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nehapoole  ·  08 May 2013

Hi Rosa!!

As you depicted in your post that you read some articles regarding the benefits of manuka honey over "Rosacea" so here is the remedy which I used for when I was facing same problems

Take a 1/2 cup of manuka honey apply to your skin before going for a bath and keep it untill it becomes dry then after afterwards wash it off !!

I hope my suggetsion would definitely help you!! :)  :)


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bucks123  ·  03 May 2013

I suffered from rosacea 8 years ago and spent some time on roaccutane with very limited benefits.Then for professional and personal reasons I moved to Paris for 7 years. It took about two months living there and then it completley disappeared during the 7 years. I moved back to Ireland 5 months ago and and after 2-3 months living here it has reemerged with a vengance. I cook a lot so so my diet has largely remained the same. I have no doubt whatsoever that the humid climate is the primary contributing factor here. The air in Paris is dry and even during short visits I make back there the difference is very noticeable in terms of it healing.Stress reduction and not touching the face helps to reduce the severity in Ireland but for me the primary cause is the humid climate with my skin. Moving abroad not a practical solution for most people I know!However, I have never read about this link with humid climates and it is definitely the primary cause for me..  


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living in hope  ·  19 Mar 2013

Really interesting post rosy cheeks. I use a Clinique moisturiser which I find really good. It's called redness solutions and its very soothing. It's about fifty euro but well worth it. They also do a foundation which I'm experimenting with. Ill let you know Also I have discovered that bananas drive my skin mad for some reason so I avoid at all costs. 


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redhead  ·  19 Mar 2013

Hi Rosy cheeks, Just saw your reply now and you have done your research, so well done on that. I agree totally with you that something is amiss with rosaceans regarding inflammation and not being able to detoxify -therefore lots of things flair us up. I have suffered from acne for years then rosacea and here's what I've noticed lately- I quit smoking 5 weeks ago after smoking for 6/7 years and guess what my skin has broke out again, I was hoping that my skin would be glowing but unfortunately not. I have read that somehow smoking reduces inflammation in our systems!!!!! Anyway prior to giving up I was taking Zinc 50 once a day and 1 Vitamin B6 and my skin was very good-not many spots at all but since quitting the smoking, Zinc doesnt seem to be working as well. So I am interested in maybe starting the milk thistle and see how I go...... Rosy Cheeks, it seems like you are suffering with the flushing and burning, have you considered the laser at all? I would really consider it as I never had the burning again after a few sessions of the IPL laser and like you I suffered badly from the flushing..... Best of luck and keep us up to date with your research-very interesting reading. Redhead


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Irons  ·  16 Mar 2013

hi guys, can anyone recommend a glo minerals product to camoflage? its for a man so something that works without foundation etc. thanks


