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What Causes Rosacea and What Cures It?

What Causes Rosacea and What Cures It? - Rosy JulieBC

What Causes Rosacea?

The cause of rosacea symptoms remains unknown. There is evidence that it is:

  • genetic[i],
  • caused by bacteria in mites that occur naturally on all human skin[ii],
  • caused by the same condition as stomach ulcers and several other H. pylori-related digestive issues[iii],
  • linked to underlying chronic inflammatory conditions (such as GERD (gastroesohpageal reflux disorder), as well as other types of inflammation-causing gastrointestinal disorders, hypertension (high blood pressure), female hormone imbalance, urogenital diseases (such as urinary tract infection), inflammatory cytokines, and metabolic, immune and endocrine changes)[iv],
  • connected to certain autoimmune disorders (such as Type I diabetes and celiac disease)[v],
  • an overgrowth of bacteria in the small intestine[vi],
  • A reaction to the ATP in the body[vii].

There have been several other theories behind the condition, as well, but none have been fully proven.  Moreover, it appears that different people may experience the condition for different reasons, so there may not be a single causes as much as several and they may work in combination with each other.

What is the Cure for Rosacea?

Is there a cure for rosacea?Since the cause of rosacea has yet to be identified, no cure is known, either. No matter what any product sales page or person may tell you, a cure for rosacea does not yet exist.

That said, in the future, any rosacea cures that are developed may be based on the cause of the symptoms for a given sufferer.For instance, if your rosacea is caused by the bacteria H.pylori, then solving that problem could be the cure for you. If, however, you have an underlying autoimmune condition, then it is that problem which will need to be addressed. As of yet, neither the cause(s) or cure(s) have been found.

Therefore, it’s important to look into treatments to reduce the symptoms and work to prevent their return as much as possible.  I talk a great deal about my own strategies to live this Rosy Lifestyle in my Rosacea Blog and my YouTube channel.

To find the best treatment for your rosacea, speak with your doctor about the list of possible causes as well as any triggers you have identified. A systematic approach will be very helpful in finding the fastest road to coping with – and potentially overcoming – your symptoms.

There are many types of conventional and natural rosacea treatments available to help you manage your symptoms.

References

[i] New Study Discovers Genetic Variants May Be Linked to Rosacea http://www.rosacea.org/weblog/new-study-discovers-genetic-variants-may-be-linked-rosacea

[ii] Bacteria in Mites May Cause Rosacea http://www.rosacea.org/rr/2007/summer/article_4.php

[iii] The link between Helicobacter pylori infection and rosacea http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12224687

[iv] Rosacea is associated with chronic systemic diseases in a skin severity-dependent manner: Results of a case-control study http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26256428

[v] New Study Discovers Genetic Variants May Be Linked to Rosacea http://www.rosacea.org/weblog/new-study-discovers-genetic-variants-may-be-linked-rosacea

[vi] Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth in rosacea: clinical effectiveness of its eradication http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18456568

[vii] Dark Side of ATP May Hold Clues to Cause of Rosacea http://www.rosacea.org/press/archive/20070313.php

*Please remember that I’m a rosacea blogger and patient with the condition, but I’m not a doctor.  This is information I’ve collected online and have received from my doctor, but I’m not a medical professional or a skin care expert.  For an official diagnosis or advice, please make an appointment to see your doctor!

 

Little Sleepy Head Daily Hydrating Sunscreen

Little Sleepy Head Daily Hydrating SunscreenProduct Name: Daily Rehydrating Sunscreen

Brand/Manufacturer: Little Sleepy Head

Green/Natural ingredients: Yes

Did I buy it more than once?: Not yet but I plan to.

How long did 1 purchase last?: About 2 months (used on face, neck, upper chest and arms nearly every day).

Where to Get Little Sleepy Head Daily Hydrating Sunscreen

Flag-USA USA: Little Sleepy Head Daily Hydrating Sunscreen at Amazon.com

What does it claim to provide?

A gentle sunscreen product safe enough for the whole family from age 6 months and up. It provides SPF 30+ (UVA/UVB).  It’s safe for very sensitive skin and is well tolerated by rosacea sufferers as well as people with other skin conditions like lupus and acne. It’s not tested on animals (cruelty free), tear free, non-irritating, paraben free, contains no nanoparticles, no PABA, no artificial fragrances, and pthalate free. This is a hypoallergenic formula.

My Review of this Sensitive Skin Product

I reviewed this product in my blog post “I’m a Big Baby About Having Rosacea,” as well as in this video:

Little Sleepy Head Daily Hydrating Sunscreen Ingredients (in version I tried)

Active Ingredients: Octinoxate (7.5%), Homosalate (6%), Octisalate (5%), and Avobenzone (3%).

