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    Default Hey Oilking

    Hey Oilking....good to hear you have your flushing in remission.

    I'm another one who got stung with the accutane, only took low dose for 4 months but seem to have reacted badly to it.....
    What type of flushing did you suffer from, I'm finding it hard to find people who suffer the same type as me.

    My main flushing trigger is being outside for long periods (3-4hrs), it does not matter what the weather is, once I come home I will suffer an intense full facial flush which will last a few hours.....I also flush if I've been rushing around all day at work and suffer from anxiety flushing which goes once I am away from the situation.
    Strange thing is when I'm outside or busy for the day I'll never flush until I have finished then BOOM!!!

    Is this similar to your flushing?

    Thanks
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    Hmm I would say your flushing is probably more of less anxiety related. It not happening when your busy and then once your mind becomes unoccupied the flushing occurs is probably the result of thinking about a flush occuring. I never had the flushing exactly as you describe but for sure would flush if anxious.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OilKing View Post
    I think it is agreeable that rosacea is a pretty undefined termed. In fact, the only clear diagnostic criteria is a doctor saying "you have rosacea". There's no tests or anything. So in that sense, it was very much rosacea as it was officially diagnoses by a derm. Also, there are various sub forms of rosacea, and accutane as well as steroid induced rosacea are known to go into permanent remission.

    V beam is the main culprit in helping, because it destroyed the over active vascular system in my face thus letting the medication and creams do there job.

    The flushing was for multiple hours. I wouldn't consider 10-20 second a diagnostic criteria for a "flush" - the time period is what differentiates flushing from blushing and that short time would be a blush.

    I am an avid weightlifter. I take 3-4 days off and for the next week back at the gym I am more cautious about flushing than usual.
    Okay, thanks! If I only have what can be considered blushing, do you think Vbeam can resolve this problem and will it be necessary with medications? Also it took you one year from you started Vbeam until you became "cured", how long until you see significant improvement from the Vbeam?

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    Quote Originally Posted by OilKing View Post
    Souris24,

    I've used finacea for about 4.5 months. I use it all over my face. I still use it.

    Another thing I forgot to mention is that if I use finacea without being diluted in a moisturizer it makes my rosacea worse, but when diluted with a moisturizer it makes it much better.
    Won't mixing them reduce the effectivess of Finacea?. I might try to put a small amount of moisturizer on my face first, leave it settle for a few minutes them put some Finacea on top.

    One other thing, I read on another board that male users should be weary about using Finacea for a long time:

    Quote from post on http://www.acne.org/messageboard_bc/...340&p=3097266&

    "About two years ago I started taking Financea and was using this to treat rosacea – with moderate success. However, about a year after I started having gynecomastia (male breast growth) and was told to stop taking the Finacea. The gynecomastia problems subsided and I had to switch to topical OTC cortizone cream to manage flair-ups.
    I have since been told by my GP that Finacea is a potent DHT (Dihydrotestosterone) inhibitor. (DHT is 10 times more potent than testosterone) As a male you don't want to inhibit this as it can lead to the development of female characteristics.
    Be careful if using this long term and are male.
    If any others (males) have used this long term check for low testosterone symptoms."

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    Oil King.. Ive seen you around Acne.org and these boards.. Congrats on the success dude!

    Im still fighting the battle of flushing after accutane for the past year now. And have found some improvement as im taking all 3 meds Clonidine, Propranolol and Mirtzapine. Am still looking for that something to really kill it though. Im not back to normal by any means yet. Am still wondering about an anti-milarial.

    Tell me a little about V-beam.. did it leave redness or bruising after you got it done? Any other tips to really settle this flushing?

    Cheers!

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    Quote Originally Posted by redtere View Post
    Won't mixing them reduce the effectivess of Finacea?. I might try to put a small amount of moisturizer on my face first, leave it settle for a few minutes them put some Finacea on top.