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rosy cheeks  ·  15 Mar 2013

To Redhead and Living in Hope... Thank You so much for responding, I really need to get feedback, you are angels..and I hope for more feedback.. ..I now since I wrote here the last time still have not talked with the woman (dermatologist) who diagnosed me, as when I was there the second time I still got no real help what so ever and the nutritional part of this problem she barely touched as a I've since then turned to sights like these, and also been searching everything useful regarding treatments on the net on medical sights, research, and now later on I've been in the health shop to start off somewhere. I've been in bed with a notepad and a pen...writing down all useful information, and I stumbled over something very interesting on several medical research and doctors pages... rosaceans apparently have a poorly functioning doesn't cleanse out the toxins from what we eat, therefore we react to all kinds of different foods as if they were poison to us, additives, colorings, some vitamins even, even some very healthy fruits and vegges and grains, dairy products and so on, so the problem is much bigger then to just stay away from things that contain tannin, or high histamine foods, or that dialate our blood vessels like alcohol. We also have a poorly digestion and sometimes lack digestive we get an over growth of nasty bacteria in our intestines which leaks out in our bloodstream...our rosacea medicins..the antibiotics.. puts even more strain on our liver and not only kills off the unvanted things for the time being, but also kills off the little good bacteria we have left...which leads us to break out again as soon as the cure is over and sometimes even now the bad bacteria can take over our gut system..candida can also grow rapidly. The scientist know that rosaceans because of this have higher levels of toxins and unpurities in the bloodstream because our organs can't detoxify as they normally should, and that goes both for the liver and our bowl system. This can cause Rosacea as well as Prosiasis and other autoimmune diseases to break out. I've read lots and lots more then this about the subject then what I just wrote, but that's the sensus of it...which means we can throw every antibiotic available on it, but it'll only heal the outside..our faces.. for a short period of time..while the real problem still lingers within.. waiting to show it's ugly face again, and that's what needs to be dealt with, not only the symptom of it. The more informed doctors doesn't say they want to eliminate the use of conventional treatments for rosacea such as what's available today such as antibiotics, but it has to go furhter then that treating the root of the problem, and that the nutritional part of healing sometimes if not often is totally ignored by most doctors as they don't deal with that side of healing and therefor never have seen the result of it. From the medical articles I understand that "we" will never heal fully and the problem will never really go away as "our" organs has less capacity, perhaps from birth, but there are things that can be done to help our cleansing organs to function better, and that's where we need to focus to help manage and control this disease/condition. I now understand this is a very complexed problem, far bigger then I could have imagined, but I now have started the journey of trying to detoxify my system..starting off slowly, as it's not easy to do it all at once, plus the cost of all the suppliments. The triggers mentioned in all rosacea sights..some is very easy to eliminate...some more tricky...if it was only a matter of food..then it would be easy peasy...but for me..I now am struggling as well to pick up enough energy and courgage to go look for a new job...not an easy task when your boss knows your ill and might tell the new boss if they choose to make a phone call for references..not an easy task when you're not in balance and feel low and filled with self doubts. And not easy to know...what would be the right kind of place to work in. At the moment I have a huge trigger...and that's my stressfull and hot humid kitchen I work in where the heat get's to extremes, and I flush as soon as I get in there to I know..I can't stay there...but I can't just walk out either with no other job to go to everone else I need the income to live on... a tough nut to I'm working on the moment the only way I thinking of places to go to..what to say when I will get the best thing to tell the employer that I have this illness or not...all of these issues I'm now batteling with. When it comes to the other triggers I now have eliminated what is suggested by the medical sights of experts in rosacea cases and by the nutricionist nurse who have her practice in the health shop...wheat, gluten, citrus fruits, cocoa, starches (which turns into sugar), dairy, all kinds of sugars (for the moment even all fruits as they contain sugar as well), high carb foods, all processed foods, soy, all fermented products ( soy sause, pickles in all forms, vinegar and so on), alcohol, spices, high histamine foods, tannin containing foods, niacin containing foods, foods with additives of any kind, colorings, coffee, tea, all acidic foods...well the list goes on and on... For the moment I am on a suggested very limited and strict diet to detoxify my liver and help my system overloaded system, containing of natural brown rice, rice milk, gluten free oatmeal porridge, ground flax seeds, organic olive oil, lean cuts of free range chicken, broccoli, and unprocessed sea salt (high in minerals) and brown rice cakes and lots of fresh water...alkaline water is the best..but that's something I have to get to later on. Natural suppliments at the moment...Viridian Querecetin+Vitamin B5 (natural antihistamine), Multimillion dophilus (good bacterias), Oregano oil capsulas (kills micro organisms, the side effect of these is that they also kill off a small part of the good bacterias in the large intestine, but in combination with the multimilloin dophilus they are replenished you add on good bacterias...note...there is doctors who also suggests using a topical lotion containing oregano oil at night and this lotion seems to kill off the mites associated with rosacea, and 80-90% of the patients have seen an improvement in their rosacea), Lepicol for bowel cleansing (pryllium husks with inulin and probiotics), Digestive enzymes (dairy free), Milk thistle capsules (improves all over liver function and helps detoxify the skin, it reduces the toxins in the bloodstream, reduces the inflammatory response and the skin will be helped to clear, Silymarin concentrates in the liver and has been shown to boost the detoxification enzyme system and to help to regenerate damaged liver cells), vitamin C, Flax oil (omega 3, 6 and 9..helps reduce inflammation). I'm still also on the traditional medicin tetralysal and Zyrtec and will follow it through till that "cure" is over. Later on more foods and suppliments, vitamins and others will be added on as my liver and inner system has gotten in a better state. Regarding the foods, it will be one new food at a time to check if it's ok for me or not, and I'll then also start a food diary. I now use a sun screen factor 50+, protecting my skin from the sun, and I try to wrap up protecting my face in the cold and wind as I know that aslo triggers flushes for me. I yet haven't found a moisterizing cream without any alchohol in it, that's my task for tomorrow, so if you know of one please let me know. Any alcohol containing moisterizing product will casuse either an immidiate or delayed redness in rosacean sufferers. Since I've started my new diet, I'm less red and inflammed and the tingeling and itching sensation has almost gone away. Yesterday I was at work, got overheated and got a flush which lasted for about an hour, and today im a small bit more red, so I know, my workplace is at the moment my worst, as I said, I need to work on getting out of there and into a new job where there is cooler and less moist air. I'll get back to you on how it goes as I go along. I'm happy I've found a place where I can write to you :) oh, and sorry for the long story... ;)


