be back in one month to take more blood and then start my first round with accutane. Telling friends and family I was going to start it made them upset, and made me a hypocrite. But listen, when your life is affected every single day bc of your skin, and you're emotionally drained and depressed, and you've literally tried EVERYTHING, what are you supposed to do? Thank God I have an amazing boyfriend who has helped me get through this over the years, and now during my accutane journey.... STARTING ACCUTANE: I was extremely nervous to begin the meds, but my sister was so excited and happy for me. She really helped me with this decision, kinda like my mentor. After the first week, I felt a little weird, but more tired and groggy then anything. My body adjusted quickly, and I felt normal after week 2. Week 3 I had a lot of cysts everywhere. It seems that everywhere I had one prior, they all came back rising to the surface. They weren't the same as before though. They turned into a red circle and dried up quickly. Before they were huge, painful, and stayed that way for weeks. I don't know if anyone uses the lancet needle to poke the pimps, but honestly, if I didn't use it, the cysts would never go away, and my face would look worse. I always felt that they needed to be "drained," but there was no other way of getting all that crap out. This is why I knew I needed accutane. After all these years of junk building up in my face, I needed strong enough medication to push it out. And that's what I can tell is happening. Some have gone away, but then I notice that they come back, as if there is more build up that is still coming out. My face still looks better than it did though, and I can tell it's getting better. My side affects have been mild overall: the top of my hands are very dry hands (when are they not dry during Chicago winters!?), dry lips that are easily maintained with chapstick and some back pains here and there. My mood hasn't changed and I have not felt depressed. I've been on Accutane for 44 days now, and I know this medicine is working more and more each day, and that's all I've hoped for. I started at 30mg once a day and my doc upped my dose to 40mg starting at my second month. He plans to keep me on 40mg for the duration of the time. My body adjusted to the 30 mg, so I wasn't as tired anymore, but switching to 40mg I got the groggy feeling again. One of my biggest concerns about this medication was about the headaches I've heard about, and I have not had a single headache since starting! I still have some pimples on my cheeks, but I can see how different and quickly my skin clears up. The IB hasn't been too bad for me, and luckily I have mastered how to cover it up with makeup. With that being said, I feel really bad for the guys who don't have that option And any ladies who can't find the right makeup, I strongly suggest Maybelline Dream Liquid Mousse airbrush finish, it covers it all! I don't know what I would do without it, kinda like accutane. After going through such a tough with my face over the years, trying everything and not getting any answers and losing hope, all I have to say is WHY DIDN'T I GO ON ACCUTANE SOONER!? I hope that this was helpful to anyone in a similar situation. I'll try to keep a monthly journal and I'm here to help with any support. Good luck to everyone and stay strong! -Angie
  13. shourpower

    Day 3 Of Claravis, 60 Mg/day

    So I just started day 3 of isotretinoin treatment and I did not expect the IB to start this soon! I've been taking 30 mg pills twice a day and haven't noticed any dry/sensitive skin yet, but I switched my daily cleanser to neutrogena soapless face wash just in case. At first I thought I was just getting a few pimples because I stopped using my clairisonic and salicylic acid cleanser, but today I noticed a bunch of small bumps coming to the surface all over my face, especially on my forehead. I also have about 10 new pimples (whiteheads and cystic) on my face in the past 1-2 days. My face is just as oily as usual, headaches are extremely light, and I haven't had any other side effects yet. My main concern with side effects is hair loss/growth. How common is that in women who take accutane and how severe is it?
  14. Hi everyone, I'm new here. I'm on my 3rd week of Accutane and I'm taking 40mg 2x a day. I tried Accutane for the first time maybe 5 years ago and my skin went back to it's normal oily state after I got off it. Hopefully this time around is permanent. I've tried everything out there...all the 'cyclines, and nothing seemed to help except for Doxycycline, but as many of you know, there's been a shortage of that and it's been crazy expensive. (Accutane is expensive too...but I'm hoping it fixes my troubled skin) So far, I just have itchy dry sking, chapped lips, and weakness with no energy. I tried bench pressing yesterday and I could barely do anything...total muscle fatigue.
  15. Basically, I had been on 20 mg of accutane for a very long time, my skin had completely cleared up quite fast in the regimen, and I continued to use accutane (20 mg per day) even though my skin was clear. My dermatologist convinced me to stop the treatment a few months earlier, so I didn't get the full dose, and we stopped doing blood work for the last few months of accutane because they always came back normal.Now fast forward a few months later, I'm starting to get little tiny pimples/bumps on my forehead and some on my cheek and around my nose. I have 2 months of leftover accutane and I began taking one 20 mg capsule per day, for 3 days so far. Then I messaged my derm asking her if this was okay, she says no it is not that accutane requires strict observance (although she didn't test me for bloodwork for a while). My question is, should I stop, or is it okay to continue the 2 months to clear this up? Also, if I stop now, does that mean I have to wait another 5 months to get acne scar treatment, since you are supposed to wait 5 months after accutane has finished to get scar treatment? Or does the 3 pills not matter. Thank you
  16. Mila88

