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Week 4!! One month down! 5 to go. Have a few small breakouts on left side. But other than that mostly just red marks. My sisters are noticing a difference which is good. Still holding strong! Slightly bummed out that I have to stay at 30mg for 2nd month but it's whatever. Hopefully month 3 will be 60mg đŸ€žđŸœside effects: dry lips, dry nose which gives a minor nose bleed, dry hair (haven't shampooed in a week). Very minor joint pain except one night after moving furniture around my left wrist and arm was quiet painful but lasted only though one night😓#accutane #isotretinoin #claravis #acne #accutanejourney

today & the last couple of months of taking Accutane (cystic acne pretty much gone). My dermatologist Matthew Smith, from West Dermatology, just concluded treatment for me today. I am so humbled by this whole process. Accutane is a "last result" medication, I inquired about the treatment from the time I was a Freshman in high school and I wasn't prescribed the treatment until February 15th this year. I started treating my acne in middle school (prescribed creams to oral medications to acne surgery) & Accutane has finally ended all of these years of struggling with my skin. I don't post any of this for anyone to feel bad for me, I just share it because it's part of who I am and I have found that a lot of people are actually curious about Accutane. Anyway, thanks to all of you that have been supportive and kind along the way & if anyone has any questions, I am more than happy to answer them. 😊😊 #accutane #isotretinoin #claravis #westdermatology

60 days ago I started my #Accutane treatment. Brand: #CLARAVIS - 6/1 20mg > 6/14 40mg > 7/26 60mg. No alcohol, direct sun, waxing or sex. Upped my water intake. Ate kinda clean. Still indulged a few times. Documented my progress via pics with and without flash. Day 1 vs day 60...WORTH IT ALL.

Man, this has been a process. After 7 months and over $3k on doctor's visits and prescriptions, I'm finally done with Accutane. #finally #Accutane #claravis #skincare #dermatology

3 months post Accutane and my skin has done nothing, but get even better. The redness has faded even more and I haven't had a single pimple! None on my back too. Accutane was the best thing I could have ever done for myself. Now on a journey to finish some deep acne scars. Anyone have suggestions? #accutane #acne #claravis #isotretinoin

Day 43. I wish my dr had upped my dose at my one month appt because I've had no changes for a while. If anything, my body is getting used to it because my hair is getting back to being oily again and less nosebleeds. Oh well. Still way better off than before starting meds. #accutane #acne #accutanejourney #acnesucks #claravis

Backwards progress. Honestly so happy and relieved to be taking Accutane again, although it comes with its numerous side effects, annoying procedures and hefty price tag. I hope everything works out fine and that I'm able to last through the whole year of taking it this time, because I am so ready to be done with this so far 4 year long and ongoing struggle. #acne #accutane #isotretinoin #claravis #zenatane #accutanejourney #acnescars

This is my 30th day on accutane. Start 60 mg tomorrow , I have to take two pills of 30mg twice a day. #accutanejourney #accutane #claravis #acne #skinjourney

Week 3/ just had my derm appointment, hope everything is ok for me to keep going. We decided to stick with 30mg for another month because he wants my body to get used to the dosage before going higher. Side effects for this week: just minor joint pain on my back. Chest pain pretty much subsided. Few new breakouts which leave in 3 days. As you can see in the photos blackheads on my nose purging like crazy. Other than that, on to week 4 #accutane #isotretinoin #acne #claravis

MOST RECENT

60 Days... Bihhh...I MADE IT.

60 days ago I started my #Accutane treatment. Brand: #CLARAVIS - 6/1 20mg > 6/14 40mg > 7/26 60mg. No alcohol, direct sun, waxing or sex. Upped my water intake. Ate kinda clean. Still indulged a few times. Most treatments are 4-6 months long. Hoping to be off it by October... Skin clearing up. Glow up soon come.Documented my progress via pics with and without flash.
Day 1 vs day 60... #acne #adultacne #Accutance #Atlanta #brownskin #CysticAcne #CLARAVIS #dairyfree #dermatologist #fromflwd2flwss #iPledge #Isoretinoin #melanin #nodairy #PIHP skin #skincare #skincareproducts #SPF #sunscreen

Looking back to move forward

Comparing June 1st, 17' to July 1st, 17'. Some of the things I've noticed after these 30 days:
■ Less cystic acne.
■ Less pustule acne.
■ Fewer clusters of pimples.
■ Some patches of clearer skin that I haven't seen in months.
■ Face is no longer paintful to the touch where acne was it's worst.
■ Less itching wherever the acne was.
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on a more mental/emotional note
■ I'm a bit more sociable and less to myself because my face is improving.