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living in hope  ·  12 Mar 2013

In response to rosy cheeks. Please don't despair . This time last year I was in the same situation as you, feeling the same feelings. One year later I am in a much more positive place. I tried the drugs my doctor prescribed to no avail. I now take a zinc supplement, use diluted tea tree on on spot outbreaks and use oil free make up and la Roche posay cleanser and a Clinique special moisturiser. I try drink at least two litres of water a day. My skin is not perfect but so much better. I advise you to try a few changes like these and see what works best for you. Best of luck


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redhead  ·  11 Mar 2013

Hi Rosy cheeks, I feel your pain and I know exactly how you are feeling physically and mentally. You just need to calm down and really everything will be fine-rosacea can be treated and sometimes the internet can be very frightening showing all the worst cases of rosacea. Firstly if its the burning that is causing the most anxiety for you and causing you to feel depressed and unable to do your work, eat, and socialise then you need to consult with your doctor regarding laser treatment for this burning sensation. IPL laser treatment worked for me and there are lots of new lasers available too, you should get it done from a reputable dermatologist-dont go to a beauticians as I've heard some horror stories. You will be fine Rosy cheeks-one step at a time and like many of the people on here-you can live normally with rosacea-it doesnt bother me much now- after a few sessions of the laser I never got the burning/flushing again and I just go for one session a year now. there are also many treatments for the spots/pustules from Rosacea that your doctor may recommend or some natural healthy options too like Zinc. Anyway you take deep breaths and consult your doctor again re the blushing and best of luck. Positive thinking okay..... Redhead


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rosy cheeks  ·  09 Mar 2013

hi every one, I got diagnosed just a few weeks ago, and first I didn't know what this was, I hardly got any info at all from the dermatologist, and as I walked out of her office I thought I had gotten some form of acne, and that after the 6 week cure she was gonna put me on I was gonna be fine. Well about a week later I was on the net browsing for pictures of different eczema as I've had different eczemas all my life, and all of a sudden I stumbled on the word rosacea, and I thought to my self...wasn't this the doctor called my acne? So I clicked on the link and all these horrifying pictures of disfigured faces shows up on my screen...I got the chock of my life...picked up the phone calling the doctors office to confirm that there has to be a misstake...surley I must have heard wrong when I was there, surley I just thought she had mentioned rosacea..surely I don't have an incurable me... My call got through and the nurse picked up, only to confirm that yes, it's rosacea. I've been crying floods of tears, trying to come to terms with it, knowing now I can't stay in my job as I work in a hot steamy enviroment, stress of trying to find another job in panic, stress of being sick, stress of not knowing what's coming, who do I tell, do I want to tell, can I tell?! I have been walking around or laying in bed, going to work, not eating, not knowing what can I lists here...ok lists there...grey zones there...what direction will I go...burning..pain..tears...flushes..I want to die...can't cope feelings...a boss that doesn't understand or want to help out..chaos..chaos..chaos...I'm on my own. I've been to numerous pages searching...what I think I need the most is to meet with people who actually live close enough so that I can get useful info and support when I feel like giving up. I've never felt so alone in my life, and talking with someone who doesn't have this isn't really helping because they don't fully understand or grasp it. Ok, rant and rave over, I just hope someone here can help pick me up a bit. I'm really lost at the moment. I've dropped two clothes sizes already from not knowing what I can eat and some from loosing my appetite. I need help.


