Post # 1
I have mild rosacea (redness and slight inflammation) on my cheeks. I was hoping to have it cleared up before our May wedding, but I’m not having any luck. I’ve been to several good dermatologists over the past few years and been prescribed many topical medications, however nothing helps the redness. Currently I’m using a topical cream called Finacea, but I’m not seeing a decrease in redness even after months of use. Fortunately I just have a mild case, but it’s still bothersome. I normally just accept my skin for what it is, but I would really like to tone down the redness before I walk down the aisle. My skin is so sensitive that I can only use one or two brands of over-the-counter cleansers and moisturizers (Cetaphil and Vanicream), everything else burns, stings, or causes me to break out in a rash. My dermatologist recommended using Aveeno Ultra Calming to help with the redness, but even that was way too harsh. The next plan of attack is to take an oral antibiotic, but I’m very hesitant to take an antibiotic daily for many reasons. I’m hoping there’s still another solution out there! It’s so frustrating because I’d love to pamper myself with a facial or two before the wedding, but I can’t find anything that won’t irritate my face.
Any other bees struggle with rosacea or ultra-sensitve skin? Are there any homeopathic remedies that work for you? Have any of you taken oral antibiotics to clear up the redness; have you seen results?
Plan B is to cover up the redness with makeup. Maybe someone could recommend a good makeup to cover redness? Thanks so much!
Post # 3
Well, my aunt’s ex husband used to use Bare Minerals. He had really bad rosacea and could get away with wearing makeup at work and nobody knew!
Clinique makes an anti-redness powder i’ve heard is great.
Have you tried bare minerals? I know it’s not a wash but it could help your plan B!
Have you tried any Dove products? My mom has sensitive body skin and really likes their bar soap. Uses it on her face too
Post # 4
I use the Clinique Redness Solutions cream. I have to use it twice a day and it does help to reduce the redness. It doesn’t completely cure it though sadly.
Post # 5
my guy has this problem. the most helpful things for him are cool (to me cold) showers, covering up against ANY wind exposure and absolutely not touching/inflaming the most sensitive areas (chin/cheeks). the drug store cleansers bothered his skin, so i had him switch to my fancy kiehl’s non-detergent face wash (the lettering is dark blue on the bottle), which he’s been using for the last two years with good results. he also uses a no-oil moisturizer whenever he washes his face. good luck!
Post # 6
@ejs: Thanks for the suggestions! I do use Bare Minerals and it does an OK job of covering the redness, but when I flush, the redness shows through. Maybe I need a slightly darker shade of powder? I haven’t heard of or tried the anit-redness powder from Clinique, I’ll have to check that out. I bought the whole sensitive skin facial cleanser, toner, mositurizer, etc. kit from Clinique a few years ago and it was still way too harsh. I was able to return it which is good, because it wasn’t cheap. I like most all of Dove’s products and can use them anywhere but on my face. My darn face is just so tempermental!
Post # 7
@MisAsB: Thanks for the help. Do you also have rosacea? Do you use the redness cream as an all-over moisturizer, or do you apply it in addition to a moisturizer? I’ll try anything, even if I just see slight results. If I could decrease the redness some, I should be able to hide the rest with good makeup.
@aliceinweddingland: Thanks! Do you know what oil-free moisturizer he uses? I hate cold showers : ( All the fun things (hot drinks, alcohol, hot showers, etc.) and one not so fun thing (intense cardio workouts) make me flush.