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  1. One day soon the sadness you are feeling about your hairloss will go away and you will remember your experience but it will be nothing but a memory. Hang in there! Matt Hi Matt -- I just wanted to say that I love your positivity. I've spent the last week really depressed about my thinning hair. I keep telling myself that I just have to fight through this and know that I will be ok no matter what! It's nice to hear your encouragement and how you're dealing! Amy
  2. Thanks Mike. Ok I'll ask my dermatologist to do this when I go see him in 2 weeks. Last appointment I mentioned my hair loss and he brushed it off, told me to take Iron pills and said he's never seen permanent hair loss in any of his Accutaine patients. Guess that was supposed to satisfy me! (it didn't!)
  3. Thanks Steve, yup I saw that thread. The 139 pages is a bit daunting! I have my doubts about supplements as well, but as I'm sure I don't get enough vitamins in my daily diet, I think it's a good idea either way!
  4. Hi Everyone -- I know there are tons of posts about hair loss on Accutane, but I'm really just posting because I need some moral support and to get this off my chest! I finished up my Accutane course about 2 weeks ago and my hair is falling out like crazy! I've always had very thick, curly hair -- a lot of it! But now I lose handfuls every day, and my hair feels much thinner and fine. I've also noticed my scalp showing through a bit more than ever, although I don't believe my hair loss is notic
  5. You look great! I just finished up my treatment last week and for the last month I've been losing about a handful of hair every day too. At first I wasn't too worried, but now I'm having major PANIC. haha, my hair is definitely a lot thinner and finer than ever -- I usually have thick, curly hair! I bought Nioxin which is a shampoo for thinning hair and some kind of similar conditioner by Folicure. I've also started taking biotin, iron pills and vitamin e. I'm hoping to stop the thinning and th
  6. Hi Everyone -- Well I finished up my pills this week. And my skin looks pretty good -- no actives!! Now I just have to deal with the red marks, but I'm starting to be ok with them. I'm having major panic attacks though -- the past month and a half my hair has been thinning A LOT. Whenever I wash my hair (every 2 or 3 days) tons of strands fall out, and then when I put my styling products in my hair afterwards, a lot more comes out. NOT a normal amount at all. I'm talking a lot. I mentioned t
  7. DAY 126 So the cysts I mentioned last week have definitely gone down in size a lot. Phew!!! I just have a slightly large normal pimple on the corner of my forehead, but I'm not really worried about it. I'm pretty sure it's just hormonal. My hair has been falling out a lot though. I have a lot of hair -- pretty thick, big and wavy. I've always shed a lot of hair but now it seems like much more. I've been using a Tressemme conditioner that has B vitamins in it, but maybe I should add Vitamin B
  8. DAY 121 Hi! So last I wrote, I had a huge cyst on my cheek that didn't go away after the first injection. I went back about 4 days later and had her inject it along with a few smaller cysts. Well, days later and the cyst was still there! So I made yet another appointment and saw my actual Derm and not the Physician's Assistant and he injected a whole buttload of small cysts and the huge one. That was 2 days ago, and so far (crosses fingers) the big cheek cyst appears to be subsiding somewhat.
  9. there will be some rough days but there will definitely be some clear days! it's a long road, but you're on your way! stay positive
  10. 6 months isn't so bad! Hopefully this will really kick the acne for good.
