Hello! I am the creator of this thread, and I cannot believe that it's still going! This thread used to be such a comfort to me, and I hope that it's been a comfort to you, too.
I am here to post one last time. Here is my update:
My hair stopped shedding after 6 to 8 months. 70% of the hair that I lost came back after about 2 years. So at least for me, I didn't get all my hair back, but I did get most of it back.
It's amazing to think that this happened to me almost 7 years ago. In my opinion and experience: Accutane hair loss is truly temporary, but if you are destined to have some kind of natural hair loss - and the vast, vast majority of people, men as well as women, are destined to lose at least some hair naturally, in one degree or another - then the temporary hair loss from Accutane will prematurely trigger your more permanent, natural hair loss. So if you're younger, you have less to worry about. But if you're in your early twenties, you shouldn't expect all of your hair back. But enough of it will come back, and you will be OK with it.
I'm a male, and I have found the key to be this:
- Take Propecia. Even if you truly don't have male pattern baldness, who cares? What's the downside? It costs $2 a day. The side effects are greatly exaggerated, and if you have any questions about them, feel free to contact me.
- Do NOT start minoxidil. It makes things worse and, because you need to apply it twice a day for the rest of your life, it is not a sustainable treatment. Sure, if you're young and single, putting medicine on your scalp twice a day is easy. But when you're older and living with your significant other, it would make you look ridiculous.
- BE PATIENT! I thought it was the end of the world when this happened to me. And now 7 years have passed. Look at other men's hair and you'll realize that you're not the only one who has thinning hair. HAIR LOSS IS A FACT OF LIFE. Learn to style your hair differently; I used to cut it short and comb it forward and slightly to the side.
So that's it. Please let me know if you have any questions.
It's my personal opinion that detoxification won't work, because the Accutane is out of your system at the latest a month after you take your last pill. Also, hair grows in inflexible cycles, so nothing can necessarily speed that up.
I think it's best to assess the situation at intervals of 100 days. Here's what happened to me, for example:
I totally told Ithappens about the AA theory, but he's, frankly and with all due respect to him, hung up on "adrenal failure".
By the way, the way the wound stuff works is that cells release cytokines to make everything in the wounded area grow. When this all began, I actually considered making little nicks on my scalp to encourage the hair to grow. But that'd be weird, now wouldn't it?
I think - and this also fits into the diffuse AA theory - that shedding will go on for a while as regrowth happens. You have to regrow each hair twice before the regrowth is permanent, in my opinion. This was confirmed by the nurse who went through Accutane hair loss. First comes the baby/intermediate hair, then the normal hair comes.
Each of my hairs is all of a sudden super-thick in diameter. But all my regrowth is crappy. And I think I've started shedding again, though not that much. But I'm used to the shedding now.
And - this is my experience - after every shed, there seems to be a new wave of regrowth.