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I just stumbled upon this site yesterday as I was looking for products that can help with facial redness. I think this site is fantastic and I'm happy to have found it. I've been reading through the rosacea forum, and it's definitely been helpful, but I'm completely new to all this and I was hoping there might be some people who could help me out with some questions I have.

I don't know for sure if I actually have rosacea (I know I'd need a doctor to diagnose it), but I do have a problem with facial flushing/redness. My face will flush very easily and will often stay bright red for hours. Even just taking a shower will turn my face red (which is why I take showers in the evening, because I know my face will most likely be red for hours after). My face isn't permanently red, there are times when the flushing will calm down and my face won't really be noticeably red, and even times when the redness is completely gone and my face will go back to normal skin tone. But it seems that my face spends way too much time being flushed/red and it can be embarrassing when I'm out and about with people and my face is bright red for no apparent reason. The worst is when I go to an AA meeting and my face is all red, and I know it must look like I was drinking right before I showed up. I've also read that the symptoms can continue to get worse the more often your face flushes, and the rosacea can get progressively worse from facial flushing. So I want to try to find a way to hopefully get this more under control (if possible).

Anyways, after searching the site and reading the forum, I've found some products here that I'm interested in possibly purchasing and trying out, to see if they'll help out with my facial flushing/redness problem. I was hoping I could get some input and/or recommendations from some of you more knowledgable and experienced people.

The first product I'm thinking of getting is the Rosacea Control Serum w/EGF. It has the sea kelp bioferment in it, which I've heard people say a lot of good things about, but I've heard some people say their skin didn't react well to it at first, and it took them awhile for their skin to start tolerating it. So I'm hoping it won't be a problem for me.

Then after putting the serum on, I know I'd want to put on a moisturizer, so I was thinking of getting the Canvas Base Cream and then adding the following actives to it: 4-Ethoxybenzaldehyde, Licorice Extract, and Niacinamide.
Does this sound like a good mix for helping reduce my facial flushing/redness?

From what I've read, those 3 actives are supposed to help with rosacea, and reduce redness. I know I should start by testing the base cream by itself, and proceed by adding the actives one at a time and testing it each time I add one. This way if I have a bad reaction to something, I'll be able to know what caused it. Also, if one of the things I'm using just so happens to work really well for me, I'll know exactly which one.
Once again, I've heard several people say good things about the jojoba oil in the canvas base, but I've heard other people say their skin didn't react well with it. I'm hoping it won't be a problem for me, mostly because I'm not really sure what other kind of moisturizer I could mix the actives with, but I figure I might as well start off by trying out the canvas base cream, because even though a some people have a problem with the jojoba oil, there's also also a lot of people who really love it and say it works great for their rosacea. So hopefully it's something that would work well for me.
On a side note, I've read that that Niacin (vitamin B3) can cause flushing, so I'd want avoid that. But is it correct that Niacinamide is a non-flushing form of vitamin B3? Because I read that using Niacinamide topically can be very helpful with rosacea( which is why I'm thinking of using it), because it i improves the barrier function of your skin, so it won't get so easily irritated and turn red/flush. But if Niacinamide causes flushing like Niacin does (they're both forms of vitamin B3), then I definitely shouldn't use it. But from what I've read, Niacinamide can be quite effective in helping combat rosacea for some people. So I'm guessing that the website I was was reading was correct about Niacinamide being a non-flushing form of vitamin B3.

The last thing I'm considering is the Celestite Spritz w/Strontium. From what I've read on this site, this can apparently help with flushing. From what what I read on the forum, if I'm using it to reduce flushing, then it's not really meant to be used as a skin care treatment (like the other products I've mentioned so far), but instead it's meant to be used more as "quick fix" treatment for helping reduce redness caused by flushing (assuming I understood correctly).
So would I be correct in thinking that if I was about to go out somewhere, and then suddenly my face starts flushing and turning red, I could use this product to quickly help reduce the flushing/redness (at least temporarily)? If that is indeed the case, that would be fantastic! How fast does it start working?
It sounds like something that I could bring with me when I go out, and if I do have a problem with flushing/turning red(which would hopefully occur a lot less frequently and/or be less severe if I start using the products I mentioned earlier), I could use this product to help quickly deal with the problem. Which would be a whole lot better than just having to wait, possibly several hours, for it to go away on its own, all the while being embarrassed.

Sorry this was so long, but I would greatly appreciate any input and/or recommendations you all might have. It will definitely help me in making my decision of what to purchase and try out. Like most people these days, I'm on a tight budget and this stuff isn't exactly cheap (Although compared to other similar products on the market, the products on this site are priced quite reasonably. And of course if it works for me, it will be more than worth it!), so I can definitely use all of your help in spending my money wisely.
Thanks so much for any help you can offer!
- Ryan

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The first thing I would advise you is to go very slowly.  Don't start using too many new things on your face all at once! 

The Rosacea Control Serum is an excellent product.  There have been a lot of rosacea sufferers on the forums that have posted of their successes.  I don't have rosacea but it definitely helped my hyper-reactive skin. 

What temperature water do you use to wash your face?  Avoid extremes of temperature.

As for a moisturiser, I would start with Marine Nutrient Cream:

Rosehip Seed Oil is great for replenishing the EFA content in your skin:

I would start with that and re-evaluate in a few weeks.  As always, if you have a bad reaction stop everything until your skin calms down.


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