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#1141 heyjoe

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Posted 25 October 2011 - 11:37 PM

would tanning+sun exposure delay the time of healing? im going to mexico in middle of May so its still a good 6.5 months to let my face heal but i really wanna enjoy the sun.... will i be fine doing that without delaying healing time?

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Posted 26 October 2011 - 04:23 PM

I work out 5 days a week as well. I have also wondered whether the gym was affecting my flushing (although at the gym i am also less red than most) and have taken breaks for weeks etc. with no difference. I've discovered as long as what your doing in the gym isn't creating a flush than it won't worsen things. I myself have to avoid any ab workouts as they make me flush but everything else is ok. I wouldn't go to the gym for 1 week after v beam just to maximize results.

Edited by Oil King, 26 October 2011 - 04:24 PM.


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Posted 27 October 2011 - 09:57 PM

I work out 5 days a week as well. I have also wondered whether the gym was affecting my flushing (although at the gym i am also less red than most) and have taken breaks for weeks etc. with no difference. I've discovered as long as what your doing in the gym isn't creating a flush than it won't worsen things. I myself have to avoid any ab workouts as they make me flush but everything else is ok. I wouldn't go to the gym for 1 week after v beam just to maximize results.


Yeah. I feel like going to the gym is what lightens up my day, so stopping it would make me feel like shit. What do you mean by creating a flush? I never flush for like several minutes. But when pushing in exercises (squats, bench etc.) I do feel a little flushing/blushing in my face. But it goes away immediately when i finish my set.

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Posted 14 November 2011 - 04:11 PM

So its been 3 and a half weeks since my first Vbeam. I really think my flushing has decreased. I don't have these little flushings when I'm in front of the laptop, and when they do come it feels like its on my nose and forhead(I only did both cheeks), so I'm going to ask him to take my whole face next time. Redness looks pretty much the same, but I'm also experimenting a little bit with cleansers/moisturizers, so they could be making it better/worse.

Anyways just a little question.Flushing/blushing/redness after accutane, is this rosacea? Or are there hopes of it actually fading away over time?

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Posted 17 November 2011 - 08:03 PM

Hey guys! I feel like sharing my story.
Just to let you guys know, I have never been on any form of acne medication (prescribed)
I use SkinID.. well i used to.. kinda, i dont know, let me explain lol
About a year ago I started to blush, which is odd because i've never had this happen before. I actually thought it may have been my ADD medication, so i switched to something else, but turns out, it wasnt. (i do sort of a trial and error type of thing lol)
This whole time, i would use these pads with benzoyl peroxide and a facial wash.
But after research i realized that the benzoyl peroxide dried up my skin, so around May (2011) I stopped putting the acne medication on my cheeks and just stuck with my forehead, nose, and chin. (which it's ok because i have very, if not any, acne on my cheeks)
I noticed some improvement but, 7 months later, it's still here lol.

What i have realized, is that many acne medications, skin id, accutane, etc (anything that dries up your face) will produce redness. it's a fact.

Basically i have a liiiiittle bit of social anxiety with the flushing, just because i dont want people to notice it.
alot of people get nervous here and there, exactly the same as i do, but here's the thing. They probably have healthy, non-dead, skin on their cheeks, so they do not blush. I dont know if it'll get better or not, it's only been 7 months, i can wait another 7 if i have to, lol, not in a hurry.

But if anyone could tell me just something to keep my hopes up, that'll be great. (dont tell me to go on medications, therapy, or surgery) lol :D

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Posted 26 November 2011 - 10:30 PM

Hey guys. Just thought I'd chime in real quick talk about what seems to be helping me.

I started taking low-dose isotretinoin almost 4 months ago. Before long I started to experience more pronounced redness in my cheeks and nose, and I flushed much more easily. The change was most obvious when I would take a shower and my cheeks would stay bright red for several hours, which was something that had never happened before.

