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Skin is always red, irritated, and sensitive. Can you help?
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Jaybaybay
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Fri Apr 05, 2013 1:27 pm      Reply with quote
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(It looks angrier in person)
imgur[dot]com/a/VQBy6


Had cystic acne since I was 13. Used all the creams (got chemical burns), pills, etc. In 2010, I used chemical peels. I'm 95% sure the TCA peel was to blame for the damage seeing how the redness years later is in the same area I placed it on my skin. I got rid of the acne and it's still constantly flushed. I've been practically acne free since 2011 due to the Spiro pill. I rarely go out in the sun. It has all the typical rosacea symptoms except the bumps.

My skin feels "thirsty", but it is still acne prone, so it's not like I can put heavy creams on there. I do wear foundation. I currently use Neutrogena Combo lotion which doesn't give me enough moisture, but sits well under makeup. At night, I typically mix that with Skinceuticals Phyto gel or Vitamin E gel. Vitamin E has done nothing. I only use Bioderma to take my makeup off.

My question is: It has been years. Am I ever going to be able to heal my skin? Have you dealt with this?

P.S - Dermatologists are not covered on my insurance and never had a good experience with them. I don't see myself being able to handle lasers as my skin is very sensitive.

My skin was very inflamed this morning, as I had poor sleep. I'm at my wit's end.
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Fri Apr 05, 2013 3:48 pm      Reply with quote
Welcome Jaybaybay!!

Can't see the photos as when I paste and copy the link I get to see three photos of quite a few years back of a boy and handsome young man...

Can't think of any advice with the description except that maybe you should try some mild hydrocortisone cream to start getting rid of the redness, inflammation and see how it goes. I'm only mentioning this cause I tend to have eczema and it sometimes appears on my face, dry and red skin, the hydrocortisone cream helps when I get these bouts of eczema, just a small amount to control the symptoms.
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Fri Apr 05, 2013 4:48 pm      Reply with quote
ATester wrote:
Welcome Jaybaybay!!

Can't see the photos as when I paste and copy the link I get to see three photos of quite a few years back of a boy and handsome young man...

Can't think of any advice with the description except that maybe you should try some mild hydrocortisone cream to start getting rid of the redness, inflammation and see how it goes. I'm only mentioning this cause I tend to have eczema and it sometimes appears on my face, dry and red skin, the hydrocortisone cream helps when I get these bouts of eczema, just a small amount to control the symptoms.


Please be careful with cortisone cream. It is designed for short term only. Long term could cause other issues.

I really don't have any answers. I have been dealing with reactive skin for a long time.

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Sat Apr 06, 2013 12:26 am      Reply with quote
I think a good idea to get rid of the phyto, altogether. and just use mineral make up and hydrate with aloe gel. Try seakelp bioferment. If I were you I would soothe my skin with raw honey and camomile and green tea masks. I think the protective mantle of your skin has been disrupted and your skin needs to be strengthened. Have you tried oil cleansing? Bioderma is a great neutral cleanser but it isnt actually benefiting you directly, its just avoiding further stripping of your skin. Using oil daily to cleanse could be regenerative to your skin, you would need to experiment to find out. I think baby bottom cream by burts bees is very soothing too, to inflamed skin. Its very white and thick, so not for public consumption!
Think about upping your levels of probiotic intake too, a healthy gut helps skin to be healthy. Similarly, green smoothies help skin. Definitely avoid synthetic sweeteners, and take a really good multi vitamin, one derived from raw foods if possible.
Light stim helped soothe my skin, it might do something for you too, if you have a budget which could include it.
The photographs in your link are very charming indeed. And they arent relevant to your post!
Good luck!
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Sat Apr 06, 2013 12:29 am      Reply with quote
Btw, I dont think cortisone is a good idea either.

Keep it simple and nutritious for your skin.

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Sat Apr 06, 2013 9:02 am      Reply with quote
Do you use sunscreen? Sometimes the chemical ones can cause irritation. In fact, your redness could be allergy related to a product or specific ingredient. You could try eliminating one product for a week or so and see if you get any improvement.

Zinc based sunscreens can be soothing to skin.
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Sat Apr 06, 2013 9:25 am      Reply with quote
Welcome to this forum, Jaybaybay Smile I think even with issues that you mentioned in your post, I think you look beautiful... I would just leave my skin alone for now and let it heal. Opt for mild cleanser to clean the face. Use a mild moisturizer and as well use sunscreen of at least 30 SPF (or more) to protect it further. I would further look at my diet in general. Often times, "garbage in, garbage out" which means that whatever you eat, will eventually show on your skin.... Good luck! Smile
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Sat Apr 06, 2013 3:20 pm      Reply with quote
I agree with everything recommended here - especially what catski said. Oil cleansing (OCM Method) has worked great for me, and zinc ointment (baby bottom cream) soothed my skin & lips when nothing else did.

Also what shastagirl said about eliminating one product a week to see if any is causing the trouble.

Finally, I'd suggest being gentler when applying product/makeup or cleansing. I learn over and over again that I'm being too rough on my skin, in the name of "scrubbing it clean". Just move the cleanser over your skin, don't rub it in. It's often not necessary and disrupts the skin barrier.

.. such a beautiful girl. Good luck and let us know how it goes!

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Sun Apr 07, 2013 4:54 pm      Reply with quote
Hi Jaybaybay, my husband is rosacea-prone with rather sensitive skin, and has had good luck with the Rosaceacare line. It's very calming to the burning/stinging sensation it can cause. Here's a link to some reviews of it:

http://www.dermstore.com/reviews_Rosacea+Care_500114.htm

As far as the oil cleanse methods, many here are fans of it, it all depends on your skin. If you have sensitive/irritated skin, you might not want to handle your skin as much as that method requires.

