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Itching for a Way to Resolve Your Skin Problems?

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If you already have ingrown hairs, use a product with salicylic acid to exfoliate the upper layers of dead skin around the trapped hair and use tweezers to gently lift the hair out of the follicle without removing it completely.


It’s hard to put your best face forward when your skin is red and irritated. While a little detective work is needed to find the cause of your sensitive skin, the right combination of medical attention and gentle products will help you become comfortable in your own skin again.
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Member Comments

  • Thanks - 6/2/2013 9:47:49 PM
  • My mom had rosacea and was in a flare when I moved her in with me. I found a cream that worked wonders, but it is a local product. It is a lavender body butter with hydrosol in it. It is completely natural and contains no chemicals. I love it for myself too! It actually helps to prevent blistering if I burn myself. The lavender oil is a natural antiseptic and anti-fungal. I buy bottles of hydrosol to use on my pets to help with fleas and itchy skin. It is also really nice in the summer. Not only does it help me feel cooler, but it keeps the mosquitos away from me! - 10/7/2012 12:15:24 PM
  • This was a very informative article. Unfortunately, several people in my family have several different types of skin problems and allergies. :(

    My older sister has rosacea and Vitiligo. By her own description, she looks like a drunk raccoon when she isn't wearing make-up. She has a circle of no pigmentation around her eyes but her lower cheeks and nose are red from the rosacea. She also has no pigment on most of her hand and the tops of her feet. She is also severely allergic to latex.

    My twin brother also has vitiligo and several other skin allergies. He won't follow through with the treatments so the other conditions won't go away.

    My daughter has contact dermatitis and is allergic to most types of antibiotics.

    I also have rosacea, contact dermatitis and a latex allergy. I'm so sensitive to latex that I can smell it if it's the same room as me and start to get choked up. I'm also wondering what types of "affordable" treatments people have done for rosacea? I've tried all the over the counter stuff and one prescribed med and nothing has really made any difference. I don't drink or eat spicy foods. - 6/9/2011 4:29:29 AM
  • I'd like to see more article concerning women of color (Latina, African American, etc) since these types tend to react differently from mainstream written skin. - 7/6/2010 5:42:54 PM
  • Avoiding intense exercise (e.g.: running et al) may be "helpful" for minimizing rosacea flare-ups, but telling a person not to engage in otherwise very healthful bodily fitness activities to avoid a red face seems like a very cruel no-win situation. There MUST be other solutions, somewhere. - 7/4/2010 8:16:25 PM
  • Poor diet can also aggravate aczema. I had really persistent patches of eczema on my forearms and hands. When I started eating a healthy, balanced diet they cleared - something they failed to do even with the strongest steroid creams. I can tell when my diet is starting to take a turn for the worse - I can fool myself about it but my skin will tell me otherwise. I correct my eating and it clears within a week. - 6/9/2010 6:32:19 AM
  • I have had eczema my whole life and in late 30s developed spots on my face of Rosacea, hard to keep the two separate as one cream only works for one condition. I hate prednisone, call it the nasty pill and back on it now after having first flareup since being clear back in Dec of 08. - 6/5/2010 11:47:28 PM
  • after years of vague symptoms, it became quite "clear" that I was a rosacean. Rx for MetroGel and IPL laser tx seem to be helping. Oh and quitting the drink was most important. - 5/2/2010 11:31:03 PM
  • I worked in the disposible glove industry for years. Latex gloves are horrible for creating many symptoms. Like when you go to the Dentist: do you ever get tiny blisters in your mouth after a cleaning, well, that could be from the latex in the gloves, so ask them to use Nitrile. And if you think Nitril egloves are fine, think again, there are accelerants in all gloves, be it Vinyl, Nitrile, Butadene, you just have to make sure you know the symptoms to be able to extract what the true cause is. People as well don't realize that mattresses, blankets, pillows, underwear (its in the elastic around the waist and leg section), bras, clothing, socks, everything can have latex in it so if you tend to break out in rashes, you might want to take a look in your closet. It may not be the detergent, but the latex itself. I used to have to deal with many peeling hands during my time selling gloves and there are not alot of alternatives. I feel bad for anyone in the health industry. Great topic in the forum and thank you. - 4/28/2010 12:40:52 PM
  • NANABABY5
    Good article thankyou! I have sensitive skin too, and stay away with products with perfumes for sure...!! - 1/29/2010 10:09:21 AM
  • thanks for the info! - 8/8/2009 7:55:19 AM
  • Awesome Info...I have had Rosacea for sometime now and refuse to take any meds. I did see a dermatoligist who recommended topical and other but decided to just find out my triggers and switched to Clinique make-up and Aveeno products as well and I rarely show any redness except when I have some wine! Oh, well, No one can take that away from me!!! - 6/23/2009 3:51:33 PM
  • according to my Dermatologist I have Rosacea. I had some broken blood vessels, one on my nose drove me crazy. They used a laser to remove them, I used a cream to numb it before hand, I think it's lidocain, about an hour before the procedure... it felt like having a rubber band snapped on my face over and over again...I was very excited to have this done so the minimal pain was worth it. Right afterwards my face was bright red, but it calmed down pretty fast. The zapped parts turned into very fine scabs and flaked away. - 6/20/2009 1:37:40 PM
  • I thought this was from getting older. I now think it is exercise. I have 3 tiny broken blood vessels and some rosacea. I cover it up with concealer, bit now I will make an appointment with my dermatologist. It could not hurt and perhaps some laser might be appropriate? Thank you for the article. - 6/7/2009 3:53:46 PM
  • AIDELADE27
    Wow. I never knew about rosacea before. I went to my dermatologist years ago and he said that the flaky skin on my upper arms is caused by eczema and will go away after puberty. It's after puberty and it's still there. I think I have rosacea on my face because I have all the symptoms for years. Thanks for the info! - 4/3/2009 6:46:21 PM

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