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For those of you who are experiencing hair loss, read this

This is a process cancer patients do when they've lost all of their hair due to chemo therapy & have grown their hair back quick and healthy. I got this from another board & I figured since there's alot of "hair loss" threads i'd paste this on here for you guys. Now, I don't know what you can or can't take while on Accutane so look up what you can take in the meantime....if not, I guess wait til you're done with the meds. I hope this works for you all. :)

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Bargello's Famous Vitamin Routine

I start with GNC's Ultra Nourishair. It is a great hair vitamin. In addition I take the following:

500mg Silica

500mg Evening Primrose

500mg Flax Seed

1000mg MSM

5000mcg Biotin

I take it all with a protein drink.

I increased my biotin dosage to the additional 5000mcg (for a total of 7200) and added in the Natrol about 3 1/2 weeks ago. In the last 2 weeks my hair has grown an inch! YEA! I believe this is due to the increase in biotin. I am not sure that it is due to the Natrol prenatal. I added it as I have so many friends who swear that their hair grows like a weed when they take it.

Vitamins are very important for not just the growth of hair but for overall health. After doing years of research on vitamins, I have found what vitamins work and what ones don't. My overall health has improved 200% since starting my vitamin program. And healthy body means healthy nails, skin, and hair.

Multivitamin: I believe everyone needs to be on a good multivitamin. You need a vitamin that contains at least 100% of the most of the recommended daily nutrients. I am very partial to Vitaminshoppe's One A Day vitamin. This is an excellent vitamin for overall health. Note that it does not contain iron. This might be a concern and might not be. Most menstruating women can benefit from extra iron in their diets. If you happen to be a woman that becomes iron deficient easily, you might just wish to add in an extra iron supplement. By not having iron, this makes a good supplement for men, teens, and post-menopausal women.

Calcium: We all need calcium in our diet. This is something that is an absolute necessity. There is some calcium in the above multivitamin, but not enough. Remember that when taking calcium you also need Vitamin D and Magnesium for the calcium to be absorbed properly. Most multivitamins will contain Vitamin D and Magnesium.

Now for the vitamins which promote healthy hair, skin, and nails.

Hair Vitamins: I like a good hair vitamin to start my program. There are several out there. GNC's Ultra Nourishair is probably one of the best I have seen. It is what I take and is the absolute heart of my program. I am a firm believer in this vitamin. It contains all the necessary vitamins needed for healthy hair.

Note: I do not like the vitamins that state for Hair, Skin, and Nails. They generally have less than you really need of the necessary vitamins for healthy hair, skin, and nails. I am not sure why, but they do. If you take a good hair vitamin, your skin and nails will automatically benefit.

MSM: This vitamin is very important for healthy hair, muscles, and joints. It helps to decrease hair fall out. It does this by assisting in making the growth stage of the hair longer. The longer you are able to retain the root, the longer you hair will grow. You may take up to 2000mg/day. Note: Ultra Nourishair contains 500mg of MSM. I take an additional 1000mg/day.

Silica: Helps in the shine of hair. It is also a very valuable antioxidant. It assists in a lot of other areas other than just helping your hair be soft and shiny. There is silica in the Ultra Nourishair; I take an additional 500mg/day.

Evening Primrose: There is so much to say about this essential fatty acid. It contains Omega-6 Fatty Acid (Gamma-Linolenic Acid). This is a good Omega-6 Fatty Acid. It has several benefits of which I will only name a few. Some of the benefits are reducing PMS, clearing up eczema, helping your skin glow, minimize fine wrinkles, reduce cholesterol, help with your metabolism, and cure hair and nail problems. It helps nourish straw-like hair. You really only need 480-960 mg of GLA to reap wonderful benefits. I personally take 500mg/day. You should see results with Evening Primrose as early as 2 weeks of daily consumption. Your scalp should feel less dry and the hair growing in should feel softer and more nourished.

