The Ultimate Cheat Sheet on Rosacea and Redness

Last Updated on June 24, 2019 by Ellen Christian

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When I was younger, people used to think it was cute that I blushed so frequently. I got teased about it frequently and eventually just learned to accept the fact that I was embarrassed easily. It was a very frustrating time for me because stressful situations made my face bright red. I struggled with self-esteem issues a lot when I was younger and this definitely didn’t make it easier. It wasn’t until much later that I learned about the connection between rosacea and redness.

The Ultimate Cheat Sheet on Rosacea and Redness

The Ultimate Cheat Sheet on Rosacea and Redness

Rosacea is a lifelong disease that can affect both skin and eyes. While it is most common in women, rosacea affects about 16 million people in the United States. It is most common in women with fair skin and blue eyes and often presents itself during menopause. Some women, like me, first notice rosacea in their twenties. You cannot generally tell in most photos I share that I have rosacea. I use a fair amount of foundation and cover-up to keep the redness under control.  But when I share candid photos on Instagram, especially of me exercising, it is much more noticeable.

The Ultimate Cheat Sheet on Rosacea and Redness

Rosacea can result in:

  • Frequent redness (experienced by up to 93% of rosacea sufferers)
  • Small red lines under the skin
  • Acne-like bumps and pimples
  • Inflamed eyes and eyelids
  • Swollen nose
  • Thicker skin

Doctors don’t know the exact cause of rosacea although it is often hereditary. In my case, both my mother and my sister have rosacea. While doctors don’t know the exact cause of rosacea, there are certain things that can cause rosacea to be more prominent. Different people have different triggers. Some triggers are:

  • Spicy foods
  • Heat
  • Hot baths
  • Exposure to the sun
  • Strenuous exercise
  • Alcohol
  • Some medical conditions, such as menopause
  • Stress
  • Steroids

There is no cure for rosacea, but there are rosacea treatments that are available now. Mirvaso® (brimonidine) Topical Gel, 0.33%*, is the first and only FDA-approved prescription medication for the topical treatment of the persistent facial redness of rosacea. Powerful, once-daily Mirvaso Gel works fast to help reduce facial redness of rosacea and may last up to 12 hours; when applied, it may start working in as little as 30 minutes. I could definitely have benefited from this.

With the Mirvaso Gel Cost Reduction Card, patients with certain insurance may pay no more than $50† and patients whose insurance does not cover Mirvaso Gel may pay no more than $80† for a tube of the product. The Mirvaso Gel Cost Reduction Card is good for refills, so use your card each time you refill your Mirvaso Gel prescription.

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Galderma Laboratories, L.P. , the maker of Mirvaso® Gel.

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.

*Each gram of gel contains 5 mg of brimonidine tartrate, equivalent to 3.3 mg of brimonidine free base
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10 thoughts on “The Ultimate Cheat Sheet on Rosacea and Redness”

  1. I knew a boy years ago that suffered with this and he got teased a lot. I hated it for him. If he would have had something like this to help, maybe his skin wouldn't have been so noticeable.
  2. Oh my goodness! I had no idea what the symptoms for rosacea were. I've been lucky along with my family and haven't experienced it however I know many people who have. Thanks so much for the informative post!
  3. I have heard of rosacea a number of times over the years. But, i don't recall ever knowing anyone that actually had it before.

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