I recently discovered this forum while searching for information about roaccutane since i started treatment a month ago. I am 37 years old with persistent adult cystic acne, really painful if it breaks out, and I have been taking all antibiotics available for the last 15 years until they stopped working recently. I did know about roaccutane but was reluctant to go on it due to the side effects.
I decided to take the step (no other choice really) and got it prescribed from a consultant dermatologist here in the UK. It has been 30 days exactly since I started taking a 40mg dose per day (body weight 80kg) and the side effects so far are manageable. Some joint discomfort, mild drop in energy levels, the usual dry skin, lips, eyes and mild eczema on the top of the hands. My skin looks better than it ever did on antibiotics, with the occasional spot or cyst. My hair have been thinning and falling steadily over the last 15 years while on antibiotics, starting from the top of the head to the front. This left me now with very sparse hair on top, almost bald, and a few thinning hair at the front of the head.
About 2 weeks into treatment I started feeling a tingling and prickling sensation all over the top of my head where my hair has mostly fallen out. This intensified over time and could feel increased blood flow and sensation at the top of my head. This has become an everyday thing now and every time I sit down is when I feel it the most, probably because blood flow to the head is lower while standing up. Sometimes this tingling sensation is so intense I cannot concentrate in what I'm doing. The hair I have left started to become thicker, they looked healthier and I noticed vellus hair all over the top of my head where i was experiencing hair loss. My hairline started to look more defined and some rogue hair started to grow so rapidly I had to cut them so they don't look out of place.
Sure enough I can notice small black hair growing now all over my head and naturally I'm looking for an explanation. There is not enough information available on this and while searching I did find a post from a female member of this forum who had hair grown back after a traumatic episode. I am interested to hear of any others who might have experienced something similar and the all important questions will it last, is it going to fall out after treatment is over and if a higher dose will cause the opposite effect.
My theory so far is that the sebaceous glands have shrunk enough for blood to circulate on my head freely, any sebum, blocking hair follicles has gone and the active follicles are now working again. I have no idea what the effect will be in the end but it's kind of exciting and scary at the same time.