Roseacea Regimen

Roe

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Ladies,

My esthetician told me that I have the starting development of roseacea on my face. I knew something was wrong because my cheeks don't usually look so red. I'm very concerned for I've always felt I was blessed with great skin. I never suffered from breakouts or acne, or even the t zone.

Does anyone have this and what do you recommend? What products and regimens are good? Is that clarisonic brush good for that?

HELP!!!!!:shucks:
 
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I would consult a dermatologist personally.. there are several topical

creams that could be used and would not use the clarisonic in that area

on my face...
 

Bchgurl321

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As you should follow what your Derm says, But my husband has this.. and he uses an over the counter product called Prosacea. Its not the most flattering smell as the sulfa is the main ingredient that helps in this.. but it really relieves his skin... Here is a link.. its between 7-12 bucks and sold at like walgreens, target etc.. Hope this helps. http://www.alva-amco.com/products/prosacea

He uses it at night, and when his skin is really flared up he will use it in the am as well.
 

d-girl1011

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I was diagnosed with rosacea in my mid twenties. There is so little research on the condition that very few people (doctors and specialists included) know much about it, even dermatologists. Why? because in most cases, its not seen as life changing as acne or psorasis, or any other skin condition, so little money, time or research has gone into learning more.

If you want to talk to a doctor - a general practioner will know as much about the condition as a person who has done a little bit of research over the internet in my expereince. A dermatologist will know more but IMHO they just push expensive treatments (and ones filled with all sorts of chemicals) that are not proven.

There are many theories on what causes rosacea from bacteria to fungus (ewww - gross i know) on the skin. As with any skin condition, it usually comes down to what you put in your body as opposed to what you put on topically. Topical creams etc can help, but that won't solve the problem (if the rosacea problem can be saved at all!!).

After many years of trying all sorts of combinations of treatments, here's what works for me (keep in mind that everyone is different):

Stay away from any product with perfume, alcohol, parabens and chemical sunscreens. All of these exacerbate rosacea symptoms, especially chemical sunscreen such as:

Benzophenones (dixoybenzone, oxybenzone)
PABA and PABA esters (ethyl dihydroxy propyl PAB, glyceryl PABA, p-aminobenzoic acid,padimate-O or octyl dimethyl PABA)
Cinnamates (cinoxate, ethylhexyl p-methoxycinnamate, octocrylene, octyl methoxycinnamate)
Salicylates (ethylhexyl salicylate, homosalate, octyl salicylate)
Digalloyl trioleate
Menthyl anthranilate
Avobenzone

I use the following products (but you need to see what works best for you):

Facewash: cetaphil, but if you want something fancier, I have also found that biotherm's sensitive skin face wash works aok. So do most of the clinique products, especially their anti-red line.

Moisturizer: I usually use a vitamin e cream for day and clinique's youth surge at night

Sunscreen: this is especially important for rosacea suffers - a physical sunscreen (e.g. titamium dioxide and zinc based) by clinique - city block 25 spf. Apparently Clarins has come out with an spf 40 that i have been meaning to try. don't be put off by the scent of these sunscreens, perfumes from fancy chemical sunscreen also do more harm than good.

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- anything clinique or any other line that is perfume or paraben free.

Medication - I tried metrogel (prescription) for 2 years and it didn't do enough to warrant me putting antibiotics and parabens (loaded with these) onto my skin daily. I haven't tried Prosacea as another poster mentioned, so I can't comment on that. A friend of mine was persuaded by their derm to do the laser treatment, but after almost $1000 in treatments the derm sheepishly had to tell my friend that the treatment (which has never been proven IMHO) didn't work and he was back to square one.

In all, what makes my skin the best is staying away from triggers - everyone's are different (e.g. alcohol, spicy foods, gluten, cold weather, etc.). Mine are coldweather and gluten. Unfortunately i love bread too much to give it up so I deal with the consequences. The only thing with medicinal properties that does me any good is:

EXTRA VIRGIN COCONUT OIL!!


Taking the coconut oil internally as well as applying it topically has worked wonders for me. I could go on forever about this stuff, but if you are interested, google it.

Oh and drink lots of water to flush out toxins from your skin.

Hope this helps!!

d
 

Ambereyes

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I've had rosacea for the last 30 years. Definitely see a dermatologist for a diagnosis and topical prescription. I started out using Metrogel and/or Metrocream 2x/day. For the last 20 years or so, I've been using Noritate cream 1x/day and it works so well that whomever I tell that I have rosacea is shocked. There are certain foods to avoid (wine, caffeine, spicy food, etc.) but you need to determine which ones actually affect you - I drink red wine (white wine gave me a rash) and 2 cups of coffee/day with no problems. Also, as mentioned by d-girl, a mineral-based sunscreen (titanium and/or zinc oxide) works best. Keep your face covered on windy, winter days and wear a hat with lotsa sunscreen in the summer. Good luck, and know that rosacea is managable if you catch it early and use your topical medication religiously.
 