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mkmk15  ·  18 Oct 2012

Hi, has anyone ever received laser treatment for Rosacea in Galway. I only see Blackrock mentioned so far, is there a reason for this ?


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nef  ·  04 Aug 2012

I wanted to give some details on how I deal/have dealt with Rosacea. Yes stress is a major trigger, so that must be faced, there are many books, exercises, meditations etc on this once you find one that helps, it will be great.

Aloe vera juice is also good, as it is very cooling, juicing is very good, 'liver cleanses' help, general detoxing, avoiding pepper, less alcohol, less spicey food. Tea tree oil to remove bacteria. Making sure to take-it-easy and relax. Once I had this fairly under control, I got one treatment with laser to get rid of thread veins. Over-all it did take a while using all the above, but I find it is now under control.

I hope this helps Smile


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tonez  ·  02 Aug 2012


Could you recommend the dermatologist you saw at the blackrock clinic, if you could email the name to me at or just post it here. After a year, are you still happy with the IPL treatment you received at the blackrock clinic?I rang up the blackrock clinic and there were a few different dermatologists there so I'd just like to pick the one that I have one good recommendation for.



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living in hope  ·  16 Jun 2012

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kaza2710  ·  17 Sep 2011

Hi Rasberry

Yesterday I was given a topical treatment cream which is supposed to be very good for outbreaks as an alternative to the antibiotics, why not ask your GP for something similar?

So far the best thing I have found is avoiding the 'triggers' that set it off. It's not always the only cause but once you find out what your main trigger is you can try and cut it out. For me it's stress, so I am on the hunt for a less demanding job and my GP advised that I take up yoga which also seems to work in aleviating stress. For other people the most common are alcohol, spicy food and strong sunlight. I am sure you know all this already but I thought I would menion it just in case.

I hope this helps!!


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rasberry  ·  16 Sep 2011

hi i have taken antibiotics for rosacha but found them no good. i have a very red face and forehead its itchy and sore and i suffer from constant outbreaks of spots.i cant afford ipl treatmeant. does anybody know anything else that could help me as its really starting to get me suffering for about ten years now


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kaza2710  ·  19 Aug 2011

Thanks so much for this info Redhead. While the antibiotics have cleared up my skin the side affeacts are crap - the nausea is not great. My main concern is that I am not allowed to get pregnant while on the antibiotics as it would damage the baby and I do want children in the coming years so I would like to try and figure out alternatives that will work for me. Will defo be giving your thing a try! I really like the sounds of finding something natual that works.


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redhead  ·  16 Aug 2011

Hi Kaza,

Just quick message- I stopped using antibiotics over a year ago coz too many side effects even though they worked really well. Anyway I have been trying lots of natural treatments (Zinc, Tea Tree oil, etc)for my bumpy rosacea skin-here's what working-taking Garlic tablet each day and drinking aloe vera juice, the aloe vera juice cleared up my skin within 3/4 days of drinking it on an empty stomach every morning-couldnt believe it- have nice glow now from it. As regards to flushing, I would give the IPL laser a go-it worked for me when I had the burning on my face-might take a few sesssions to work......

I still use the Tea tree oil if I get an occasional spot-just dab it on and leave overnight and it dries them out......

Hope this helps



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blackstar  ·  16 Aug 2011

hello you are 26 but i got my rosacea when  i was 20 now I 23 so you aren't  the youngest one. i not useing any antibiotics now just cream i try to control what i'm doing. Some doctor can recommendation ipl for flushing the best way is ask.