Inactive Ingredients: Water (aqua), C12-15 alkyl benzoate, glyceryl stearate, PEG-100 stearate, phenoxyethanol, aminomethyl propanol, acrylates/C10-30 alkyl acrylate crosspolymer, caprylyl glycol, hydrolized manihot esculenta tuber extract, ethylhexylglycerin, carbomer, hexylene glycol, hydroxypropyl methylcellulose, camellia sinensis (green tea) leaf extract, disodium EDTA, hydrolyzed myrtus communis leaf extract, carica papaya (papaya) fruit extract, lindera strychnifolia root extract, orchis morio flower extract, punica granatum fruit extract, glycerin, chlorphenesin, benzoic acid, sorbic acid, and EDTA.

ProVent Rosacea Moisturizing Creme

Provent Rosacea Moisturizing CremeProduct Name: Rosacea Moisturizing Creme

Brand/Manufacturer: ProVent

Green/Natural ingredients: Yes and No

Did I buy it more than once?: No

How long did 1 purchase last?: Just over 2 months.

Where to Get ProVent Rosacea Moisturizing Creme

Flag-Canada Canada: ProVent Rosacea Moisturizing Creme at Amazon.ca
Flag-USA USA: ProVent Rosacea Moisturizing Creme at Amazon.com

What does it claim to provide?

A topical formula in the form of a cream that is rapidly absorbed by the skin. It is meant to provide nourishment to the skin to reduce the look of redness, facial rashes, dry skin, damage from the sun and age spots.  It’s non-greasy, does not contain artificial fragrances or artificial dyes.

My Review of this Rosacea Treatment Product

Provent Rosacea Moisturizing Creme Ingredients (in version I tried)

Ingredients: water, cetearyl ethylhexanoate glycerin, acrylamide sodium acrylate copolymer, mineral oil, trideceth-6, propylene glycol, glyceryl stearate, cetearyl alcohol, stearic acid, sodium cocoyl glucamate, potassium sorbate, phosphatidylcholine, silybum marianum extract, camellia sinensis leaf extract, dimethyl sulfone, vitis vinifera seed extract, vanilla tahitensis extract, citrus medica limonum (lemon) peel oil, benzethonium chloride, tocopheryl acetate, disodium EDTA, may contain citric acid.

Magic Soap Dish

Magic Soap DishProduct Name: The Magic Soap Dish

Brand/Manufacturer: Bow Industries

Green/Natural ingredients: N/A

Did I buy it more than once?: N/A

How long did 1 purchase last?: Still going strong.

Where to Get a Magic Soap Dish

Flag-USA USA: Magic Soap Dish at Amazon.com

Global shipping rosacea product Worldwide: Magic Soap Dish at Bow Industries  SAVE 20% with Coupon Code: ROSY20

What does it claim to provide?

A brand new and revolutionary soap dish design that keeps the bar of soap and counter top clean and dry throughout the entire lifespan of the soap.  As moisture is reduced, bacteria growth is prevented.  Moreover, since the soap is rapidly dried between uses, it will last up to 20% longer.

 

My Review of this Soap Dish Product

What’s in the box?

1 soap dish, info and usage directions card.

 

What is Rosacea? Rosacea Symptoms & Types [With Pictures & Video]

What is Rosacea? Rosacea Symptoms, Triggers & Causes [With Pictures] - Rosy JulieBC
This is my face in 2015 (summer), back when I’d given up on trying to find a treatment. This isn’t a flare-up. This is how my face looked every day. Flare-ups were worse. It was the “before” picture I took ahead of starting red LED light therapy treatments

I’m not a doctor. I’m a patient

Before I get into describing rosacea, what it is, what it isn’t and so on, I just want to say that I’m not a doctor. I’m not a skin care expert.  I’m a rosacea blogger. I’m a patient.  So the info I’ve put together on this page is meant to share what I have learned about the condition in the way as I understand it.  It’s based on info shared with me through amazing sources such as my doctors, the National Rosacea Society, the Mayo Clinic, and the TalkHealth Partnership’s Rosacea Hub. This is meant for informational purposes only.  Please don’t take my word for it if you want a diagnosis or treatment recommendation.  Visit your doctor 🙂

What is Rosacea?

According to the Medical Dictionary Online, this is the definition of Rosacea:

A cutaneous disorder primarily of convexities of the central part of the Face, such as Forehead; CHEEK; Nose; and Chin. It is characterized by Flushing; Erythema; Edema; Rhinophyma; papules; and ocular symptoms. It may occur at any age but typically after age 30. There are various subtypes of rosacea: Erythematotelangiectatic, papulopustular, phymatous, and ocular (National Rosacea Society’s Expert Committee on the Classification and Staging of Rosacea, J Am Acad Dermatol 2002; 46:584-7).

