User Reviews for Accutane to treat Rosacea
Accutane has an average rating of 8.5 out of 10 from a total of 12 reviews for the off-label treatment of Rosacea. 92% of reviewers reported a positive experience, while 8% reported a negative experience.
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"Have Rosacea since my early 20s. After 10 years of my doctor acting like I was complaining about nothing I eventually went to a skin specialist who prescribed Rosex. Symptom free for 12 years - when it stopped working. Tried Soolantra, Muravaso, oral antibiotics it was time for Accutane. My Rosacea affects my nose. Very oily skin, occassional spots. general redness and flushing I'm one week in - no side effects. I'm on day 7. The 'gets worse before it gets better' thing hasn't happened yet. Flushing is 70% better. Spots have eased right back - by 70%. General redness down maybe 50%. Oiliness maybe 20% improvement so far. I put off going on this medication out of concern about side-effects. I'm glad I went ahead - Rosacea is a nightmare that was literally ruining my life. I was desperate. Hope the improvements continue."
"I have been on this drug about four times in my life. In my 20s I went on it twice for mild to moderate acne that made me acne free with perfect skin for 20 years. Now in my 40s I went on it twice for papulopustular rosacea. it was a total cure and leads to stunning skin. It also acts as a wrinkle eraser which is something that the media is too afraid to talk about publicly. This drug is highly recommended. Yes it dries your lips so what. If you want perfect skin it’s worth it"
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"4 years, dozens of approaches. ONE solution. Accutane. You name it: Pulse Dye Laser, Metronidazole, Ivermectin, Mirvaso, Doxycycline...plus dozens of "I heard this works great" attempts. And then I got the guts to ignore the "don't try accutane" reviews and try it and it's been nothing short of a miracle from the heavens. Sure, I have a little chap lips while I am on my 6-month regimen but that's easily fixed with lip balms. But when this 6-months is over, I will be cured PERMANENTLY. Stop everything you're doing now and get Accutane. It's a life changer."
"I went on accutane for rosacea after about 3-5 years of trying antibiotics and metronidazole and any other prescription or OTC cream or health care remedy that I could find. I ended up with an allergy to one antibiotic and having 2 other antibiotics that no longer work for me. I’ve spent hundreds of dollars on scams that I prayed would work and did nothing. The damage to your self esteem is incredible, walking around with pimples the size of Texas that have 5 to 8 heads and feeling like hiding in a closet all day. Accutane was a life changer! I started with 1 pill a day, then down to every second day and then stayed for years on 1 pill every 5 days. I went from almost constant breakouts to none and it has also helped with reducing the redness as well. I’ve been off accutane now for a month, but I will go back on in a heartbeat if I break out again. I’ve never had a single side effect, and feel that the plus side of using accutane far outweighs the negative."
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"I posted on here after 3 weeks of taking Oratane saying I was too scared to keep trying - but I did end up persevering. Really glad I did. Been 4 months. Take one 20mg every 4 days & my rosacea is gone. No rash. No flushing. Gone!! Now I'm too scared to stop taking it....."
"Just hitting one month on Accutane. Don't forget, this is a review for Rosacea, not Acne. I gave it a 9/10 for acne and on Rosacea I will give it an 8/10 so far. I will update the review over time. I was so hesitant to try Accutane with the horror stories, but you have to remember it is for less than 1% of the people that take it. I struggled with depression and have had ZERO depression episodes. Dry eyes and dry lips. Hair thinning a bit, but am not losing any whatsoever. Vivid dreams. That is all. Only had two headaches (minor). This and CeraVe Cleanser CeraVe Moisturizer has made my rosacea go COMPLETELY away. The redness on my face is gone. It is amazing to me. Good luck to all who go down the Accutane road! Everyone is different."
"I waited years to take this until I found a doctor who used it for Rosacea. I think I was on it for less than 3 months and it totally changed my skin for the better. Accutane was a miracle cure for me. I took it about 25 years ago and have rarely had to deal with Rosacea since. When it does flare up I can handle it with tiny amounts of topical medication. But follow the rules and don't become pregnant. This is serious medicine."
"I'm 70 years old with rosacea; redness, tiny white bumps, pimples that just don't clear up. To take a step back, I was on Accutance for over 10 years, starting in 2002, with adult acne issues and it helped clear up the condition and improve my life. Now I have this rosacea condition; very depressing. Just started to take 10mg Accutane 2 days ago and condition is worse already. Going to stick with Accutane as I did in the past and hopefully it will help me once again! My best to all who suffer with rosacea!"
"I took Accutane about 10 years ago, it was a pain to go to the lab every month so I could get my prescription but it was worth it. My skin was so bumpy and inflammed that at some points my eyes would be swollen shut from the massive bumps on my cheeks. I only took Accutane for about 3 months and I have been mostly clear since. I have only had about 2 large rosacea related cysts since and they were 1/4 the size and didn't have the pain that just made you want to cry. I'm still on other medications as it didn't completely clear up my rosacea acne but it was 80% better and I couldn't be happier that I no longer suffer from the pain of the cysts."
"After years of dealing with a red bumpy itchy burning face, this was the only medicine that cleared my face totally. Apart from some drier skin I had no other side effects. I gradually was able to wean off them and don't really think I was on it for long at all."
"3 weeks in on Accutane for rosacea. My rash has doubled in size & I look like a beetroot by the end of the day. After trying everything else for 4 years, This (oratane in Australia) was all that was left to try. For vanity's sake I hope that I get back to what I had before. Too scared to keep going..."
"I am man and I have rosacea from 13 years. today 19 years Dr to try me accutane 20 mg 4 times a week and my rosacea to improved. I took 4 months of treatment and will be updating as I will going ."
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"My rosacea got progressively worse in my late twenties. After seeing several different dermatologists and trying various medications and topical treatments accutane is the only thing that has worked for me. I started on taking 20mg daily and after approx 4 months gradually reduced to 20mg every 3/4 days. I now hardly ever get any spots at all and my skin condition is 100x better! I know it comes with risks but it has truly been life changing for me personally so far outweighs the other risks. Reducing stress was also a major reducing factor I believe. Although it’s hard not to be in the vicious cycle of stress when you check your face 1000 times a day! I used to spend hours and hours looking at this forum and across the Internet in desperation looking for something that might work and some reassurance from others that I’m not the only one battling this miserable condition. I just hope this helps anyone know they’re not alone!"