Here's to the next month on Accutane.

#acne #adultacne #Accutance #Atlanta #brownskin #CysticAcne #CLARAVIS #dairyfree #dermatologist #fromflwd2flwss #iPledge #Isoretinoin #melanin #nodairy #PIHP skin #skincare #skincareproducts

30 days into Accutane & Chill

I MADE IT and it hasn't been that bad.

Of course there was dryness, the initial breakout, me popping some of the pimples more than i should have... but other than that things seem to be improving.

From June 14th(day of my 1st follow up) until now, I have been on 40mg of CLARAVIS.

I went on vacation and made a decision to enjoy it fully and carefree. That means I went out without covering up, I didn't wear additional or reapply sunscreen. I drank water, but not enough. I even missed a day and freaked out for about 2.5secs. I noticed drying out happened more often and in patches here and there. Crossing my fingers, that it doesn't get much worse than this.

Returned from vacation and within 24hrs, I slid right back into my routine. Sleep & work, that's it. Since starting my Accutane journey, I posted progress pics every Thursday night. I missed last week because I was on vacation. This week, I chose not to post on Thursday because the very next day 6/30/17' marked my 30 days into this journey.
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and here's my face

#acne #adultacne #Accutance #Atlanta #brownskin #CysticAcne #CLARAVIS #dairyfree #dermatologist #fromflwd2flwss #iPledge #Isoretinoin #melanin #nodairy #PIHP skin #skincare #skincareproducts

14 days in
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and here's my face

On 6/14/17, I went to my Dermatologist for a follow up appt.

I informed them that even though I picked up my pills on 5/22/17, I didn't start them until 6/1/17.

The nursing assistant asked how have things been going and I shared with him the ■Dry lips
■Dry Scalp
■Losing eyelashes daily during days 1-7
He had me give another urine sample. No blood work was done.
He advised that going forward I'll always be 2 weeks ahead of the usual 30 days before a new Rx is written and dispersed.

Dr. Bellamy came in and we chatted it up as she analyzed my face.
She made me aware that I am in the "initial BREAKOUT" phase, then advised to start doubling up.
Instead of taking 1 20mg CLARAVIS capsule, I should start taking 2 20mg CLARAVIS capsules.
Here's where I start to experience more of the drying out of my skin.
The next Rx she writes will be for 40mg CLARAVIS.
She didn't specify if to take 1 in the AM and the other in the PM or both at the same time.
I'm choosing to take 2 at 1 time, because I'll forget, especially since my sleep pattern isn't consistent.
I made her aware that I'm an avid pimple popper and of course she advised against doing so as it leads to scaring. With that being said, she suggested a facial cleanser caller AVAR.

I'm to use on the areas with prominent puss filled bumps. This will help dry them out so they won't get to that stage where I'd usually have the urge to pop them.

The nursing assistant came back in to check me out and I picked his brain about it being SUMMERTIME and what my options are regarding pools and beaches and just being out in general
He advised to cover up as much as I can and to use SPF 30+ with ZINC and sunscreen that were labelled waterproof & sport and provided me samples of different brands of sunscreens.

#acne #adultacne #Accutance #Atlanta #brownskin #CysticAcne #CLARAVIS #dairyfree #dermatologist #fromflwd2flwss #iPledge #Isoretinoin #melanin #nodairy #PIHP skin #skincare #skincareproducts #SPF #sunscreen

7 days in
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A couple of things I've noticed/experienced within these 7 days: ■Days 1-4 while at work, I noticed my eyes felt more tired than usual.
{Could be an onset symptom of the dry eyes, but we'll see as time progresses}
■Days 1-7 I'm losing eyelashes.
■Day 4 I picked at my face after waking up and seeing larger than normal puss filled bumps
{I'm going to minimize picking at the bumps with time}
■Days 1-5 I'm applying the Aquaphor Lip Repair{ALR} more frequently.
■Day 6 I applied ALR when I was leaving home. I got to my hair appt at 9am and wasn't able to reapply until close to 1pm. My lips felt very dry and wilted.

I did not get my gallon of water in on a daily basis nor did I eat as clean as I could have. I have been keeping away from dairy 98% of the time. I've also been reading labels in search of soy in foods/items that appeal to my eye. Trying to keep that to a minimum as well.

