New here, can't get rid of redness

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New here, can't get rid of redness

Postby sagnleo62 » Sat Dec 05, 2009 5:25 pm

Hi. I'm a 47-year-old woman and have had a red face since I was a teenager. As a teen, I also had very bad acne. At age 15, dermatology treatment cleared both the acne and the redness right up. It included Retin-A cream, antibiotics and some other topical treatment but I can't remember the name of it.

Now as an adult, I have no more acne, but still have the very red face and I got some broken capillaries on my chin, which I paid out of pocket to have them removed. my primary care doctor won't refer me to a dermatologist (I belong to an HMO and it seems nobody wants you to see any specialists of any kind until you're dying). He did diagnose rosacea, prescribed me Doxycycline and Metrogel and says that's all he can do for me, but I am not allowed to see a dermatologist. It seemed to help at first, but then it stopped and now I'm at my wits' end. If I don't wear makeup, I get asked constantly why my face looks burned and I have a feeling the makeup only makes it worse. Has anyone found anything that stops the redness? Thanks.
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Re: New here, can't get rid of redness

Postby Lisamouries » Sat Dec 05, 2009 8:29 pm

Welcome sagnleo62.
Redness is a problem, I agree. I've been battling with it for a while. The most important thing is that Rosacea skin is extremely sensitive and the topicals we use to keep the condition at bay are very drying, so moisturising your skin 2 to 3 times a day with a good non fragranced moisturiser can help a lot with the redness.

What I found that really helped is taking Clonidine 25 microgram x 3 a day. It does take time to work (3 to 6 months) and you might have to up the dosage. It's a prescription only medicine so you'll need to talk to your Doctor about it but read and print out as much as you can about it to show your Doctor and see what he thinks.
viewtopic.php?f=37&t=1267&p=9002&hilit=clonidine#p9002
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Some people have also reported getting pretty good results from pyratine XR. This is an over the counter moisturiser but is quite pricey.
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The other thing that helped for me at least is Red Light Therapy. This you can try without needing a prescription but it's worthwhile talking to your Doctor so that he's aware you are trying it. I do 10-15mns a day religiously every evening on clean skin. There are a lot of threads on this in the LLT section.
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Hope that helps.
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