    1 Month Check Up... Scared

    Today was my 1 month check up. My liver function was elevated since last time... that makes me a little nervous. They didn't really say too much about it and all I saw on the sheet was that it said +40 ? I still got my prescription for this month I'm just praying it isn't eleveated too much and I can continue to take this for the full 5 months. Today my derm gave me 6 shots of cortisone. 5 in some larger nodules and 1 in my lip? The corner of my lip is really cracked so she gave me a cortisone shot in the lip? I don't know. I don't really understand what it does but if it helps i'll be happy. Symptoms are the same, dry chapped lips, kinda dry skin, dry eyes and dry nose. Still getting occasional headaches but nothing advil can't cure. Hoping to god this liver function thing isn't too serious.
  17. ClaravisChronicle

    Week 1 Accutane/claravis

    I just finished my first week on Claravis and so far so good. A little backstory: I'm 31 and have had acne problems for the past year. I took Accutane about 16 years ago as a teen when I had extremely bad acne on my face, chest, and back. I went through a 5 month regimen and it was amazing. The only side effects I remember were the extreme chapped lips and I was very sensitive to the sun. I'm hoping I don't have any crazy side effects this time around however, I'm noticing the chapped lips already and I'm only just finishing week 1. I also noticed that I was very tired/fatigued last week, more so than normal, and my eyes are getting tired very easily and just feel heavy in general and are more red. Hopefully my body will adjust & get used to the medicine again and the fatigue will get better. I'm looking for females my age who are taking/or have taken Claravis recently to share the experience with! I debated about taking this again because of the harsh side effects but needed relief after a Spiro trial didn't show the results I was hoping for. Since I had taken Accutane before, my dermatologist agreed that I didn't need to go through another gazillion trials with other medicines before beginning Claravis. The results from the Accutane last about 14 years until a couple of years ago so I am hoping the results from this round of treatment are equally great. I started a personal blog to track my journey this time and I hope it helps someone! http://claravischronicles.wordpress.com/
  18. queenannie

    Claravis Journey

    It's my first day of taking Claravis... So this is my first attempt at keeping a record of my newest fight against acne... I'm a 30 year old woman who has dealt with acne since puberty. It was really terrible during middle and high school, but by college I was on birth control consistently and it really evened things out for many years. The problem is that in the last 8 months or so, my acne got really bad. Breakouts around my jawline and ears were especially terrible, and I'd never dealt with that kind of acne before. Before it was usually just on my chin and sometimes forehead, and occasionally near my nose during my period. I generally didn't have particularly good skin, but it was manageable. I learned the jawline breakouts are hormonal and fairly normal around age 30, but my skin was worse than it had ever been since I was a teenager. At this point, I was ready to do some serious work to finally fight it. I went on oral antibiotics (Solodyn), as well as topical tretinoin (Atralin) and benzoyl peroxide (Onexton), which weren't terribly effective but did help. After a few months though they just really didn't help much so my dermatologist and I decided to try out Accutane in its current form... I shied away from it in the past, but now I'm 30 and don't want to deal with terrible skin anymore. I have to say I'm pretty nervous, but optimistic. So today I took my first dose of Claravis, 40 mg. Since you're supposed to take it with a big meal, I took it with a bowl of homemade beef stew and a fish oil capsule. My stomach is a little queasy (I wouldn't say I'm nauseated but I don't feel great), and my mouth is a little dry... So maybe this is due to the pill, but it's a little early to tell. To mitigate the side effects, I'm trying to use as many preventive treatments and be as proactive as possible. I moisturized the hell out of my skin already. I always drink a lot of water, so will up that as much as I can. I also already regularly moisturize as soon as I'm out of the shower, and plan to do so before bed as well. I also keep lots of lip balm and hand moisturizer with me at all times, so I try to will be prepared... Question 1: I've read that fish oil is good for keeping your skin and hair healthy, and keeping them from drying out too much. Has anyone had any experience with this? Does it seem to have any effect on dryness? I anticipate serious dryness no matter what, of course, but I'm trying to keep it in check. Question 2: I also have heard about taking biotin for hair loss--this is something I'm really afraid of, since I actually really like my hair! Has anyone had any positive results by taking biotin along with Accutane or Claravis? Any feedback or support is much appreciated. I will try to post as often as possible in order to help others and track my progress... Thanks!
  19. SammyJeann