In more simple terms, rosacea is a skin condition that presents in a number of different ways. The one thing that everyone with rosacea has in common is skin redness in the affected area.

Also called “acne rosacea”, this skin disorder is typically focused on the central part of the face, such as the cheeks and nose, but it can also affect the outer areas, such as at the temples and closer to the ears.

Some of the symptoms of rosacea can include redness, flushing, blushing easily, bumps, skin thickening, and even eye irritation. The symptoms that you experience depend on the subtype that you have.

There are four rosacea subtypes. Virtually everybody who has the condition starts with subtype 1, though there are some who experience other subtypes without the first one. If left untreated, the condition will frequently – though not always – worsen.

Rosacea Symptoms and Subtypes

Each of the subtypes of the condition has its own set of potential rosacea symptoms. Since each case of this skin disorder is unique, your case will have its own unique combination and severity of some or any of these symptoms.
Regardless of subtype, though, some of the most common symptoms of rosacea are:

  • persistent redness
  • very dry skin
  • very sensitive/reactive skin
  • blushing easily
  • sun burning quickly
  • hot/burning skin
  • itchy skin
  • the development of “plaques”, which are patches of very dry skin that vary in size.

Rosacea Subtype 1 – Facial Redness (known as erythema)

Rosacea Subtype 1 – Facial Redness (known as erythema) - Rosy JulieBC

This is usually focused primarily on the nose and/or the cheeks. Redness appears as a blush or reddening of the skin.  This is known as erythema. As this subtype progresses, blood vessels can become visible.

Rosacea Subtype 2 – Bumps and Pimples (known as papulopustular rosacea)

Rosacea Subtype 2 – Bumps and Pimples (known as papulopustular rosacea) - Rosy JulieBC

These bumps can look quite similar to pink pimples or whiteheads (though not blackheads). They are not the same as the pimples caused by acne vulgaris but are the reason that the condition is sometimes known as “acne rosacea”. That name is, unfortunately, quite misleading and will frequently cause sufferers to choose the wrong treatment strategies.

Rosacea Subtype 3 – Skin Thickening (known as rhinophema)

Rosacea Subtype 3 – Skin Thickening (known as rhinophema)

Thickening of the skin among rosacea sufferers most commonly occurs on the nose. It causes the nose to increase in size and will give it a more bulbous appearance. This is known as rhinophema.

Rosacea Subtype 4 – Eye Irritation (known as ocular rosacea)

Rosacea Subtype 4 – Eye Irritation (known as ocular rosacea)
Over time, untreated rosacea symptoms can even progress to the eyelids and eyes, making them feel sandy or itchy in a way that is often compared to seasonal or dust allergies. Eyes will often look bloodshot and/or watery as the redness makes its way into them, as well. This is known as ocular rosacea.

“Acne Rosacea”

Acne rosaceaAlthough the term “acne rosacea” is used as though it is a form of this condition, it is actually a kind of misnomer for subtype 2.

The pimple-like bumps, redness and inflammation from rosacea subtypes 1 and 2 can often be mistaken for acne vulgaris, to the point that many doctors will misdiagnose one condition for the other. However, acne rosacea is not a form of acne. The pimples in subtype 2 are not the result of acne vulgaris.

Many dermatologists are trying to reduce the use of the term “acne rosacea” in the hopes of promoting a greater separation between the two unrelated conditions.

Rosacea Triggers

There are a virtually countless number of potential rosacea triggers and every patient has a different combination that will lead to his or her own symptom flare-ups. That said, according to the National Rosacea Society, some of the most common triggers include the following:

  • sunlight
  • alcohol (especially red wine)
  • spicy foods and beverages
  • hot (temperature) foods and beverages
  • Environmental temperature extremes
  • Humidity
  • Stress and anxiety
  • Anger or embarrassment
  • Hot baths, showers and saunas
  • Strenuous exercise and physical exertion
  • Drugs causing blood vessel dilation (including certain blood pressure medications)
  • Corticosteroids (including prednisone)

To discover which factors may be triggering your rosacea symptoms, it is often recommended that you keep a rosacea diary that allows you to monitor the various influences you are experiencing and track when a flare-up occurs. Identifying patterns and trends is your best route to knowing your rosacea triggers.

