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valby

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Hi All,

First of all I can't believe I only just found this forum!! I am 28, female and have been suffering from rosacea for approx 4 years (diagnosed). I have tried all the usual suspects which didn't do much but when I discovered emu oil I had some positive results!! (lucky me I live about 20 minutes from an actual emu farm so can buy straight from the source). I was also on OCP which did seem to help with the P&P's. To cut a long story short I am now off OCP's and have just had my thyroid removed. My skin is currently controllable but is starting to get me down.

Prior to the rosacea I suffered from acne for about 10 years. Now I have both . I have been controlling most of the acne with BHA (I use PC BHA 2% lotion). I can't use anything with propylene glycol. I have seen the derm who suggested laser work to deal with my broken capillleries which are quite extensive.  I am looking to get the laser done in a couple of months but want to get my skin a bit calmer first (the derm suggested the laser is more aggressive but much more effective the IPL??).

So I have been thinking about trying the rosacea control serum. I am also interested in the licorice and the kelp. Should I start with the serum and go from there? I need to get rid of the constant bumps on my cheeks . Calming my skin would be nice too. I need to moisturise without aggrevating acne.

Also what sunscreens are you guys using? Zinc ones are ok but seem to block my pores with a few days use, so I have never found one I completely happy with. Being in Australia and having rosacea I am aware of how important it is for me to use SS. I also have some bad hyperpigmentation *sigh*

Hope I have posted this in the right section!!
mistyada

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I have rosacea too.  I have been dealing with acne since I was about 12.  I just get a few breakouts now.  I have had very good results with Hannah's anti-inflammatory cream.  It has really calmed my skin.

I add products to my routine very slowly because I don't want skin to go crazy again.  I have had a lot of success with Hannah's products.  I use MNS, CHAS, LMC, BKRW, and the anti-inflammatory cream. I have dry skin so I use ELS. I will be adding more of Hannah's products in the coming months.  I can hardly wait to add the new European base.  My skin  is very happy.

I have not tried Hannah's suncreen yet.  It is on my list.

I know that some other sunscreens have really irritated my skin (especially Neutrogena and PC).  I try to stay with physical blockers (zinc oxide and/or titanium dioxide) because they do not irritate my skin.  I also put mineral makeup on over my sunscreen. 

valby

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Thanks Mistyada!!

Ok so I ordered a few things. I got the Rosacea control serum which I plan to add first. Also got the anti-inflammatory cream which I am excited about. Got some sea kelp which I might try on my scalp first.

Once/if I get my cheeks calm I will add in the sunscreen. Physical blockers I know are best for rosacea but play havoc with blocking up my pores. I am lucky I can tolerate the BHA.

Now off to decipher some acronyms

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I have combination skin (along with rosacea) and HATE the feeling of creams on my skin, particularly sunscreen.  But, surprise surprise, I love SkinActives Sunscreen!  It does have both physical and chemical sunscreen ingredients, but doesn't cause me to break out, get clogged pores, etc.  I have read too that only physical sunscreen ingredients are best for rosacea, but they just seem so thick and sticky.

And yay!  You bought the Anti-inflammatory cream!  This I also love for my rosacea.  I apply the Rosacea Control Serum to dry skin, wait a bit, spritz my face with a floral water, then apply the Anti-inflammatory cream mixed with a drop of ELS Serum.  Heaven.

The CHAS serum I used yesterday for the first time, and my skin looked pore-less (if that's a word  ).  Love that too.



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valby

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Thanks CrabbyCathy I was wondering about the order of applying the products. I think I will start by testing the rosacea serum and then add in the Anti-inflammatory cream after about a week. I am praying that the SS works for me (by that I mean is ok for my skin).

I am already planning my next order LOL. Need to find something to deal with this pesky little rash around my mouth-looks like tiny pimples (more like blisters) which are painful (sort of burning). Not sure if rosacea or some kind of dermatitis. Hopefully the anti-inflammatory helps with it.
sue

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Valby,

The rash around your mouth could be caused by your toothpaste.  Make sure that you clean really well after you have brushed your teeth to remove all the paste residue.  A little cortisone cream followed by the anti-inflammatory cream should help clear it up.
valby

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Hi All.
So I had a bit of a disaster with testing the sea kelp, I think I went too fast. After I used it 3 times my chin broke out in a cluster of small blister like bumps. It was also very drying. I have gone back to my Emu oil and BHA combination that has always been ok. I think I will purchase a few actives and trial them one by one with either just distilled water or mixed with the emu oil. I did discover that  I had inadvertently switched to a cleanser with SLS. Just discovering that has made a difference to my rosacea bumps; now I am  back using a SLS free wash.

I tried the canvas base and the sunscreen (both separately) but also had one or two bumps pop up within 2 hours of having them on my skin. *sigh* my skin is a pain in the butt.

I have also made an appt with the derm. I only had my thyroid out 2 months ago and my skin is doing some weird stuff so I completely know the products aren't to blame.

Maybe I could try doing a sea kelp mask a few times a week? I do keep the sea kelp in the fridge right?

ETA: forgot to add that I already use a fluoride and SLS free toothpaste. But i think what has actually helped was that I got some cold sore. cream and it has cleared up the bumps. Some new ones tried to come up and I put the cream on straight away and they stayed tiny.

hannah

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That sounds to me like allergy. Practically nothing can be crossed out of a list for possible allergens.

You will be better off just using what your dermatologist tells you to and avoiding any complex products.


valby

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Thanks Hannah. Well I am not sure what to make of it, but my derm told me to use a 2% sulphur cream. So I did for 3 days and now face is kind of swollen-found out my mum had a pretty bad reaction to sulphur once. Argh!!

At the moment the constant pimples around my lip line are killing me, they look and feel awful. I guess I will ring the derm back tomorrow.

I am going to purchase a couple of actives and use them in my emu oil and see if I have any luck. I was thinking of licorice, glutathione, beta glucan, white willow and maybe the DMAE.

I desperately need something to replace BP which is the only thing that keeps my acne at bay but I am pretty sure has helped to age the skin on my forehead--where I now have one pretty substantial line (i'm only 28 ).

I have also made an appt to see a derm in Sydney that specialises in laser treatments but can't get in for 2 months. We will see whether v-beam or IPL is that way to go....



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I was diagnosed with perioral dermatitis when I had an itchy, blistery rash all around my mouth and chin - similar to what you describe.  It looks like a cross between acne and a rash.  Perhaps you can ask your derm about this.  In the mean time, why not stop using anything in that easily aggravated area just so that it has time to heal?  Then you can reintroduce everything one at a time.  If you are diagnosed with p.o. dermatitis then my anecdotal experience might help.  When the skin around my mouth gets irritated by something I find that pure aloe calms things down and that anything even slightly occlusive, such as the creams and sunscreens you describe, instantly makes it worse.  In the interim I get my sunscreen through mineral makeup and I wear a hat.  I use aloe as the base for my actives because I also got a lot of red bumps on my face when I used SKB - I'm still not sure why.

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