Those who know me will have no trouble realizing that I have rosacea – the telltale butterfly flushing is hard to miss, especially when I get excited or interested in something. This is not high on the list of complaints – there are so many worse things, but it is kind of annoying and a bit embarrassing. I’ve had it as long as I can remember to some degree, but in the last five or six years, it has gotten much worse and the eruptions have really started to be obvious. I tried lots of things – including green tea, low level electric charge, Metrogel, various soaps and creams, etc., but nothing really seemed to help except, of course, taking doxycycline when we travel to malaria areas. But I did not want to take that for the rest of my life – amongst other things, it really messes with your digestive system.
Last fall, it got really bad. I was having two or three new pustules every day – yuck! Plus, it itched a bit – not terribly, but I could tell it was there. Acting upon lots of advice in the various online forums, I tried using zinc oxide and sulfur combined and it works like a charm. What I did was combine Ocean Potion Suncare Face Potion Clear Zinc Oxide SPF 45 — 1 fl oz with Braunfels Labs Sulfur Powder – 2 Oz, mixing about a teaspoon of sulfur into the whole container of sunscreen and the pustules and eruptions stopped appearing overnight. I apply it to the perinasal area, just over the area that flushes. It took a week or so for all the eruptions to heal, but it has been months and there have been no new eruptions – hooray! This cheap effective treatment for rosacea beats the heck out of the price of Metrogel and works better and even feels better on the skin. I use my regular moisturizer right over it. I leave it on all day and don’t even notice it except for some slight flaking overnight. This may be due to the sulfur – not even sure if you need the sulfur but it doesn’t hurt either.
This immediate relief made me sure that it is an allergic reaction to the demodex mites which scientific studies prove are far more prevalent in rosacea sufferers’ skin than the average population. Acting on this I also sprayed my bed and pillow with Sawyer Premium Permethrin Clothing Insect Repellent Trigger Spray, 24-Ounce which I had hanging around because we use it for travel to tropical countries. Just for good measure, I washed the dog and the dog’s blanket and sprayed his bed with the same stuff. I know it’s a different strain of mite, but it can’t hurt.
I am so happy that it has worked, but what I don’t understand is why doctors are so hesitant to try a simple solution like this. Even if it did not work (and it does), it is good for your skin! My allergist unequivocally denied any connection between a mite allergy and the rosacea symptoms. Wouldn’t even consider it. Same for my dermatologist. I think this is somewhat akin to those doctors who vehemently denied any possibility of ulcers being caused by an infection right up until it was proved that H. pylori caused them. This seems ridiculous to me since they are always recommending that we use more sunscreen, and that’s just what this is, with the added benefit of possible rosacea treatment. What’s to lose?
If you try this, please let me know how it worked for you. We need to get the word out!