Hi all. Thought i'd share my horror story regarding Accutane Hair loss.
A little over a year ago i started taking accutane from 20mg to 25mg per day for 9 months.
I started noticing my hair was falling a few months after the end of the treatment. I'd say about 2 months after but it could have started before.
The shedding has been crazy, up to 1000 a day (not kidding), that's why i'm laughing when i read guys talking about "shedding" when they lose 40 hairs a day (wich is completely normal).
The only man in my family who had thinning hair was my grandfather on my mother's side. But he wasn't even bald, just had thinning hair at 60y/o like most men. My father is 57 and has great hair, my grandfather died at 79 with a full head of hair, all my uncles on both sides still have all their hair at 45-55 y/o.
The first derm i saw (the one that got me on accutane in the first place) said he didn't think it was related to accutane and that i just had MPB.
Second derm i saw said that i could have experienced TE due to accutane leading to MPB (he said that the hair comes back shortly after if you don't have MPB).
It's been around 5 months and a half and i'm still shedding, it slowed a bit (now more like 200 hairs a day not 500-1000) but i think it's only because i lost 60-70% in those 4-5 months so there is not much left to lose.
I'm also losing 10 to 15 eyebrows per day wich is definitly not normal. And i'm losing body hair more easily (nothing crazy tho).
I really don't know if i have MPB or not. The fact that it does not run in the family, the exessive shedding and the loss of my eyebrows tells me it might be something else.
On the other hand i'm really pessimistic about ever recovering from such a hard blow.
I started finasteride and minoxidil just in case...
From what i've read it's really hard to tell what we all have, if it's TE, PB, AA etc...
Some recover after months or even years, some don't. I hope i'll be part of the lucky ones.
What do you guys think ?
On a side note i'll never recommand ANYONE to go on accutane. If i knew it could do this to me i would NEVER have done it and i would give a LOT to get back and never take this poison.
What is more important to you, a few years of acne or being bald for the rest of your life ? Do you really want to gamble with your hairs ?
I also still have dry lips and dry skin from this shit.