    One other thing, I read on another board that male users should be weary about using Finacea for a long time:

    Quote from post on http://www.acne.org/messageboard_bc/...340&p=3097266&

    "About two years ago I started taking Financea and was using this to treat rosacea – with moderate success. However, about a year after I started having gynecomastia (male breast growth) and was told to stop taking the Finacea. The gynecomastia problems subsided and I had to switch to topical OTC cortizone cream to manage flair-ups.
    I have since been told by my GP that Finacea is a potent DHT (Dihydrotestosterone) inhibitor. (DHT is 10 times more potent than testosterone) As a male you don't want to inhibit this as it can lead to the development of female characteristics.
    Be careful if using this long term and are male.
    If any others (males) have used this long term check for low testosterone symptoms."
    I don't buy it. To much of a coincidental correlation to make without scientific testing. This is an example of "be careful what you read on the internet".

    Finacea is more effective for me when diluted with moisturizer because it has a negative effect on my skin when used alone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pleasehelp123 View Post
    Oil King.. Ive seen you around Acne.org and these boards.. Congrats on the success dude!

    Im still fighting the battle of flushing after accutane for the past year now. And have found some improvement as im taking all 3 meds Clonidine, Propranolol and Mirtzapine. Am still looking for that something to really kill it though. Im not back to normal by any means yet. Am still wondering about an anti-milarial.

    Tell me a little about V-beam.. did it leave redness or bruising after you got it done? Any other tips to really settle this flushing?

    Cheers!
    Yes I am quite a bit more active on those boards.

    I would try a whole bunch of different medications, I hope you started all 3 at different times so you can conclude each individuals effectiveness. I say this because propranalol made my flushing worse and mirtazapine wasn't very effective compared to an SSRI.

    V-beam is my main advice to settle flushing. It literally removed veins from my face, so even though my body tries to make me flush my face physically can't because there isn't as many veins. Only do V-beam with an experienced technician though - Betty Chan in Toronto as my recommendation. The last two pupurpic treatments left bruising, which faded after 10 days completely and I could still work directly after treatment. I would tell people I fell. Non-pupuric leaves redness for 3 hours or so, and the next day I can't tell I got a treatment done besides increased flushing for a few weeks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OilKing View Post
    Yes I am quite a bit more active on those boards.

    I would try a whole bunch of different medications, I hope you started all 3 at different times so you can conclude each individuals effectiveness. I say this because propranalol made my flushing worse and mirtazapine wasn't very effective compared to an SSRI.

    V-beam is my main advice to settle flushing. It literally removed veins from my face, so even though my body tries to make me flush my face physically can't because there isn't as many veins. Only do V-beam with an experienced technician though - Betty Chan in Toronto as my recommendation. The last two pupurpic treatments left bruising, which faded after 10 days completely and I could still work directly after treatment. I would tell people I fell. Non-pupuric leaves redness for 3 hours or so, and the next day I can't tell I got a treatment done besides increased flushing for a few weeks.
    Cheers for the advice. Yeah i started all 3 at seperate times. I found Propranolol to actually help me the most and clonidine helps conteract with it. Im not sure if Mirtazapine is really doing much to be honest.

    So the non-pupuric is less intense? did this help stop your flushing? I apologise i know very little about lasers. My derm has given me a refferal to a laser specialist but i feel there has to be another way.

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    Someone on this thread mentioned accutane induced flushing will sometimes go into permanent remission? Does anyone know of any person on the forum who has had their flushing completely go away after stopping their accutane? How long does it typically take?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nana View Post
    Someone on this thread mentioned accutane induced flushing will sometimes go into permanent remission? Does anyone know of any person on the forum who has had their flushing completely go away after stopping their accutane? How long does it typically take?
    Ive read in a few places that some people's flushing did go away, and for others it didnt. Probably depends on the severity of your flushing, and how well you're able to avoid flushing episodes to give your skin time to heal.

    If you know for a fact Accutane caused your flushing then try an Anti-milarial - Mepacrine or Plaquenil. Others on the Acne.org website had found success with these meds. Im yet to try either, but contemplating it strongly..

    For me mine was caused partly by Accutane but i think a majority of it was caused by a topical retinoid i was told to use after Accutane. Worst mistake of my life..

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