Note #1: Nothing in this article is meant to be taken as medical advice. Please see the full disclaimer at the bottom of the page. Also, this article contains links to products that I use or have used in my own accutane recovery. They are not affiliate links and some products may be available at your local health food store. I am not compensated in any way for any of the products mentioned.

Note #2: The information presented in this article represents a rapidly evolving body of work about accutane recovery. After 33 years of suffering, I recently went from only being able to concentrate for 30 minutes a day to 8-10 hours per day. I’m working as fast as I can to put everything I’ve learned into the most useful format(s) possible for those who are suffering. If you’d like to be updated when new information comes out, I’ve create a newsletter signup here.

One last thing before we begin. You may be asking, “what does accutane recovery look like?” I’ve provided a possible answer to that important question here…

Accutane Recovery: Introduction

I took accutane at the age of 14 and endured a more than three-decade-long nightmare of pain and suffering. I spent the majority of that time trying to figure out what was wrong with me – not understanding that accutane was a root cause. I experienced physical agony as well as excruciating emotional and mental suffering. As the decades went by, I became more and more exhausted until my brain stopped functioning properly and I could barely do anything. Bodily organs (heart, liver, brain) were under terrible strain. I was experiencing the most profound depths of misery and despair as dopamine production dwindled to nothing. I faced homelessness eight times in ten years. I could not attend a family member’s wedding. I eventually became so weak that I could not maintain any relationships at all. For three decades, I had no idea what was happening.

While near death, I inherited some money and for the first time in my life had the resources to be able to care for myself and my condition. I was able to stop and breathe for a year. And during that time I was able to figure out what had happened to me.

Thankfully, I have been able to achieve a reasonable level of accutane recovery and will share here what I’ve learned. You can take what you like and leave the rest. For those that would like assistance, particularly if the information in this article seems overwhelming, I offer personal coaching for accutane recovery and healing. As part of the recovery process, I believe it may be necessary to address some problems with the standard American diet (SAD). That being the case, there can be a fair amount of complexity involved in achieving a vibrant recovery.

Lastly, and before we begin, I think it’s important to share that my focus is on creating accutane recovery without using pharmaceutical drugs. The solutions in this article reflect that focus.

To start, I will give you three lists:

Based on my own experience, I believe accutane causes damage in the following ways:
  1. Damage to neurotransmitter production in the gut.
  2. Damage to the liver, potentially resulting in vitamin D problems.
  3. Damage to bile production resulting in poor fat digestion. This creates a form of slow starvation including lack of delivery of fat soluble vitamins and minerals throughout the body which leads to general malaise over time. The lack of fat digestion can also lead to over-reliance on sugar and carbohydrates (which is exacerbated by the standard American diet SAD).
  4. Possible damage to intestinal tissue causing poor b12 absorption, leading to ever increasing stress.
  5. Damage to, or over-stress of, the gut brain. This can lead to difficulties in decision making, processing emotions, and powerful and unwanted mood swings and mental storms.

Potential health issues that may be pertinent to recovering from accutane:

Digestion & Food

  • Significantly increasing stomach acidity
  • Foods to potentially avoid (sugar, gluten, oxalates, dairy)
  • Is keto for you?

Relaxation & Sleep

  • Liposomal Glutathione
  • Red light therapy
  • Vitamin B12

Mental & Emotional Stability

  • Vitamin D
  • Understanding electrolytes
  • Addressing neurotransmitters (produced to varying degrees in the gut)
  • Eliminating refined sugar
  • Eliminating gluten
  • Reducing oxalates
  • Eliminating folic acid
  • Reducing dairy (not necessarily eliminating)

Improving Physical Energy

  • Liver detoxification
  • Exercise
  • Helpful supplements
  • Libido

The things that have made the most difference for me have been (in order of their ease of implementation):

  • Significantly increasing stomach acidity
  • Vitamin D
  • Vitamin B12
  • Liposomal glutathione
  • Red light therapy
  • Understanding electrolytes
  • Helpful supplements
  • Addressing neurotransmitters (produced to varying degrees in the gut)
  • Eliminating refined sugar
  • Eliminating gluten
  • Reducing/eliminating oxalates
  • Eliminating folic acid
  • Reducing dairy intake
  • Keto

A Note for Teenagers & Young Adults

Becoming an adult is a fairly complex process! It involves coming to know one’s self through a process called individuation.

Coming to know one’s self can be challenging to say the least. There are many facets of the process including but not limited to:

  • Learning how to care for one’s own physicality
  • Learning how to care for one’s own emotional health
  • Learning how to relate to others as an adult and how to be responsible for one’s self in relationship
  • Making choices about how to earn a living
  • Understanding one’s place in the world
  • Developing a spiritual perspective

Since accutane can cause serious disruption to emotional, mental, and physical health, it can throw a serious wrench in the individuation process. It can make the process of growing up too difficult. If you are taking, or have taken, accutane as a teenager or young adult, know that you may be struggling with mental and emotional difficulties that are not your fault.

Your situation may be so complicated by accutane that the adults in your life may have no idea what to do. If this is you, and you feel like you need help, you can reach me here. Don’t worry about money or cost.

A Note for Parents

If your child has taken accutane, their digestive system and “gut brain” may have been severely damaged, leading to excruciating mental and emotional issues as well as physical exhaustion. They may not be sharing with you the full extent of how much pain they are in. Teenagers, because they are young and have energy, are able to compensate to a higher degree for damage that is done by accutane. This is not a good use of their resources however.

People inherently want to do the best they can in any given situation. If your child doesn’t know that they have been damaged by accutane, they may be embarrassed or feel bad about what they’re experiencing internally.

Since accutane can severely disrupt neurotransmitter production, it’s important that your child receive support in reestablishing a baseline of physical, mental and emotional health. Failure to achieve this can result in developmental issues and an inability to successfully become and adult and take care of themselves. Furthermore, a child can spend years trying to work with therapists or doctors without ever getting at the root problem.

If your teenager or adult child has taken accutane and are struggling in life, they probably need support in healing from the damage caused by accutane. I recommend working with someone who is intimately familiar with accutane damage. On my own journey of trying to heal which lasted more than 30 years, not once did I run into a doctor, nutritionist, healer, or naturopath who screened for accutane damage.

A Note on Accutane & Addiction

Because accutane can cause severe, invisible suffering, people may develop addictions as a way of trying to cope with, or manage the pain. If you have taken accutane and suffer from compulsive behaviors or addictions, realize that you are not a bad person. Accutane can severely disrupt dopamine production. Most compulsive behavior is a strategy to achieve dopamine release. Recovering from accutane may completely ameliorate compulsive behaviors.

Continue to Part I: Digestion & Food