Within a few weeks of taking Accutane, I noticed my skin becoming much clearer. After two months, my skin was completely cleared. It was seriously a miracle drug. However, I experienced very dry skin especially around my lips. My Physician Assistant, Jennae Porter, advised me to hydrate my skin with Aquaphor, which really helped reduce the dryness. I had no other complication while on the medication. Jennae also recommended taking only half of my prescription dose near the end of my 6-month treatment to preserve the medication I had left. I followed her instruction and officially completed my treatment in September 2012.
Everything was fine until I experienced excessive hair loss in October 2012. My hair is normally thick and voluminous; however, during this hair loss phase my hair became normal in texture. I went straight to my primary care physician and had blood work done - all tests were normal. Then, I started taking a multi-vitamin and Biotin but my hair was still falling out at a fast rate. I had no idea why I was experiencing so much hair loss. One day at work, a co-worker pointed out that she took Accutane several years ago and is still experiencing hair loss. I started freaking out. I went online to research this and found hundreds of online reviews from people having my exact problem. Thus, I immediately scheduled an appointment with the Head Dermatologist, Dr. Bill Halmi at my dermatology clinic. He told me that out of all his years in practice, he has only seen two patients with my problem. Dr. Halmi advised me to wait a few months to observe hair regrowth because I still had Accutane in my system. I listened to him and my hair was back to normal within 6 months of discontinuing Accutane.
Overall, I had a roller coaster experience with Accutane with the temporary side effects I experienced. However, it has been 1 year and 4 months since I've been off Accutane and my skin has remained clear minus a couple small blemishes during my menstrual cycle. I 100% recommend Accutane to others wanting to find a cure for their acne.