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kaza2710  ·  15 Aug 2011

Hi, I am 26 and have recently been diagnosed with Rosacea. According to my doctor I am very young to develop the condition. He has prescribed me some strong antibiotics which have worked amazingly well so far, however he has informed me that due to my young age this is not a viable long term treatment option and I was looking for some advice on other treatment options.

In particular stress would be the biggest trigger for me, by far, and I develop the flushing and pimple like outbreaks on both my cheeks. As I don't have any issues with blood vessels in the skin I dont think laser treatment would be an option. Really just looking for some advice from others with Rosacea.


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John111  ·  03 Aug 2011

may i ask where u had the v beam laser done rosinr?


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Robinr  ·  03 Aug 2011

Hello, I have had two Vbeam Laser treatments and it hasn't done a thing for my broken Capillaries/facial veins. It almost seems as if I have more of them now  then when all of this started. Has anyone had any Luck with IPL for facial veins? I am going in for a consultation/possibly start treatments tomorrow, pretty spendy as it will take about 6 treatments they said. Will I notice any difference after the first treatment at all?


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jose  ·  30 Jun 2011

hi everybody, i've got rosacea for about 10 years now. lately i've noticed that my nose seems to be a lot redder than it used to be. could someone please tell me if laser treatment causes much bruising. and would my nose be very sore for a few days afterwards.. also i read somewhere that when men get  rosacea on their nose, it is more severe than when women get i was wondering maybe the laser treatment wont work as well for men as it would for women.  i would be very interested to hear peoples thoughts on this.. bye for now....jose   


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blackstar  ·  29 Jun 2011

hello people i had 3 in blackrock clinick  treatments but i dont see any change maybe my face was less red but after party in saturday when i had few drinks have been  flushing at evening and is more red :-(


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John111  ·  29 Jun 2011

hi redhead , i believe i have another condition called keratosis piliaris rubla faceli.i am going to have a pulse dye laser treatment for the facial redness as i believe it is successful in treating redness.i willl let people know how i get on when i get it next week.



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redhead  ·  23 Jun 2011

Hi John,

The cost depends on how many "shots" of the laser but it was usually about 250 -300 euro per session-expensive but for me it was worth it-can claim it back on Medical expenses/Tax form. I cant really remember exactly how many sessions it took to see definate improvement but I'm guessing about 4 or 5-I had the burning on my face 24 hours a day and couldnt concentrate on anything with it. (u will see my earlier posts re this). I had it done all over my face (except forehead which was okay), I never get that burning feeling anymore thank God-even if my face looks red after exercise or whatever-it doesnt feel like its hot or burning so for me that's the best thing.

At the moment I'm not taking any medicines for rosacea only natural supplements for the pustules.... Zinc, Garlic and magnesium supplements and also use tea tree oil when needed and use MD Forte cleanser which I get in the clinic.

Let me know how you get on-u will have to meet Dermatologist first anyway to assess your condition and see if definately rosacea etc and he will recommend treatments.



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John111  ·  22 Jun 2011

Hi redhead,

may i ask how much each treatment was for the blackrock clinic and how many treatments it took for an improvement to be seen?also what area did u have treated?i have had 4 treatments now on cheeks and nose and to date cannot see any improvement.i asked the derm wat level the machine was on and she sait it was on its highes level and that i worked my way up to the highest level over 4 treatments.

Did u see an improvent directly after the treatment or did it take a few days for the improvement to occur?




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redhead  ·  20 Jun 2011

Hi John,

Personally, I got mine done in the Blackrock clinic, its the IPL (Intense Pulse laser) and they update machines with newest technology etc and they are qualified dermatologists so would recommend this clinic.

It will probably take a few sessions to work but they increase the intensity each time once you are able to tolerate it.

Hope this helps



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John111  ·  16 Jun 2011

Hi im new to this forum.