#acne #adultacne #Accutance #Atlanta #brownskin #CysticAcne #CLARAVIS #dairyfree #dermatologist #fromflwd2flwss #iPledge #Isoretinoin #melanin #nodairy #PIHP skin #skincare #skincareproducts

@Kiehls trip

So a few posts back, I mentioned going back to Kiehl's to get some more products.

Accomplished that Sunday morning.

I got off work at 8am, headed home to have breakfast then headed to the mall around 930am. Thinking the mall opened up at 10am on a Sunday, i was surprised when no one was in there except for some old people walking laps. Then I noticed not one store was open. To google I went and opening time was 11am on Sundays.

I joined the oldies but goodies and got a few laps in as well. Then I sat at a charging station across from the Kiehl's store and waited.

1059am, the door was unlocked. I walked in and was asked "what are you looking for?" I said "Ultra Facial Cleanser" and was pointed in the section where it was shelved/ Grabbed it and advised that it came in a travel size as well. Pleasantly surprised, I grabbed that too coming to the conclusion that it would be good to carry in my handbag. Lastly, I grabbed the small Ultra Facial cream with SPF 30 to have in my handbag as well.

Got checked out and was asked "were there any samples I'd like to try?" I declined as I still had samples from my first visit, thanks to Arthur.

She smiled, I paid and was outta there.

#acne #adultacne #Accutance #Atlanta #brownskin #CysticAcne #CLARAVIS #dairyfree #dermatologist #fromflwd2flwss #iPledge #Isoretinoin #Kiehls #melanin #moisturizer #nodairy #PIHP skin #skincare #skincareproducts #SPF #sunscreen #travelsize

Day 1, start: June 1st

After picking up my RX on May 22nd, I decided to start taking Accutane on June 1st. Memorial Day weekend was approaching and I had wine I needed to finish.

With that time in between, I thought about what time of day I'd take my pill, because it's suggested that it be taken at the same time every day. 730pm worked out best for me. It's the time I wake up to go to work and on my days off I'm usually going to bed later than that.

So date and time set
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It's suggested that you take the pill with fatty foods such as avocado. Seemed like regular avocado aren't in season and I hate HAAS avocado, so i bought mini guacamole cups.

Before getting in the shower, I took pics of my face {bed hair included}, so I can compare later on.
With & without flash
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Here's my face
after using Kiehl's Ultra Facial cleanser and then applying the Ultra Facial Cream with SPF 30

#acne #adultacne #Accutance #Atlanta #brownskin #CysticAcne #CLARAVIS #dairyfree #dermatologist #fromflwd2flwss #iPledge #Isoretinoin #Kiehls #melanin #moisturizer #nodairy #PIHP skin #skincare #skincareproducts #SPF #sunscreen

Product HAUL

I finished up most products I already had at home.

The timing of me starting Accutane and this product haul was on point.

Every product I purchased emphasized HYDRATION, MOISTURIZE & SUNSCREEN.

Going into this battle strong with: {I plan to return to Kiehl's and purchase a travel size supply of the Ultra Facial Cream with SPF30 as well as a bigger supply of the Ultra Facial Cleanser}

The Derma-E Hydrating Facial Wipes I have yet to use. I bought it in the event I feel the need to refresh my face during my 10hr night shift or if I'm not going straight home after work.

I'll continue taking Biotin daily. A vegetarian soft gel with Cold-pressed organic coconut oil that supports nail growth/strength and fuller/healthier looking hair.

The Flurandrenolide Lotion is a milder version of the Clobetasol Propionate Cream. They both aid with itchy skin, which I'd been experiencing since I came back from Ft. Lauderdale intermittently.
No visible signs as to why my skin itched, it just did.
I use it as needed and not daily, because I realized only when I'm HOT do I start to itch. So staying cool and taking cool showers keeps me from having to slather up constantly.

#acne #adultacne #Accutance #Atlanta #Aquaphor #Aveeno #Biotin #brownskin #CysticAcne #CLARAVIS #dairyfree #DermaE #dermatologist #Eucerin #fromflwd2flwss #hydration #iPledge #Isoretinoin #Kiehls #melanin #moisturizer #nodairy #PIHP skin #skincare #skincareproducts #SPF #sunscreen

SKINtimate with @Kiehls

The other bird I killed(no birds were actually harmed} on my trip to the mall, was a trip to Kiehl's.