*If you think you may have rosacea, it’s very important to seek the help of a professional in order to obtain a diagnosis.  This condition isn’t necessarily easy to diagnose.  Other conditions, such as lupus, certain forms of dermatitis, eczema, and even acne can present with similar symptoms.  I strongly recommend making a doctor’s appointment your first step.  Where you go from there is completely up to you 🙂

 

Alon Labs Rewind Facial Skin Rejuvenating Lotion

Alon Labs Rewind Facial Skin Rejuvenating Lotion for RosaceaProduct Name: Alon Labs Rewind Lotion

Brand/Manufacturer: Alon Labs

Green/Natural ingredients: Yes

Did I buy it more than once?: Not yet, but I’m seriously considering it once this bottle is finished.

How long did 1 purchase last?: About 2 months.

Where to Get Alon Labs Rewind Lotion

Flag-Canada Canada, Flag-USA USA: Alon Labs Facial Skin Rejuvenating Lotion at Amazon.com (ships internationally)

What does it claim to provide?

The official Alon Labs website claims that the Rewind Lotion takes the original serum formula a step further by providing an all-natural formula that is non-irritating and that will provide healing benefits to the skin. It is marketed as a hydroquinone alternative.

My Review of this Rosacea Skin Care Product

Alon Labs Rewind Lotion Ingredients (in version I tried)

Distilled Water, Ascorbic Acid, Aloe Vera, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Sodium Hyaluronate, Caffeine, Niacinamide, Resveratrol, D-Alpha Tocopheryl Acetate, Urea, Retinyl Palmitate,, Melatonin, L-Tyrosine, Calendula Officinalis, Arnica Montana, Ferulic Acid, Glutathione, Rosehip Oil, Green Tea (Camellia sinensis) Leaf Extract, Luo Han Guo (Siratia grosvenorii) Fruit Extract Stevia (Stevia rebaudiana) Leaf Extract, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Phenoxyethanol.

Tide PurClean (Honey & Lavender scent)

Tide PurClean Honey and Levender for sensitive skin and rosaceaProduct Name: Tide PurClean in Honey & Lavender scent

Brand/Manufacturer: Tide

Green/Natural ingredients: 65% bio-based

Did I buy it more than once?: No but I’m not ruling it out for the future.

How long did 1 purchase last?: I used individual sample packs. That said, 1 bottle is said to last 32 loads.

Where to Get Tide PurClean

Flag-Canada Canada Tide PurClean Liquid Laundry Detergent For Regular and HE Washers, Honey Lavender Scent, 1.47 L, 32 loads at Amazon.ca
Flag-Canada Canada Tide PurClean HE Liquid Laundry Detergentat Well.ca
Flag-USA USA: Tide PurClean Liquid Laundry Detergent for Regular/HE Washers – 50 oz – Honey Lavender at Amazon.com

What does it claim to provide?

The official Tide website says that PurClean is the first “bio-based detergent with the cleaning power of Tide.” Among its ingredients 65% come from bio-based sources (though I recommend scrolling down to the ingredients list on this page to see what that means).  It is a product produced in a facility that doesn’t send any waste to landfills and it is 100% wind powered.

My Review of this laundry detergent product:

Product Ingredients (in version I tried)

water, sodium laureth 1.0 sulfate, propylene glycol, laureth-9     plant based surfactant, sodium citrate, lauramine oxide, sodium hydroxide, sodium cocoate, ethanol, polyethyleneimine ethoxylate, polyethyleneimine ethoxylate propoxylate, sodium tetraborate, pentasodium pentetate, Tide purclean™ perfume, calcium formate, protease, amylase.

Bee By The Sea’s Sea Buckthorn and Honey Conditioner

Bee By The Sea's Sea Buckthorn and Honey ConditionerProduct Name: Bee By The Sea’s Sea Buckthorn and Honey Conditioner

Brand/Manufacturer: Bee By The Sea

Green/Natural ingredients: Mostly

Did I buy it more than once?: Yes

How long did 1 purchase last?: Around 2-3 months.

Where to Get Bee By The Sea’s Sea Buckthorn and Honey Conditioner

Flag-Canada Canada: Bee By The Sea’s Sea Buckthorn and Honey Conditioner at Amazon.ca
Flag-Canada Canada: Bee By The Sea Sea Buckthorn and Honey Conditioner at Well.ca
Flag-USA USA: Bee By The Sea’s Sea Buckthorn and Honey Conditioner at Amazon.com

What does it claim to provide?

A conditioner that provides “smooth and hydrated locks” while being SLS-Sulfate, Paraben, and Petroleum Free, No Animal Testing. Naturally Derived.