I have been getting treatment for flushing and constant facial redness in the berkely clinic in dublin.has anyone had any experience with this clinic?i have had 3 treatments spaced 2 weeks apart and havnt seen any results yet.does anyone know how long i should stay with the same treatment and derm.i believe they use the starlux ipl.can anyone recommend a good ipl treatment centre in dublin?




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redhead  ·  23 May 2011

Hi Rosa,

Sorry to hear you have the Rosacea but you can really keep it under control-first off yes the IPL will definately help with the redness/burning -might take a few sessions but keep with it. I gave up using Minocin well over a year ago-I personally think I got depression from taking it and started feeling unwell within a month of taking it-but at time I didnt think it was from an innocent antibiotic but in hindsight I am 99% sure that it was!!!!! But everyone is different....

I am taking Zinc citrate internally and using tea tree oil on my face and find it really good for pustules-it takes a while for tto to work but you have to persevere for few 2/3 months and your skin gets used to it. At start, your skin can get very red and dry from it but I used to get really itchy bumps that would just appear during the day and since I started the TTO I no longer get the itchy bumps-it does take time though and maybe start with one side of face and see how it goes. I personally would  never take an antibiotic for my skin again as they are very bad for immune system and eventually stop working anyway in my opinion.

I cleanse with MD Forte cleanser (which I get from Derm)-it has a very mild exfoliator(you dont even notice this), but I was thinking of trying a tea tree cleanser as I've had such good success with the Topical TTO. My derm did a biopsy from my skin few years ago and the demodix mite showed up -ugh but thats why the tto seems to be working for me as it kills it!!! No more itch -yipee. As you will see from earlier posts-I was using Sea salt water but dont think it was strong enough for the Demodox thingy. 

As regards foods-I avoid red wine and also find that dairy (especially cream, ice cream)breaks me out too.....

Anyway best of luck with IPL and let me know how you get on.....



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Rosa de la Hayes  ·  22 May 2011


Finally, I have had my long awaited appointment with dermatologist. The consultation lasted 5 minutes and cost €180. He examined my skin with a light and diagnosed Rosacea which was no news to me. He said there is nothing you can do about the redness except ILP treatment and prescribed Minosin for a period of 8 weeks for the pustules. He said I may have to go on Minocin for 8 weeks every year. Rozex makes the condition worse, (my experience too) and By-Mysin is not as effective as Minosin.  I informed him of the foods/drinks I avoid such as coffee, red meat, alcohol, spicy food. He didn't have any advice regarding the foods I should avoid or take. I told him I was using specific Clinique products and he said I should only use Clinique. I am not going to start on the Minocin yet as I have had an injury. Has anyone any advice regarding Minocin or an alternative?

Rosa de la Hayes


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redhead  ·  18 Apr 2011


Yes you can do normal things after the IPL- I avoid Red wine, port as this can cause flushing heat etc but should be okay with most will need to check this yourself and see if you can tolerate alcohol but defo red wine is a no no for me...........Embarassed


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blackstar  ·  15 Apr 2011

redface can you drink alcohol a do normal thigs after ipl ?

thank you for answer


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blackstar  ·  15 Apr 2011

To RedHead you can drink alcohol after ipl traitment and you dont hav a flush after?

thank you for answer


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Cheerio  ·  07 Apr 2011

Thank you ... you are a star, will keep you posted on progressWink


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redhead  ·  07 Apr 2011


Glad I can help-know its a tough time.

The foods I avoid are ice cream or any cream really as I find it breaks me out and get itchy spots on face after it, even Baileys drives my skin mad!!!! I dont touch red wine now and occasionally have glass of white but think vodka is okay....but dont drink much anyways so doesnt bother me too much. I eat pretty much everything else but defo avoid spicy foods and red wine/port for the moment.

