Post # 1
My allergist suggested that I have rosacea, but I kinda ignored him because I was kind of offended. Even though my skin has been acting up over the past year or so, I didn’t want to think I had a skin problem. Because I NEVER EVER had skin problems, even as a teenager.
But then my PCP mentioned it too, and after doing some research, I think I may actually have it. Sigh.
It’s not constant, but the “flare ups” are happening often enough to frustrate me and make me feel crappy about myself. The irritation is on my cheeks (on either side of my nose) and in the middle of my forehead.
So my question to fellow sufferers … has anything worked for you, whether over the counter or prescription? I know that there’s no cure, but I would like to know advice/suggestions before I go and spend a ton of time and money on treatments and doctors.
Ick. I hate doctors. Never been to a derm but I remember all the kids in high school with had bad acne hated their derm and the meds. I remember one girl saying it hurt to smile because the topical cream they gave her made her skin so dry her skin literally cracked open if she smiled.
And honestly, the skin AROUND my rosacea is awesome. I really love it. It’s soft and clear and … yeah. This is weird!
Post # 3
@Stace126: I have been where you are! I always had great skin and when I was diagnosed with Rosacea by my dermatologist I couldn’t believe it. I’ve used the prescription creams and a number of different products, but what I have finally settle on that works best for me is Clinique. They make a redness solutions kit in travel-sized so you can try it. I think it’s around $45 for a 3 step set, which lasts about 4-6 months. It’s really worth it!
Recently I’ve added Clinique’s Mild Clarifying Lotion. It’s a toner type product that you apply with a cottonball. It works as a very gentle exfoliant, because I was having dry flaky skin in the “flare up” spots. Then I added Moisture Surge (also Clinique) for summer because my skin is drier in the summer, making the rosacea worse!
Here are some other tips that you may or may not be aware of:
Avoid really hot showers…heat tends to flare Rosacea.
Common triggers are alcohol, stress, tomato based products. There are several others but these affect me most!
My dermatologist advised to avoid anything with Retin A or Retinol and almost all anti-aging products because these irritate. Avoid microderm exfoliants or anything with microbeads.
Moisture is really key!
Sunscreen! Neutrogena broad spectrum for face is what she recommend.
Let me know if you have any questions or want more info!