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Message Board > Miscellaneous > skin care products for acne rosacea ( Moderated by Deepika, EleanorSews, CynthiaSue)

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Date: 8/22/07 9:00 AM

Some of this may have been covered in the EVOO thread - forgive me for not checking.

I have acne rosacea - the acne is not horrible, just enough to be annoying at 41. Mostly blackheads and the hormonal whiteheads in the oily T-zone. My dermatologist told me to stop using Proactiv as it is too harsh for skin with rosacea......but nothing else seems to work at keeping my skin from breaking out. I like the EVOO, but I think it is too much for my oily/combo skin in the summer. I'll do a salt scrub with it 1x/week and maybe try again in the winter.

I just thought I'd ask if any of you are in the same boat and have found a good, gentle acne product to use if you have rosacea. I am just gonna use the Proactiv again regardless if it is bad for the rosacea - I can't stand these zits!!!! My skin looks the worst ever!

How about Acne Free or similar? I've seen a few different ones in the drug store that are cheaper than ProActiv.

I'm not happy with my dermatologist b/c she's just not big on providing information. She gave me Finacea and I don't think it did a darn thing! There is a holistic skin person in the next town and I think I will make an appointment.

Anyways, thanks in advance for your input!
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Date: 8/22/07 9:18 AM

Hi Cherly,
I too, have acne rosacea. I was told by my family doctor that her mom who has the condition was told by her dermatologist to use Head and Shoulders (!) on her face. She said that her mom has used it for years, just until the condition gets under control, then goes back to her regular mild, no fragrance face wash in between. I tried it and it really works well for me as well. I figured it was worth a try!

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Date: 8/22/07 9:29 AM

I don't know about Head and Shoulders, but I know that some dandruff shampoos have zinc, which is good for acne.

I would never use Pro-Active because I've had such bad experiences with benzoyl peroxide. It's very irritating.

I use Aqua-Glycolic toner. It's not widely available in stores but I have always found it in Drug Emporium. It is an AHA product but for some reason it works better for my acne than other AHA products. It contains alcohol which is a no-no but for some reason it doesn't irritate my skin.

I just have a little patch of rosacea on my right cheek so I don't know if this would work for you, but it is steadily clearing up the redness too.

I only use it once a day and I always use a sunscreen with it. (Neutrogena with "dry touch").

Also, avoid products with isopropyl myristate, which is sometimes found in lotions and occasionally in makeup. It clogs pores.

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Date: 8/22/07 10:48 AM

You might want to check out this page., the result of a search I ran at a cosmetic use board that I often visit. A number of people there have this condition, and they share their information with each other.

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Date: 8/22/07 12:00 PM

Face Dr. Soap is wonderful for Rosacea. Use twice a day and let the lather sit on your face for at least 1 minute both times. Apply Calendula gel to face before bedtime. Calendula "gel" is made by Boericke & Tafel and is available in most health food stores. Face Doctor Soap is available through the internet. I haven't seen it locally.

Some information on Face Doctor Soap. I don't really like their other products but the FDS is outstanding..........................it has been for me, anyway. Good luck.



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Date: 8/22/07 12:15 PM

It's prescription but Metrogel has worked great for me. I don't know what it cost (my co pay is $20) but a tube will last for months.

I use Cetaphil products for washing. They're very gentle.

Jan

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Date: 8/22/07 2:35 PM

Hello Cherly

After trying several prescriptions of creams, lotions, and a mini-antibiotic, I found a very simple problem solver for my rosacea: I cut a red seedless grape in half, rub the juice on my face, leave the juice on for 5 minutes, then rinse off with plain water. Initially, it took one week to relieve the redness and outbreaks. There may be a tingling, so if it's uncomfortable, I rinse the juice off sooner than 5 minutes. How often I do this just depends on how my skin is. I haven't done it recently, and I have a hard bump on my chin that shows me it's time for a juice mask. I wash my face with a mild glycerine soap--anything else just causes problems. My favorite glycerine soap has been discontinued by the maker, so I'll have to find another eventually, although I'm OK for now as I stocked up on what was left in the store.

I posted about the juice mask a while back on another thread, and a person who tried it for sun-spots did not see improvement, but that was concerning sun-spots, and not rosacea. People I know of that have tried it for rosacea have seen improvement, and when their rosacea has flared up, they will say they had stopped doing the juice mask. I use red seedless grapes for the best results. The white grapes did not seem to have the same result, and I have not tried purple grapes.

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Date: 8/23/07 8:42 AM

I think I am supposed to stay away from alpha-hydroxy, but beta-hydroxy is okay.

Let's see, head and shoulders, grape, metrogel, face dr soap...thank you for all the suggestions! CC

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Date: 8/23/07 9:10 AM

Keep us posted on what you try and what works for you! 's

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Date: 8/23/07 3:42 PM

I remembered reading about rosacea in the paper recently - I found the article online: Blotchy skin disorder rosacea finally explained

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