    Accutane Day 16

    Hey! My dark spots are beginning to fade. They are still very noticeable, but I do see the improvement. I have two new pimples on my right cheek. A couple that are beginning to go away on my forehead and no active ones on my left cheek. I still have the same side effects, in addition to some new ones. My face and lips are still dry and my scalp is still itchy and flakey (although I got Selsun blue for flakey scalp, so hopefully that helps.) One of my new side effects is that I have a rash like thing appearing on the back of my hands. It looks scaley and its dry to the touch. I also have been waking up in the morning with blood in my nose. It never bleeds but I have bloody boogers (sorry for the visual lol). I've added Cerave pm lotion to my routine. I put it on at night after I wash my face. Hopefully it helps with the dryness. I've also begun taking Zoloft for anxiety. This anxiety has been going on years so it is definitely not an effect of accutane. But I am curious is anyone else taking an antidepressant while on accutane?
  20. Derekrdavis

    Accutane (Claravis)

    Hey guys just started taking Accutane (Claravis) 40 mg and will be on for 3 months. Ive been fighting acne for 6 years now and have seriously tried everything, my skin would clear up for a little bit, and the acne would come right back. My dermatologist would always mention accutane but I was always afraid to take it. I finally gave it a chance after a lot of thinking and praying. Hopefully this is the answer and I can help some of you fighting acne as well. Acne makes us all very down, but Its important we all look at all the postive things about ourselves. Acne doesnt need to define who we are. So heres my first video on my journey with accutane.
  21. ^^ Link to my video, pretty much covers everything I talk about here. It doesn't really do my skin justice, but you can see me. Hey all, I'm John. I've posted up here once before a few years back, but have been away since! To put it simply, I'm starting isotretinoin. I'm 26 years old, weigh about 150lb, and will be starting on 20mg for the first month, and then ramping up to 60mg for the remaining months. I've had moderate-severe acne since I was 15, and is generally cystic. Typically, I get 6-8 new pimples a month when I'm not taking any form of medication for it. In the past I've taken: Antibiotics: Minocycline Doxycycline Tetracycline Bactrim Retinoids: Atralin Epiduo Atleast 3 other retin-a's that I can't remember Various BP products Various salycilic products I've gone through many, many, many different regimens of cleansers, moisturizers, retinoids, antibiotics, creams, etc etc. Antibiotics worked well, but everytime I've come off of them my acne returns immediately, and doesn't subside. After years of this, I'm done going the antibiotic route! My dermitologist(s) wouldn't put me on accutane for the longest time because they wanted to try every other method first, but finally my derm said, "alright, it's definitely time." My acne has improved over the last 2-3 years, but it's still a total cruch for me. I'm going to do my best to keep up with this!! Perhaps a weekly video, or pictures, or something!
  22. ItsAllGoodFellas

    2Nd Course Of Accutane (Day 22)

    1st month: 60mg/ day My entire body is dry, my face is extremely dry, my lips too. I developed three giant pimples on my right cheeck. I am now just using regular facewash but gonna start using no facewash at all since it's drying up badly. I remember first time i didn't use any face moisturizer but i have to start now. Absolutely annoying during work, freaking lips too very dry; ive stopped using chapstick now using a more powerful cream and it's only month 1! I was thinking of stopping accutane, it's freaking interfering with work and i need the long hours to eat and stuff, and this is only not even the first month. Before i ask my doctor, does anyone know if i can stop accutane for like two weeks and then resume? Can't i just do 3-4 months and be okay if i don't reach cumulative dose?
  23. ItsAllGoodFellas

