Recommended Anti-aging Treatment for Fair Skin with Rosacea?

Anti-aging treatments skin care lines for fair skin with rosacea that can be used with Metrogel. I am 48 and trying to reverse sun damage and get younger looking skin

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A Number of Good Treatments

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Fortunately, there are a number of excellent products out there which will both help with Rosacea and have potent anti-aging ingredients. Two of them have the most potent antioxidants in the world: RevaleSkin and Aveeno's Ultra-calming cream. I had always thought that RevaleSkin's CoffeeBerry was the supreme antioxidant. After all in the ORAC (Oxagen radical Absorbance Capacity) scale, the CoffeeBerry was something like 10 times stronger than green tea and 14 times stronger than pomegranite. I found out that FeverFew is about five times stronger than CoffeeBerry.

Many of my patients with Rosacea have used RevaleSkin. Its formulation does not seem to break them out and there has been a substantial improvement in their redness.

Other good products for rosacea which have anti-aging ingredients include Neostrata's Bionic Cream and Purpose Redness Relief. Products containing Niacinamide are also excellent for improving erythema as well as providing protection against photoaging.

One tip: If your dermatologist has not not put you on Oracea, it would not be a bad idea to do so. Low dose Doxycycline acts as an anti-inflammatory agent. If you believe in the inflammatory cause of skin aging, as I do, you would be advised to take this medication. People that believe in this theory maintain that the sun and other factors sets off low-grade inflammation which produces factors such as matrix metalloproteinases. Studies have shown that Orracea decreases the amount of Matrix metalloproeinases. These collagenases break down our collagen.

The reason I like the above products as they all have sunscreen agents. The sun generally makes rosacea worse and of course the sun leads to photoaging by definition.

Thank you for asking a good question.

Virginia Beach Dermatologist

Rejuvenating skin care lines for Rosacea

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Skin Medica has an effective selection of skin care products for rosacea and rejuvenation. The Redness Relief Calmplex is a lovely, soothing moisturizer that reduces erythema in as little as 8 weeks. Most patients with rosacea can use the TNS Essential serum for rejuvenation, and apply the calmplex on top.

Vivier has a wonderful redness relief kit that is economical and effective.Most patients with rosacea have difficulty using topical retinoids but Vivier has an incredible Platine peptide cream complex that has antioxidantsm peptides, hyaluronic acid and a retinoid that is not irritating. This is a high end product but wonderful for patients with sensative skin.


Gail Nield, MD, FRCPC
Toronto Dermatologist

Minimizing the Signs of Rosacea

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Rosacea, is a common condition of redness, coarse skin texture and the presence of telengiectasias ( tiny broken capillaries) on the face. At times eruptions can resemble acne, become scaly or even oily. These skin changes most often occur after the 30's and can be a result of sun-damage in certain genetically pre-disposed skin types . Known triggers are spicy foods, alcohol, exercise, altitude and other extreme temperatures in the environment, so prevention of these can be helpful.

We advise monthly IPL treatments with Cutera's LimeLight until clear ( usually 2 or 3 ) and then maintainence IPL treatments every 3-4 months to minimize correction. You'll be surprised how easily laser treatments such as Cutera's Limelight or Genesis can help to eliminate the broken blood vessels !

Ronald Moser, MD
San Juan Capistrano Physician

Anti-aging for fair skin with rosacea

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A retinoid cream can help with acne/rosacea as well as anti-aging of the skin. If you have sensitive skin it is best to start with a lower strength retinoid prescription cream such as tretin-x 0.0375% or generic tretinoin 0.025%. Also, you may want to get your skin accustomed with this medicine by only applying it twice weekly at first then building up to each night eventually.

Joshua L. Fox, MD
Long Island Dermatologic Surgeon
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