I was not diagnosed with rosacea, but have persistent redness. Azelaic acid from the Ordinary really helps with redness for me. Same as you, I also use Niacinamide from the Ordinary, but find that using it twice a day (or even daily) is a bit irritating. Perhaps due to the high strength of the formulation? My advice would be to opt for a lower percentage of niacinamide (3-6%) and try using azelaic acid more instead.
Hi Valerija & thank you for your response. A little background (I know everyone's skin is different) but I haven't been red or flushed at all from the Niacinamide but the HA Serum from the ordinary does irritate me so I cut that out. I am just nervous for flushing this summer & have been looking into trying Azelaic Acid in higher concentrations. I have used Paula's choice but it is expensive & unfortunately the ordinary one is too much dimethicone and causes to much pilling under the DRMTLGY sunscreen. Do you think I should use the Paula's choice more consistently? I haven't been consistent with it at all. Thank you for your response and I am sorry you're a fellow rosacea sufferer as well XO
Yes, HA serum irritates me as well.. And indeed, I only noticed a difference when I started using azelaic acid almost daily. Before that I'd use it 2-3 times a week and it would only help with blemishes here and there and not really with redness. So maybe try increasing the frequency? Good luck :)
Yes JoJo1026! I was diagnosed with rosacea 20 yrs ago. I will never give up my Finacea (azelaic acid 15%) prescription twice per day. Unlike some of the pilling problems I've read about with non-Rx OTC products, Finacea blends well with other skin products like serums or foundation. But I've learned other products really calm my redness as well. The Ordinary's Mineral UV Filters SPF 30 sunscreen may be a tad pasty or tacky, but the zinc in it is amazingly soothing (I counteract cast with slightly deeper-coloured CC cream or foundation). I've also learned how critical adequate moisturization is. Summer and winter may require changes to the moisturizer I use. Like you, I really enjoy The Ordinary's niacinamide+zinc. I tolerate 10% well. I'm not sure it helps with redness as much as it does with oil production in my rosacea zone, which can be as bothersome as redness. Just as important for me is simply avoiding direct sunlight AND direct indoor lights that emit heat. Critical to reduce my redness if I can't avoid sunlight or indoor lights is removing layers of clothing so my core body temperature doesn't rise. So Finacea, niacinamide, zinc, moisture, avoidance of sun and warm indoor lights, and overheating in general work for me. Good luck!
My dermatologist prescribed for me Epsolay cream. It's kinda intense when you start, similar to Tretinoin. It really changed my skin and the posted results are real! It's crazy because I have used it for 10 months and my roseca is gone. I didn't realize for so long why I got overheated so quickly when I worked out was because of my roseca until I started Epsolay. I better understand roseca vs redness on my skin because of it. I love Bubble Skincare's Vitamin C to treat redness and erythema. I have tried so many vitamin C's in the past and I noticed results with that one in less than a month. Also I love PillowTalkDerm's Flash Mask. Whenever I got out of the shower my redness was so bad it almost looked like bruises. The first time I used that mask I noticed such a difference in how even my skin looked. It's the only product of PillowTalkDerm I have tried but the entire Major Fade line looks super helpful, just a tad expensive for me. Between those 3 products I am using, I am happily shocked at how much my redness/rosacea/erythema is disappearing.