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So, if I have Rosacea, and I'm not supposed to exfoliate, how will I ever get rid of my blackheads?

Started 1333660678.473 in Beauty Banter | Last reply 1333716096.91 by tototwo
No matter how good my skin looks, underneath my MU I still have blackheads on my chin and on the side side of my nose. I can hide them pretty well, but they bug me. Anyone?

Over 40. Dark hair. Fair, with mild-moderate Rosacea. Finicky skin. Did I mention--Gorgeous? ;)

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StellaDiva1333661153.851134 PostsRegistered 10/15/2011

Where did you hear that you are not supposed to exfoliate? AHAs/BHAs can be great for rosacea. You're supposed to avoid scrubs but almost everyone should.

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lyn in MI1333661664.21324580 PostsRegistered 4/29/2007SW Michigan

BHA is recommended for those with rosacea because it also helps with redness issues. BHA is also oil soluble, so it can penetrate our pores and rid them of debris (blackheads). AHA's are water soluble and cannot penetrate pores.

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Nightowlz1333661709.5079696 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004
On 4/5/2012 StellaDiva said:

Where did you hear that you are not supposed to exfoliate? AHAs/BHAs can be great for rosacea. You're supposed to avoid scrubs but almost everyone should.

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I tried to tell my sister that. She won't use these products. She says she is too sensitive. She has rosacea & says her skin is really dry. She picks off dry skin with tweezers. I told her if she would use some of these products & remove all the dead skin her face would start to look better. She just needs to start slow & keep her face moisturized.

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StellaDiva1333662361.1471134 PostsRegistered 10/15/2011
On 4/5/2012 nightowlz said:
On 4/5/2012 StellaDiva said:

Where did you hear that you are not supposed to exfoliate? AHAs/BHAs can be great for rosacea. You're supposed to avoid scrubs but almost everyone should.

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I tried to tell my sister that. She won't use these products. She says she is too sensitive. She has rosacea & says her skin is really dry. She picks off dry skin with tweezers. I told her if she would use some of these products & remove all the dead skin her face would start to look better. She just needs to start slow & keep her face moisturized.

Exactly, start off with lactic and build tolerace up. When I was diagnosed about 10 years ago, the prescription med wasn't working. So I started getting gycolic peels and I went with a product that was glycolic/salicyclic/azelic. Within 6 weeks all my bumps were gone and not nearly as red. But I don't consider myself sensitive.

Or she could be like my sister and just doesn't want to fix her skin.

RedConvert­ibleGirl1333662785.93314326 PostsRegistered 9/3/2005Pacific NW

Everyone is different when it comes to skincare. Rosacea is no exception. Some have mild cases where products won't bother them, some have more severe cases where products will.

Talk to your doctor/derm about what products you can use. Many will tell you not to use masks, scrubs, AHAs, etc. There are prescriptions you can try. I don't have blackheads but I have used Differin for problems around my hairline.

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glmama1333663856.30319901 PostsRegistered 12/8/2006
Stella--Maybe its been my own assumption that I can't exfoliate? I know from experience ut hat I have to be careful with any product containing AHAs. Tends to exacerbate my Rosacea. I would say that my Rosacea is mild-moderate.

Over 40. Dark hair. Fair, with mild-moderate Rosacea. Finicky skin. Did I mention--Gorgeous? ;)

ChynaGirl1333664957.113895 PostsRegistered 12/2/2005

Glmama, I'm a Paula's Choice user (and big fan!). If I had your skin issues, I'd send the Paula's Choice customer service an email detailing my skin problems, and ask them what they'd recommend. I had some sunscreen questions a while back, and they responded immediately with recommendations. Good luck!

SPIFFYPOOH1333679363.023149 PostsRegistered 11/28/2007VA

I have recently gotten some broken caps on my face and redness which I was told was roscea. (I noticed the first ones when I got clarisonic). I tried iPL at a med spa and it make the broken caps much worse insted of helping. I went to a vein specialist and he told me to never ever scrub my skin with anything, not even a buff-puff (which incidentally is basically what I had been using). I also have the blackheads like you describe. He gave me a script for retin-a to help with the blackheads and metrogel to help with redness. I asked about exfoliating and he said to use a chemical peel such as lactic acid etc, if I needed to exfoliate. So I've been using my PTR anti aging wash and peel pads and not the rough scrubs. They seem to do good. Haven't used the retin a often enough to see a difference but metrogel has lessened the redness around the broken caps, but broken caps not improved. He had no cure for the broken caps other than more lasers and he didn't recommend them for me because I could react the same. Apparently some people can react with more broken caps with IPL instead of it reducing them. Perhaps you could try the retin a for blackheads and chemical exfoliators without aggrivating the roscea.

