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that's funny lol!, because when I flush(1time by day), Take a shower get my face to a normal colour after 1 or 2 hour, or just get a little sleep of 1hour get my face perfect..that's crazy..but the only thing who get me the flush is my emotion, when angry or stressed

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What brand of accutane were u guys on?

What dose?

What was your treatment before accutane?

Does Rosacea run in your family?

answer those questions

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What brand of accutane were u guys on?

What dose?

What was your treatment before accutane?

Does Rosacea run in your family?

answer those questions

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What brand of accutane were u guys on?

What dose?

What was your treatment before accutane?

Does Rosacea run in your family?

answer those questions

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Sorry, I was meant to ask what kind of cleansing routine did you guys use prior to tane.

What your face sensitive, or irritated prior to accutane? (tight, dry?)

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What brand of accutane were u guys on?

What dose?

What was your treatment before accutane?

Does Rosacea run in your family?

hate to go on a tangent here, but the "brand" is completely irrelevant.

I took 125 mg/kg

previously I was on retinoids and antibiotics

no one in my family has been treated for Rosacea as far as I know

I don't think that answering these small questions are going to shed light on the flushing problem. My main question is: for people who developed flushing, does it get better/go away with time?

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WOW its really quite amazing how many people experience this problem either during and/or post tane. Whats even more amazing is the apparent surprise derms have when we enquire about the condition.

Tane did a great job on my acne so i can understand how most people feel that it is a miracle drug. However i really think that this side effect should be given a mention....a serious mention in the literature about the drug. Its about time that derms or whoever faced up to the fact that this can be a real problem in a significant number of people. I had fairly serious acne that im sure wouldn't ever have gone away. But if id taken tane when i was 17/18 and only had mild/moderate acne i would be even more annoyed that there was absolutely no warning.

For anyone who wanted to know, i am 4 months post tane and i have persistant redness and flush almost every day. The only bit of hope is that my flushing seems to becoming less severe when it happens.

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WOW its really quite amazing how many people experience this problem either during and/or post tane. Whats even more amazing is the apparent surprise derms have when we enquire about the condition.

Tane did a great job on my acne so i can understand how most people feel that it is a miracle drug. However i really think that this side effect should be given a mention....a serious mention in the literature about the drug. Its about time that derms or whoever faced up to the fact that this can be a real problem in a significant number of people. I had fairly serious acne that im sure wouldn't ever have gone away. But if id taken tane when i was 17/18 and only had mild/moderate acne i would be even more annoyed that there was absolutely no warning.

For anyone who wanted to know, i am 4 months post tane and i have persistant redness and flush almost every day. The only bit of hope is that my flushing seems to becoming less severe when it happens.

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I'm so glad i have found this message board. Yes- i too have suffered terribly from flushing from about the 4 month mark of taking this prescription medicine. It always happens in rooms full of lots of people or high heat. I'm fine outside with suncsreen moisturizer and live for fresh air. Fresh air of moderate temperature is the key for me. Air conditioning is awful as the temperature at work for examp[e, is not constant. I need a fan to help cool me down at my desk for bad days. The fan was used generally before i finally found that taking one tablet once every three days got rid of the flushing problem. Took a while to find the solution though! ahhhh Some days before i knew to cut down, my face would be sooo hot and red- last all day like a heat rash on my cheeks, nose and tip of chin never forehead for some reason). Very very embarrassing- i know! My derm said he had never heard of anyone reacting like i have- but hey! i also get the impression he doesn't care much. So anyone who is experiencing bad flushing (and yes it strikes more often when you have hot food, laugh hard, cry, get too hot, drink alcahol etc) try cutting back if you can and if you are over the worst part in your course of treatment. Obviously ask your Derm first, but like mine, you might not get too much helpful advice. He left it up to me. I'm really careful to stick to one tablet every three days, and if i know i'm going to be in a room full of other people like a dance club or conference etc, try taking the tablet after the event instead of on the day beforehand so you are less likely to flush while socialising. I have no idea why but i think it has something to do with the air and not enough fresh air flowing in the room. Bizarre aye! Found my solution though so thank goodness. Hope this helps someone else out there!

