Skin Care Series: Rosacea

Rosacea is a condition that can happen to every skin color, man or woman. I inherited it from my mother, and I remember a black female classmate wound up getting rosacea back then (since black or brown skin cannot flush red, rosacea looks more like a combination of a rash with a cluster of pimples from what I remember).

The best over the counter ingredient for rosacea is an ingredient you are not going to like: sulfur. The first product I ever got specifically for rosacea is Prosacea.

It works fine, but it comes in a small tube and is rather expensive if you get rosacea breakouts like I have a tendency to have. I did some research and found out that buying the sulfur on its own is more effective and cheaper. The only drawback is, obviously, the smell.

I bought this on amazon:

I tried it as directed for a few weeks, and it works a lot better than the Prosacea. The only drawback is the slight rotten egg smell that comes with sulfur. It does fade, but I always try to only add just enough to cover my cheeks, nose, and chin.

Azelaic Acid and metronidazole are other active, less smelly ingredients. Azelaic Acid has anti-inflammatory properties, and metronidazole reduces redness and pimples caused by rosecea. From what I see, metronidazole is prescription only.

Anything with cucumber is great for rosecea.

Here are a few more over-the-counter products:

-Eucerin Redness Relief Night Creme

-Cetaphil Redness Relieving Night Moisturizer

-FaceTory Oats Calming Glow Weightless Facial Oil 

-Azelaic Acid 10% Facial Serum

Author: Katie Lou

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