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Katey12611333685481.5933061 PostsRegistered 8/30/2008Texas

What lactic acid,peels,glycolic and BHA's do you recommend? I too have blackheads.

brownie9171333710047.1374579 PostsRegistered 11/19/2004New England

I agree with the Paula's Choice recommendations. Of course you should use what your Dermatologist prescribes, but if you are allowed to use an o-t-c product, I think Paula's Choice BHA 2 % Liquid might work well for you. Gently cleanse your skin and pat it dry. Then apply (with a cotton pad or your fingertips - pour a bit of the product into the cup of your hand) on the blackhead prone areas and on the rosacea areas. Start of once a day (or every other day) then increase to once to twice a day. BHA (which is salicylate acid - aspirin) knocks down inflamation and redness (helpful with the rosacea) & opens up and clears out pores (blackheads/whiteheads/pustules). Sort of a one/two punch.

StellaDiva1333711925.291134 PostsRegistered 10/15/2011
On 4/5/2012 SPIFFYPOOH said:

I have recently gotten some broken caps on my face and redness which I was told was roscea. (I noticed the first ones when I got clarisonic). I tried iPL at a med spa and it make the broken caps much worse insted of helping. I went to a vein specialist and he told me to never ever scrub my skin with anything, not even a buff-puff (which incidentally is basically what I had been using). I also have the blackheads like you describe. He gave me a script for retin-a to help with the blackheads and metrogel to help with redness. I asked about exfoliating and he said to use a chemical peel such as lactic acid etc, if I needed to exfoliate. So I've been using my PTR anti aging wash and peel pads and not the rough scrubs. They seem to do good. Haven't used the retin a often enough to see a difference but metrogel has lessened the redness around the broken caps, but broken caps not improved. He had no cure for the broken caps other than more lasers and he didn't recommend them for me because I could react the same. Apparently some people can react with more broken caps with IPL instead of it reducing them. Perhaps you could try the retin a for blackheads and chemical exfoliators without aggrivating the roscea.

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I don't know how IPL can make broken caps worse, but if you went to a medi-spa the machine may have been weak. The best machines I have experienced were at plastic surgeons offices. I learned that if I don't experience a little swelling and brown areas where there were broken caps, it was money wasted. You may have received more of a "photofacial" .

glmama1333712201.93719901 PostsRegistered 12/8/2006

Hi Ladies-

Thanks to all for the replies and info.

Chyna--I will email PC and see what they say. I was/am misguided about this exfoliation issue, as I see it now.

Trying to read more about BHAs.

Over 40. Dark hair. Fair, with mild-moderate Rosacea. Finicky skin. Did I mention--Gorgeous? ;)

cmoose1333712294.683463 PostsRegistered 10/16/2006Southern New Hampshire

I don't know if this will help but have you thought about doing the oil cleansing method? It's a skin cleansing method where you mix castor oil and another oil, say jojoba or olive oil and you use it on dry skin to cleanse. It really does remove all dirt and make up but also deep cleans your pores. If you google theoilcleansingmethod you will find a great site that talks all about it. It's worth a try.

glmama1333712304.3719901 PostsRegistered 12/8/2006

brownie--This is great info--Thanks. Would this particular product be used FIRST, before anything else, after cleansed skin? TIA:)

Over 40. Dark hair. Fair, with mild-moderate Rosacea. Finicky skin. Did I mention--Gorgeous? ;)

glmama1333712360.01719901 PostsRegistered 12/8/2006

I am beginning to realize that others I know that have been diagnosed with Rosacea must have been misinformed like I have been. Or just confusing the facts about what distrurbs Rosacea-prone skin, and what can help.

Over 40. Dark hair. Fair, with mild-moderate Rosacea. Finicky skin. Did I mention--Gorgeous? ;)

Harpa1333713449.357676 PostsRegistered 6/28/2007
On 4/6/2012 cmoose said:

I don't know if this will help but have you thought about doing the oil cleansing method? It's a skin cleansing method where you mix castor oil and another oil, say jojoba or olive oil and you use it on dry skin to cleanse. It really does remove all dirt and make up but also deep cleans your pores. If you google theoilcleansingmethod you will find a great site that talks all about it. It's worth a try.


That's would I would suggest -- on your nose & chin area. It's the castor oil draws out the impurities.

brownie9171333713638.4934579 PostsRegistered 11/19/2004New England
On 4/6/2012 glmama said:

brownie--This is great info--Thanks. Would this particular product be used FIRST, before anything else, after cleansed skin? TIA:)


Y/W glmama! Yes, I would use the Paula's Choice BHA 2% Liquid first, right after cleansing and drying my face. Then if you have some dry patches you can always layer on a bit of oil-free moisturizer wherever it's needed.

tototwo1333716096.912597 PostsRegistered 2/8/2008Great Plains

I have rosacea but haven't seen a derm in over 10 years because what I'm doing hasn't caused any flare-ups in that long. I don't know about any of the 'chemical'-type exfoliation mentioned above, but I always wash my face and neck with a terrycloth washcloth and foaming cleanser (I've been using Neutrogena in the blue pump bottle). Washing with the terrycloth in a circular motion all over my face seems to be exfoliation enough, as I don't have a problem with clogged pores, blackheads, or my rosacea. Also, way back when, my derm told me that anything that bubbles exfoliates, so always use a foaming wash and not a cream (and, shame on me!, I use Pond's in the winter). Even when I use Pond's cream, I use a terrycloth washcloth in circles all over my face.

But, everyone's skin is different, and this may not work for you.

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