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  • BuonaSera
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    Originally posted by Achillez2323 View Post
    If there was a way to stop the flushing, could the other symptoms of rosacea reverse themselves? For example; if we were to never flush again, would the facial swelling, the pustules, the baseline redness, the red eyes, and the lumpy bumpy thickened skin return to it's normal healthy state? (this question is open to anyone)
    Yes I guess. The flushing is in my opinion and from results of treatments with anti-lupus (anti-malaria) medicine is a autoimmune disease. The flushing redness is 100% related to the facial swelling, as it's the same part of the inflammatory response by the immune system. And the flushing redness should be related in the same way to any baseline redness. Since pustules, even normal acne, is classified as an inflammatory disease (as long as the breakouts have redness around them) I guess that should improve if you fix the inflammatory response from the immune system. However red eyes I don't know much of, and neither thickened skin. [But redness is related to blood]

    I reccommend you to read my post in another thread, here is the link:
    http://www.rosaceagroup.org/The_Rosa...l=1#post291569

    And that you also try to educate yourself on this as much as possible.

    Good luck

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  • Achillez2323
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    Originally posted by fed_up View Post
    Achillez, I'm taking the beta blocker Propranolol for the flushing and it helps somewhat. It's really good for anxiety related flushing but unfortunately does little to help with flushing caused by heat, cold and food triggers. If stress and anxiety cause most of your flushing, I recommend you asking your doctor or derm about the possibility of using beta blockers, you may find them very helpful.

    I'm also now seriously considering IPL treatment as a way to take down my baseline redness and hopefully help with the flushing too. I know it's unlikely to be a 'cure' but if it gives some improvement I'll be happy.
    If there was a way to stop the flushing, could the other symptoms of rosacea reverse themselves? For example; if we were to never flush again, would the facial swelling, the pustules, the baseline redness, the red eyes, and the lumpy bumpy thickened skin return to it's normal healthy state? (this question is open to anyone)

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  • Victime roac
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    EssayƩ vbeam avec purpura

    I have induced rosacea accutane I blush for nothing same meal, stress etc. And now I blush emotion for nothing

    I do 2 vbeams with purpura and I feel a net improvement I'll continue until 7 even if it is difficult to work and my social life but it is necessary that I see where I can improve my situation

    Board of friend FED up leaves ipl and will make vbeam I think you will thank me, I made 2 ipl year last ca not worth anything for me but I had a dermato zero

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  • fed_up
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    Achillez, I'm taking the beta blocker Propranolol for the flushing and it helps somewhat. It's really good for anxiety related flushing but unfortunately does little to help with flushing caused by heat, cold and food triggers. If stress and anxiety cause most of your flushing, I recommend you asking your doctor or derm about the possibility of using beta blockers, you may find them very helpful.

    I'm also now seriously considering IPL treatment as a way to take down my baseline redness and hopefully help with the flushing too. I know it's unlikely to be a 'cure' but if it gives some improvement I'll be happy.

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  • Achillez2323
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    Originally posted by fed_up View Post
    I am in exactly the same situation. I told my dermatologist that my flushing and redness was caused by accutane and he denied that there was any link between the two which was very frustrating. Like you, my flushing STARTED on accutane. Before taking that drug I didn't even blush when I was embarrassed, I had pale skin with red pimples - a text book acne case. Now, around 5 years on, I am still dealing with flushing and redness nearly everyday.
    I am in the same situation as you and I am going on 11 years post Accutane... the question is, what do we do now?

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  • Starlite
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    Originally posted by fed_up View Post
    I am in exactly the same situation. I told my dermatologist that my flushing and redness was caused by accutane and he denied that there was any link between the two which was very frustrating. Like you, my flushing STARTED on accutane. Before taking that drug I didn't even blush when I was embarrassed, I had pale skin with red pimples - a text book acne case. Now, around 5 years on, I am still dealing with flushing and redness nearly everyday.
    So sorry.

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  • fed_up
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    Originally posted by Achillez2323 View Post
    I took Accutane for acne in 2002. I had been going to a dermatologist for just over a year at that point and had tried many acne medications, none of which were giving me the results I was looking for. The doctor then suggested I try Accutane. Before I tried Accutane I never had a red face ever, I never knew what it meant to flush, and I def. did not have rosacea.

    During the course of my 5 month Accutane treatment my face was constantly red and I had bad flushing episodes. A girl in one of my classes even asked my friend what was wrong with my face and why it was so red... Again, my face was never red before Accutane and I had tried numerous acne treatments. I had pimples yes, but the background of my face was white as snow. Ever since I came off the Accutane I have a problem with redness and flushing, and to make it worse the acne cleared at first but has since come back just as strong as before. So now I have acne, and redness, and flushing.

    I am absolutely convinced the Accutane caused my facial redness and my flushing... like I said I had never flushed before or had a problem with redness, so how could that not be the culprit?

    I am in exactly the same situation. I told my dermatologist that my flushing and redness was caused by accutane and he denied that there was any link between the two which was very frustrating. Like you, my flushing STARTED on accutane. Before taking that drug I didn't even blush when I was embarrassed, I had pale skin with red pimples - a text book acne case. Now, around 5 years on, I am still dealing with flushing and redness nearly everyday.

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  • Starlite
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    Originally posted by Achillez2323 View Post
    I took Accutane for acne in 2002. I had been going to a dermatologist for just over a year at that point and had tried many acne medications, none of which were giving me the results I was looking for. The doctor then suggested I try Accutane. Before I tried Accutane I never had a red face ever, I never knew what it meant to flush, and I def. did not have rosacea.

