April 25, 2012 11:52 AM Subscribe
Off Label Use: YNMD, but... should I use my non-proscribed rosacea medication on the rest of my non-afflicted face as a facial moisturizer, since it seems to work for that too, and am I seriously doing a no-no with the medicine by slapping cosmetics onto it?
posted by Phalene to Health & Fitness (7 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I have a wee bit of a product dilemma. I like foundation, but my skin is dry, so it peels right off, and I have intermittent acne and rosacea, the latter moderate and just on my nose and the former something that responds to acne vulgaris specific treatments. The foundation does not appear to trigger my rosacea, nor does layering on my nose stop the metrocream from working.
I think all the moisturizers I've tried exacerbate my nose specific rosacea (but I can't tell, too many variables here, just like I can't pinpoint the zit source!) but improve the acne damage and seem to discourage the intermittent oil spurts that always herald a blemish outbreak. The metrocream is also a moisturizer and intended to be applied indefinitely; instructions say literally "apply to the affected nose as needed".
It is an anti-inflammatory, but doesn't seem to block my pores/inspire acne but it seems to moisturize everywhere, smells pleasantly of almonds and rosacea is classified at a type of acne, and includes inflammation. The alternative acne treatment that works on my non-nose blemishes involves an effective topical antibiotic that inflames my nose very badly but kills zits.
So can I use this on my blemish prone face in an area not officially prescribed, to moisturize, so I can wear the foundation for the pretty goth face look that otherwise takes two or three coats of foundation to avoid shedding in dandruffy flakes after thirty minutes, without putting more than just metrocream and makeup on my poor nose?