There was one person working and I was the only customer at the time.
I asked him (Arthur) if he was familiar with Accutane and he said "a bit, yes."
I then filled him in on the possible side effects I could experience, related to skin/skincare:
■Dryness/Itching
■Redness/Soreness
■Peeling
■Increased sensitivity of skin to sunlight

I then asked him to introduce me to products that kept skin moisturized, hydrated as well as protected from the sun.
I also asked him to introduce me to a product I can use at night(for me whenever I go to sleep). Arthur got me familiar with the look, feel and smell of the following products:
■Ultra Facial Cream: A 24-hr daily face moisturizer
■Ultra Facial Cream SPF 30: A 24-hr, light textured daily hydrator with SPF 30
■Rosa Artica Lightweight Cream: A powerful lightweight anti-aging cream for younger-looking skin
■Ultra Facial Moisturizer: A 24-hr mositurizer
■Super Multi-Corrective Cream: Multi-targeted advanced anti aging moisturizer

After testing out the 5 products above, I went home with 2:
Ultra Facial Cream SPF 30: A 24-hr, light textured daily hydrator with SPF 30 {I chose this for daytime use over the moisturizer because it already has the SPF in it and would work better for being that I'm outside often}
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Rosa Artica Lightweight Cream: A powerful lightweight anti-aging cream for younger-looking skin {I chose this for nighttime use over the multi-corrective cream because the texture was lighter, where I wouldn't have to wait for it to set before going to sleep}

Arthur was nice enough to give me samples of the other products to try at home, including a cleanser he felt I would like.

Thanx Arthur {Kiehl's Associate}
#acne #adultacne #Accutance #Atlanta #brownskin #CysticAcne #CLARAVIS #dairyfree #dermatologist #fromflwd2flwss #iPledge #Isoretinoin #melanin #moisturizer #nodairy #PIHP #skin #skincare #skincareproducts #SPF #sunscreen

Hide NO MORE

If this acne was anywhere else on my body I'd cover it up quick, fast & in a hurry.
Unfortunately, it's on my freakin face.
Unless I wear a hijab, there is no way I can literally hide my FACE on a daily basis.

So here it is.
The ugly side that I've kept to myself for the most.

When I say to myself, I mean away from social media.

Outside in natural light, after picking up my Rx

#acne #adultacne #Accutance #Atlanta #brownskin #CysticAcne #CLARAVIS #dairyfree #dermatologist #fromflwd2flwss #iPledge #Isoretinoin #melanin #nodairy #PIHP skin #skincare #skincareproducts

Do your OWN research!!! This blog documentation of my skin prior to, during and eventually after Accutane all started because  it was kind of difficult to find women with complexions other than white to fair.
There were a few women of color who shared PARTS of their Accutane journey mainly via Youtube.
They however didn't get into much detail, or didn't show their skin without makeup or just talked about how they maintained the dryness they experienced with makeup.

They all emphasized ONE thing though: protecting your lip from severe dryness.
Their recommendation:

AQUAPHOR Lip Repair Immediate Relief {They advised to use it often, especially when going to sleep}

I bought enough to have one at my desk at work, on my night stand, in my bathroom and in both handbags I'm currently alternating between.
{On the hunt for Aquaphor Lip Protectant + Sunscreen}
Coming from someone who was an avid Carmex user and from someone who has never had dry/chapped lips I decided to by one and try it...I LOVED it.
Even after my treatment, I'll continue to use it.

Due top the fact that Accutance is going to halt oil production in your skin, mainly your face where the acne is most prevalent, you don't want to invest or continue to use facial cleansing products that will strip you skin of oils(that aren't there).
Sooooooooo... HYDRATION ■ HYDRATION ■ HYDRATION

To @Pinterest I went for all my visual aids and I immediately saw a trend.
I noticed a couple of brands that others who were on or are on an Accutane journey being used:
@EucerinUS
@AquaphorUS
@AveenoUS
@Kiehls

I eventually made up my mind on a combination of products to use.

