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Hello,

I am new here and it is such a refreshing pleasure to contribute to a forum that is actively concerned about all our respective needs. Skin Actives is the most brilliant innovation I have discovered and I decided to join this forum as a close fellow rosacean friend told me what a wonderful lot of people there are here.

Anyway, I had the most severe rosacea imaginable and long story short, I am now thankfully nearly in remission. Licorice played a crucial role in my recovery along with Green Tea. This combination literally makes my skin glow and has reduced it's sensitivity enormously. My skin has looked the best ever. I couldn't live without them now. I am eager to try and experiment more with other ingredients and look forward to reading all the messages and advice given. You are all amazing!



Hey, there you are! Good to see you onboard!

Let me tell you folks, Mermaid knows one hell of a lot about our common enemy and she's the most delightful person you'll ever bump into. I'm also very excited about the chance to design your own skin care after your specific needs and skin type.

Looks like many have had success with licorice and EGF, two things I'm trying right now and they both agree very well with my skin. Truly great stuff and I'll be trying Andrographis Paniculata as soon as my package reaches me, could be really powerful if it indeed works similair to nitric oxide inhibitors.

Andy

Ciao Andy,

 

Andy's my main man and without sounding like I'm gushing, I doubt that you would ever find a more beautiful and amazing soul........I don't even compare, but bless you Andy and it is so wonderful to see you here.

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Hello,

I am new here and it is such a refreshing pleasure to contribute to a forum that is actively concerned about all our respective needs. Skin Actives is the most brilliant innovation I have discovered and I decided to join this forum as a close fellow rosacean friend told me what a wonderful lot of people there are here.

Anyway, I had the most severe rosacea imaginable and long story short, I am now thankfully nearly in remission. Licorice played a crucial role in my recovery along with Green Tea. This combination literally makes my skin glow and has reduced it's sensitivity enormously. My skin has looked the best ever. I couldn't live without them now. I am eager to try and experiment more with other ingredients and look forward to reading all the messages and advice given. You are all amazing!

 

Hello and Welcome!!! It's great to hear you've had good recovery already and so glad you found SAS!  There are quite a few members with rosacea but even those w/out are always contributing their knowledge about the actives and how it might affect this blasted condition!

 

Did you get your licorice / green tea here or were you using pre-made products? 

 

I was so excited that SAS had both as I read mixed results on the rosacea board but especially the licorice sounded so promising and it really has been amazing for me.  My rosacea has been serious flushing on the nose, swelling & pain, usually every afternoon but also to any triggers like all my favorite food groups, red wine, coffee and chocolate in addition to hot beverages or soup and being in "still" air, no air flow, even if it's not that warm. Diffuse redness on nose, cheeks and chin, plus neural burning on the chin and those lovely little red blood vessels everywhere.

 

This is the 3rd week for me using licorice/HA and 2nd week using EGF.  My flushing is virtually gone, and much of the redness as well, my overall skin looks sooo much better.  I've not had any problems at all w/the EGF, I mixed it in a solution of Sea Kelp and distilled water and apply it first, then apply a serum of just HA/licorice & distilled water.  At first my chin seemed to burn more but that may be just a coincidence.  There never seemed to be specific trigger for that part - it would burn even if there was no flushing, but sometimes even a bad flush wouldn't bring on the burning.

 

Great to have you hear and look forward to hearing your comments!

 

Hello Karla,

 

Thank you so much for your warm welcome!

 

I have been using Green Tea Extract and Licorice for some time now. It was mentioned ages ago, well before I even knew about SAS. After testing what seemed like a million moisturisers, there was talk of the Replenix CF cream and serum. Of course when my face was red raw, about 3 and a half years ago, I couldn't tolerate anything. By attacking my rosacea from every angle possible, I am now at a really good place, despite the fact that I have alot of pain associated with neuropathic rosacea. This means that my skin's health is wonderful but my central nervous system isn't.