My Review of this Natural Hair Care Product

Bee By The Sea’s Sea Buckthorn and Honey Conditioner Ingredients (in version I tried)

Water (Aqua/Eau), Cetrimonium Chloride, Cetyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Stearyl Alcohol, Glycerin, Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Quaternium-18, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Hippophae Rhamnoides (Sea Buckthorn) Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Beeswax (Cera Alba/Cire d’abeille), Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax (Cera Carnauba/Cire de carnauba), Honey (Mel/Miel), Panthenol, Polysorbate 60, Citric Acid, Sodium Benzoate, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone, Parfum (100% Sweet Almond Oil)

Bee By The Sea’s Sea Buckthorn and Honey Shampoo

Bee By The Sea's Sea Buckthorn and Honey ShampooProduct Name: Bee By The Sea’s Sea Buckthorn and Honey Shampoo

Brand/Manufacturer: Bee By The Sea

Green/Natural ingredients: Mostly

Did I buy it more than once?: Yes

How long did 1 purchase last?: Around 2-3 months.

Where to Get Bee By The Sea’s Sea Buckthorn and Honey Shampoo

Flag-Canada Canada: Bee By The Sea’s Sea Buckthorn and Honey Shampoo at Amazon.ca
Flag-Canada Canada: Bee By The Sea Sea Buckthorn and Honey Shampoo at Well.ca
Flag-USA USA: Bee By The Sea’s Sea Buckthorn and Honey Shampoo at Amazon.com

What does it claim to provide?

A shampoo that brings hair strength, “softness and shine” while being SLS-Sulfate, Paraben, and Petroleum Free, No Animal Testing.  Naturally Derived.

My Review of this Natural Hair Care Product

Bee By The Sea’s Sea Buckthorn and Honey Shampoo Ingredients (in version I tried)

Water (Aqua/Eau), Sodium C14-16 Olefin Sulfonate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Glycerin, Sodium Chloride, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Serenoa Serrulata Fruit Extract, Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil, Hippophae Rhamnoides (Sea Buckthorn) Oil, Honey (Mel/Miel), Panthenol, Beta-Sitosterol, Disodium 2-Sulfolaurate, Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate, Sodium Methyl 2-Sulfolaurate, Glycol Distearate, Polyquaternium-10, Propylene Glycol, Citric Acid, Diazolidinyl Urea, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Sodium Benzoate, Parfum (100% Sweet Almond Oil)

Celtic Complexion Eye Elixir Hydrating Serum

Celtic Complexion Eye Elixir Hydrating SerumProduct Name: Celtic Complexion Eye Elixir Hydrating Serum

Brand/Manufacturer: Celtic Complexion

Green/Natural ingredients: Yes

Did I buy it more than once?: Not yet because my sample bottle is still half full.

How long did 1 purchase last?: The travel size has lasted me for 2 months so far with weekly use and it is still half full. I predict the full-size will last for a half year or more.

Where to Get Celtic Complexion Eye Elixir Hydrating Serum

Flag-Canada Canada, Flag-USA USA, United Kingdom, Australia, France, Ireland, New Zealand, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales and Western Europe: Celtic Complexion Eye Elixir Hydrating Serum at the official website.

What does it claim to provide?

The official website says this is a “lightweight silky” serum that helps the hydrate the eye area as it plumps the skin to reduce the appearance of fine lines.  It has a rollerball applicator which makes it quick and easy to apply at any time of the day or night, including over makeup.  It is safe for the delicate area of the eye and is safe for contact lens users.  It is gluten-free, paraben-free, vegan and cruelty-free.

My Review of this Skin Care Product

Celtic Complexion Eye Elixir Hydrating Serum Ingredients (in version I tried)

Argan oil, squalene oil, avocado oil, rosehip seed oil, carrot seed oil, sea buckthorn oil, evening primrose oil, borage seed oil, essential oils of ylang ylang, lavender, myrrh , rosewood, tangerine, bergamot

The Dual-Care™ HP LED Powerhead

The Dual-Care™ HP LED Powerhead for RosaceaProduct Name: The Dual-Care™ HP LED Powerhead

Brand/Manufacturer: Smarter Lights

Green/Natural ingredients: N/A

Did I buy it more than once?: N/A

How long did 1 purchase last?: Still going with a lifetime warranty.

Where to Get a Dual-Care™ HP LED Powerhead

Global shipping rosacea product Global shipping: The Dual-Care™ HP LED Powerhead at SmarterLights.com

What does it claim to provide?

A high-power (HP) LED red and amber powerhead bulb. It has 48 HP LED chips that provide peak wavelengths in both the red and amber ranges. It is durable and lightweight for convenient use when at home or traveling.

My Review of this LED Light Therapy Product

 

What’s in the box?

The Dual-Care™ HP LED Powerhead comes with the bulb, a socket and cord set (you can choose the 120 volt appropriate for North American sockets or the 220 volt for many other parts of the world), a pair of standard Super Sunnies eye protecting goggles, and the usage guidelines.