#acne #adultacne #Accutance #Atlanta #brownskin #CysticAcne #CLARAVIS #dairyfree #dermatologist #dryskin #fromflwd2flwss #hydration #iPledge #Isoretinoin #melanin #nodairy #PIHP skin #skincare #skincareproducts

iPLEDGE allegiance to ACCUTANE

The process involved with starting Accutane: ■Urine sample to rule out pregnancy. ■A blood sample that same day but my veins kept rolling, so NO DICE.
■Was given a booklet titled The iPLEDGE Program
ISOTRETINOIN EDUCATIONAL KIT
FOR FEMALE PATIENTS WHO CAN GET PREGNANT" {The Importance of Avoiding Pregnancy on Isotreatinoin}

Inserted in the booklet, were two sets of documents that I had to sign multiple times signifying that I understand I can not start Accutane if I am pregnant nor can I get pregnant during my treatment. ■Dermatologist filed copies of my signed documents.
■In the booklet, I was provided my iPLEDGE number.
■Dermatologist office registered with iPLEDGE and started the process on their end.
■Returned 30 days later{Wednesday May 17th, 17} gave my blood sample & was given my Rx.
{I was told to wait until Friday before registering & dropping the Rx off}
■Dermatologist office completes the iPLEDGE process on their end.
■Register myself with iPLEDGE online and answered a questionnaire that once again signified that I understood I can not start Accutane if I am pregnant nor can I get pregnant during my treatment.
■Dropped my Rx off Friday morning.
■Pharmacy registers and completes their part of the iPLEDGE process.
■Picked up my Rx of CLARVIS{brand name version}of Isotretinoin on Monday May 22nd, 17'

Being that Memorial Day weekend was approaching, I made a decision to not start immediately.

#acne #adultacne #Accutance #Atlanta #brownskin #CysticAcne #CLARAVIS #dairyfree #dermatologist #fromflwd2flwss #iPledge #Isoretinoin #melanin #nodairy #PIHP skin #skincare #skincareproducts

Day 31.

And then the REAL initial breakout and side effects hit! I had a crazy stiff lower neck and upper back which was giving me tension headaches in the back of my head. I got charlie horses almost everyday. I started taking 80mg on Day 29 and then my skin started freaking out and breaking out in cysts. I sprained my ankle on Day 32 but that's probably just from being a clutz.

#accutane #isotretinoin #hormonalacne #claravis #myorisan

Day 24.

I had more cysts forming along my jawline that you can't see because of the terrible lighting. I still hadn't noticed any major side effects by this point.
#accutane #isotretinoin #hormonalacne #claravis

Day 18.

After an initial period of clear skin I broke out again. I got a huge lip zit (why are lip zits the worst?) and some zits along my jawline and chest.

#accutane #isotretinoin #hormonalacne #claravis

Day 10.

During these first days of Accutane no new zits were forming on my face! I noticed my skin felt particularly oily this day and my lips started to slightly get dry.

#accutane #isotretinoin #hormonalacne #acne #claravis

Day 3.

At this point it was too early to see any side effects, but new zits were not forming.
#accutane #isotretinoin #hormonalacne #acne #claravis

📌Accutane Isotretinoin Roaccutan 📌

4⃣ ACNOTIN 20MG

1 box : $42usd

2 boxes : $81usd

3 boxes : $115usd

5 boxes : $180usd

ACNOTIN 10MG

1 box : $32usd

2 boxes : $61usd

3 boxes : $87usd

5 boxes : $130usd  free shipping with register airmail + tracking number (13-21days)
If you suspect about Acnotin please check it out on google. I guarantee no fake product , it's the same as (Isotretinoin , Roaccutane , Accutane) different name/company but it has the same ingredients

#accutane#isotretinoin#roaccutane#pimple #pimples#accutanejourney #claravis#amnesteem#zenatane#zits#bacne#acnetreatment #acnecommunity #zoretanin #izotretinoin #acnesucks #acnescars #adultacne #beforeandafter #skin #cysticacne #acneskin

📌Accutane Isotretinoin Roaccutan 📌

4⃣ ACNOTIN 20MG

1 box : $42usd

2 boxes : $81usd

3 boxes : $115usd

5 boxes : $180usd

ACNOTIN 10MG

1 box : $32usd

2 boxes : $61usd

3 boxes : $87usd

5 boxes : $130usd  free shipping with register airmail + tracking number (13-21days)
If you suspect about Acnotin please check it out on google. I guarantee no fake product , it's the same as (Isotretinoin , Roaccutane , Accutane) different name/company but it has the same ingredients

#accutane#isotretinoin#roaccutane#pimple #pimples#accutanejourney #claravis#amnesteem#zenatane#zits#bacne#acnetreatment #acnecommunity #zoretanin #izotretinoin #acnesucks #acnescars #adultacne #beforeandafter #skin #cysticacne #acneskin

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