    2Nd Course Of Accutane (Day 29)

    Well i'm stopping accutane for a while, probably for a week. I went to see the doctor yesterday and she said my blood results came up a bit high. My lips were fine then but after i went to play some sports and drank afterwards. Soon after i started to see little dots in my lips that burned. Today i realized they were COLD SORES! AGAIN! I HAVE NEVER GOTTEN COLD SORES IN MY LIFE, ONLY TIME WAS WHEN I WAS ON ACCUTANE THE FIRST TIME AND NOW!!!It's my fault. I have been careless about my lips, even smoking, dating, and making out. People, don't forget 65-70% of people have cold sores, Accutane decreases immune system and making out will only trigger the virus. It's Thanksgiving i can't get pre-auth for my second month, which my dermatologist upgraded to 80mg/day, so i'm gonna rest my body and especially lips. Gonna wait til tiny cold sores flake out and start anew sometime next week. Lesson learned!!!!!!!!!!!! Also i have gained about 6lbs live since i started accutane and this probably also drastically increased triglyceride levels. Stopping accutane for a week won't affect treatment as the cumulative is what's important, only means i will lenghten treatment. So pissed right now, after my three cysts got cortisone shots i have no active pimples. First time on accutane i had sex, now i made out with a woman, it's stupid, before accutane nobody wanted to go out with me despite on some occassions having clear skin. It's like life is playing games on me. For the next week i'm just gonna go see some friends, have a stupid date, so i'll be drinking and stuff. Once this lip issue goes away gonna absolutely leave all vices and take this treatment seriously!!!!! Still last time i did 5 months, took pills twice a day religiously nonstop and still got acne months later. Maybe this is a good thing, blah
  24. Hi guys! My name is Quinn and I am currently a 21-year old female struggling with hormonal/prolonged acne mainly of the face, neck, and upper back. I will post a before picture later this evening. My acne is not cystic and relatively mild in comparison with extreme cases; however it is also extremely persistent and consistent. After trying everything (literally everything) from my skin routine to my prescribed treatments, my dermatologist and I found it in my best interest to begin "accutane", in my case Claravis at 30mg. I will be taking 2 capsules once a day for 5-6 months. I am currently on Day #2: Spot Location: today my forehead is clear, as usual. The pores on my nose and surrounding areas are large, some contain black heads. My large spots are on my cheeks, around the sides of my mouth, and on my jawline/upper neck. I can also feel a few spots on the back sides of my shoulders. Symptoms: My stress level is high and my sleep hours are minimal. Fortunately, there is no shift in my mood, at least that I can tell, as a result to my new meds. I am naturally upbeat so I am crossing my fingers that I do not get hit to hard with excess sadness, depression, etc. So far, no noticeable change in skin (no dryness, excessive redness, etc). I have been peeing frequently, but this could be related to my water and coffee intake, which is higher than usual today. Environment: I am right in the middle of finals week. Currently: in my campus library. Diet: Im a moderately healthy eater and exercise approx. 4 times a week. It is 1:18pm and I have consumed 1.5 liters of water, half of a black Starbucks iced coffee, one banana, half a bag (1/2 cup or so?) steamed brown rice, two eggs, one cup of spinach, and a large handful of almonds mixed with chia seeds. I am also about to eat a Quest bar as a snack. Skin Routine/Makeup: I washed my face this morning with Cetaphil daily cleanser. I usually use a Cetaphil moisturizer, but anticipating related dryness, I used a Neutrogena Deep Moisturizing Day face lotion with 20spf. I am still not confident with my skin, so I put on face makeup before heading to the library. I use a Clarins spot concealer and the same brands powder foundation. I hope this blog is helpful to anyone in my same boat! Fight on friends, Quinn
  25. I have my derm appt. on the 24th October to pick up my prescriptions if you're in Toronto and take isotretinoin please PM me!! I have some questions and would greatly appreciate it!. Thanks
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