Make up-well up to few weeks ago I was using Vichy Dermablend skin concealer (in a tube) and loved it-even though its a concealer I used it as a make up and had very good coverage and lasted for hours-HOWEVER as always happens they have now discontinued this and replaced it with a panstick which I dont like-too difficult to apply and very dry....they have a vichy dermablend foundation which might suit you but I personally dont like it as it gives a horrible look to my face!!! So I bought few different brands and to no avail so last fri I went to Brown thomas and went to MAC counter-the girl was lovely and I didnt want to just buy another make up and then find out it didnt suit etc etc so she took off make up and tried a few colours on my skin-turns out I was always putting yellow toned make up on to hide bit of red and blemishes but you should go with your natural colouring so I got a very natural colour and even though coverage is not as good as with Vichy-it has inbuilt moisturiser and my skin looks so much softer and more natural looking. THe one I got is MAC Studio Sculpt which also has added bonus of SPH15 BUT there are other MAC ones for Oily skin which I reckon would provide better coverage as they are drier.......  La Roche Posay do some make ups too for rosacea skin so try to get few testers of these.....

Cheerio, best of luck with dr and I know you will get the redness/blushing sorted and then you can deal with the pustules so dont give up hope okay......Wink


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Cheerio  ·  06 Apr 2011

Thank you so much for so much info..Smile

I will definetly make appointment for doctor next week to get a referral for the dermatologist.  Do you mind me asking what foods to avoid (I know most of them) but do you have a strict diet and can you drink any alcohol at all?

My fear is that it will get worse fairly quickly, nobody only me really notices it as I look like have caught the sun, but I know it is different.  What about make up? Any recommendations?   Should I go to a beautician - I am very shy about things like this and dread the thought, but would rather get good solid advice from someone who knows.  I really appreciate your kind words of wisdom, thank you RedheadWink


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redhead  ·  06 Apr 2011


Sorry to hear that you are suffering so much from the burning etc-I can identify with you having gone through that too. I would suggest that you definately make an appt with a good dermatologist and suggest the IPL Laser for the redness and burning-prob better to go to one that provides this laser too-I went to Blackrock clinic and never looked back regarding the flushings and burning. It will take a few sessions to feel better but be patient-I remember even my face was burning in waiting room while waiting for first meeting with derm so dont despair. Touch wood-I have never had that awful flushing since prob 2006 and just now go once a year for IPL. It is an awful thing-it effects everything you do-exercising, going out for meals, work etc so dont think it will always be like this-it wont......

I still battle little bit with the pustules- as you can see from earlier posts, I've tried lots of things. With the last few weeks, get an odd itchy spot on my face and like you its only water in it-I'm using my MD Forte Cleanser (from Derm) but also using Tea Tree mixed with lil water especially around hairline and sparingly on face as think its the Demodex mite (which was confirmed by a biopsy done by derm few years ago).

I think you should go to derm, perhaps he/she might put you on Minocin/Minocycline for the pustules (this always cleared my spots but couldnt tolerate it-too many side effects for me but everyone's different-I know people who take it no problems) and ask derm to organise the Laser.

Personally I take my zinc, use sea salt after cleansing (changed from sea salt to tea tree recently as think demodex mite was raising its ugly head again and tea tree is stronger) so fingers crossed. Anyway start with the laser and see how you go................hope this helpsWink


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Cheerio  ·  05 Apr 2011


I have developed the red flushing in the last 6 months or so, so much so I have given up alcohol and hot showers!!  Now I am getting tiny water blisters under my skin and I am considering going to my doctor to get confirmed that it is Rosacea, I am really disappointed as I am very active but the flushing in my face and burning sensation is really dragging me down. Redhead seems to have great experience with this problem, can you update on your progress and give me a starting point Cry


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Rosa de la Hayes  ·  22 Mar 2011


I am just started taking By-Mysin antibiotics (Day 4). The pharmacist said that it would take 10 days to have any effect. I thought it was better to start on the antibiotics now as my apppointment with dermatologist isn't until mid May. I have read a few interesting articles on Rosacea and it appears that some people find Manuka honey very benefical. I have started taking Manuka (UMF 10+) honey, half an hour before meals. It can also be used on the skin to kill dermodex mites, which is supposed to have some link with Rosacea. I am not sure how one would apply the honey. Anyone have any information on that?