Flaxseed Oil: Now flaxseed Oil is wonderful in the sense that it contains both Alpha-Linolenic Acid (Omega-3 Fatty Acid) and Gamma-Linolenic Acid (Omega-6 Fatty Acid). Omega-3 is very important in our bodies too. We need both to help maintain a healthy body. Omega-3 has been know the help ADD/ADHD (Attention Deficit Disorder). It is also essential for healthy hair, skin, and nails. It helps hair in the same way Omega-6 does. Why take both? Because the cells of the body need both to work properly. Our bodies do not make either of the Fatty Acids, we must supplement. Taking both will help the cells of the body work more efficiently and in return help growth of hair as well as health of hair and body. I take 500mg/day. I really don't think you need more than that, but experiment. You might find your body does need more.

Biotin: Now biotin is what really can boost your hair growth. Skin, nails, and hair rely on biotin to grow. So, if we feed our bodies more biotin, then our skin will look better, and our nails will be stronger, and our hair will grow faster and stronger. My hair vitamin contains 1200mcg of biotin. I take an additional 2400mcg/day. I have played with the dosage a little and have found that my hair definitely grows faster with the total biotin of 3600mcg/day. You might need to play with this too. You might need more or less than I do for results.

Protein: I can't scream enough about protein. We need it. I don't care if it plant or animal. Truthfully your body can absorb and utilize plant protein better than animal. This is why vegetarians are incredibly healthy. I drink a protein shake everyday with my vitamins. I drink it with milk (it tastes better and I get extra calcium and protein with the milk), vegans can make a protein drink with soymilk (get it with calcium added and you have the benefits of extra vegetable protein and calcium). Adding protein to your diet will help your body all the way around. It will function better and you will not be as hungry all the time. I suggest a protein drink of at least 22gr. of protein. I suggest at least one serving a day. If your diet is really bad, you can drink more. The extra protein will also help your hair grow. It is protein too, you know.

With all this said, everyone is DIFFERENT! You might need more of something than I do, or less. Vitamins are personal things. You need to play with them to get the correct dosage for you. They are not a cure all. They can help your body in ways you wouldn't think about. I have tried to keep the above information brief. I could write pages about each vitamin and why you should take it. The above program works very well for me. My hair grows at the speed of 1 ½" per month. One thing to always remember, when starting a vitamin program, don't expect results overnight. It will take your body 2-6 weeks to benefit from vitamins. This time period depends on how depleted your system is. The average time being 4 weeks. If you are recovering from a serious illness, it could take longer.

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wow! can you say ocd? i wouldnt worry about it that much.... just take vitamins (a multi) and make sure you eat enuf protein... and oh, if it bothers you that much...ask your derm!!! they can fix it.... duh!!!

oh, and i like ur sig

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You're welcome. Come to think of it, i'd wait the 6 months after to start doing this regimen. Because if doctors say it's suppose to grow back after Accutane, then it should. But if it's not the same, then this should def. work bc it's what cancer patients do after chemo.

OH, and other supplements that I know of too is iron and calcium. It helps.

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This is a process cancer patients do when they've lost all of their hair due to chemo therapy & have grown their hair back quick and healthy. I got this from another board & I figured since there's alot of "hair loss" threads i'd paste this on here for you guys. Now, I don't know what you can or can't take while on Accutane so look up what you can take in the meantime....if not, I guess wait til you're done with the meds. I hope this works for you all. :)

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Bargello's Famous Vitamin Routine

I start with GNC's Ultra Nourishair. It is a great hair vitamin. In addition I take the following:

500mg Silica

500mg Evening Primrose

500mg Flax Seed

1000mg MSM

5000mcg Biotin

I take it all with a protein drink.

I increased my biotin dosage to the additional 5000mcg (for a total of 7200) and added in the Natrol about 3 1/2 weeks ago. In the last 2 weeks my hair has grown an inch! YEA! I believe this is due to the increase in biotin. I am not sure that it is due to the Natrol prenatal. I added it as I have so many friends who swear that their hair grows like a weed when they take it.

Vitamins are very important for not just the growth of hair but for overall health. After doing years of research on vitamins, I have found what vitamins work and what ones don't. My overall health has improved 200% since starting my vitamin program. And healthy body means healthy nails, skin, and hair.

