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I'm currently 5 weeks into a course of accutane at 40mg a day at 80kg body weight. My acne is mild, but persistent around my jaw. I've found that my cheeks have been constantly red and hot, this being made worse by exercise, temperature etc. I had this problem to a small extent pre accutane, but I've read about accutane induced rosacea and am worried I'm going to cause a long term problem that won't go away after I'm finished my course. I'm considering dropping to a low dose of 10mg a day to see if this reduces the flushing problem, or stopping accutane altogether until it goes away and then potentially starting again at a lower dose. My acne isn't that bad so I'm very worried about creating a new problem that's even worse. Any advise would be greatly appreciated.

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I had flushing during my first course, when I came it off it reduced but would hit me every once and a while. I found minocycline pretty much took care of flushing for me.

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I had flushing during my first course, when I came it off it reduced but would hit me every once and a while. I found minocycline pretty much took care of flushing for me.

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I had flushing during my first course, when I came it off it reduced but would hit me every once and a while. I found minocycline pretty much took care of flushing for me.

I heard that minocycline and other antibiotic medications dont help flushing at all. Apparently its used more for the lesions associated with Rosacea. How long/what dosage was your accutane course? How long did the flushing take to go away? Any advise as to whether i should continue my course or drop dosage?

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ok, decided i'm going to sack the accutane. just going to have to try other methods to sort my skin

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ok, decided i'm going to sack the accutane. just going to have to try other methods to sort my skin

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ok, decided i'm going to sack the accutane. just going to have to try other methods to sort my skin

You're 5 weeks into Accutane and you're deciding to quit it due to your skin flushing? I'm sorry mate but that is an incredibly stupid decision. Accutane doesn't work in 5 weeks. You begin to see your face actually clear up in the 2nd-3rd month, even the 4th for some. The facial redness is caused by Accutane due to the thinning of the skin. Once you're off the Accutane, your skin will begin to go back to its natural tone.

Do you wear SPF? It's a must to do so during the Accutane process to prevent skin from burning due to how sensitive your skin gets with Accutane.

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ok, decided i'm going to sack the accutane. just going to have to try other methods to sort my skin

You're 5 weeks into Accutane and you're deciding to quit it due to your skin flushing? I'm sorry mate but that is an incredibly stupid decision. Accutane doesn't work in 5 weeks. You begin to see your face actually clear up in the 2nd-3rd month, even the 4th for some. The facial redness is caused by Accutane due to the thinning of the skin. Once you're off the Accutane, your skin will begin to go back to its natural tone.

Do you wear SPF? It's a must to do so during the Accutane process to prevent skin from burning due to how sensitive your skin gets with Accutane.

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You're 5 weeks into Accutane and you're deciding to quit it due to your skin flushing? I'm sorry mate but that is an incredibly stupid decision. Accutane doesn't work in 5 weeks. You begin to see your face actually clear up in the 2nd-3rd month, even the 4th for some. The facial redness is caused by Accutane due to the thinning of the skin. Once you're off the Accutane, your skin will begin to go back to its natural tone.

Do you wear SPF? It's a must to do so during the Accutane process to prevent skin from burning due to how sensitive your skin gets with Accutane.

The redness and flushing from accutane can be a long term/permanent side effect. For some people particularly if they're already prone to flushing accutane is just going to replace one problem with another, which for me isn't worth it as my acne isn't that bad. There's heaps of threads on here about people suffering years after accutane with these problems:

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I also have very dry, itchy eyes as well as the redness and flushing. How long to people reckon it will take to recover from the accutane given it was only 5 weeks at 4omg a day?

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for all you idiots who told me to keep taking accutane, there are hundreds of people who have developed permanent side affects from accutane such as severe rosacea, ocular rosacea, arthritis, hair loss and more. The rosacea (flushing) was ruining my life, I am now improving thanks to mepacrine, but just a lesson to people who take accutane lightly and underestimate the side effects.

