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Doctor insights on: Accutane And Rosacea

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Accutane caused me to have rosacea and I'm a 20 year old male. What is this thing doing to my body? Why do doctors prescribe this for mild acne?

Accutane caused me to have rosacea and I'm a 20 year old male. What is this thing doing to my body? Why do doctors prescribe this for mild acne?

Accutane treatment: Accutane is a vitamin a derivative used to treat acne. It is fda approved but has siginificant potential side effect and should only be used in stubborn to clear acne or widespread pustular acne which does not respond to more traditional topical and oral medications. Rosacea should be a temporary side effect from the Accutane and should clear once you are off the medicine.
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Taking Accutane (Definition)

Accutane (Isotretinoin) is a powerful medicine that treats acne. It is known to cause severe birth defects if a woman becomes ...Read more


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Cheeks always red! I'm on Accutane for my 3rd/4th month and its not rosacea. I don't even shower with hot water, how can I calm down the redness?

Cheeks always red! I'm on Accutane for my 3rd/4th month and its not rosacea. I don't even shower with hot water, how can I calm down the redness?

Depends: Accutane will worsen all forms of redness for up to 4-6 months after stopping. If the redness is same old then may not be related and needs different therapy. If new most likel from meds. Btw redness is the most difficult thng to affect. Check with a der. ...Read more

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I'm on accuaten 30mg I have spells of flush hotface my derm said it could be rosacea but isn't that a coincidence on Accutane? Could it be side affect

I'm on accuaten 30mg I have spells of flush hotface my derm said it could be rosacea but isn't that a coincidence on Accutane? Could it be side affect

Likely side effect: The most common problems related to Accutane are related to drying of the skin. It is know to cause skin rashs, and redness, soreness, or itching skin. When using Accutane, it is advisable to use good moisturizers to help prevent these side effects. ...Read more

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I went to a dermatologist who prescribes me Accutane for acne. I've been reading up and I think that I have rosacea, would the derm see the difference?

I went to a dermatologist who prescribes me Accutane for acne. I've been reading up and I think that I have rosacea, would the derm see the difference?

Acne: Yes, your dermatologist can tell the difference between Rosacea and Acne having spent years in medical school and then residency training. I would recommend getting a second opinion about taking Accutane which is a chemotherapy drug with potentially dangerous side effects especially in a young female. ...Read more

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How to help my rosacea?

How to help my rosacea?

Rosacea: There are many treatment choices for rosacea depending on the severity and extent of symptoms. Available medical treatments include antibacterial washes, topical creams, antibiotic pills, lasers, pulsed-light therapies, photodynamic therapy, and isotretinoin. ...Read more

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What helps with rosacea?

What helps with rosacea?

Avoid precipitating: Factors or agents that may cause your symptoms. Control rather than eradication may be a more realistic approach. Other meds may carry undesirable side effects. ...Read more

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What is the cause of rosacea?

Genes: Rosacea is the progressive redness of the facial skin typically from prominent capillaries that are very superficial to the skin surface. It is often related to a genetic predisposition. ...Read more

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How to know if I have rosacea?

How to know if I have rosacea?

See a dermatologist: This is primarily a clinical diagnosis. It has a typical pattern acting the cheeks and nose and may be aggravated by certain foods. A variety of treatment options are available and must be prescribed. ...Read more

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What are the tests for rosacea?

Rosacea: Rosacea (ro-za-she-uh) is a chronic, inflammatory skin condition that affects adults. It causes redness in your face and produces small, red, pus-filled bumps or pustules. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of rosacea?

Flushing/blushing: Mild cases have an appearance like that of a blush, except that it persists. There may be abnormally dilated vessels and, persistent redness of the malar area and may involve most of the face. Nose may be enlarged, red with wide pores. ...Read more

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Is rosadyn effective in treating rosacea?

I am not aware: Of this being a standard therapy or of any documented double blind studies verifying its benefits. ...Read more

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Is there research being conducted on rosacea?

Rosacea research: There is on-going research on rosacea through out the country. To participate in a clinical research study contact a dermatologist specializing in rosacea care at a teaching hospital near you. ...Read more

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What suggestions do you have for treating rosacea?

What suggestions do you have for treating rosacea?

Laser/skin care: A good skin care program and laser treatments to the spidery red areas. Typically a vbeam laser or one that targets the red color (called heme chromophore) at a wavelength of 575-595 will work. ...Read more

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My cheeks are always rosey could this be a symptom of rosacea?

Rosacea: This could be a symptom of rosacea. You should be evaluated by a board certified dermatologist or plastic surgeon. ...Read more

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Rosacea, how to treat it?

Rosacea, how to treat it?

Rosacea, treatment: A lot of people don't even know they have this condition! Treatment alternatives include topical agents which are very effective for mild rosacea. Patients that do not respond or want a more permanent solution, I use photorejuvenation. This light energy treatment require 5-8 sessions. Usually no anesthesia is needed and the treatments are performed in the office. Brown spots are also improved. ...Read more

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Rosacea (Definition)

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