Multivitamin: I believe everyone needs to be on a good multivitamin. You need a vitamin that contains at least 100% of the most of the recommended daily nutrients. I am very partial to Vitaminshoppe's One A Day vitamin. This is an excellent vitamin for overall health. Note that it does not contain iron. This might be a concern and might not be. Most menstruating women can benefit from extra iron in their diets. If you happen to be a woman that becomes iron deficient easily, you might just wish to add in an extra iron supplement. By not having iron, this makes a good supplement for men, teens, and post-menopausal women.

Calcium: We all need calcium in our diet. This is something that is an absolute necessity. There is some calcium in the above multivitamin, but not enough. Remember that when taking calcium you also need Vitamin D and Magnesium for the calcium to be absorbed properly. Most multivitamins will contain Vitamin D and Magnesium.

Now for the vitamins which promote healthy hair, skin, and nails.

Hair Vitamins: I like a good hair vitamin to start my program. There are several out there. GNC's Ultra Nourishair is probably one of the best I have seen. It is what I take and is the absolute heart of my program. I am a firm believer in this vitamin. It contains all the necessary vitamins needed for healthy hair.

Note: I do not like the vitamins that state for Hair, Skin, and Nails. They generally have less than you really need of the necessary vitamins for healthy hair, skin, and nails. I am not sure why, but they do. If you take a good hair vitamin, your skin and nails will automatically benefit.

MSM: This vitamin is very important for healthy hair, muscles, and joints. It helps to decrease hair fall out. It does this by assisting in making the growth stage of the hair longer. The longer you are able to retain the root, the longer you hair will grow. You may take up to 2000mg/day. Note: Ultra Nourishair contains 500mg of MSM. I take an additional 1000mg/day.

Silica: Helps in the shine of hair. It is also a very valuable antioxidant. It assists in a lot of other areas other than just helping your hair be soft and shiny. There is silica in the Ultra Nourishair; I take an additional 500mg/day.

Evening Primrose: There is so much to say about this essential fatty acid. It contains Omega-6 Fatty Acid (Gamma-Linolenic Acid). This is a good Omega-6 Fatty Acid. It has several benefits of which I will only name a few. Some of the benefits are reducing PMS, clearing up eczema, helping your skin glow, minimize fine wrinkles, reduce cholesterol, help with your metabolism, and cure hair and nail problems. It helps nourish straw-like hair. You really only need 480-960 mg of GLA to reap wonderful benefits. I personally take 500mg/day. You should see results with Evening Primrose as early as 2 weeks of daily consumption. Your scalp should feel less dry and the hair growing in should feel softer and more nourished.

Flaxseed Oil: Now flaxseed Oil is wonderful in the sense that it contains both Alpha-Linolenic Acid (Omega-3 Fatty Acid) and Gamma-Linolenic Acid (Omega-6 Fatty Acid). Omega-3 is very important in our bodies too. We need both to help maintain a healthy body. Omega-3 has been know the help ADD/ADHD (Attention Deficit Disorder). It is also essential for healthy hair, skin, and nails. It helps hair in the same way Omega-6 does. Why take both? Because the cells of the body need both to work properly. Our bodies do not make either of the Fatty Acids, we must supplement. Taking both will help the cells of the body work more efficiently and in return help growth of hair as well as health of hair and body. I take 500mg/day. I really don't think you need more than that, but experiment. You might find your body does need more.

Biotin: Now biotin is what really can boost your hair growth. Skin, nails, and hair rely on biotin to grow. So, if we feed our bodies more biotin, then our skin will look better, and our nails will be stronger, and our hair will grow faster and stronger. My hair vitamin contains 1200mcg of biotin. I take an additional 2400mcg/day. I have played with the dosage a little and have found that my hair definitely grows faster with the total biotin of 3600mcg/day. You might need to play with this too. You might need more or less than I do for results.

Protein: I can't scream enough about protein. We need it. I don't care if it plant or animal. Truthfully your body can absorb and utilize plant protein better than animal. This is why vegetarians are incredibly healthy. I drink a protein shake everyday with my vitamins. I drink it with milk (it tastes better and I get extra calcium and protein with the milk), vegans can make a protein drink with soymilk (get it with calcium added and you have the benefits of extra vegetable protein and calcium). Adding protein to your diet will help your body all the way around. It will function better and you will not be as hungry all the time. I suggest a protein drink of at least 22gr. of protein. I suggest at least one serving a day. If your diet is really bad, you can drink more. The extra protein will also help your hair grow. It is protein too, you know.