Rosa de la Hayes


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Le Fant  ·  16 Mar 2011

Hi Everyone

I was researching rosacea online and came across this great thread.

Its really heartening to see this discussed as i started experiencing rosacea almost 10 years ago - im 34 now. I did some research on it a good few years ago and found very little out there. I had gone to a number of doctors and was pretty much always told that i was simply getting older and not to worry about it! I began to think i was actually going crazy :)

But i was really experiecing alot of discomfort and pain - almost constant headaches, facial flushing, worsening redness etc. I also in tandem began to experience thinning of my hair and a feeling like the inside of my nose was swollen, decreased sense of smell and not breathing as easily. Other symptoms i had was a noticeable slow down in my circulation and metabolism. I must point out that i've never really experienced pustules or rhynophyma.

I'm not sure if my situation that led to it is unique but i basically went through a very stressful experience and it all came on me almost overnight. i have a fair complexion and always had a healthy red glow even as a kid. But this glow turned into something far more sinister and almost angry!

This has led to me to realise a few things that i havent really seen discussed here primarily that I believe you need to treat this from both a psychological aspect aswell as a physical aspect. Now this may not hit home with all of you but it might for some. For me i definitely was experiencing far more anxiety in my life than i ever had before and this for me was/is definitely linked to my condition.

I havent got a solution yet but im currently working on something that involves this two pronged approach.

The one good thing i did find in my research was a link to an american rosacea specialist who just seemed years ahead of anything i had found through my endeavours with Irish doctors and dermatologists. He basically experienced a fairly extreme form of rosacea hmself and as a result devoted his life studies to identifying ways to cure this condition. I bought his book at the time (this was probably 6 years ago+) and it was really good and definitely hit home for me. He recommended grape seed extract, ester c, oils, water based moisturizers etc which i did take but admittedly they didnt have a huge effect on me. He also mentioned that for himself he found the mixed pulse laser treatment to be by far the most effecive treatment out there, depending of course that you don't react to it.

For me i didnt try this treatment as at the time it was only in the UK and i had read one or two horror stories from people who had bad reactions to it. I basically lost interest in it and just excepted it as something i had to deal with in life. To be fair this did work to a certain extent. I found that by not being consumed with this issue it freed my mind considerably. I smoke btw and enjoy a few guinness from time to time and just excepted the variety of slags from my mates....redzer yadda yadda yadda :) i do have reddish hair so kind of used to them really!

Anyway i recently began to take an interest again largely because of a few different experiences:

1) the fact that my endeavours in dealing with the psychological side were fruitful - i basically began bringing a few things into my life that alleviated stress/anxiety and having a reactive state of mind eg a really effective way of dealing with my "to do's" so as not to have a cluttered brain, also a really simple and lovely daily meditation that takes me about 25 mins in the morn and really facilitates a positive happy state of mind (for all you doubters btw i'm really not the kind of person who would have normally gone for the holistic approach but it does work!) Although this stuff defo helps it doesnt cure!

2) I also noticed that I regularly got relief from my symptoms - i still havent identified the triggers (as a poster put it "life is a trigger") and i also havent identified all the things that relieve it but i did notice certain things that helped - eg swimming in the sea did give me a noticeable relief, also noticed in my gym that a cold plunge pool seemed to have a positive effect too - i think thats primarily the cold water constricting your capillaries etc.

So anyway this sparked my interest again in seeing if i can do more to help from a physical point of view. I have very recently began corresponding with this Dr in the US and hopefully i will have something positive to report on my endeavours. I believe that the fact that he's experienced this first hand and seems to genuinely feel its a vocation for him to assist others with this condition is key. Its not cheap btw, $400 all-in for the consultations but his rationale for this fee is good and my instinct tells me he is genuine - i could be wrong but time will tell and i'll let you all know.

In meantime remember that there are far worse and debilitating things that you could be experiencing in life so its really not that bad in the greater scheme of things.

Also I would love to hear more and possibly see pics from people who have had positive experiences with IPL treatment. I will gladly share my thoughts with anyone who is interested on my approach to dealing with the psychological side of this.

Bye for now

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