As we all know, rosacea is more than just a red face, but indeed trying to treat the redness or erythema associated with rosacea is quit tricky. Use this forum to get the lastest and greatest information.
Tue Jan 03, 2012 12:39 am
Could anyone recommend a facial oil for their rosacea? Right now, I alternate between Sweet Almond Oil, Jojoba Oil and Extra Virgin Olive Oil. I also lightly exfoliate with brown sugar, mixed with olive oil. My biggest problem is extreme flakiness on my forehead. Thanks in advance for any reply.
Tue Jan 03, 2012 2:14 am
I personally use emu oil; I also like hemp (but it's lighter) and ELS from www.skinactives.com
. Even though it can make me red for a day, I use a cheap washcloth from the drugstore to exfoliate once weekly.
Wed Feb 01, 2012 1:07 am
I use jojoba oil exclusively, and its the best thing to happen to me after dealing with this for 20+ years. Personally, I wouldn't ever put sugar on my face, rationale being: bacteria is always present on the face, bacteria like sugar, so I wouldn't purposefully give them food to thrive on. I also try to minimize the number of products used on my face because its hard to determine what's irritating when you jump around alot. Since it takes a few weeks for skin to completely renew itself, it's hard to sort out which products help and which don't.
I have one of those "plain water irritates me" faces. It's SUPER sensitive. I tried just about everything RX and everything OTC. After many years and hundreds of dollars, my face was still red, bumpy, irritated, rough, pustules, papules, scales. It took a long time, but I figured out a routine that has my face soft, smooth, not red, and minimal/occasional pustules, papules, scales. I've done this exact routine for over 6 months now, and I've never looked better.
I don't wear facial makeup except undereye concealer and spot concealer on blemishes, and a light dusting of powder mineral makeup all over. I wear eyeliner, shadow, and mascara every day. At night, I use a cotton ball with some jojoba oil (a little goes a long way) to remove my eye makeup. Then I wet my face and spread a small squirt of CeraVe Foaming Facial Cleanser around my face.*
*The CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser did NOT agree with my face, made me really irritated. They have different ingredients.
Then I use the Clarisonic Mia with a wet "sensitive" brush head and go all over my face in small, slow circles, with light enough pressure to feel it moving but not jamming it into my face. It has a timer (20 seconds maybe?) and I just do a "once over" on my whole face so I'm done when then timer beeps. I say this because you don't want to get OCD and go over your face for too long, or you'll overdo it and potentially irritate your skin (speaking from experience). Then I rinse my face and dry with a clean towel.
Last, I spread a small (again, a little goes a long way) but thorough amount of organic jojoba oil over my whole face. This includes over my (closed) eyes. When I pluck my eyebrows (very necessary), I get bright red spots under my eyebrows that can last several days. But if I smear a little jojoba oil over the area immediately after plucking, the redness quickly goes away. Likewise, I get dark marks (I'm very pale) that last months after having a blemish, but the jojoba oil helps them disappear within days/weeks. I'm almost 40 and used eye creams since my teens, but I was still getting some fine lines/wrinkles under my eyes. Well, those are pretty much gone now. My undereyes and face are completely smooth when my face is neutral.
I stopped doing anything in the morning except rinsing with some water, but I do occasionally clean with the CeraVe (just hand wash, not with the Mia) and reapply jojoba, or even just use more jojoba oil without cleansing. I think I was overwashing my face all those years, contributing to the irritation.
I can't say enough good things about jojoba oil. The whole bottle 4 oz/118 mL cost me about $15 US, and after 6 months of using it every day I haven't even used half the bottle. I started using it on my hands and for a general all purpose body moisturizer. After years of "STAY AWAY FROM OILY PRODUCTS", it was really hard to believe the jojoba oil wouldn't break me out, but now I slather it on with complete confidence. It's actually a wax, but called "oil" because that's what we perceive it to be. No matter what it is, I think its a miracle product direct from Mother Nature.
Other notes on my rosacea: I live in Texas USA (hot and humid), commute by bicycle (sweaty and in the sun, exercise), work in a kitchen (hot dry heat from ovens), can't wear sunscreen (I CANNOT use chemical products), spend a lot of time outdoors (see previous), eat every kind of food, and flush/blush very easily. So telling me "avoid common triggers" was like saying "waste away in your house alone until you die". I don't believe those things are as much triggers as people think. I think its more about what you eat (non-processed foods, variety, moderation), exercising/healthy body, and what you put ON your face topically that irritates rosacea.
I also take omega 3-6-9 and kelp supplements daily, and several times a week an anti-candida supplement and probiotic supplements. I'm going to look into anti-inflammatory and vascular support supplements as well.
Oh my gosh I didn't mean to write such a SUPER LONG post, but there it is. 20+ years of battling this crippling disease (I've stayed home many times because I was too embarassed to show my face in public, so it very much affects my whole life), and this is what I've learned.
If you've read this far, I hope something I said can help you,
Brooke in Austin, TX USA
Wed Feb 01, 2012 1:44 pm
Thank you for your in depth post. it is always useful to know what is working for other rosacea sufferers. I have used jojoba oil on and off for a few years now, and whilst I like it I must say i have not noticed much improvement.
All the best