So far the best collection of information about natural products I’ve found is a paper called Treatment of Rosacea with Herbal Ingredients. One of the herbs mentioned in that paper was Feverfew. Just to recap ;
Feverfew (Tanacetum parthenium)
One of the primary active components of feverfew, parthenolide, inhibits serotonin release from platelets. Feverfew inhibits 5-lipoxygenase and cyclooxygenase, resulting in a reduction in human blood platelet aggregation.
In a recent study by Martin and associates, 45 days of treatment with 1% feverfew PFE (parthenolide-free extract) – Aveeno Daily Moisturizer Ultracalming, improved mild inflammatory acne by inhibiting the release of inflammatory markers from activated lymphocytes and reducing neutrophil chemotaxis. It is these immunomodulating properties that suggest feverfew PFE[TM] may be a useful treatment for rosacea.
From: Active Naturals Feverfew
A calming and soothing solution for Sensitive Skin, Feverfew, a resilient flower related to chamomile, thrives in the harsh conditions of the Mediterranean mountain region. For centuries this hardy little flower has been cultivated for its medicinal value. AVEENO® scientists unlocked feverfew’s true potential by creating a unique way to process feverfew which retains the naturally active benefits of the ingredient to soothe and calm irritated skin.
Advancing the Science of Feverfew
Naturally calming feverfew found in AVEENO® is a patented skincare breakthrough and has been shown in preclinical testing to effectively deliver the broadest range of anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits compared with over 2,000 other natural ingredients. In addition to providing anti-oxidant activity, it calms and soothes compromised and assaulted skin. Feverfew is proven to reduce redness and irritation caused by internal and external aggressions.
With naturally calming feverfew, a natural ingredient related to chamomile, this light, fast-absorbing moisturizer is clinically proven to visibly reduce facial redness and soothe irritation. It helps to actively manage dry, red uncomfortable skin. Ultra-Calming Daily Moisturizer also helps maintain healthy-looking skin and is shown in clinical studies to deliver visible skin improvements in as little as one week.
Use it daily to reduce redness, calm and soothe irritations, and diminish blotchiness for even-looking skin. It is gentle enough to use every day and safe enough for the most sensitive skin, even those with rosacea.
Additional Product Benefits Include: UVA/UVB sunscreens, oil-free, hypoallergenic, noncomedogenic
User Product Reviews:
mrsmcompton, on Aug 14, 2005 said:
A couple of weeks ago, I saw a comercial for Aveeno Ultra Calming Foaming Cleanser and it talked about removing the redness in your skin. Well, I have never really thought a lotion or cleanser would do anything for me, but decided I’d try this one and ohhhhhh am I so glad I did! In the first few days of using it, there was no change and I was discouraged, but by the end of the first week, I could see an amazing difference and didn’t need to even TRY to use the green cover stick. I used my normal make up and for the first time in a LONG time I didn’t see these big red cheeks staring back at me! I’m not saying this product will do miracles or even work for everyone, but it sure did help me! And for like 7 bucks at Walmart, it was sure worth a shot!
belcanto, on Mar 28, 2006, said:
I’ve been using Aveeno Ultra-Calming moiturizing cream. It seems to help a little, but it doesn’t moisturize quite enough at times. Others here have said that it made their redness worse, however.
Suedusty, on Jan 6, 2006 said:
I tried Aveeno Ultra Calming Moisturizing Cream on the right side of my face last evening. It caused my mildly red face to become bright red and very inflammed on the right side. I washed it off, put some zinc oxide on which calmed it down a bit.
polockhart, on Feb 4, 2007 said:
I have been trying both Aveeno and Eucerin lines of redness relief washes, sunscreens and moisturizers. So far I really like the Eucerin sensitive wash (have not broken into the Aveeno bottle yet), find the nighttime Eucerin fairly good, the Aveeno Ultra Calming Moisturizer with sunscreen (15) absolutely wonderful and the Ultra Calming Moisturizer really good. I just bought the Eucerin Sunscreen Moisturizer (30) but haven’t opened it yet. If I had to choose between the two brands, Aveeno would be the one. It can calm the worst redness very quickly, even if I have been out in the cold and wind and actually have swelling. It leaves my skin silky smooth.
ljclayer, on Dec 19, 2006 said:
Just wanted you all to know I have found a new cleanser (Aveeno Ultra Calming) that is working out well for me. I used to use Cetaphil Gentle Cleanser in a bottle but discovered (after using it for 3 years) that it does not remove the tinted Zinco. I had seen similar messages posted about Cetaphil, but I was hooked and did not think it did not remove my Zinco until I “cheated” and used an alcohol based toner a couple times and saw beige all over the cotton square. Yuk, made me wonder what else it did not take off or if it left too much stuff on my face…would that contribute to acne ? This Aveeno product is not drying and not oily and when I put it on my face it feels soothing.
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