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  • Rosacea CURED with Acyclovir !!

    I finished a precautionary 10 regime of Val-Acyclovir due to my partner's herpes outbreak.

    I do not have herpes and acyclovir can help kill herpes virus in a new host, if it is taken 48-72 hours after possible contact. I took a low dose of generic acyclovir in val-acyclovir form (because it has a higher absorption rate), 200mg twice daily after meals.

    To my surprise, rosacea started to recede a few days after I started the regimen!! And the last symptoms continued to fade even after finishing the acyclovir, which I guess is my own immune system dealing with it.

    My rosacea started slowly developing in my early 20s (I am 30 now). By the time I was 26/27, it became terrible. I had my rosacea issues fairly under control after reducing lifestyle stresses and eating less of foods that aggravated redness and bumps on nose (I started off with hardened skin on the nose and cheeks and general redness of the face), but it never went away completely and kept flaring up if I relaxed in my regimen.

    Now I am rosacea free !!

    This questions some of the beliefs about rosacea causes, as acyclovir is an anti-retroviral drug.

    I searched for information on rosacea and acyclovir, but nothing shows up. Only two links came up, one by doctors and one anecdotal: unable to post links, as I just created an account to share this.

    I will keep monitoring how I do in the next few months and plan to do a follow up treatment, if symptoms reoccur. I will update this thread, if anything new comes up.


    If it worked for me, maybe it will work for others !

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    Originally posted by Nellukas View Post
    I finished a precautionary 10 regime of Val-Acyclovir due to my partner's herpes outbreak.

    I do not have herpes and acyclovir can help kill herpes virus in a new host, if it is taken 48-72 hours after possible contact. I took a low dose of generic acyclovir in val-acyclovir form (because it has a higher absorption rate), 200mg twice daily after meals.

    To my surprise, rosacea started to recede a few days after I started the regimen!! And the last symptoms continued to fade even after finishing the acyclovir, which I guess is my own immune system dealing with it.

    My rosacea started slowly developing in my early 20s (I am 30 now). By the time I was 26/27, it became terrible. I had my rosacea issues fairly under control after reducing lifestyle stresses and eating less of foods that aggravated redness and bumps on nose (I started off with hardened skin on the nose and cheeks and general redness of the face), but it never went away completely and kept flaring up if I relaxed in my regimen.

    Now I am rosacea free !!

    This questions some of the beliefs about rosacea causes, as acyclovir is an anti-retroviral drug.

    I searched for information on rosacea and acyclovir, but nothing shows up. Only two links came up, one by doctors and one anecdotal: unable to post links, as I just created an account to share this.

    I will keep monitoring how I do in the next few months and plan to do a follow up treatment, if symptoms reoccur. I will update this thread, if anything new comes up.


    If it worked for me, maybe it will work for others !
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    • #3
      This sounds interesting. Lysine is something alot of people talk about on these forums and it helps people control herpes but it is also useful for people with rosacea as it reduces inflammation. I would like to hear from others before I believe or don't believe this.

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      • #4
        I don't suppose you have before and after pictures ? with your eyes blacked out to protect your identity.

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        • #5
          https://link.springer.com/article/10...257-017-0315-8


          https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16384760


          http://www.readcube.com/articles/10....257-017-0315-8



          From what I'm seeing , it seems it only clears symptoms during the treatment. Still, it would be great to get a few weeks of complete clearance to see how that improves your skin overall. If it works for alot of people, maybe a better drug specifically for rosacea could be devloped that could be taken over the long term.
          Last edited by andydoyle; 14 January 2019, 06:52 PM.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by darren1 View Post
            I smell spam
            I didn't think it was spam (unless pharma companies are using guerrilla marketing to promote unlicensed use of their drugs, along with wrong information: acyclovir is an antiviral drug, nothing to do with retroviruses strictly), but the way the Nellukas describes the symptoms sounds like more of an infection than the vascular rosacea problems that lots of people here have.