The powerhead is an LED bulb with 4 chips.  Each chip contains 16 LEDs (for a total of 64 LEDs in the entire powerhead).  Each chip has 10 amber LEDs and 6 red LEDs (for a total of 40 amber LEDs and 24 red LEDs in the entire powerhead)

The Peak 516™ Green Light HP LED Powerhead

The Peak 516™ LED Green Light Therapy for RosaceaProduct Name: The Peak 516™ Green Light HP LED Powerhead

Brand/Manufacturer: Smarter Lights

Green/Natural ingredients: N/A

Did I buy it more than once?: N/A

How long did 1 purchase last?: Still going with a lifetime warranty.

Where to Get a Peak 516™ Green Light HP LED Powerhead

Global shipping rosacea product Global shipping: The Peak 516™ Green Light HP LED Powerhead at SmarterLights.com

What does it claim to provide?

A high-power (HP) LED green powerhead bulb. It has 48 HP LED chips that have a peak wavelength of 516 nm (nanometers).

My Review of this LED Light Therapy Product

What’s in the box?

The Peak 516™ Green Light HP LED Powerhead comes with the bulb, a socket and cord set (you can choose the 120 volt appropriate for North American sockets or the 220 volt for many other parts of the world), a pair of standard Super Sunnies eye protecting goggles, and the usage guidelines.

The powerhead is an LED bulb with 4 chips.  Each chip contains 16 green LEDs (for a total of 64 LEDs in the entire powerhead).

Celtic Complexion Creme Exfoliant

Celtic Complexion Creme Exfoliant for RosaceaProduct Name: Celtic Complexion Creme Exfoliant

Brand/Manufacturer: Celtic Complexion

Green/Natural ingredients: Yes

Did I buy it more than once?: Yes.

How long did 1 purchase last?: The travel size has lasted me for 2 months so far with weekly use and it is still half full.  I predict the full-size will last for the better part of a year.

Where to Get Celtic Complexion Creme Exfoliant

Flag-Canada Canada, Flag-USA USA, United Kingdom, Australia, France, Ireland, New Zealand, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales and Western Europe: Celtic Complexion Creme Exfoliant at the official website.

What does it claim to provide?

The official website claims that this product will provide a rich cream product containing micro-sized jojoba beads (no plastic micro beads) for gentle and effective exfoliation that won’t strip the natural moisture barrier away and will not harm “even the most delicate skin.” It is meant to provide a soothing, hydrating, nourishing exfoliation along with an antioxidant boost.

My Review of this Rosacea Skin Care Product

Celtic Complexion Creme Exfoliant Ingredients (in version I tried)

Organic aloe vera juice, organic coconut oil, organic rooibos tea extract, emulsifying wax, vegetable glycerin, organic olive oil, palm stearic acid, jojoba beads, organic jojoba oil, avocado oil, witch hazel, vitamin E, xanthan gum, black willow bark, rosemary extract, neem oil, essential oils of ylang ylang, lavender, rosewood, tangerine and bergamot.

Prosacea

Prosacea Rosacea TreatmentProduct Name: Prosacea Gel

Brand/Manufacturer: Prosacea

Green/Natural ingredients: Yes and No

Did I buy it more than once?: No

How long did 1 purchase last?: I stopped at 3 weeks but I don’t think I used half the tube.

Where to Get Prosacea Rosacea Treatment

Flag-Canada Canada: Prosacea Rosacea Treatment Gel at Amazon.ca
Flag-Canada Canada:Prosacea Gel Rosacea Treatment at Well.ca
Flag-USA USA: Prosacea Rosacea Treatment Gel at Amazon.com

What does it claim to provide?

A medicated, homeopathic topical rosacea treatment meant to “diminish common rosacea symptoms.” Among those listed were redness, “eruptions”, bumps and dryness.  It is meant to condition and soothe reddened, dry and irritated skin.

My Review of this Rosacea Treatment Product Product

Prosacea Ingredients (in version I tried)

Active ingredients: Sulphur 1x, Chrysarobinum 12x (extract from Goa powder, a substance deposited in the wood of Andira araroba)

Inactive ingredients: Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate crosspolymer, diazolidinyl urea,lactose, methylparaben, propylene glycol, propylparaben, tetrasodium EDTA, triethanolamine, water.

Celtic Complexion Creme

Celtic Complexion Creme for rosacea, dry skin and sensitive skinProduct Name: Celtic Complexion Creme

Brand/Manufacturer: Celtic Complexion

Green/Natural ingredients: Yes

Did I buy it more than once?: Not yet.

