Why does Accutane could cause hair loss?
Los Angeles, CA
6 months ago
I did not take accutane but something natural which also lowers the sebum production (the tablets are called 'Ichthraletten',the active substance is 'Natriumbituminosulfonat'). I have noticed my hair falling out. But don't know if it's due to the Ichthraletten because the hair loss is not known as a side effect. Now I ask myself why accutane can cause hair loss. If it's due to the effect on the sebaceous glands,then everthing which also has effects on the sebaceous glands, could lead to hairloss
Doctor Answers 2
This is well known and observed by many doctors who prescribe this drug. There is clearly a balancing act which weights the pros and cons of Accuntane use.
Accutane and vitamin A derivatives can cause a specific type of hair loss known as telogen effluvium. There are many proposed mechanisms not only the effect on the sebaceous gland.
But your point is correct - any drug that had effects on the sebaceous gland has the potential to affect hair growth. Sebaceous gland functioning and hair follicle cycling are very very closely linked.
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