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moisturisers for combination skin with rosacea

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LittleBabyPigsus Mon 16-Dec-13 21:18:16

I am 24, no anti-ageing needs (I have a round plump face) but have rosacea and sensitive skin. No spots apart from hormonal ones at TTOTM but prone to milia around my eyes. I would describe my skin as dry with a dehydrated/lightly oily T-zone with visible pores but usually only a few blackheads on my chin. Forehead has some bumpiness, a bit like keratosis pilaris? I have KP on my arms and legs so wondering if it's that.

Skin is really reddened and blotchy and really needs a bit of soothing/pampering.

I know La Roche Posay have a rosacea moisturiser, but Yves Rocher do one too, as do other places. Any recommendations? Don't want anything more expensive than La Roche Posay!

Any help would be really appreciated!

QueenofLouisiana Mon 16-Dec-13 21:23:19

I use the stuff from Lidl! I smear E45 on most nights- my skin just drinks up the cream. Are you taking antibiotics for your rosacea? I am just under 2 weeks into my latest prescription and can see a huge difference already.

LittleBabyPigsus Mon 16-Dec-13 21:33:40

I didn't know you could take antibiotics for rosacea! Aren't you not supposed to take antibiotics long-term?

I already use E45 cream but it makes no difference and gives me milia sad

MrsFlorrick Mon 16-Dec-13 21:59:33

Dermalex cream for rosacea. It's brilliant. Keeps the rosacea at bay completely whilst keeping the bumps at bay too.

The bumps are part of the rosacea.

You can also do a weekly aspirin face mask. It's anti inflammatory and really helps keep the skin smooth without drying it.


LittleBabyPigsus Mon 16-Dec-13 22:12:32

Ooh I looked Dermalex up on the Boots website but the reviews were pretty negative - will try it, thanks.

MrsFlorrick Mon 16-Dec-13 22:25:52

Not sure why that is really. This stuff is amazing. I think if your rosacea is the kind with paupals and postules this might not do a lot. This only works on the red bumpy kind.

My rosacea started out of the blue about 5 years ago. First round of oral antibiotics worked but nothing after that made a difference. I don't get any spots or postules. Just red red red face and that strange skin bumpiness. It's like all your pores are bumpy somehow.

Anyway I ended up with some very bad permanent redness all over my face. Nothing from the GP would help. Nothing from the 3 different consultant dermatologists I saw helped.

I tried this out of desperation in April this year. And I am a big fan. It's taken away a lot of the redness. Even if I don't use it for a few days none of that redness comes back.

It keeps away all that odd bumpiness and rough skin texture.

And my face no longer feels like its on fire and itchy.

The redness on my chin is gone and ditto on the nose. Most of it has gone from my cheeks with some still remaining. But it's so much better and I hardly have to wear make up

Best of all my DD (4yo) no longer asks me if my face is hurting. because it used be so red before I put make up on she assumed I was hurt. sad

QueenofLouisiana Mon 16-Dec-13 22:26:18

I take tetralysal. I take it or a few months at a time, then stop. I use it mainly when my skin is sore and inflamed- I was peeling around my chin and nose and had large lumps- attractive!

My DSDad took te same thing for standard rosacea, rathe than the acne type I have. He was reallypleasedwithte result too. You can use a cream from the GP, but it didn't help me at all.

MrsFlorrick Mon 16-Dec-13 22:29:25

Oh and most "rosacea skin care" stuff makes my face so much worse and adds to the redness and soreness.

Other than the big makeup brands (Clinique etc) who were the worst offenders for my skin. Avene and la Roche posay were terrible. The LRP stuff made my face virtually purple and I had to wash it off and put cucumber slices on it. Painful. The avene stuff wasn't as bad but ouch my face hurt and was twice as red after using their special anti redness cream.

SparklyStone Mon 16-Dec-13 22:31:36

Undercoat moisturiser from really helps with calming the redness for me.

LittleBabyPigsus Mon 16-Dec-13 22:34:24

Thanks, that's really helpful! My rosacea is indeed the red and bumpy kind, my only spots are hormonal jawline spots and I don't get rosacea there.