How long did 1 purchase last?: I’ve been working on the sample jar for over 2 months…I’d say several months for the full-size.

Where to Get Celtic Complexion Creme

Flag-Canada Canada, Flag-USA USA, United Kingdom, Australia, France, Ireland, New Zealand, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales and Western Europe: Celtic Complexion Creme at the official website.

What does it claim to provide?

A high quality all-natural, vegan, gluten-free and paraben-free moisturiznig creme made without using water.  This stops the product from being diluted and it allows the rich concentration to continue to moisturize for up to 8 hours.  It is extremely nourishing as it is high in vitamins, pure essential oils, vital nutrients and essential fatty acids. Provides the skin a dewy, velvety finish.  Appropriate for dry to very dry skin and is especially helpful to people living in dry, harsh and cold climates.

My Review of this Rosacea Skin Care Product

Celtic Complexion Creme Ingredients (in version I tried)

Vitellaria paradoxa (cert org shea butter), Cocos nucifera (cert org raw coconut) oil, Simmondsia chenensis (cert org jojoba) oil, vegetable glycerin, Daucus carota (cert org carrot) seed oil, Santalum spicatum (cert org sandalwood) oil, Vanilla planifolia (cert org vanilla) extract, Citrus paradisi (grapefruit) seed oil, Melaleuca alternifoli (tea tree) oil.

RubyLux All Yellow LED Light Therapy Bulb

RubyLux All Yellow Amber LED Light Therapy for RosaceaProduct Name: RubyLux All Yellow LED Light Therapy Bulb

Brand/Manufacturer: RubyLux

Green/Natural ingredients: N/A

Did I buy it more than once?: N/A

How long did 1 purchase last?: Still going but website says a 2 year average lifespan.

Where to Get a RubyLux All Yellow Light Therapy Bulb

Flag-USA USA:RubyLux Amber Yellow High Intensity LED Bulb – 570nm to 590nm Size Small 2″ at Amazon.com

What does it claim to provide?

A high-power LED light bulb.  It is composed of 38 premium close-set yellow LEDS within the 570nm to 590nm  wavelength range. This yellow light therapy bulb is 1.5 inches in diameter and is meant to be used directly against the skin (with a plastic wrap barrier to keep it clean) for 5 to 15 minutes per session.

My Review of this LED Light Therapy Product

What’s in the box?

1 bulb, bubble wrap.

Eye protection goggles are recommended and are sold separately. The bulb must be used with either custom covers or plastic wrap which are also sold separately.

CoverGirl Outlast All-Day Lipcolor (521 Eternal Flame)

CoverGirl Outlast All-Day Lipcolor (521 Eternal Flame)Product Name: CoverGirl Outlast All-Day Lipcolor (521 Eternal Flame)

Brand/Manufacturer: CoverGirl

Green/Natural ingredients: No.

Will I buy it more than once?: Probably.

How long did 1 purchase last?: 4-6 months of occasional use or 2 months of more regular use.

Where to CoverGirl Outlast All-Day Lipcolor

Flag-Canada Canada: CoverGirl Outlast All-Day Lipcolor (521 Eternal Flame) at Amazon.ca
Flag-Canada Canada: CoverGirl Outlast Lipcolor at Well.ca
Flag-USA USA: Cover Girl Outlast All-Day Lipcolor (521 Eternal Flame) at Amazon.com

What does it claim to provide?

CoverGirl Outlast All-Day Lipcolor is a kind of lip stain.  The package says it will last 24 hours but many of the product descriptions from places that sell it say it lasts up to 16 hours.  Either way, it lasts a very long time.  It has been designed to be kiss-proof, food-proof and workout-proof.  It calls itself “virtually life-proof.” It is applied in two parts, the pigmented part, the “All-Day Colorcoat” that comes in a tube with a doe-foot applicator as well as a second part that is a “Moisturizing Topcoat” to keep lips feeling smooth, soft and moisturized.

My Review of this Makeup Product

 

CoverGirl Outlast All-Day Lipcolor Ingredients (in version I tried)

All-Day Colorcoat:  Isododecane, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Dimethicone, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Propylparaben, Propylene Carbonate, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Flavor (Aroma), May Contain: Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides, Red 30 Lake, Carmine, Yellow 5 Lake, Blue 1 Lake, Red 6, Red 7 Lake, and Yellow 6 Lake.

Moisturizing Topcoat:  Sucrose Polycottonseedate, Ozokerite, Beeswax, Tocopheryl Acetate, Tocopherol, Propyl Gallate, Propylparaben, Acetyl Glucosamine, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Sodium Saccharin, and Flavor (Aroma).