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well my situation like many others persisted after treatment...I believe continuing treatment is possibly raising the risk of having it after the treatment. If treatment is necessary then I understand, but if I were you and I was still flushing on a regular basis, I would try to get off as soon as possible.

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i wouldn't.

i would rather have flushing every now and then that might go away after treatment then have terrible acne that will definitely go into remission if you just stop using tane...

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you can't compare flushing to acne...anyone dealing with this will agree it is much worse than acne...even if it is severe I would choose acne over this...acne CAN be treated, and will get better...but flushing is something that can be permanant, and that there is no apparent cure for, or understanding of it...

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What brand of accutane were u guys on?

What dose?

What was your treatment before accutane?

Does Rosacea run in your family?

hate to go on a tangent here, but the "brand" is completely irrelevant.

I took 125 mg/kg

previously I was on retinoids and antibiotics

no one in my family has been treated for Rosacea as far as I know

I don't think that answering these small questions are going to shed light on the flushing problem. My main question is: for people who developed flushing, does it get better/go away with time?

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you can't compare flushing to acne...anyone dealing with this will agree it is much worse than acne...even if it is severe I would choose acne over this...acne CAN be treated, and will get better...but flushing is something that can be permanant, and that there is no apparent cure for, or understanding of it...
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gah I have had this same redness issue for the past month!!! It has been so awful for me. It's almost like I'm this young school girl that blushes around cute guys or something, but really I'm not shy or embarrassed at all! My face just turns red around cute guys! It's horrible, and it's not just around guys. It turns bright red when I'm caught off-guard, like if I'm called on in class or something. And I don't get nervous in class, but because my face turns red it looks like I'm nervous, and then I DO get nervous because I look so stupid. haha, man this sucks. I hope it goes away after tane. But at the same time, I am loving my beautiful, flawless skin, and I think accutane is totally worth it.

I would like to know who all has had this problem while on tane, but afterwards it went away. Someone should start a poll! :)

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A few weeks ago someone else on this forum suggested that Biafine - a prescribed moisturizer - assuaged his redness/flushing. Biafine is (as my dermatologist described) a "fancy moisturizer" that is typically used for cancer patients with radiation burns. It says to apply liberally. I recently attained a prescription and, although I do not apply it as much as the directions might suggest, I have noticed a slight improvement. I might try increasing the amount I put on at nights and see if that helps even more. I have also found that when the redness is increasingly pervasive I can counter it by skipping a pill here and there. This has been especially effective if I skip pills a few days prior to some event where I would rather not be flushing copiously. I also use Cetaphil's basic moisturizer with the Biafine.

I am interested to know if anyone else has found anything in particular (products/prescriptions/tactics) that has helped their individual condition(s).

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gah I have had this same redness issue for the past month!!! It has been so awful for me. It's almost like I'm this young school girl that blushes around cute guys or something, but really I'm not shy or embarrassed at all! My face just turns red around cute guys! It's horrible, and it's not just around guys. It turns bright red when I'm caught off-guard, like if I'm called on in class or something. And I don't get nervous in class, but because my face turns red it looks like I'm nervous, and then I DO get nervous because I look so stupid. haha, man this sucks. I hope it goes away after tane. But at the same time, I am loving my beautiful, flawless skin, and I think accutane is totally worth it.

I would like to know who all has had this problem while on tane, but afterwards it went away. Someone should start a poll! :)

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A few weeks ago someone else on this forum suggested that Biafine - a prescribed moisturizer - assuaged his redness/flushing. Biafine is (as my dermatologist described) a "fancy moisturizer" that is typically used for cancer patients with radiation burns. It says to apply liberally. I recently attained a prescription and, although I do not apply it as much as the directions might suggest, I have noticed a slight improvement. I might try increasing the amount I put on at nights and see if that helps even more. I have also found that when the redness is increasingly pervasive I can counter it by skipping a pill here and there. This has been especially effective if I skip pills a few days prior to some event where I would rather not be flushing copiously. I also use Cetaphil's basic moisturizer with the Biafine.

