Susan’s Rosacea Story

Written by on June 13, 2016 in My Rosacea Story with 4 Comments

Rosacea News is starting a new series of articles that I’m calling “My Rosacea Story“. There is real power in hearing other people’s stories. We’d love to hear from you too. Feel free to send me an email, and to use the following questions as a starting point.

Thanks to Sue for sharing.

How long ago, and how did you discover you had rosacea?

I developed rosacea 25 years ago at the age of 50..

 What feelings can you remember from when you first found out?

I saw a brochure in the doctor’s office and was afraid I would look like W.C. Fields.

What did you start doing to find relief?

I took 250 mg of tetracycline 3 times a day between meals for nearly 10 years.  I also used Metrogel .75% morning and at bedtime

What things did you try that didn’t help?

I tried zinc oxide and Tagamet Acid Blocker (cimetidine).  Neither of them helped.

What things did you try that did help?

The tetracycline did help keep the pimples and flushing away, but probably doctors would agree that  it is not healthy to take the tetracycline for so long.  The Metrocream 75% is helpful In preventing and curing pimples and I also take oracea. I take oracea right before breakfast and don’t follow the instructions of taking it one hour before a meal or two hours after a meal. The  VBeam laser has been “somewhat”  helpful.  Rosacea Care Zinco Tinted has been great to stop a flush.

One of the most important things to do since I have the flushing type of rosacea is to give up alcohol.  Alcohol, even a little bit, causes a flush.

Where did you find the best advice?

I followed the advice of a dermatologist and a support group online.

Please tell us what advice you would offer newly diagnosed rosacea sufferers?

The advice I would give newly diagnosed rosacea sufferers would depend on whether they had the pimply type or flushing type of rosacea.  For pimples I have found using Metrocream .75% 2 times a day prevents pimples.  I think it is VERY important to wash your face 2 times a day.  Oracea is also helpful in preventing pimples.  For flushing I have had several VBeam treatments with modest success.  I also like to use Rosacea Care Zinco untinted when I have a flush.  I find it usually stops the flush.

What hopes do you have for the future for yourself and for rosacea sufferers in general?

It sounds like Soolanta is promising for the treatment of rosacea pimples, but since my skin is sensitive and the Metrocream .75% is working I will stay with the Metrocream at this time.  I think it is very important to wash your face twice a day to prevent pimples.  I have had tremendous bruising and down time with the VBeam, but I find it to be somewhat helpful.  Maybe lasers will get better.

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4 Reader Comments

  1. mary says:

    I am so sick of getting and having a red face. I use power from avon to cover up the red. why cant someone help us get rid of the red and burning

  2. jagoterry says:

    I would love to send my story but your email link doesn’t work.. can you post your email ?

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