            Edited: Here's the full text of the case report andydoyle posted (sci-hub is so useful!). It looks like this helped someone with subtype one symptoms too, but as andydoyle said only for as long as she continued taking it.
            Last edited by jrlhamcat2; 14 January 2019, 11:54 PM.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by andydoyle View Post
              This sounds interesting. Lysine is something alot of people talk about on these forums and it helps people control herpes but it is also useful for people with rosacea as it reduces inflammation. I would like to hear from others before I believe or don't believe this.
              Thanks for sharing, I didn't know that. I don't have herpes, but my partner has. He rarely flares, so during our relationships this was the first time it happened. I was upset that I had to take a drug I knew nothing about and which side effects scared me, considering that antibiotics have such bad side effects.

              But now I am rosacea free!

              It's been over a week and symptoms have not returned.

              If anything changes, I plan to update this thread and the Reddit post I made.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by andydoyle View Post
                I don't suppose you have before and after pictures ? with your eyes blacked out to protect your identity.
                I don't have sadly, I never took any. But I can describe how it was:

                I started off with hardened skin on the nose and some parts of the cheeks (localised patches only), red bumps on the nose and general pinkness/redness of the face affecting cheeks, chin, nose and forehead.

                Now my skin is my normal skin tone, no bumps anywhere and completely soft skin on nose and cheeks.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by jrlhamcat2 View Post
                  I didn't think it was spam (unless pharma companies are using guerrilla marketing to promote unlicensed use of their drugs, along with wrong information: acyclovir is an antiviral drug, nothing to do with retroviruses strictly), but the way the Nellukas describes the symptoms sounds like more of an infection than the vascular rosacea problems that lots of people here have.

                  Edited: Here's the full text of the case report andydoyle posted (sci-hub is so useful!). It looks like this helped someone with subtype one symptoms too, but as andydoyle said only for as long as she continued taking it.
                  Hi. I am not spamming indeed. I benefit in no way from increased sales of Acyclovir.

                  I had subtype 1 and 2 symptoms.

                  I wrote the drug description based on the information sheet that came with the package, in which it was described as an anti-retroviral.

                  I will update the post here, if symptoms reappear. For now, even foods that upset the face before haven't caused any visible return of symptoms after more than a week of stopping the regimen. Fingers crossed!
                  Last edited by Nellukas; 15 January 2019, 06:56 AM.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by darren1 View Post
                    I smell spam
                    acyclovir is a prescription drug. Do you think it is still spam? It is available generic. So how would the ‘spam’ work so that it benefits the ‘spammer’? I don’t see the connection.


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                    • #11
                      thanks for the articles. good research.
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Nellukas View Post
                        Hi. I am not spamming indeed. I benefit in no way from increased sales of Acyclovir.

                        I had subtype 1 and 2 symptoms.

                        I wrote the drug description based on the information sheet that came with the package, in which it was described as an anti-retroviral.

                        I will update the post here, if symptoms reappear. For now, even foods that upset the face before haven't caused any visible return of symptoms after more than a week of stopping the regimen. Fingers crossed!
                        Thanks so much for your post. Haven't heard of Acyclovir for rosacea, even though andydoyle found an article about this published over a year ago (somehow I missed it). Please keep us posted on whether your rosacea comes back or how long you have had clearance. We have so many who come and report 'this cured my rosacea" and then we never hear from them again. Hopefully others will report using Acyclovir and post their results on this.
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                        • #13
                          Acyclovir 5% creams are available over the counter in the UK, such as Zovirax and Zuvogen. They are used to treat cold sores on around the lips.

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                          • #14
                            Very interesting, I used a cold sore cream on a spot once by mistake, I was worried but it cleared the spot up a treat.

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                            • #15
                              Do you have any idea/guess as to why the acyclovir would work for people with rosacea Brady ? I have wondered if its possible if rosacea is related to HPV in men. Its not possible to test for HPV in men, I have wondered in the past if rosacea could be related to an STD but I have tested negative for all of them.

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