Anyway, as of this week, my redness is noticeably diminished. 3 weeks ago I started taking a few new supplements to help reduce the flushing. Here is what I'm taking:

Grape seed extract - 250mg four times a day
Glisodin - 250mg twice a day
Low-dose Aspirin - 81mg once a day
Turmeric - 500mg twice a day
Evening primrose oil - 1000mg once a day

Interestingly, I didn't notice any improvement until I added the evening primrose oil to my regimen just last week. Although I doubt the power of one supplement to cure redness, I have to admit it is curious that my improvement seemed to coincide almost perfectly with the introduction of EPO.

So yeah, just thought I'd throw that out there in case someone else finds these supplements helpful.

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Posted 07 December 2011 - 07:35 PM

Was at my Derm today and had my second Vbeam treatment. Not seen much improvement, but thats not strange considering im only 7weeks post my first treatment.

anyways, I'm also getting some acne back, and he prescribed me Tetracycline(pills) and Tretinoin(Cream). I looked it up and Tretinoin is a acid form of vitamin A :S Is it okay to take this, considering accutane, which is vit A, gave me redness/flushing? I'm not sure, since its not pills and going into the body, but a cream and only applied on the outside.

I just checked Minocycline since this is a accutane/Minocycline thread, and if you search up minocycline on wikipedia it says: "Minocycline (INN) is a broad-spectrum tetracycline antibiotic, and has a broader spectrum than the other members of the group. " So now I really don't know if I should take that either. The acne has only returned a little for the past weeks, so I might just wait it out and see if it gets any worse. Def not interested in taking anything that might make my flushing worse! This is so frustrating.

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Posted 16 December 2011 - 09:37 PM

Hey guys there is a suffer from the U.K. that has this petition circulating. Sign it please!
http://www.change.or...-about-accutane

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Posted 28 December 2011 - 03:08 PM

Hey everyone,

About a year and a half ago I finished a 6 month course of low dose accutane (10mg/day at first, 20mg/day later on) which left me with severe, debilitating flushing.

I had cyclic flushing which would occur every single night from around 7 pm to 12 am for around a year post accutane. It would also occur out of this time period if evoked (warm rooms, anxiety, etc.). It was extremely debilitating and affected every waking moment of my life during that year.
Luckily I study biomedical sciences at a Canadian university and had some knowledge about rosacea, and could recognize it pretty early on (got diagnosed 4 months post accutane). I knew I needed to do something drastic as I could already see damage occurring at the 4 month mark from repetitive flushing (broken caps, swelling, permanent redness forming) and I formed a 1 year game plan for ending the flushing and rosacea.

First, I waited 2 more months until the 6 month post accutane mark to begin V beam treatments with the AMAZING Betty Chan at the Baywood Clinic in Toronto. This is the only human being on the planet I would trust putting a laser to my face. I received 5 treatments over the following year, 3 non-pupuric and 2 that were purpuric in the areas Dr. Chan deemed appropriate (bridge of nose, right cheek). The last 2 pupuric completely eliminated all visible vascular damage on my face, and even improved skin texture and pore size by 50% or more.

I knew I needed to do something internally to stop the flushing from occurring, so the V beam could repair the damage without being aggravated by repeated flushing. I went through various medications over the following months (remeron, paxil, propranolol etc.) until I found a combo that stopped the flushing from occurring nightly and during the day. Clonidine (.025 X 3 per day) and celexa (20mg). The clonidine never did anything drastic but definitively took the edge off. Celexa at 20mg was the jackpot and helped eliminate any anxiety, warm room and nightly flushing from occuring, but only after taking it for 8 weeks (didn't do very much until the 8 week mark).

About 6 months ago I began trying topical treatments as an added boost. With a few that didn't work, I began Finacea. At first, finacea made the flushing, veins, and redness must worst. It almost looked like a rash on my face for the first month or so of use. I pushed through it because I had nothing to lose and after the 1 month mark my face became DRAMATICALLY better. Flushing was much better, redness was all but gone. If your going to try finacea please push through the first month to see if it's for you because it made me much worst as first.