 

Annabelle Kohl Eyeliner (Lotus)

Annabelle Kohl Eyeliner LotusProduct Name: Annabelle Kohl Eyeliner (Lotus)

Brand/Manufacturer: Annabelle

Green/Natural ingredients: No.

Will I buy it more than once?: If it ever runs out, yes.

How long did 1 purchase last?: 18 months and still going strong.

Where to Annabelle Kohl Eyeliner

Flag-Canada Canada: Annabelle Kohl Eyeliner – Lotus at Amazon.ca
Flag-Canada Canada: Annabelle Eye Liners at Well.ca

What does it claim to provide?

Annabelle Kohl Eyeliner is meant to be dramatic and artistic so when it comes to your eyes, you can “soften them or vamp up your look.” I used “Lotus” but there are many metallic and matte shades in this line. It is long lasting and hypo-allergenic.

My Review of this Makeup Product

Annabelle Kohl Eyeliner Ingredients (in version I tried)

C10-18 triglycerides, Behenyl Alcohol, Talc, Isopropyl Myristate, Stearalkonium Hectorite, Propylene Carbonate, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, and BHT.

 

 

CoverGirl Exact Eyelights Eye Brightening Shadow Palette (705 Vivid Greens)

CoverGirl Exact Eyelights Eye Brightening Shadow Palette (705 Vivid Greens)Product Name: CoverGirl Exact Eyelights Eye Brightening Shadow Palette (705 Vivid Greens)

Brand/Manufacturer: CoverGirl

Green/Natural ingredients: No.

Will I buy it more than once?: Yes.

How long did 1 purchase last?: 6 months of occasional use or 2-3 months of more regular use.

Where to Get CoverGirl Exact Eyelights Eye Brightening Shadow

Flag-Canada Canada: CoverGirl Exact Eyelights Eye Brightening Shadow Palette (705 Vivid Greens) at Amazon.ca
Flag-USA USA: CoverGirl Exact Eyelights Eye Brightening Shadow Palette (Majestic Hazels) at Amazon.com

What does it claim to provide?

This eye shadow quad by CoverGirl is meant to complement eye colour.  In this case, I chose the “vivid green” option because I have green eyes.  The back of the package includes instructions with regards to how to achieve an eye makeup look with the four provided shades. 

*Comes with a shadow brush that I personally love.

My Review of this Makeup Product

CoverGirl Exact Eyelights Eye Brightening Shadow Ingredients (in version I tried)

Talc, Mica, Zinc Stearate, Mineral Oil, Dimethicone, Boron Nitride, Calcium Silicate, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Propylparaben, Methylparaben, BHT, Quaternium-15, Quaternium-15. May Contain: Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides, Ultramarines, Carmine, Manganese Violet, Ferric Ferrocyanide, Blue 1 Lake, Bismuth Oxychloride, Chromium Oxide Greens, Yellow 5 Lake. 

Rimmel Glam’Eyes (100 Glam Ice)

Rimmel London Glam Eyes Glam Ice eye shadowProduct Name:  Rimmel Glam’Eyes (100 Glam Ice)

Brand/Manufacturer: Rimmel

Green/Natural ingredients: No.

Will I buy it more than once?: No.

How long did 1 purchase last?: 2-3 months.

Where to Get  Rimmel Glam’Eyes (100 Glam Ice)

Flag-Canada Canada:Rimmel Glam’Eyes Mono Eye Shadow Glam Ice at Amazon.ca
Flag-USA USA: Rimmel Glam’Eyes Mono Eye Shadow Glam Ice at Amazon.com

What does it claim to provide?

A slightly shimmery and icy mono eye shadow.

My Review of this Makeup Product

 Rimmel Glam’Eyes in Glam Ice (in version I tried)

MICA, TALC, DIMETHICONE, CAPRYLIC/CAPRIC TRIGLYCERIDE, MAGNESIUM STEARATE, SYNTHETIC FLUORPHLOGOPITE, ALOE BARBADENSIS LEAF EXTRACT, ETHYLHEXYL DIMETHYL PABA, ISOPROPYLPARABEN, BUTYLPARABEN, ISOBUTYLPARABEN, TIN OXIDE, IRON OXIDES, FERRIC FERROCYANIDE (CI 77510), FD&C BLUE NO. 1 ALUMINUM LAKE (CI 42090), FD&C YELLOW NO. 5 ALUMINUM LAKE (CI 19140), FD&C RED NO. 40 ALUMINUM LAKE (CI16035), TITANIUM DIOXIDE (CI 77891), CARMINE (CI 75470), MANGANESE VIOLET (CI 77742), ULTRAMARINES (CI 77007).