I second catski's recommendations of a natural whole foods diet, green smoothies, and what to avoid as well.
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Mon Apr 08, 2013 1:10 am      Reply with quote
Just want to add - I noticed on the forum the other day a mention of beta glucans as being extremely calming for inflamed skin. Do a search!
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Thu Apr 18, 2013 7:16 pm      Reply with quote
You may very well have developed rosacea. Do you get flushed and have burning skin at times and are you sensitive to heat or cold?

I overused chemical peels and other acids about 5 months ago and my doc says I now have rosacea from thinning my skin. I am also left with an awful skin texture. I keep hoping once my skin heals it will go away since I didn't have it before overdoing it but I'm reluctantly beginning to accept the diagnosis. This may not be the case for you but you should definitely see a derm. The good news is, if that is what it is, there are treatments to get it under control. I'm pregnant so I can't treat it and have to live in this misery. I'm actually looking into red light therapy which is supposed to help with burning/flushing and skin healing. There is a lot of info on The Rosacea Group Forum. It wouldn't hurt to check it out. I really hope that is not what you have but it should be ruled out because it can get worse untreated. Best of luck!
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Sat Apr 20, 2013 11:59 am      Reply with quote
skin care most potential issue.if we not care our skin its may be lost her brightness.so take care its a proper way,if you use a organic natural skin care product if not please try its.
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Wed Apr 24, 2013 8:35 am      Reply with quote
If the your skin is constantly irritated it is most likely due to the intensity level of the products you use.

I know the Rx Spiro you spoke of tends to dry the skin so I imagine your skin is flushed due to it.

From what I read it sounds like you have dry skin but the products you use are geared towards combo/oily skin. These products could be harming the skin. I reccommend looking into Ayuverdic Indian medicine. These practices classify skin and body types and provide information on how to balance.
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Have you ever considered emu oil? It is an anti-inflammatory and helps me a lot with redness. Another good line is Paula's Choice. I use the skin recovery cleanser and it soothes my rosacea skin. Cerave is good for helping to repair your skin barrier which is probably compromised. Those are some things that have helped my skin become a little more tolerable Smile
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Mon Feb 17, 2014 7:52 pm      Reply with quote
Check your products for alcohol. Nasty nasty ingredient. And niacinamide.
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Sun Mar 02, 2014 12:38 pm      Reply with quote
Instead of treating the symptoms, your skin, treat your whole body by having acupuncture to balance it out. My face was getting redder over time but I didn't want to have laser because of the down time and cost. In the meantime, I started going to an acupuncturist for another problem and after two treatments a week apart, I realized the redness of my face was nearly gone. Something to do with heat in the body. Oriental medicine approaches things very differently than western medicine. Everything is connected. I think the skin and lungs are connected, if I remember what she told me correctly. She also said no coffee or spices because that causes heat. Whatever it is, it seems to work.

I may investigate her acupuncture "facelift" but that will be out of pocket expense, while the health acupuncture is partly paid by my insurance.
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Sun Mar 02, 2014 12:55 pm      Reply with quote
You probably need barrier repair. Look into Epionce products, which are specially designed for barrier repair, based on research studies. A compromised skin barrier, by the way, is often a factor in acne.
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Wed May 14, 2014 7:00 pm      Reply with quote
Have you tried rodan and fields soothe?

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Thu May 15, 2014 10:08 pm      Reply with quote
I don't sure if products with aloe will help. But you can try.
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Sun May 18, 2014 9:22 pm      Reply with quote
For redness and irritation my favorite product I can not do without is Zyderma.
I overdid some blemish products last week and my skin was too dry- it is no longer red and feels better.

But in the past I liked Dermalogica sensitive line. had a travel set and would buy in the future.

Green Gardens naturals Babyface cream- another one good for sensitive skin, I can even use it near my eyes...so surprized.

Complex 15.

Dermamed creams are great too.

of all the things I listed, Zyderma is the only one I also use on my knees, elbow, arm, legs sometimes.
-the rest is all face stuff.
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Mon May 19, 2014 11:12 am      Reply with quote
I'm really loving raspberry seed oil from Joppa Minerals. My skin flared up with some fungal infection due to same thing as Softskin, heat issues and stress over relationships.

The oil really healed my skin quickly. I wonder if it will work on rosacea?
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Fri May 30, 2014 9:54 pm      Reply with quote
I had a lactic acid peel 3 weeks ago and have the same symptoms as you...The lady left it on too long and burnt me as well, in a small spot buy my whole face is sensitive now.

Redness, broken capillaries (never had them before), itching, burning. Going to see a derm soon. Will try oil cleansing. So far I am not cleansing at all, just splashing with warm-cool water. Sunscreen is also irritating me. Not sure what to do Sad
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Sat May 31, 2014 10:49 am      Reply with quote
SoftSkin wrote:
Instead of treating the symptoms, your skin, treat your whole body by having acupuncture to balance it out. My face was getting redder over time but I didn't want to have laser because of the down time and cost. In the meantime, I started going to an acupuncturist for another problem and after two treatments a week apart, I realized the redness of my face was nearly gone. Something to do with heat in the body. Oriental medicine approaches things very differently than western medicine. Everything is connected. I think the skin and lungs are connected, if I remember what she told me correctly. She also said no coffee or spices because that causes heat. Whatever it is, it seems to work.

I may investigate her acupuncture "facelift" but that will be out of pocket expense, while the health acupuncture is partly paid by my insurance.


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I am going to an acupuncturist for shoulder and back pain. It works really well. Acupuncture is very unique and each practitioner is different as their placement of needles, etc.

Mine is covered though our private insurance. Facial or cosmetic acupuncture would not be. Did you try the facial treatment yet? I am curious about this also.

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