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Red is for carpets at award shows, not for faces

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Imagine winning a trip to the Emmys (possibly with me!) and getting the complexion you have always wanted. I know right?

Enter the contest Break UP with Your Makeup, to win a gift basket of skin care goodies and you will also be entered to win a trip to the Emmys. Your entry also enters me in a bloggers contest to win a trip to the Emmys, so I’m counting on you! Of course, you know I love my makeup so much, I wouldn’t actually break up with it altogether. But wearing less of it? Yes please!

Many of you know that I struggle with rosacea. It’s a weird occurrence of the complexion that can’t always be explained. Rosacea is a common inflammatory skin condition. Sure you want to try to pinpoint what might cause those flare ups that can cover your cheeks like pimples- was it yesterday’s spicy food, or the day out in the sun, maybe that glass of pinot before bed;  only they don’t respond to regular acne treatments. Most common symptoms people complain of is persistent facial redness. Ha, remember when you always had those ‘rosy cheeks’ like your Aunt Hilda? Hmm… maybe she had rosacea too!

My rosacea started after my son was born. I couldn’t figure out why, what I thought were zits on the apples of my cheeks wouldn’t go away. Even when I would try and cover it up with makeup, it seemed to shine through the cover up. And once you do cover the red, who wants bumps on their skin even under their makeup?

I have a makeup and skin care drawer full of products that promise to cover or soothe redness. I think I’ve spent hundreds of dollars on essential oils, lotions, and primers that promise to make the redness go away. But having one product covered by my insurance co-pay could save me hundreds! Think of all that money I could spend on lipstick!

A new prescription product is available called Mirvaso. Mirvaso is the only FDA approved treatment for the persistent facial redness of rosacea. It works fast, providing same day results that last up to 12 hours before the redness returns.

16 million Americans are affected and more are women than men. Go figure.

Don’t you hate when you have a special event and you want a ‘good face day’ and whelp, there comes the rosacea. Ugh.  I will definitely be asking my dermatologist about Mirvaso.

Now go enter the contest!! See you on the red carpet!

 

Contest ends July 31, 2014

 

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Indication:
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adrenergic agonist indicated for the topical treatment
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My skin care 101- surviving Rosacea

When I say ‘surviving’ Rosacea, trust me- there’s worse than a skin condition to survive!  I guess I should say, coping with Rosacea.

If you are over 35 years old and get ruddy skin, and pimples on your cheeks and nose area that don’t have whiteheads, then you might have Rosacea too. I was diagnosed by my dermatologist after Owen was born when I complained of what I thought was acne, but she pointed out that it wasn’t.

I immediately went to the internet and my desire for products and a perfect complexion brought me to research all kinds of skin care and articles. Not everything  my dermatologist told me jived with what I found in anecdotal information from other sufferers.

What I learned is that you need to find your triggers. What ingredients in products do you notice break out your skin? What activities or foods seem to leave you the next morning with a blotchy complexion? These are the things you need to ask yourself. Because I found what my doctor recommended for me- made my skin worse.

Cetaphil cleanser is one of those products. I don’t know why everyone raves about this product. Cetaphil cleanser contains Sodium Lauryl Sulfate. Most sulfates are trigger ingredients. So once I switched to products that are Paraben, Mineral Oil and Sulfate free- my skin started to improve.

Even some natural ingredients can trigger flare-ups. I don’t use anything with Acai or Evening Primrose- or at least I try to avoid them. I notice my skin turns red with these products.

I also have to stay out of the sun. SPF is a MUST. I get break-outs in the summer more than the winter. I’m always shielding my face from the sun with sunglasses and hats too. I prefer mineral sunscreens and physical blocks to chemical ones.

Red Wine- Gah. This is a huge trigger for me. Not Gin or Vodka, no. Wine! I just flush like a toilet in Taco Bell. Ew, that was a nasty analogy. Sorry. But I turn BRIGHT RED.

I try not to introduce too many new products at once. This way I can keep track of something if it does give me any bumps or redness.

So here’s a handy dandy list of what works for me-

Cleansers-

Skin by Ann Webb Coconut Water Cleanser

Kate Ryan Nutritive Oil Cleanser- Kate Ryan is having a free shipping promotion right now- and if you enter your email you get a promo code for 20% off this cleanser. I’m loving Kate Ryan skin care. Look for a giveaway soon on my blog!

Sunscreen-

Clarins Mineral UV Plus

Look for Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide in the ingredients. Avobenzone and Oxybenzone are chemical ingredients and have some controversy surrounding them.

BB Cream There’s a bunch of these in a post I wrote, and more have hit the shelves since. Find one you will love and you will wonder how you survived before it.

Masks and Exfoliants-

Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask  Oh my goodness I love this product! It’s not cheap, I know. But it’s perfect for my skin. It doesn’t irritate and it really makes a difference.

Exfoliation is tricky with sensitive skin. You need to do it- but you can’t over do it.

Peter Thomas Roth UnWrinkle Peel Pads

These will change your skin. I don’t use these everyday, but they make my skin brighter when I do.

Essential oils-

Sea buckthorn oil

I love just a few drops of this oil on my cheeks. It seems to strengthen my skin.

I make a concoction of Apricot Kernel Oil, Neroli, Frankencense, Sea Buckthorn Oil, Argan Oil and RoseHip Oil. I keep it in a glass dropper vial and massage my skin with it in the morning when I have time. I need to Pinterest that shit.

Oh, and most importantly- as important as what your cleanser is, be sure to wash your face EVERY NIGHT. I love my Clarisonic with any cleanser. It’s thorough and improves my skin. You will not regret this investment. I’ve had mine for at least 3 years now.

Sadly with sensitive skin there is a lot of trial and error. I’ve used the last 10 years to kind of become an expert on my own skin, even though it keeps me guessing. My best compliment is when someone doesn’t believe I have Rosacea when I tell them that I do. Don’t hate me because I’m beautiful. Ha!!! Extra points if you remember that commercial.

No makeup. Not great, but hey- can’t tell I have Rosacea, right?

Contributing today In The Powder Room

Okay ladies and gents, (mostly ladies) because I’m talking product! I LURV me some product.

I’ve got some enticing tips and items for your shopping list.

So let’s all get excited for EYE CREAM!

And read my post here- Eye cream, eye cream, We all scream for eye cream!