 

Anyway, I digress. I finally found a beautiful moisturiser which was the Replenix. At first I used the cream but found it a little heavy with too many ingredients I didn't understand. I changed to the Replenix CF serum instead and have never looked back. I love it. Basically it is a lightweight, fast abosorbing, water soluble formula contains 90% polyphenol isolates, derived from green tea. It is fortified with Caffeine. These polyphenol isolates are known for their highly potent antioxidant properties. Also contains hyaluronic acid to provide lightweight moisture and to help improve the texture and tone of the skin. Non-comedogenic and non-sensitizing, the Replenix Serum is suitable for all skin types, particularly sensitive skin.

 

I then found a compounding chemist who makes me batches of 2% Licorice Root Extract into a gel base which my skin tolerates really well. I then mix together the Replenix and Licorice gel in equal amounts.

 

I recently stopped using the Licorice and boy did I notice a difference. Andy alerted me to the topic of Licorice and I immediately had my chemist make a batch up. Within 2 weeks I couldn't believe the difference. I will NEVER stop using it again, it's just brilliant for rosacea. It changes the texture of the skin to soft and supple and decreases the sensitivity like nothing else.

 

I will continue with this approach, but it is wonderful for everyone that ingredients like Licorice are available because these ingredients are crucial to healthy skin, especially those impared with some disorder which alters the structure of the skin.

 

I will now work towards adding other ingredients from the Skin Actives range and keep all posted of my results.

 

I am really excited by your results Karla and I too will add the EGF to begin with. Here's to beautiful skin

Andy

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Oksana: I was in denial for a very long time as well, and recognizing you have a problem is probably a very good first step. I'm convinced you'll find at least part of the solution here with these great people directing you in the right direction.

Mermaid: Rosacea has certainly also made my nerves one of my biggest problems, sometimes feels like I'm wearing them on the outside of my skin, which is probably harder to treat than the original skin problem, and will also probably take way longer to heal once we find the "cure".

Hannah/Everyone: how about Calendula oil? There were a bunch of people raving about it on another board a while back, and I got myself some but never really gave it a real chance. It felt way too greasy on my skin, but maybe it would provide an ideal base?

I guess Hyaluronic Acid will be the next big thing to add to my regimen, after seeing many of you here praising it. Damn, why does something new always come up a few days AFTER I've just made an order?
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Jojoba oil is very different from emu oil. I will try and see whether there is a plant oil that is a bit more similar in fatty acid composition.

 

What about Marula oil?  It is supposed to absorb quickly not stay on the surface, is high in oleic acid?

 

Isn't EMU very similar in compositon to human skin and therefore it penetrates "completely" and carries w/it active ingredients you've added?

 

It also depends on what you want the oil to do. For an oil to seal in moisture that you've already applied (or wet skin), Sweet almond oil is said to stay on top of the skin and so is a good massage oil, but it is so "light-weight" that to me it doesn't feel greasy or heavy like some oils.  I also think it has a very low chance of irritation for most people, unlike Jojoba which seems to have very mixed reactions.

 

My all time favorite face oil is the White Camellia oil sold by Rosa y Fruta, but I've tried other companies w.c.o. and they just weren't the same feel, so it seems to be very "supplier specific". 

 

Just a thought :-)

 

 


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Hello,

I am new here and it is such a refreshing pleasure to contribute to a forum that is actively concerned about all our respective needs

 

Hello and Welcome!!! were you using pre-made products? 

 

I finally found a beautiful moisturiser which was the Replenix. At first I used the cream but found it a little heavy with too many ingredients I didn't understand. I changed to the Replenix CF serum instead and have never looked back. I love it. Basically it is a lightweight, fast abosorbing, water soluble formula contains 90% polyphenol isolates, derived from green tea. It is fortified with Caffeine. These polyphenol isolates are known for their highly potent antioxidant properties. Also contains hyaluronic acid to provide lightweight moisture and to help improve the texture and tone of the skin. Non-comedogenic and non-sensitizing, the Replenix Serum is suitable for all skin types, particularly sensitive skin.

 

I then found a compounding chemist who makes me batches of 2% Licorice Root Extract into a gel base which my skin tolerates really well. I then mix together the Replenix and Licorice gel in equal amounts.

 

 

 

Mermaid, wondering if you can duplicate that Replenix base here w/the SAS Sea Kelp and Green Tea, if you post the ingredients Hannah can help recommend what you'd need.