  11. Day 112 So I had my derm appoint on Monday and met with this new Physicians Assistant instead of my normal derm. She seemed nice except she said, "wow that's a big one," to the cyst that I had classified as "medium" sized for me. Ouch. She injected maybe 4 pimples and told me that if I have big ones that I should just show up to the office for injections and to not wait a whole month. I've tried this in the past but usually the receptionists would book for like a week after I call, but now that
  12. wow thank you guys so much for all your support! Coming to this board and reading kind words of encouragement really make all the difference. I'm not giving up hope!! I have a derm appointment tomorrow and I'm always more positive about my skin when I'm heading there. I currently have 2 cysts on my face -- I would label them as my "medium" size. Hopefully the derm will inject them and they'll fade away forever. One is slightly deeper in the skin so I hope injecting it doesn't make it angry ---
  13. Day 105-ish (3 1/2 months) Still breaking out --- argh!! I have 3 decent sized zits on my face this week. One has been sitting under the surface for a very long time -- it had been a huge cyst about 2 years ago and my derm had removed it and injected it, but I could always still feel something under the skin. Well, he's started to emerge to the surface over the past few days. I'm almost hoping it comes to the surface a bit more because I have a derm appointment in about 6 days and want that th
  14. Day 98 I'm at 3 months and 1 week and my skin is not happy this past week or so. I have 2 big actives -- cysts! And I can feel tiny bumps under my skin in certain parts. Not sure what's going on!! I'm really aggravated and frustrated. I'm not sure when things will start clearing up totally!! And to make matters worse, yesterday was my 27th birthday -- shouldn't I be acne-free?? I guess acne doesn't care how old you are --- but still. I'm just in a bad mood! I have my derm appointment in 2 w
  15. phew!! they filled my prescription right before my trip, thank god!
  16. I'm so frustrated! My doc wrote my prescription on Monday 3/15... Got the OK from ipledge and I brought it to the pharmacy on Thurs 3/18... I got a call from the pharmacy the same day saying my insurance won't accept the prescription because I last filled the prescription on 2/25 ... so I'm too early. Problem is.. my 7 day window ends Monday 3/22. The pharmacist says I can try again on Sunday 3/21 ... but if they don't accept it then I'm screwed because I leave for vacation at 5am on Monday mo
  17. Day 73-ish (I think!) Had my derm appointment today -- he was really happy with my progress as I progress towards month 4 (yay!). I'm happy that I don't have any huge active pimples (knock on wood), especially since I'm going on vacation next week. Now I'm just bummed out about the red marks all over my face! Constant reminders of pimples past is not cool. I always thought the after-marks were worse than the real pimples, and I think that now more than ever! My derm said today that a month o
  18. Day 66 photo update: No obvious huge cysts, thankfully. Those are all flat, red marks on my face... yay?
  19. DAY 65 Sorry it's been so long! ( insert excuses here ) My skin is so-so. I don't have any huge cysts or pimples on my face so w00t!! But my face is just looking kind of... blah? I just feel like it's kind of congested and pasty-looking. I know it's the middle of the winter and so my skin hasn't seen any sunlight in what feels like 5,000 years, but still. I'm going to Miami in 2 weeks -- I'm a little nervous about the whole stay out of the sun thing! I plan on slathering my face and body wit
  20. Yay 1 month down! Things are going to start moving very quickly in month 2!
  21. Day 56 ( i think ) Hi everyone! So last week I was having a good couple of skin days -- which of course meant I was due to go to the dermatologist. My worst skin days always happen when I'm weeks away from seeing the derm. He injected a few of my cysts and did some tiny extractions. Of course, like clock work, I'm breaking out along my chin-line just days later. Nothing I can't handle! Had an annoying time trying to fill my prescription today. The pharmacy still hadn't gotten my order in beca
  22. Hi there! Thanks for reading my log I'm sorry to hear about your daughter's father, so terrible. That's great that your doc offered to give you predisone in case your IB really acts up before your hubby returns home -- I'm sure you won't need it though! I bet your skin is going to clear up really nice from this treatment!
  23. @Kevin -- you're sooo right, our situation is not life or death thankfully, and luckily we're on the road to recovery.... it's just a very bumpy road! about the ex situation, thanks for your input, it's always nice to hear a guy's perspective! thanks for your kind words! -Amy
  24. Hey Kev -- it's good to let it out, that's what this log is for! I know what you mean though, if people don't talk to you about acne then you feel like you can pretend it doesn't exist in their eyes. I still squirm every time an acne commercial comes on, which is like every 5 seconds if you watch MTV. If other people are in the room with me I just cringe when a Proactive or Neutrogena ad proclaims "acne yuck!" I'm always afraid someone in the room will make a comment. I'm at Day 45 i think, and