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How to Treat Your Rosacea + Win a Trip to the Emmys.

Rosacea is a common, inflammatory skin condition that affects about 16 million Americans. The most common symptom is persistent facial redness. People’s symptoms can range from mild to moderate to severe. Many people that suffer from rosacea wear a lot of makeup, heavy concealer and powders to hide it as much as they can. Luckily, there are ways to treat rosacea so those of you that have it can "break up with your makeup" and don’t have to wear so much heavy makeup anymore.

How to Treat Rosacea

I am one of the millions that have rosacea. I am lucky - I have a mild form and have learned what triggers my flare ups. Here are a few things that can help to calm and treat rosacea.

  • Prescription Treatments - Mirvaso® (brimonidine) topical gel, 0.33%* is the first and only prescription treatment specifically developed and indicated to treat the persistent facial redness of rosacea. It needs to be applied just once daily and can work in as little as 30 minutes. Mirvaso won’t just cover redness, it can keep redness away for up to 12 hrs.
  • Moisturize the Skin - Moisturizers containing lipids, such as ceramides are great for skin, especially for those with rosacea and can improve the skin barrier, which is often compromised in people with this condition.
  • Be Picky About Sun Protection - Daily SPF is a must, but not all sunscreens are created equal. Not only are some better than others, but many contain ingredients that irritate sensitive skin with rosacea. The best bets if you are prone to rosacea, are sunscreens that contain transparent zinc oxide and moisturizing ingredients, like niacinamide, and are fragrance free and non-comedogenic.
  • Eat and Sleep Well, Stay Hydrated - It sounds simple and easy, but not getting enough sleep can make you look older because sleep is when your body repairs itself. Alcohol, sugary foods and processed foods can affect the skin’s ability to repair itself and cause premature skin aging, so try to eat a balanced diet and indulge rarely. For the occasional late night out, alternate a glass of water or carbonated water with every alcoholic beverage.

Galderma, the makers of Mirvaso® are having a fantastic sweepstakes right now.

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Enter the sweepstakes in the form below for a chance to win a trip to the Emmys and learn more about Mirvaso.

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Galderma. While I was compensated to write this post, all opinions are my own.

Important Safety Information:

Indication:  Mirvaso® (brimonidine) topical gel, 0.33% is an alpha adrenergic agonist indicated for the topical treatment of persistent (nontransient) facial erythema of rosacea in adults 18 years of age or older.  Adverse Events:  In clinical trials, the most common adverse reactions (≥1%) included erythema, flushing, skin burning sensation and contact dermatitis.  Warnings/Precautions: Mirvaso Gel should be used with caution in patients with depression, cerebral or coronary insufficiency, Raynaud’s phenomenon, orthostatic hypotension, thromboangiitis obliterans, scleroderma, or Sjögren’s syndrome. Alpha-2 adrenergic agents can lower blood pressure. Mirvaso Gel should be used with caution in patients with severe or unstable or uncontrolled cardiovascular disease. Serious adverse reactions following accidental ingestion of Mirvaso Gel by children have been reported. Keep Mirvaso Gel out of reach of children. Not for oral, ophthalmic, or intravaginal use. You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

*Each gram of gel contains 5 mg of brimonidine tartrate, equivalent to 3.3 mg of brimonidine free base.

Reader Comments (6)

Great tips! I have mild rosacea and it tends to get worse with less sleep, heat and spicy foods.
I'm going to look at this prescription from my doctor next time I'm there. How costly is it?
I get red, but only in the winter in the heat, but I notice my son has a lot of redness and he gets really red when he plays sports, but only on his face. It is not like regualr sweaty red, it is really like under his skin. I wonder if this is what it is, that rosacea. I am a longtime reader of this blog, and I remember you talking about Clinique's yellow powder that I use and love. My son is not going to use that obviously, but maybe a drug like this he could.
Great information and tips Teri! This is a great contest.
I have mild rosacea, which gets worse during the winter. I use a gentle soap, and fragrance-free cosmetics and see my dermatologist if that doesn't help.
This information is all good but I am an older woman with this skin disease and also I have psoriasis. It would be great if I could take Mirvaso Prescription, but I can't cause I have cardiovascular disease and I am taking a lot of medications, so I clean my face with witch hazel then I also use Noxzema cause that tames the dryness some .If I have some real bad areas that are a bit raw skin I will put Neosporin on those areas. With the psoriasis my skin cells go crazy and produce extra skin layered over night, so I end up just scrapping that skin off lightly and clean my face with the witch hazel and Noxzema. It would be a lot easier if I could take Mirvaso .If anyone has anymore info on treatments for these skin problems please send your info... Thanks

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