 

Doesn't caffiene stimulate circulation and that's why it's used in cellulite preparations?  Seems like that would be bad for rosacea!  I've been curious about that for awhile.

 

 


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I know....

I'm going to do a test with rosehip on that red cheek and see what the verdict is. Then, and only then, will I move on to the emu oil and feel guilty (which I often do anyway, because my daughter is vegetarian and her fiance is vegan - so I'm bad).

I'm pretty sure that rosehip makes me break out, not violently or right away, but if the amount in the mix is too high or used too frequently I always get acne, even on my neck which is always how I can tell if its product related. 

 

Just got a sample of Marula oil but haven't tried it yet, it's supposed to be very light and quickly absorbing, I'll try it this weekend instead of the EMU and post. 

 

Jojoba has always given me mixed results, having tried it off & on over the years, but I think it may have something to do w/the quality of the batch of oil.  A few months ago I ordered some from a company that I believe maintains very high quality standards in their essential & carrier oils and it worked fine, no irritation. There's sometimes a big difference in the same "oil" from different suppliers.  Obviously anything from SAS is good quality.

 


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Hi Karla,bellamermaid and everyone else!

Caffeine is good for the capillaries since it tends to be a vasodilator (constricts the veins)...that is why it is rapidly becoming popular among rosaceans although some can't tolerate since it tends to break them out.

I've also used replenix...(without the caffeine). I found that it worked amazingly at calming my redness BUT I saw that I was starting to see these capillaries...and so I stopped using it. The capillaries were probably already there but I wasn't sure, so I stopped it. I was also starting to get some break outs because of it...so I put it aside. I feel it is too strong for my face and so I am looking forward to mixing it with licorice etc for my face and trying it that way.

Replenix has wonderful ingredients such as chamomile, HA, and green tea ECGC?...but i'll leave that for someone else to post...

Bellamermaid, did you have any capillaries pop up as a result of replenix?

Thankssssssssssss.


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How did you determine which preservatives and other "stuff" ingredients are bad? 

Karla, there are a lot of things in commercial creams that don't really do anything.  They just make the cream fluffy or light or able to withstand extreme temperatures and sit on shelves for years   I am also not someone that believes that anything natural is good.  I just want to include things that serve a purpose.  Look at the ingredients in MNS.  There is nothing in the serum that doesn't serve a purpose - it's either an active, a preservative, or water.  So I guess that is the point I am trying to get across.

 

 

Thanks Panda,

 

When I first started trying to treat Rosacea by going chemical free there were some common ingredients like parabens listed as irritants and/or toxic.  I need to go back & find those lists to see what were really the top "baddies".  The sea kelp is great because it has no chemicals, I'd love to be able to make "cream" though.

 

Thanks for your reply!


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Hi Karla,bellamermaid and everyone else!

Caffeine is good for the capillaries since it tends to be a vasodilator (constricts the veins)...that is why it is rapidly becoming popular among rosaceans although some can't tolerate since it tends to break them out.

I've also used replenix...(without the caffeine). I found that it worked amazingly at calming my redness BUT I saw that I was starting to see these capillaries...and so I stopped using it. The capillaries were probably already there but I wasn't sure, so I stopped it. I was also starting to get some break outs because of it...so I put it aside. I feel it is too strong for my face and so I am looking forward to mixing it with licorice etc for my face and trying it that way.

Replenix has wonderful ingredients such as chamomile, HA, and green tea ECGC?...but i'll leave that for someone else to post...

Bellamermaid, did you have any capillaries pop up as a result of replenix?

Thankssssssssssss.

 

Gigi,

 

When you look up the word you get "vasodilative - a drug that causes dilation of blood vessels"  that's the opposite of what you're saying right?  I think that would explain why you're seeing veins. A constrictor would shrink the veins so you wouldn't see them, no?


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Caffeine is used in cellulite preparations (including ours) because of it stimulates cell metabolism.

Look here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caffeine#Mechanism_of_action to see the effect of caffeine on cyclic AMP phosphodiesterase.

Incidentally, I am impressed about the Wikipedia articles I have seen so far on biochemistry subjects.

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