    During the course of my 5 month Accutane treatment my face was constantly red and I had bad flushing episodes. A girl in one of my classes even asked my friend what was wrong with my face and why it was so red... Again, my face was never red before Accutane and I had tried numerous acne treatments. I had pimples yes, but the background of my face was white as snow. Ever since I came off the Accutane I have a problem with redness and flushing, and to make it worse the acne cleared at first but has since come back just as strong as before. So now I have acne, and redness, and flushing.

    I am absolutely convinced the Accutane caused my facial redness and my flushing... like I said I had never flushed before or had a problem with redness, so how could that not be the culprit?
    Many people report accutane induced rosacea, You are right, it can cause the issue. Not sure how people heal from it other then time for it to leave your body.

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  • Achillez2323
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    Never had a problem with a red face or flushing until I took accutane

    I took Accutane for acne in 2002. I had been going to a dermatologist for just over a year at that point and had tried many acne medications, none of which were giving me the results I was looking for. The doctor then suggested I try Accutane. Before I tried Accutane I never had a red face ever, I never knew what it meant to flush, and I def. did not have rosacea.

    During the course of my 5 month Accutane treatment my face was constantly red and I had bad flushing episodes. A girl in one of my classes even asked my friend what was wrong with my face and why it was so red... Again, my face was never red before Accutane and I had tried numerous acne treatments. I had pimples yes, but the background of my face was white as snow. Ever since I came off the Accutane I have a problem with redness and flushing, and to make it worse the acne cleared at first but has since come back just as strong as before. So now I have acne, and redness, and flushing.

    I am absolutely convinced the Accutane caused my facial redness and my flushing... like I said I had never flushed before or had a problem with redness, so how could that not be the culprit?

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  • Tmon912
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    Originally posted by antwantsclear View Post
    I have accutane induced flushing, and the most effective treatment has been Plaquenil. Mepacrine helped somewhat but not as much as the Plaquenil. Plaquenil can help with the redness as well as the flushing, as it speeds up the growth of the skin, so giving a plumper/less red appearance. Moxonodine or clonidine are useful to accompany the Plaquenil to control blood pressure, as Plaquenil's effect is as an anti-inflammatory rather than on blood pressure.

    Personally I have stopped all showering as this was very irritating to the skin. Baths are much gentler and less drying on the skin I've found.
    Have you tried LMW HA? That plumps up the skin too.

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  • Tmon912
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    Originally posted by Nana View Post
    5mg?! Wow! I didn't even know they made such a low dose! Thanks for clarifying!
    Ya, for some reason they don't seem to have it in America. Why....I can only guess it has something to do with profit. If you get a prescription you can get it over the internet, I think. I got it from my uncle who's a doc in Europe, but I'm sure you can get it on the net.

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  • Nana
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    Originally posted by Tmon912 View Post
    Sorry. I didn't have any real flushing before or after taking the tane, just during. I also didn't have any while taking 5mg per day. I'm about to go back to that since my body is feeling healthier now. You ever tried GoodSkin lotion, or SkinMedica Redness Relief CalmPlex? Those seem to be good for redness. I can attest to the GoodSkin from experience, and I actually still use it for redness. The goodskin is supposed to block phospholipase A2 and the SkinMedica is supposed to block prostaglandins. Maybe those would help you? Maybe Accutane just isn't for you . Although, I think it's hard to tell--rosacea can get worse due to many variables. Good luck.
    5mg?! Wow! I didn't even know they made such a low dose! Thanks for clarifying!

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  • Tmon912
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    Originally posted by Nana View Post
    I'm a bit confused with your accutane story - could you clarify? You say you "never had that much flushing" - are you referring to when you were ON the accutane? Or are you saing pre-accutane you didn't have flushing, and then you flushed while on accutane? Was it constant flushing on the accutane?
    Sorry. I didn't have any real flushing before or after taking the tane, just during. I also didn't have any while taking 5mg per day. I'm about to go back to that since my body is feeling healthier now. You ever tried GoodSkin lotion, or SkinMedica Redness Relief CalmPlex? Those seem to be good for redness. I can attest to the GoodSkin from experience, and I actually still use it for redness. The goodskin is supposed to block phospholipase A2 and the SkinMedica is supposed to block prostaglandins. Maybe those would help you? Maybe Accutane just isn't for you . Although, I think it's hard to tell--rosacea can get worse due to many variables. Good luck.

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  • pleasehelp123
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    Another one here who started flushing after an accutane course, and also after using a topical retinoid.

    Currently using: Propranolol, Clonidine, Mirtazapine and using Rozex cream at night.

    Guys, these will help somewhat, but are never a cure. I have been flushing for nearly 1 year now. Still praying it will go away in time using these meds which are making the flushing somewhat bareable . I can still flush as bad as ever, but its less common.

    Im still looking for that something to really knockout the flushing. Other post-accutane flushers have reported Anti-milarials such as Mepacrine/Plaquenil to help or in some cases even shut down and possibly over time cure their flushing.

    Would love to hear if anybody is taking these drugs and found success? And HOW you got it prescribed?
    Last edited by pleasehelp123; 19 December 2011, 06:52 AM.

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  • mattdog323
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    hi

    Originally posted by Nana View Post
    After the year, did your flushing go back to what it was pre-accutane? When did you start to notice the flushing decrease?
    Yeah it was about a year before my flushing just returned to abnormal rather than 24/7,

    Ipl and paroxitine since then have been my best help, TENS OF THOUSANDS LATER ITS STILL A STRUGGLE..opps wasnt mean to put it into caps lock, to lasy to correct it, yet im still typing? haha sorry,..

    it got better for me once i stopped taking the crap.. i think i was lucky because i was only on it for two months..for the following ten months it screwed me.Put me in to depression,(doing ok now)well average..

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