Yes the hair loss!! I worried about that too. Although I spoke to two people who had been on accutane pre internet and they looked at my like I was stupid when I said about hair loss/ condition, they were not aware of it? Which makes me wonder how much we hone in on it because we know about it! I also wonder how much is caused by body image problems, i:e the acne has gone what can I focus on now? This is not to say it doesn't affect the hair but it certainly does not affect everybody. I know all about hair loss. Years ago I was seriously ill and when I started to recover my hair shed like mad, probably a combination of drugs, weight loss and illness, God it was like a kitten coming off my head everyday but it did stop and my hair regained its original thickness although it was wispy at the ends for a good.Weirdly nobody else noticed but me..! My hair is actually doing better because I stopped flat ironing it and actually have started looking at it.. so we shall see! If we become slap heads we can swap tips on wigs!!
Cysts are the absolute worst on they?? When you have something on your face that has its own heartbeat its time to take action!!
It is really good to talk to someone who has the same issue and is going through the same thing! My advice to myself and to you is that we know our bodies better than anyone and if problems do start to occur we know if its not normal for us and if it is a manageable problem or not. We have to listen to ourselves... oh and God damn moisturise!! Dr Dan's is great stuff !!
Get some coconut for your hair..amazing stuff!! It really does help. Also can you get sudocrem in the US?? Brilliant for helping to heal active and healing spots!
Let me know how you are doing!
Awesome advice! Do you mean coconut oil for the hair?
I've never heard of Sudocrem before, but I just Googled it. I have never seen it in a pharmacy near my house (in north Atlanta), and I think the American version of it is CeraVe, which I have been using on my arms and legs for about a week. It has really helped the eczema on my forearms, near my wrists. It's already started to heal!
I meant coconut oil!! Sorry about that, the cat was after his dinner when I was writing my post yesterday! He does not take no for an answer
Yes coconut oil overnight with a shower cap on once weekly has been amazingly good for my hair. What with my frilly cap and my white sudocremed chin.. its amazing my husband can keep his hands off me!! What a goddess I am..
I think Cerave is the US version of Sudocrem too.
How is it going for you today?
I got shouted at by my mother today..! I finish work early on a Friday and went for lunch with Mummy dearest, we were in the ladies and I was scrutinizing my face in the mirror and having a good old moan about a couple of spots when my Mum really snapped at me and said ' Well Nicola if we all stood 2 inches from the mirror under a bright light and had a good stare we would all find faults wouldn't we??' Thing is she is right. We are all our worst critic aren't we? So I shut my face and decided to be positive and felt a lot better for it actually..
Today I have itchy hands. That's new.. but then again I have had that in the past? I think the trouble with accutane that anything remotely different you start getting a bit paranoid..
Is your skin improving? I have had no cysts since end of November but a slight increase in what I would call normal spots. Overall though the skin texture is vastly improved. Your acne looks really mild to me..but I know its how you feel. People said to me, its only a few spots but when they are on your face its a different matter..
One last thing.. God I am rambling on.. I spoke to my friend who was on accutane 20 years ago last night and he told me that it probably saved his life. He had chronic and I mean seriously chronically bad acne. Cysts a couple of inches wide covered his face. He was a a bit of a guinea pig for his derm at the time with what was a relatively new drug. He told me he was feeling suicidal because of his acne. People who go on and on about banning this drug should think about that..He is doing well and his happy...oh and he has a full head of hair..I checked!!!
bye for now!! x
Sorry I didn't reply sooner, hon. Busy weekend. My first weekend out in forever, and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
I thought you might have meant coconut oil, but I just wanted to make sure.
I visited my hairstylist this past Friday, and she recommended that I use Redken All Soft shampoo and conditioner. I have no idea if you can purchase Redken products in the U.K., but they really are amazing. My hair feels (obviously) soft, full, and voluminous after washing with the shampoo and conditioner. The problem I was having with my hair before buying the All Soft products wasn't so much hair loss, but that my hair had become lifeless and limp. My new shampoo and conditioner don't totally reverse these issues, but it definitely helps correct them. Plus, the fragrance is to die for.
I am doing okay, but I am noticing that I have begun to feel more fatigued during the day. I find it weird that I'm experiencing this a little over two months into my Accutane course, because a classmate from school who began the medication herself a few months before I started it told me she felt "tired all the time". I assumed that she meant she began feeling fatigue right away after starting 'Tane, but I didn't ask for further explanation. Looking back, I should have.
How long was it before you began to feel worn out/tired after taking Accutane? Or do you feel tired at all?
Also, I'm noticing more aches in my hips and knees. The soreness has seemed to become increasingly noticeable in the past couple of weeks. It's not terrible, but I realize that I have to be careful with exercise. My derm recommended that I do "light" yoga and use my elliptical machine for workouts. Do you have a workout regimen, or have you noticed that the Accutane has affected your movements at all?
Your mom is absolutely right, and I think it's amazing that you have a mom to dispense that kind of advice to you. Mine's the same way, although I think she sometimes enjoys handing out her motherly advice just a bit too much. Haha.
Glad you shared that story with me about your friend who took the Accutane 20 years ago. That was so helpful to read, and it also helped cement in my mind that I am making the right decision in taking this drug. Even if it is a huge pain in the butt while I'm taking it.
Hope to share more with you soon. Until next time!
Edited by CherrySoda08, 22 January 2014 - 12:05 AM.