I went on Accutane when I was 16 (?) or maybe earlier at the tail end of 15 - I can't remember because it was about 5 years ago! I never had hair loss, just really dry lips and dry eyes. Those were the only side effects I had from Accutane. I was initially worried about the possibility of my depression, anxiety, and ADHD getting worse, but they had been monitored since age 10 by my psychiatrist, and I have been medicated, so things actually got better once I started looking better.
I was on Bactrim as well during my Accutane treatment to avoid flare ups, and that worked. Do I have some scarring? Yes, but not super noticeable, and it wasn't from the Accutane, it was from the acne I let go on for too long.
Hey Emily, thanks a lot for your reply. Im glad things worked out for you. So you would suggest accutane to someone in my position? Im sure the bactrim will start working soon but I don't want to go through all of this only to come off it and the acne returns. I am going to see if they will let me use bactrim with accutane, so hopefully like you I can avoid an IB.
How is your skin now, post accutane? And yeh i know what you mean about the scarring, most of my major scarring is from the past - it can be treated anyhow.
Sorry for the late reply! Yes, I would recommend it to someone in your position, or at least bring it up to the derm. I'm still on Bactrim to avoid flare ups, and it works. Then again, I'm someone who has no problems taking a pill each day since I already take a few. Post accutane, my skin isn't scarred. It has some craters, but those were present *before* starting. Good luck!