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for all you idiots who told me to keep taking accutane, there are hundreds of people who have developed permanent side affects from accutane such as severe rosacea, ocular rosacea, arthritis, hair loss and more. The rosacea (flushing) was ruining my life, I am now improving thanks to mepacrine, but just a lesson to people who take accutane lightly and underestimate the side effects.

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My point is that people take the risks of accutane far too lightly.

Here is a thread of people who have developed rosacea from accutane, there are plenty more on various rosacea forums as well. Trust me when I say that you have to have had rosacea to know how bad it is.

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Just noticed how old this thread was...


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My point is that people take the risks of accutane far too lightly.

Here is a thread of people who have developed rosacea from accutane, there are plenty more on various rosacea forums as well. Trust me when I say that you have to have had rosacea to know how bad it is.

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My point is that people take the risks of accutane far too lightly.

Here is a thread of people who have developed rosacea from accutane, there are plenty more on various rosacea forums as well. Trust me when I say that you have to have had rosacea to know how bad it is.

So you're saying that I have or am going to develop permanent rosacea?

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I am surprised I never saw your post back in July! I would of told you to stop and to see the thread in the rosacea forum or Lamarr However, what done is done and I am not sure how long you have been on the menaprcrine, but it should help and get better with time. Also, it should help with the joint pain though it takes a little time. I took plaquenil which is the same here in the U.S. Hope things improve!

I have always said Accutane is Russian Roulette!

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is not to mourn for the past, not to worry about the future, or not anticipate troubles, but to live the present moment wisely and earnestly.

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I am surprised I never saw your post back in July! I would of told you to stop and to see the thread in the rosacea forum or Lamarr However, what done is done and I am not sure how long you have been on the menaprcrine, but it should help and get better with time. Also, it should help with the joint pain though it takes a little time. I took plaquenil which is the same here in the U.S. Hope things improve!

I have always said Accutane is Russian Roulette!

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Your in good hands with Dr. Chu and yes I know Lamarr well! The anti malaria should help immensely as I know it did for me too! Stay Strong and Good Luck!


The secret of health for both mind & body

is not to mourn for the past, not to worry about the future, or not anticipate troubles, but to live the present moment wisely and earnestly.

The Buddha


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I took ACCUTANE for 14 days(40mg/day) and my flushing started on day 11. I am prone to flushing and redness preaccutane so I think it was a precursor. Anyway I went to my Derm on day 14 and she took one look at me and told me I had to stop. I didn't want to but she said this flushing isn't a normal side effect. That was 2 days ago and I am still extremely red and I can still feel the flush coming on. I'm not as hot and swollen then I was. I feel like it is getting better. The Derm gave me prednisone and desinate?? Steroid gel for my face. I just hope that there is no permanent effects in just 14 days. Weirdly enough, I feel like this might have something to do with my blood pressure. I feel like it is spiking and causing the flushing. I took my BP all day at work and it was definatly up 145/85. Another weird thing..the more I think about the flushing the more it happened. It seems mental sometimes.

Anyhow...There is definitely a difference between redness due to dryness and hot red throbbing flushing while on ACCUTANE. Be careful people. Best of luck.

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I took ACCUTANE for 14 days(40mg/day) and my flushing started on day 11. I am prone to flushing and redness preaccutane so I think it was a precursor. Anyway I went to my Derm on day 14 and she took one look at me and told me I had to stop. I didn't want to but she said this flushing isn't a normal side effect. That was 2 days ago and I am still extremely red and I can still feel the flush coming on. I'm not as hot and swollen then I was. I feel like it is getting better. The Derm gave me prednisone and desinate?? Steroid gel for my face. I just hope that there is no permanent effects in just 14 days. Weirdly enough, I feel like this might have something to do with my blood pressure. I feel like it is spiking and causing the flushing. I took my BP all day at work and it was definatly up 145/85. Another weird thing..the more I think about the flushing the more it happened. It seems mental sometimes.

Anyhow...There is definitely a difference between redness due to dryness and hot red throbbing flushing while on ACCUTANE. Be careful people. Best of luck.

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