Monday, October 02, 2006

Test-driving a Cure for Rosacea

For the past six months or so, I've been using the remarkable RE-9 anti-aging skincare line by Arbonne. The eye cream has done wonders for those filthy bags that have plagued me since my early 20s, so much that I no longer have to travel with a cache of tea bags. I've also eliminated the very beginnings of crepey neck with other products in the line.

What the RE-9 apparently can't do is get rid of the rosacea that erupted on my cheeks about 10 years ago. It did seem to lessen the redness, but the little spots refuse to budge. So, I've been surfing the 'net in search of some relief. A dermatologist recommended a prescription topical by the name of MetroGel, which offered minimal results. Taking alpha-lipoic acid internally definitely reduced symptoms but didn't get rid of them altogether.

Now I'm trying a line of skincare (still using the RE-9 around the eyes and on the neck!) touted to stop rosacea in its tracks. If it works, I will name names. If it doesn't, I won't (but I will tell you what I think of it).

If you're interested in the RE-9, let me know, and I'll give you some more information (I've signed up as a wholesale consultant, which may help you if you live on the Eastern seaboard, where Arbonne is not yet a household name. If you live anywhere else in the country, your next door neighbor is probably already a wholesale consultant).

In the meantime, if anyone knows of a safe rosacea soother (or, better yet, a cure!), please clue me in.


Aisling said...

Terry, were you ever given topical antibiotics like tetracycline, clindamycin, or erythromycin? Sometimes they work.

Also,on another note, I started using Strivectin-SD made by Klein Becker two years ago, and it really reduces the appearance of wrinkles and makes the skin tauter, almost like Botox but not as phony. People who haven't seen me in a while will tell me I look much younger and ask what I did. I talked to a plastic surgeon I work with, and he says it is scientifically sound.

I had crow's feet since my mid twenties becasue I started wearing contact lenses at 14 and also was a serious runner, which can cause crow's feet. Ah well, I have a strong heart, I won't worry about the wrinkles!

Good luck!

Terry said...

Thanks for the suggestion. I never did try a topical antibiotic, but perhaps I should look into it with my dermatologist.

As for the wrinkling, I'm in pretty good shape due to the fact that I stayed out of the sun. I do love the RE-9, too.

Although I haven't used Strivectin-SD, I've heard great things about it!

I admire the fact that you were a runner. I never had it in me. I was--and still am--a serious walker. I can barely run down the block, but I could walk to the moon!