I am interested to know if anyone else has found anything in particular (products/prescriptions/tactics) that has helped their individual condition(s).

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aight well hear me out guys and gals cause I have been dealing with this for almost 8 months now...

There seems to be no resolution to this. As negative as it sounds, you may have to live with this problem for a long time or maybe your whole life. I have done a lot of researching, checking out websites...blah blah blah. I have spoke w/ many other sufferers, and have heard different stories.

Well all i can say is I guess my flushing isn't as severe as before, but it still is an everyday thing. The problem is that this persistent flushing can eventually turn into true rosacea. Even though some of you who read that rosacea usually doesn't affect our age bracket, well it doesn't relate to any certain age. It is a disorder of the blood vessels, and continuous flushing does disturb the blood circulation. I developed this right before summer, and it was probobly the worst time to do so. I couldn't avoid the heat, so I would have extreme bouts of flushing. Now I have tanelgesia, which is broken visible blood vessels over my face. I also have a persistent red hue all over my face. Over time, this flushing does become permanant, and the redness will eventually last. Your blood vessels will widen and the blood flow increase, thus having a redish tone. In effect, continual flushing will create many unsightly blood vessels. There is no cure to this. If you ask any derm or Accutane you will probobly recieve the same answer. Either they never heard of it, or no way accutane is related. Well it is.

Only advice I can give to you out there is, try by all means to avoid triggers of flushing. I am an avid fitness fanatic, and it was impossible for my to avoid working out. This is a big contributer for my flushing attacks, which I believe may have exacerbated it. I will admit that the only time I did receive relief from this happening was while working Legs, and using a weight lifting product that some of you may be aware of called NO-Explode. It does constrict the blood vessels and will help prevent you from flushing. This is what I noticed, but dont take my word for it. Yet even though this may help, it obvious isn't a solution to this problem.

From what I have heard this usually can last up to a year or more. I have heard stories of people dealing w/ it for years and years. I have heard it has come off and on, I have heard it comes and goes, I have heard it goes away. I am still unsure. And I think it may have to do with how you treat it. It def. has to relate to your life style. However, sometimes there is no way to prevent these attacks. I usually only get them from training heavy, or around 7-8 pm which is the time that the body increases in temperature.

I know I keep jumping around, but I am writing all of the dome here so bear with me.

Keep your regimen simple. Very gentle and learn to moisturize. I tried the biafine, I can't full notice much help since I did unfortunately develop Sebboheric dermatitis, which also relates to redness/flaking...but I guess I noticed ai difference in overall redness...so perhaps it is worth a try. I guess you can also try the Eucerin skin care line, I didn't find much sucess but you never know. It is pretty gentle. I wouldn't advise anyone to stop washing for a while, or using only water once every few days. I believe that contributed to my developing seb derm in the process of dealing w/ this flushing. So stay away from being stupid like I was.

SO IN CONCLUSION. You are dealing with a very shitty thing. The only thing you can do is try to avoid triggers. Staying in cold places I dont think will help, maybe temp, but it isn't a solution. Just be gentle and be very caring with your skin. Accutane has damaged the blood vessels and has made it extremely sensitive. Stay away from hot environments, ALCOHOL def. causes blushing, and try to avoid strenuous exercise if possible. I couldn't b ut if u aren't big into like I am, I say drop the weights. Cardio is good, especially to increase blood flow. So dont be scared to jog or anything. Just be careful with temp. changes, and alcohol. I am not sure about foods and all the stuff, I never experienced flushing from any of those. OH and avoid hot showers obviously. That is just asking for flushing. Luke warm, not cold. Anxious situatinos can trigger it as well, again when you flush try to remain calm, and have a passive view about it. There is no way around it, and getting very angry and upset is understandable, but remember, it will never resolve what has happend. You have to live in the present, and live every day for what it is. Remain optomistic, even though it may seem difficult at times. Optomism is a key factor in defeating this problem. TRUST ME.

If you have any other questions, Id be more than happy to answer. I do have a lot of knowledge on this shit. So feel free to hit me up.

Good luck, Take care, PEACE

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