Today I no longer flush. I no longer have broken capillaries. I no longer have redness. I can drink any amount of alcohol I want or run a marathon and look paler than others around me. I am finally happy.

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Posted 29 December 2011 - 03:59 PM

anyone who lives in the Los Angeles area have success getting medications like clonidine or anti malarials prescribed? Im having an awful time with my doctor. she basically said that she cant do anything to help me and its my fault because i knew accutane had bad side effects before i took it. I need to find a doctor who will listen! if anyone has a derm or gp who is sympathetic and willing to listen who is around the LA area please please help me

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Posted 03 February 2012 - 02:56 PM

thats my face 2 days post tane and not flushed. is this look like anything you guys have or should i not be worried? im still flushing post tane (only been 2 days though) so im hoping that goes away soon (when i flush my cheeks/nose get more red)

am i over reacting of my redness? (it still has time to go away tho i guess...)


This is what my face looks like right now! Although I"m only on month 2. I think this will be a long journey. I don't remember having too much redness on my first course, and I had 2 years in between, so I know that if I did experience this last time, it went away. Here is to hoping!

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Posted 14 February 2012 - 03:38 PM

Has anyone noticed their flushing/facial redness worse after a night of drinking? It seems like my face is way more red, dry and irritated (I still have oily skin) and that I also break out after binge drinking. Thoughts?

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Posted 20 April 2012 - 10:33 PM

Has anyone noticed their flushing/facial redness worse after a night of drinking? It seems like my face is way more red, dry and irritated (I still have oily skin) and that I also break out after binge drinking. Thoughts?


I have noticed this, one thing that helped me was milk thistle tincture before I drink, also helps with the hangover :) Witch hazel followed by cetaphil helps me too.

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Posted 25 April 2012 - 03:44 PM

So has there been anything that has "cured" anyone? It is getting hot again and my flushing is as worse as ever
It's so debilitating to my life. I'm almost afraid to talk to people now (especially females haha)

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Posted 25 April 2012 - 04:18 PM

Have we talked at all about SIBO being a contributing factor to our flushing problems?
I keep reading about how our poor gut health is the reason why we keep flushing.
This thread goes into a lot of detail: http://www.rosaceagr...BO-rosacea-link

What do you guys think?

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Posted 19 July 2012 - 10:07 PM

I have started to get this too after 6 months of accutane. I don't mind it though as it adds a little color to my ugly white face. I only get it in the afternoon and it gets even worse when I'm stressed.

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Posted 10 October 2012 - 04:42 AM

Hi everyone,

Almost every day, maybe once or twice, I get weird sensations in my face, lips, eyes and what feels like my scalp or just inside the skull...

My eyes actually get a bit blood shot so I think it is flushing, but my face does not seem to get red so not sure. I can't figure it out, it is not dryness because it comes for about an hour or a few hours and then fades away and I feel 'normal' (my version of normal feeling after accutane anyway) again.

Anyone know what may be causing this? What do you guys do to deal with any such symptoms?


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Posted 18 January 2013 - 04:27 AM

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Posted 22 February 2013 - 03:54 PM

I last took accutane june of 2010. I never thought my face would still be giving me problems. If I knew that accuane would have created a whole new problem that seems incurable I would have never done it and just let my nasty cysts go away over time. Now nearly 3 years later the zits are at a minimum but my skin is nastier looking and constantly red all the time. Sometimes it gets even worse, I can usually feel it in my face when it does. Right now on the regimen the BP is making my skin even more red than normal.

 

Does anyone have a secret to fixing this? It is so insanely irritating I've tried so many different things (regimen, emu oil, etc.). I just want my face to be the normal skin color. Should I stop using products on my face all together?


Edited by Wheels4, 22 February 2013 - 03:56 PM.


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Posted 28 March 2013 - 04:05 AM

application of dermadew or elovera helps.


Edited by aanabill, 03 September 2013 - 12:31 AM.





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