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Rosacea Care for Clear Skin

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One of the most “mysterious” skin conditions is rosacea. Even experts know very little about rosacea, making it seem scarier and more difficult to treat than it actually is. With this post, I will try to debunk the rumors and answer your questions surrounding rosacea.

Rosacea is a common skin condition that exhibits many symptoms, including redness and pimples on the nose, cheeks, chin and forehead. Although rosacea is often presented as one condition, there are actually four subtypes of rosacea that present themselves with unique characteristics and symptoms. These symptoms include small, visible blood vessels or easily irritated skin.

Although rosacea is not physically harmful, it is known to cause significant social, psychological and occupational issues due to its bright, acne-like appearance and tendency to cause discomfort. There is no cure for rosacea; however, there are many skin care treatments and skin care ingredients available that help to reduce the redness, inflammation and breakouts caused by rosacea, leading to a healthier-looking complexion.

The exact cause of rosacea is unknown, although there are many theories on the subject. Some believe it to be caused by easily dilated blood vessels, while others blame skin bacteria, follicle irritation, sun damage or even psychological factors. Whatever the cause, it is important to remember that rosacea is not contagious, nor is it related to poor hygiene. In addition, while excessive drinking may exacerbate rosacea symptoms, it is not directly caused by alcohol consumption.

Throughout the ongoing research into the causes of and potential cures for rosacea, experts have found many trigger factors that can aggravate rosacea symptoms. These triggers include emotional stress, extreme weather conditions, sun exposure, alcohol, spicy food and aggressive skin care products. In addition, anything that generally causes flushing or overheating in normal complexions, such as exercise, hot baths or dehydration, has a tendency to induce rosacea flare-ups.

Two of the most effective and comforting treatments for rosacea are proper skin care and the use of a sunscreen moisturizer with an SPF 15 or greater. The latter of the two works by blocking UV rays, which can irritate rosacea-prone skin, while restoring moisture to the skin, which helps alleviate the dryness and roughness that often accompanies rosacea.

When choosing skincare treatments for rosacea-prone skin, make sure to keep an eye on the ingredient lists. Some of the most common skin care ingredients, such as alcohol, witch hazel, salicylic acid, menthol, and peppermint oil, are known to further irritate rosacea. Is it also important to choose fragrance-free formulas, as synthetic fragrances are said to cause more allergic contact dermatitis than any other ingredient used in skincare cosmetics.



  1. king
    Posted May 14, 2009 at 11:16 pm | Permalink

    Am black and My foot/ankle and my wrist/hand area is about 60% darker than the rest of my body. I have tried amlactin 12% lotion and cerave cream and no sign of fading. I red about some of the bleaching products on your site. Which bleaching cream or lotion is best for my situation.

  2. Leanna Kelly
    Posted May 20, 2009 at 3:16 pm | Permalink

    Hi there,

    Thank you for your comment! I spoke with our esthetician Meagan, and she said that what you’re describing is fairly normal with African American skin. She recommended any lightening product that does not contain hydroquinone.

    DermStore carries a skin care line created especially for African American and other deep brown skin tones called Rx for Brown Skin. Rx for Brown Skin offers a body moisturizer (Skin-Evening Body Lotion by Rx for Brown Skin) that’s created to even the skin’s tone while moisturizing and nourishing the skin. They also carry a targeted skin lightener (Naturally Flawless Brightener) that’s made with natural yet effective lightening ingredients. Click here to view Rx for Brown Skin’s entire selection.

    While any of the previously mentioned products would work for you, there’s no reason you need to stick to that brand. Any skin lightener that is free of hydroquinone should provide the results you desire. Again, thank you for your comment. I hope you’re able to resolve your skin care concerns!

  3. maria m
    Posted September 14, 2009 at 5:25 pm | Permalink

    I am in my 50′s and have recently been diagnosed with Rosacea, which I believe was induced by the YEARS & YEARS of application of creams prescribed by my doctor for a mild condition of SebDerm! The doctor never told me that repeated use of steroid creams could INDUCE ROSACEA!!

    On a number of occasions lately, as I searched the stores for a “cure” to whatever was going on with my face, I had seen reviews for the “Made from Earth Rosehip & Hibiscus Face Serum”, but didn’t believe it would work – because nothing else I had purchsed had worked so far….The redness and rash I was experiencing had gotten much worse over the last month. I needed relief, badly.

    So I decided to buy the Made from Earth Rosehip Serum – it was cheap compared to other rosacea creams and I had nothing to use. WITHIN 2 MONTHS I WAS MUCH IMPROVED!! Honestly, my face even felt better!! The stinging has almost stopped except for the nose area, and the redness is almost 100% gone, as well as the overall “itchiness” from the latest flare.

    Don’t wait – go buy this BEFORE you see your doctor!! At least give it a try first; you have nothing but about $18 to lose! Hurry and get relief for yourself!!!

  4. Marcia C
    Posted October 10, 2009 at 4:34 pm | Permalink

    My skin went crazy…it felt like it was on fire. Raw and red and such pain!
    I went to the dermatologist and he prescribed “MetroLotion” and all it did was burn my skin even more.( This started when I was about 48 years old—other strange health problems were happening at the same time).
    I started using the Made from Earth Rosehip & Hibiscus Face Serum also – and my skin is under control. The hideous raw red skin flares occaisionally…I use it daily…

  5. DonnaMarie
    Posted January 7, 2011 at 4:07 pm | Permalink

    I have been suffering with the occasional redness on my face for a couple of years. My face would look like it was sunburned. I had to cover up with lots of heavy makeup and it felt awful. Finally made the appointment to see my doctor when I couldn’t stand it anymore.

    The doctor gave me 2 different perscriptions for gels and ointments. They seemed to work but it took weeks to see any results and my face still had to be covered with makeup to hide the redness. I bought Shielo’s Complexion Moisturizer after reading some of the reviews and decided this would be cheaper than another doctor visit plus the cost of more of the same expensive creams. I gave it a shot.

    Boy, was I surprised. The burning stopped with the very first application and the redness was greatly reduced overnight. I no longer have the dryness that the other ointments caused.

    After just 2 or 3 days, my face was back to normal and even my husband was amazed at the quick improvement. Keeping it on hand for flare ups.

  6. SammiS
    Posted July 20, 2011 at 4:55 pm | Permalink

    I had a similar experience to Maria M above….I don’t have servere rosacea , but i used to have alot of redness on my face. I was happy with Made from Earth’s Rosehip + Hibiscus Face Serum (its for rosacea) and after 1 month of using it, it reduce a lot of my redness and even got rid of some breakouts. It doesnt dry up your skin. . . cause you need that moisture to maintain a balance.

    Just do not use alot of the product. Only a little is needed to calm down your skin.

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