Go away, bumps and redness!!
March 8, 2012 6:47 AM Subscribe
Fellow rosacea sufferers, can you tell me about your experience with treatments that have worked for you?
posted by foxhat10 to health & fitness (20 answers total) 18 users marked this as a favorite
I have looked over previous rosacea questions, but I believe the most recent one was from 2009. I'm looking for current experiences with treatments and triggers and all that.
I was diagnosed with rosacea about a month and a half ago. From looking at pix on the internet, I'd say I'm in the "mild" stage. Also, I've looked for resources on the internet as well, and I'm not really extremely impressed with the level of information; it all seems pretty vague. Maybe I just haven't hit the right site yet.
Here are the few things I've tried/been prescribed and results so far. And maybe my expectations for the products are too high??
-- Desonide - .05% - meh, sort of takes away the redness, but not impressed
-- Doxycycline - twice a day X 4 weeks: I couldn't maintain this because the headaches became too unbearable - also, I'm concerned about relying on regular doses of an antibiotic to help take away/keep away the bumps
-- CeraVe (AM, PM lotion and the face wash): again, meh; and not sure what results I should be feeling/seeing, but symptoms still linger
-- Cetaphil: too harsh
What I've read a lot of positive reviews about, but haven't tried, are Metrogel and laser therapy.
(Note - I haven't been back to the derm for a second visit, but I plan to take more questions and concerns back to her, I just wanted to hear your experiences).
So, my questions for you include: are there any products or treatments that have completely "wowed" you with results in treating any or all the symptoms? I know we are all affected individually by this and our own triggers, but I'm curious what has really worked. Does a tube of Metrogel last a long time (I think it costs around $65)? Do you only get it by prescrip? What type of results do you see from a product that really works for you? For example, does both the redness and bumps go away quickly? Anything you've tried that keeps the symptoms successfully at bay?
Oh, and maybe one important thing, since I've been diagnosed and using some of the treatments mentioned above, although soemtimes the symptoms seem better one day, the next day, the red bumps will be in brand new places. So, I feel like it's getting worse actually, even though there are brief "calm" moments. Isn't there a way to stop it in it's tracks? Is this the "norm" for rosacea advancement? Also, does this mean that it'll just keep progressing?
Anyway, I think you get the point - I'd like to hear experiences with rosacea and treatment success or failures.
Thank you very much for sharing and your input!