Jump to content
Search In
Find results that contain...
Find results in...

Redness And Bloating On My Cheeks And Forehead! Is This Normal?

Recommended Posts

Hi, I'm worried!

I've been on Accutane for 2 weeks. I started with 20mg/day, and after 10 days I increased the dose to 40mg, as my dermatologist recommended.

Some common side effects started to show up: back pain, dry lips, eyes and nose and a slightly dry skin.

A few days ago I noticed some redness on my cheeks, forehead, chin and nose (nowhere else on my face). This redness almost goes away when I'm laid down, and comes back when I sit or stand up. I didn't worry that much by then.

Then today I noticed that the areas that are reddish are also a little bit bloated; My left cheek is particularly puffier.

So I pressed and held my finger onto my forhead and it left a dent for a few seconds, as if my face was retaining water.

There's no itching, pain or burn sensation, but the red and bloated areas feel warmer and pulsating a little.

I don't think no new acne is trying to break out because there's no pain.

I haven't had any other side effects.

Oh and I use a gel sunscreen, SPF 30 everytime I go out, and drink 70 to 90 ounces of water every day.

Has anyone had this problem on accutane? You think it's an allergic reaction?

I'm worried it might be serious and that I might have to stop taking it!

Help plzz

Edited by juvianna

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

Hi Juvianna,

I think maybe you should contact your derm if you haven't already. Redness is a common side effect; facial swelling (especially around the eyes) seems less common but does appear on lists of possible side effects. So don't panic but do contact your derm. Good luck with the 'tane.

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

Hey thanks, I was able to get an appointment with my derm. She said it's all normal, so I'll keep going with the treatment. Yaay! tongue.png

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

  • Personalized Advice Quiz - All of Acne.org in just a few minutes