With all this said, everyone is DIFFERENT! You might need more of something than I do, or less. Vitamins are personal things. You need to play with them to get the correct dosage for you. They are not a cure all. They can help your body in ways you wouldn't think about. I have tried to keep the above information brief. I could write pages about each vitamin and why you should take it. The above program works very well for me. My hair grows at the speed of 1 ½" per month. One thing to always remember, when starting a vitamin program, don't expect results overnight. It will take your body 2-6 weeks to benefit from vitamins. This time period depends on how depleted your system is. The average time being 4 weeks. If you are recovering from a serious illness, it could take longer.

I'm interested in taking this Biotin stuff. I started taking a multivitamin with 45mcg of Biotin. I've read online that the daily reccomended dose of Biotin is between 30-100mcg. Isn't 3600mcg of Biotin a little much? lol. I'd like to take a good amount of this stuff but don't want to take too much.

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I was experiencing a little bit at the beginning of my course. However, I am not sure whether it's from my course, or because my hair is long and it's constantly growing. I have no idea. Anyway, thanks for the suggestions.

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Supplement Facts

Serving Size: Two Tablets

Servings Per Container: 30

Amount per Serving % Daily Value

Vitamin A (100% as beta-Carotene) 1000 IU 20%

Vitamin C (as Ascorbic Acid) 60 mg 100%

Vitamin E (as natural d-alpha Tocopheryl succinate) 30 IU 100%

Thiamin (B1) (as Thiamin Mononitrate) 1.5 mg 100%

Riboflavin (B2) 1.7 mg 100%

Niacin (B3) (as Niacinamide) 20 mg 100%

Vitamin B6 (as Pyridoxine Hydrochloride) 4 mg 200%

Folate,Folic Acid,Folacin 200 mcg 50%

Vitamin B12 (as Cyanocobalamin) 6 mcg 100%

Biotin 1200 mcg 400%

Pantothenic acid (as Calcium d-Pantothenate) 20 mg 200%

Iodine (as Potassium Iodide) 50 mcg 33%

Magnesium (as Magnesium Oxide) 40 mg 10%

Zinc (as Zinc Oxide) 30 mg 200%

Copper (as Copper Gluconate) 2 mg 100%

Boron (as Boron Citrate) 3 mg*

Silica (as Silicon Dioxide) 1 mg*

MSM (Methylsulfonyl-methane) 500 mg*

Natural Amino Complex (Lactalbumin) 500 mg*

L-Cysteine 200 mg*

L-Methionine 100 mg*

Choline (as Choline Bitartrate) 250 mg*

Inositol 50 mg*

* Daily Value not established.

Is that Vitamin A too much to be taking while on Accutane?

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Vitamin A supplementation shouldn’t be taken at all while on accutane. However, it’s in the form of beta carotene, which should just get flushed out of your system and not converted to Vit A when there’s too much. Or at least that’s my understanding. So you should be fine.

As for the hair thinning, it shouldn’t be bald spots, it should be all over. But some people notice it concentrating around the temples and in the front.

I read a blog about a girl who did accutane and had a good amount of hair loss. She noticed it falling out around the fourth month I think and it continued for 3 months after she stopped. Then it began to grow back. She said her hair texture had changed though – more brittle and kind of curly. 14 months after accutane she reported that it was completely grown back and smooth and straight like it was before.

So if you have hair loss, it’s definitely a long process since hair doesn’t grow back in over night. But the good news is that it does seem to grow back for most people.

The only thing that concerns me is that some people (and I think this is pretty rare) experience ongoing telogen effluvium, where the hair keeps shedding (up to 70%) for years. Here is a quote where a doctor says “We know that Accutane does, at times, cause permanent hair loss� http://www.baldingblog.com/2006/06/21/accu...s-is-permanent/ YIKES. Now that is scary. Not trying to freak you out, but it is something that everyone should know before going the accutane route.

I’m not sure, but I thought I noticed hair loss after two weeks of a very low dose and began taking biotin / vit B / vit C a week ago and things seem to have calmed down. Hopefully this will prevent the problem.

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