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zombiemeow Wed 23-Dec-15 21:28:33

Don't know if I have posted this in the right topic.

Have recently been diagnosed with roseacea, I have been prescribed anti biotics which didn't work, and have now been put on a cream called mirvaso. The cream definitely reduces redness but it is still quite bad sad. It kind of just goes patchy.

Is there anything else that have worked for people?

I have to put on layers and layers of foundation before leaving the house and it wears off after a few hours and needs re applying. It's starting to really make me feel fed up.

Any advice would be appreciated.

Pluto Wed 23-Dec-15 21:38:34


I had rosacea badly for 2 years. After taking antibiotics for about 6 months with no impact she referred me to a dermatologist who prescribed roaccutane. I took this much stronger antibiotic for 10 months and my skin is now clear. I also used the mirvaso gel. Roaccutane is not a possibility if you are planning a family or of you have a history of depression. I find the Bare Minerals foundation most kind to my skin, with the anti-redness primer.

zombiemeow Thu 24-Dec-15 06:20:01

Thanks pluto, I had no idea anti biotics would actually work! I thought she just put me on them as she didn't know what else to try.

10 months is a long time to be on them though.

Will try the bare minerals too. Have been using Vichy but it tends to give me spots.

jingscrivvens Thu 24-Dec-15 09:21:24

I've had rosacea for years and just about sorted out this year but not quite there. I use Metronidazole cream at night after cleansing and using a salicyclic acid toner, then a light serum. A couple of times I use an overnight glycolic acid peel. Prefer Eau Avene antirouger moisturiser to La Roche Posay Rosaliac, but thats just preference. Since doing this I haven't had any dry sensitive patches, skin still a bit red but if I stopped the booze that would go! Still got to lock down a cleanser to use, using an Elemis Sensitive one just now which I like but might not be the best.
Foundation wise I prefer Lily Lolo Mineral foundation to the BareMinerals one, I find it a bit cakey.
If you look back on previous threads here you'll find lots of great tips, it's what's helped me smile

NavyAndWhiteStripes Sat 26-Dec-15 18:39:05

I take a zinc supplement and use sudocrem at night (which is a zinc cream). Mostly helps, though stress causes a flare up for me usually.

zombiemeow Sat 26-Dec-15 19:58:55

Thank you everyone for the tips.

I'm pretty useless with all this beauty stuff but will give it a go!

GhettoFabulous Sat 26-Dec-15 20:12:21

Try to work out if anything you're eating or drinking sets it off. peppermint and strawberries are bad for me, and tea to a lesser extent.

My advice would be to be simple and mess about as little as possible. I use argan oil and an occasional wash with Aderma cleansing bar with oats, which are calming.

LakeFlyPie Sun 27-Dec-15 09:00:47

A 3 month course of lymecycline worked for me (seems to have stayed away 3 months since stopping) and using cetaphil cleanser and moisturiser keeps things calm.

Pupsiecola Sun 27-Dec-15 16:18:15

I was diagnosed about 5 years ago and have it under control. Triggers for me are extremes in temperature, heat, cold/wind (just back from skiing and definitely a little redder), red wine, spicy food, hot baths/showers, intense exercise (I do this anyway as it makes me feel fab). I use La Roche Posay cleanser and Eucerin moisturiser. I just bought an anti-redness mask in our ski resort (Avene) and it seems to have helped. I keep skincare simple and rarely try sth new. I drink 2 to 3 litres of water per day.

FrustratedFrugal Sun 27-Dec-15 16:58:06

Mine is under control too, has been for several years. But yeah, patchy redness sounds familiar. Gentle cleansing, avoiding SLS on my face, trying to wash my face only once a day (hot and cold water trigger my symptoms, as do extreme temperatures, particularly freezing air). I avoid too much skin care. When my skin is acting up, I avoid stressing it with products. Now that I am in remission, I can use acid pads a few times a week. I used high coverage foundation for decades but no longer do so, I even out the redness with either Dr Jart BB cream or Lily Lolo mineral makeup, and only use Eucerin 5% urea cream occasionally for moisturizing. When the air is very dry, I use Korean sleeping masks overnight. And I use high SPF sunscreen religiously.

FaFoutis Sun 27-Dec-15 17:01:44

Try a range of different antibiotics. I eventually found one that cleared mine up completely. I suffered from roseacea for 10 awful years before that. I tried absolutely everything and nothing else worked. I just use sunscreen now and haven't had a flare up for a long time.

zombiemeow Sun 27-Dec-15 17:58:47

Thanks everyone, that's a lot to take in!

I have no idea what the triggers are, it seems very red most the time and occasionally fades a bit.

I really didn't know anti biotics would work.

I only use the simple cleanser and toner, is it worth stopping that do you think?

FaFoutis Sun 27-Dec-15 21:45:18

Yes, stop the cleanser & toner. The toner in particular, toners are too harsh.
Dead Sea mud soap, from Boots, is very good for roseacea, better than Simple.

DrewsWife Sun 27-Dec-15 21:50:03

I have it too. I use veil cover cream. It's actually amazing stuff. On their fb page there is lots of pics of folk using it

It's available on prescription too. I used it on my wedding day and there is not a single trace in either the professional pics or family pics

Castrovalva Sun 27-Dec-15 21:57:06

I've had it for years

I wash with plain water and an unperfumed soap. Any other stuff makes it flare up. So I only wear foundation on very special occasions otherwise I'm locked in a spiral of using foundation to cover the flare up caused by the foundation.

I use a loose powder to hide red and shine on a night out, but accept it will cause problems.

Toner is the devils work!

Keep the wind off your face. If I'm doing outdoorsy stuff I tend to wear a scarf I can cover my face with and a hat I can pull down so only my eyes are exposed. That has made a massive difference. I look a dick but I don't care.

Food is a big trigger - red wine especially but rich food in general.

FrustratedFrugal Mon 28-Dec-15 06:00:29

I love castile soap and black nigella soap, they suit my skin better than face washes. I'm not into toners. Less is more for rosacea!

zombiemeow Mon 28-Dec-15 07:44:37

I am so clueless with this stuff!

Am off to boots Thursday so will have a look

YourBubzYourRulzHun Mon 28-Dec-15 09:46:32

I started using Kalme products a couple of months ago. They are really good. Can only get online though.

Sallyhasleftthebuilding Mon 28-Dec-15 09:50:38

I had this for two years - nothing worked.
When i put symptoms in NHS website it kept coming back with coldsores.
I slaped coldsore cream on - it stings - was gone in three days and not come back.
Try it.

Sirona Mon 28-Dec-15 10:05:50

Mine is flared up with sun, temperature (either hot or cold) and exercise. I do stay out of the sun now and use sunblock on my face but there's no way in hell I'm giving up exercise. I rarely drink these days but it does flare it up too.

I use cetaphil cleanser and La Roche Posay moisturiser. I've tried metronidazole but it didn't help, some success with drying up the spotty bits with erythromycin and zinc solution. I don't fancy taking oral abs for it as I have stomach issues. Dermablend makeup covers it up rightly, though I keep meaning to try Veil Cover.

Pupsiecola Mon 28-Dec-15 12:18:22

Frustrated, which sunscreen do you use?

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