Acne and rosacea

As diseases, acne and rosacea do not prevent blood donation. Furthermore, the use of topical medication, prolonged courses of antibiotics or oral contraceptives prescribed for skincare do not prevent donation. A short course of antibiotics used to treat acute acne flare-ups results in a temporary donation ban of two weeks from the end of the course.

However, isotretinoin medication (e.g. Isotretinoin® and Roaccutan®) causes a temporary obstacle to donation. At least four weeks must have passed after their use has ended before you can donate blood.

​Would you like more information? Please call the free information number for blood donors on 0800 0 5801 (Mon to Fri from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.).