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Hey guys thanks.  I made this post before I noticed the rash (or whatever it is) got more noticeable (before I just saw some bumps, yesterday I noticed it somewhat bad).  To make sure, the rash is not terribly horrible.  It is just there, so not normal for my skin.  The odd thing is that it is nowhere near my rosacea area.  Not something Im going insane over just concerned (because it was not there before?) 

I have stopped everything SAS (except sunscreen that I got this week but had already tried out and know it's Ok) and simply washing with water and splashing some water every now and then to keep cool.  I made an app. w. the MD and will see him next week.  I did not want to post a response here or the other post given that I know this forum should be SAS only.  Thanks for the concern and suggestions.   

I want to make clear that I do not think there is anything SAS causing my rash as my routine is the exact same routine I have introduced slowly (since november or so and slowly building up until January).  This is most likely caused by a million things I encountered in PR including a totally different weather to the mild PA, retaking heavy weight lifting and exercise and work at national archives with old, moldy documents (I have starting wearing a protective mask). 

Once I take care of the rash I am re-introducing SAS slowly again.(Hope it does not take 3 months again).  This does sadden me because I really liked my routine and the way my face felt before this whole situation.  Actually, that is a question, given that I got used to the previous routine, do you have any suggestions about reintroducing...does a week between products seem ok?  Thanks!!!

Sidenote, other than that, being back home, in the nice weather, by the ocean ROCKS. 
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Look at the medications you are taking (including over-the-counter) and check to see whether there is a problem with the sun.

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Let us know what your physician says. I think that would be a good idea since you seem to notice worsening.

A week is probably more than adequate. Glad you are happy to be home!!

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Also, my doctor says that rosacea skin can develop additional sensitivities at any time. For example, my skin could tolerate Rosacea Serum just fine and then one day it might start irritating it because of a sensitivity that develops. This has happened to me. For example, I used to be able to tolerate licorice and it did wonders, but no more. I can tolerate the stuff in the water that I am washing my face in in one city but not in another because of whatever stuff might be in it in one place but not in the other, such as chlorine or no chlorine. I had to get a water softener plus put a filter on my showerhead to be able to tolerate washing my face with the water in my current city. My doctor advised me to do this and it worked.


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Or it could be a coincidence. Please read our last newsletter, there were some comments on rosacea.

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I agree w. Hannah. I know this sounds weird but sometimes I also think this is all a placebo effect kind of thing. The more you think and fuss over Rosacea the worse it gets. At least that's how it is for me. There are SO many factors that could influence your rosacea that sometimes I just say, I give up, let's deal w. this one rash or flareup and move on.

Clearly, at some point there are patterns and you can begin to wonder and slowly ID triggers (I have been dealing w. rosacea for about 7 yrs now and have been able to ID some). Yet, I always have a hard time blaming one thing or the other when there are so many things that could be the problem. Just above one can read all the diff. things in my new environment that could be making my skin to react.

On a sidenote--I have an app on Tuesday but took some antihestamines and the redness on the area is gone. Now it's back to those pesky little bumps. Lets see what the doc says. I did have to wash w. some seakelp last night because I attended a wedding and had to deal w. the makeup removing issue. It was all good. This morning my face is the same and if anything it's softer and my rosacea area (which had redened a bit since Thursday/Friday when I stopped SAS products to see what happened to the rash) is back to it's normal barely there color.

P.S. Hannah the only med I currently take (OT or anything else) is birth control. It lists photosensitivity as a less frequent adverse effect...whatever that may mean. Will ask the MD about this too.
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Am I allowed to recommend other products?

Sunscreens are often problematic for people with rosacea - or at least they are for me.  I find that less is more in terms of sunscreen.  I understand that avoiding sunscreens other than titanium dioxide and zinc oxide (which are unfortunately occlusive) is important.  Anecdotally, my skin can feel like it's burning if my rosacea is active and I put "chemical" sunscreens on.  I've been experimenting with sunscreens for months now and it's really hard for me because I have to find something that works for both my rosacea and my perioral dermatitis.

One that works for me is UV Naturals Sunscreen 30+.  It has a very limited ingredient list and it doesn't bother my rosacea one bit (although my perioral dermatitis is slightly irritated, which makes it better than anything else I've tried).  It has been certified safe for baby's skin under 6 months old (but I read this on their own web site so it could just be random propaganda).  It takes a bit of work to rub it in but it is not white and you don't need as much as other sunscreens.  And boy, does it have staying power!

Active ingredient: zinc oxide 24.8%
Inactive ingredients: grape seed oil, capric/caprilic triglycerides, silica, zinc stearate, macadamia ternifolia seed oil, green tea extract, grape seed extract, tocopherol, iron oxides.
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Am I allowed to say anything?

I have paid such close attention to my rosacea over the years that I know my triggers well and introduce new ingredients very slowly. I have learned to know the enemy, and yes, stressing about anything, including my rosacea is a trigger. I have tons of triggers. One of them can be travel because it introduces so many new things I have no way to sort them out. I can go to Maui in the winter (not summer) if I cover my face but I cannot go to San Diego in any season. Why? I don't know. I used to travel the world, now I avoid it. I replaced travel with golf. My skin loves golf and so do I. Fortunately I live in the Pacific NW so we don't have a lot of sun. Life is good even with rosacea. But it wasn't for the first years before I knew what I was dealing with and before I found my present doctor. He likes patients who educate themselves and can participate in their health care intelligently. We have great discussions about rosacea and I'll never move from this town because of him. And this town isn't that great.

I like SAS because finally I can now test one isolated ingredient at a time. My skin has improved. It is thicker, less sensitive, less prone to flushing, better able to take being out on a sunny day. Before, I would get a nasty sunburn walking from a store through the parking lot to my car while wearing sunscreen, plus a heavy coat of SPF30 mineral makeup and a wide brimmed hat. My doctor told me to cover my face with a scarf up to my eyes and that worked and I got some of my freedom back but I don't have to do that anymore. I have some beautiful silk scarves though!

Sea kelp, EGF, and HA have been key and are the basis of all my serums and moisterizer. Good add-ons for me have been green tea (have not yet experimented with the one with caffeine), calendula, cucumber gel, aloe vera, centalia asiatica. I will start introducing glutathione soon.

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