I have such trouble wearing makeup apart from lipstick and mascara because the redness totally changes my colouring (which in reality is actually a very pale neutral beige, not cool).

Mintyy Mon 16-Dec-13 22:35:00

I think I have rosacea. Am 51 so no spots any more, but I have very red cheeks which flare up as soon as the central heating comes on or I have a sip of alcohol. Skin is also very sensitive and comes out in blotches/rashes.

I find Body Shop aloe vera moisturiser is the only thing which calms it. I've tried everything which is supposed to be good for sensitive skin: Simple, Neutrogena, Clinique, Origins. Body Shop aloe vera suits me best by miles.

StupidFlanders Mon 16-Dec-13 23:29:49

Please see a specialist about your skin. If you have bumps and redness at your age I wouldn't mess around it can get really bad and the treatment now would be much easier to control.

You'll probably need a long dose (months) of antibiotics and a cream.

BabylonReturns Mon 16-Dec-13 23:32:39

MesoDerm cream by ActiDerm (

Also the micellar lotion for cleansing is amazing - all paraben free so great for sensitive skin.

Pm me if you would like me to send you some samples.

LittleBabyPigsus Tue 17-Dec-13 00:11:27

I'm puzzled at rosacea needing antibiotics - it's not an illness, so how does it work?

Can I see a specialist on the NHS?

MrsFlorrick Tue 17-Dec-13 02:15:39

Yes you can. You can be referred to a dermatologist on NHS

Rosacea is classed as a chronic skin condition. No one is really sure what causes it.

Antibiotics, certain types anyway, help reduce inflammation in your body which can temporarily halt the rosacea. Downsides are you need to be on them for months at a time. And eventually you'll develop resistance to them and they will no longer work for your rosacea.

I've used several antibiotics. Two no longer have any effect on my rosacea. Tetracycline worked the first time. The second time very little and I then developed a very bad reaction to it about a month into the second course. It was terrifying and very painful. I was saved by an out of hours doctor who was Brazillian Tetrasyal (limacycline) is banned across most of the world because of this reaction. It came on almost like a migraine and violent vomiting. It caused my blood pressure to sky rocket. It was lucky I didn't confuse the symptoms with a migraines that I suffer from because taking sumatriptan medication with this reaction can kill you.

So now there is nowhere left to go in terms of medication for me.

Not saying you'll have a bad reaction. But don't underestimate antibiotics. And that eventually they will stop working for you anyway.

I've tried topical creams such as various topical antibiotics and Finacea. Finacea actually does sort out the redness a little and completely smoothes your skin. But it stings like buggery to apply and sting for a while after. You can help this by applying moisturiser first. Still not enough results for the pain.

The most famous one is metro cream. Did nothing for me at all. Sadly I wished that worked as it had no stinging when applied. It may work for you so don't be afraid to try it. Loads of people rate it.

So I get excited when I find something which improves things a little.

I no longer use face washes but clean my face with oil. Usually almond or rice bran oil. It works really well and it keeps my skin a lot calmer.

I also avoid make up with silicones (dimethecone). That stuff does nasty things to my face and its almost everything.

Reviewing ingredients you apply to your face can really help. You'd be surprised at what lurks in make up generally. Most contain some form
Of alcohol very bad.

LittleBabyPigsus Tue 17-Dec-13 02:47:42

I am really not keen on going on antibiotics for something which isn't even painful, and like you say the antbiotics will eventually stop working anyway. I will try the Dermalex - is it used day and night? I will try oil cleansing too, I prefer cleansing with a cream cleanser but not tried oil cleansing yet. Makeup wise I don't wear any foundation but I want to make my own powder, which is just cornflour or rice flour with naturally coloured clays to tint it.

Will ask my GP for a dermatologist referral too.

Walnut8 Tue 17-Dec-13 06:49:30

you sound like me littlebabypigsus .. I just have the general redness. It doesnt hurt and I dont get bumps, but my three yr old says I have a pink face when i dont wear makeup. I do break out from time to time too. I'm really interested to see what works for you! I find a wine and dairy free diet has helped my skin a lot.

sharonwalsh1965 Thu 04-Feb-16 16:12:41

there are various antibiotics for Rosacea and topical antibiotic cream

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