Midge S

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I've had rosacea for the last 30 years. Definitely see a dermatologist for a diagnosis and topical prescription. I started out using Metrogel and/or Metrocream 2x/day. For the last 20 years or so, I've been using Noritate cream 1x/day and it works so well that whomever I tell that I have rosacea is shocked. There are certain foods to avoid (wine, caffeine, spicy food, etc.) but you need to determine which ones actually affect you - I drink red wine (white wine gave me a rash) and 2 cups of coffee/day with no problems. Also, as mentioned by d-girl, a mineral-based sunscreen (titanium and/or zinc oxide) works best. Keep your face covered on windy, winter days and wear a hat with lotsa sunscreen in the summer. Good luck, and know that rosacea is managable if you catch it early and use your topical medication religiously.
I second this! And would just add another voice to just being nice to your skin. I have Rosacea in combo with a couple of other things that now has me on 5 prescriptions - 3 creams/lotions and 2 pills. But the thing I think helps me most is using a baby wash cloth and Cetaphil soap and really nothing else. The worst thing you can do is exfoliate or use anything "scrubby".
 

Ambereyes

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I second this! And would just add another voice to just being nice to your skin. I have Rosacea in combo with a couple of other things that now has me on 5 prescriptions - 3 creams/lotions and 2 pills. But the thing I think helps me most is using a baby wash cloth and Cetaphil soap and really nothing else. The worst thing you can do is exfoliate or use anything "scrubby".


I've also used Cetaphil cleanser in the past - good stuff. Philosophy has something called, "Microdelivery Peel", which is 2-part exfoliator/mask. Seems to be okay for me. Also, any bentonite clay-based mask is soothing. I will be trying laser later this week (the first of maybe 3-5 treatments, if I can tolerate it) to hopefully get rid of the broken blood vessels on my face and to take out the discoloration on a couple of scars - I'm nervous since I am so sensitive. Just hoping it doesn't make things worse (the doc guaranteed that it would make an improvement).
 

moidini

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I have been diagnosed as well, used to use metro gel. I started using Aveno products for cleansing, moisturizing and sunscreen ( the anti redness formulas ) and switched to mineral powder makeup. That works better than the metro gel ever did!
 
I've been diagnosed with rosacea two years ago. Unfortunately it runs within my family.

I second that one should under all circumstances stay away from any kind of abrasive peeling. Peelings stimulate the skin and in a way rosacea skin is already "overstimulated"

Same thing goes for all those anti-aging creames ( they don't work anyway so that should not be a big loss ).

One should also avoid all topic creames/treatment that cause occlusion. Occlusion leads to overheating the skin and that leads to flushing.
I would also advise to stay away from any kind of organic skincare products. They tend to have essential oils in them and those are known triggers for rosacea flushes.

I currently use DMS cremes. Those are creams without any kind of mineral oil, presarvatives, perfumes, or emulsifying agents.
As an antibiotic topic treatment I use Erythromicin because I have very dry skin and treatments containing metrodinazole tend to dry out the skin even more.
 

d-girl1011

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I just went through a flare up which I can only attribute to drinking too much wine over the holidays (yeast in wine makes my rosacea flare up) and it took about a week and a bit to subside. My skin is looking better every day - almost better than before the flare up because previously I had been foregoing my supplements, now I'm back on them.

Here's what I do to keep my skin under control in addition to the items i mentioned earlier in this thread:

2 times daily - eat a teaspoon of extra virgin coconut oil
multivitamin
oil of oregano extract
Kyolic garlic tablet

in the morning I use a light vitamin e moisturizer and mineral sunscreen as per usual, but at night I got rid of my anti-aging cream and eye cream and now only use the extra virgin coconut oil, let that sink in, then a layer of grapeseed oil. I love using natural oils instead of expensive creams! My skin hasn't looked this good since the summer when my rosacea is calm due to the nice weather!
 

giovanna77

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I have rosacea for almost 2 years, I been using for the last 5 month orecea and metrogel, both work good, but when I stopped taking oracea 4 weeks later pimples and redness start showing. Are there any other medicines better than this ones? I'll check with my doctor on my next app..Also I been using Olay serum, but I just stop.It was not doing good on my skin lately . it was so dried. All started with my pregnancy on 2010 and I hit 40. age has to do something with it.
Please excuse my english
 

L etoile

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Please go see a dermatologist! A lot of the home-made remedies that I've seen on this forum have risks. Just because a product is "natural" doesn't mean it doesn't interact with other medications, thin the blood, etc. A physician that is board certified IN dermatology will be able to help you!

Here's a link to help you find a qualified dermatologist in your area:
http://www.aad.org/find-a-derm

In my experience, the closest thing to a "cure" that we have for rosacea is the pulsed dye laser. Other topical and oral treatments can treat the symptoms of rosacea, but require long-term therapy.
 

Cait

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I love a ruddy nose, and get some ruddiness on my cheeks occasionally.

I REALLY like the Murad Redness Reducing Sensitivity Serum, it's the green colour-coded line. However, it is VERY hydrating - if you had oily skin, it might be best just to use this at night or skip moisturizer. If you have drier skin, go nuts.

I'm actually really curious about the new Avene line - especially the Calming Mask. The daily moisturizer with SPF25 is green-tinted, and I just found it to be too much green. But I'm curious about the new line.