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I’m hoping someone with knowledge on Rosacea or SUPER sensitive skin can help me.
I have not been diagnosed with Rosacea, but I do show all the symptoms. And from what I have read, it’s either mild Rosacea or TRULY sensitive skin. My complexion is normally really clear and on the dry side. I have VERY fair skin, which also doesn’t help. Pretty much every makeup meant to go onto the skin of my face makes me break out. Even the Nutrogena ones MADE for sensitive skin. I’m thinking of moving on into more expensive brands, although this may start to get pricey. Even without makeup, I get little “flare-ups” now and again where my cheeks get super red and blotchy, and little bumps form that are pimple-like but not actually pimples. I bought the MAC comfort cream, $32, ouch. It seems to calm the blotchiness after a while but the red color still isn’t fading. I have heard that you can buy green tinted make-ups that help tone down the redness, but I’m honestly scared to put it on because of how easy I break out. Do any of you know a good course of action I should be taking? I REALLY don’t want to look like Mrs. Tomato face on my wedding day.
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Maybe look at trying something like bare minerals, Ive heard its great for sensitive skin and covers well =)
Post # 4
@Minae: Seriously buy some Moo Goo. It is from Australia and they have all different products (creams, shampoos, soaps). Use them every other day. Buying sensitive specific make up wont work as you need to treat the problem itself and those makes up just don’t cause as severe reactions rather than treat.
It is important to change your other products like your shampoo because they run onto your skin when you shower etc.
I have found that Estee Lauder is the best make up for sensitive skin. It is expensive (well at least here) but it seems to work.
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@j_jaye: Thank you!! I will try it.
Post # 6
I have VERY sensitive skin so i can really relate to your situation (it sucks!). What helped me was using skincare products and makeup that was as natural as possible, so avoiding weird chemicals really helps. I discovered Ere Perez makeup (Australian brand) and was so excited to find lipstick that didnt make my lips break out in a rash! All of their makeup is derived from natural products such as olive and almond oil. I wore their makeup for my wedding and was pretty happy with it. Maybe give something like that a try?
Post # 7
I was recently diagnosed with pre-rosacea and have been told to throw out literally every product I have. I’m switching to Aveda scalp benefits shampoo/conditioner, super moisturizing body wash, and Aveeno face products were recommended. They have fash wash and moisturizer (with SPF!) specially made with all natural ingredients for rosacea. I also was given an Rx for MetroCream, which was a bit of a wallet blow, but my skin is now only pink instead of angry cherry red. Feels a lot better too!
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Go to the dermatologist. They have topical/pills that can clear up a break out. I have fair skin, freckle easy and have red hair, but when I go to the beach and get some color on my face and some saltwater it helps keep the redness down.
Bare minerals is ok, they have a cover up that fades the redness but it’s alot of money for products that weren’t amazing (IMO).
Post # 10
Girl, I hear ya! Neutrogena is the devil; they present themselves as the soap for sensitive skin, but their main ingredient is salicylic acid; in fact, lots of cleansers use salicylic acid, so I would avoid buying anything with that. I noticed my redness decreased the second I stopped using those soaps.
I haven’t found anything that has magically made the redness go away, but I have found some things that reduce it significantly. The first is the Rosacea Care willowherb moisturizer. It’s expensive — about $40 from dermstore. But one container usually lasts me about 3-4 months, so I think it’s worth the investment, especially if you have dry skin. I usually use that in alteration with my Aveeno Ultra-Calming moisturizer, which is about $17 from Walgreen’s and that has lasted since last July.
For cleansers, I like the Say Yes to Cucumbers cleanser for sensitive skin; it’s gentle and less drying than the Eucerin cleanser. But it doesn’t last very long. I’ve also used Dr. Lewinn’s Sensitive cleanser and that’s worked well. Both are roughly $10 from Walgreen’s. I generally haven’t had much success with Eucerin products, although they market themselves as being for rosacea treatment. I think they’re mostly water based so they just come on as very thin and they don’t absorb well.
Make up wise, I like the L’oreal mineral powder; it’s been gentle on my sensitive skin. I generally don’t like to wear too much make up but on days when my redness is bad, I’ve accepted that I need a foundation and a powder to create that more even, matte look. I’ve also heard people say that using green-tinted toners and primers can help reduce redness, but I haven’t really found one that works great. I tried one from L’oreal Studios that was just really watery and didn’t absorb well. Let me know if you find anything that works there!
I also do notice a difference with diet; they say things like coffee, red wine and spicy foods are the big triggers for rosacea. I refuse to give up the first of those, but the other two are not as important to me. I know some folks take prescription medicines for rosacea; mine has never been drastic enough for that, but rosacea runs in my family, so maybe one day I would. Good luck!!
Post # 11
@eilean: Well, damn! I love spicy food AND coffee, haha! Stupid skin issues.
Thanks everyone, I will try some of this stuff out:D
Post # 12
@Minae: I’d suggest seeing a derm.
Post # 13
I have fair sensitive skin too:( But I don’t really seem to be allergic to most makeups, only cleansers and moisturizers irritate my face, so I can’t recommend any makeups except to look for all natural organic makeups. I didn’t much care for Bare Minerals powder – not enough coverage or staying power and looked powdery on me. The only big name brand moisturizer I’ve tried that doesn’t sting my skin is Aveeno Eczema lotion. I was really surprised that it didn’t bother me! I like it a lot. Also I use Emu bird oil when my skin is very dry or bothering me. It’s great for burns too. Cleansers I try to get local made rich moisturizing soaps with goat’s milk.
Make sure you are getting enough Vitamin A/Vitamin D, zinc in your multivitamin, and omega 3’s. I just started taking a fish liver oil supplement with extra vit A/D partly to help with my acne/inflammation. Also might be worth a shot to try probiotics!
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@Minae: I have facial and ocular rosacea. Feel free to PM me at any time. I have lessened the redness by keeping out of the sun and wind as much as I can, also by staying away from spicy foods. Paprika is a major trigger for me, as well as seafood sauce. I suggest keeping a food log and watching what causes flare ups. It is different for every person.
For make up I use Stila products which don’t have SPF. I am not able to wear any SPF at all. To wash my face I use Dove Sensitive skin soap, I use a mild laundry detergent and stay away from fragrances.
I have tried numerous prescription creams and never found any help from any of them. The above lifestyle changes have helped quite a bit.
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