Tuesday, September 5, 2017

(review) MUAC 60% Glycolic Acid and 30% TCA Peels

I ordered a couple peels from MakeupArtistsChoice during a 30% off sale (always wait for a sale!)
Shipping: fast but they fill the box with styrofoam cheeto puffs and that crap isn't biodegradable, so yeah... Grrr...
I want to use these peels to help fight wrinkles, mostly on my forehead. I know these peels will not improve my rosacea.
60% Glycolic Acid peel
I think the strongest glycolic face leave-on cream I've ever used was 30% and that left my fave red and sore the next day. Alpha Hydrox 8% glycolic acid cream has been my favorite overnight face product for years, it definitely helped thin out my forehead wrinkles better than anything else (including retin-a).
In the 'before' pic you can see I have some open sores on my face- this is my new reality with rosacea (yay!). You're not supposed to do peels or exfoliate skin with open sores... lol you do you, Boo! My skin's looked like crap the past year, I'm trying the dang peel!!
OK LOL so the peel stings on my sores but kinda annoying/itchy tingles everywhere else. Glycolic acid burned the scab off one sore on my cheek and it bled a little. Overall 60% glycolic acid feels like 10% tca peel on my skin, not bad at all! I'm starting to doubt this "peel" is actually 60%... Worried nothing was happening, I went against the MUAC instructions and left it on until it stopped itching *shrug*
Results immediately my skin felt dry, same feeling after using a benzyl peroxide face wash// 3 days later: My skin never peeled. Not even extra redness or soreness on my sensitive undereye skin, WTF?! My open blemishes dried out, turned into red spots. My skin doesn't look any better/smoother/glowy anywhere on my face. My pores are still clogged. So basically this was a waste of time&money. I don't think this peel was 60%, nothing happened ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ I actually have more bumps on my forehead after than before the peel.
I get the same results when I use a cheap benzyl peroxide face wash. Lame.
TRY #2:before vs. during
A few days later I tried this "60% glycolic acid" again... and again a waste of time and money. MUAC must have mislabeled this bottle, maybe they meant 6% lol it only slightly stings on my open sores, a little itchy everywhere else. I left it on 10min *shrug* No discomfort whatsoever under my eyes and I made sure to soak that area- this really pisses me off. My under eye skin is VERY sensitive but MUAC "60% glycolic acid" has no effect?! I got ripped off.
UPDATE: I tried this on my friend who doesn't really use skincare but does do 20% TCA peels a couple times/year... And she SCREAMED BLOODY MURDER 😂 so I guess my face just is hardcore from using tea tree oil daily? LOL wtf

30% TCA peel
What I like most about TCA peels is that you can use lower % and just layer it on your face- same results as higher % but less pain! 😊
Non-MUAC TCA peels I usually do are 15-20%, very painful for minutes until I rinse. i dont always frost but do always peel.
I used a Q-tip and used 30% TCA as spot treatment on my chest freckles. It burned & frosted. It was a quick,intense burn with no lingering pain after 20seconds (weird because with other brands of TCA I've used the pain lingered for minutes). No frosting. My freckles turned dark brown overnight. Slight flaking days later. My freckles look like nothing happened lol. Not the best TCA peel I've ever used but not the worst either.

Final thoughts on MakeUpArtistsChoice: these peels would be good for other women, but they're just not strong enough for my skin.

Monday, July 31, 2017

No Such Thing As "Cruelty Free" in Retail

Here's a map of the world's top 7 beauty companies and the popular brands they own.
Even if you buy a product from these companies marked "cruelty free" with the little bunny symbol - you are giving money to that brand's parent company, who does test on animals. Good intentions but your money still perpetuates the problem 😡
So what can we do? Research & support smaller, independent businesses. Buy raw ingredients and make your own products. Write to the parent companies telling them exactly why you're boycotting them; sign petitions; spread the word!
Look at your beloved pet everyday and remember why you made this choice 😊
I know it's hard, we all have favorite products we need, we refuse to give up- but
business only care about money 💵 --> companies only listen when the moneyflow stops!
So the best strategy I've been doing is using up all the beauty products I own. I am not giving myself permission to buy anything from a known animal-abusing-empire until I've run out of options. Use every eyeliner I own, then research legit cruel-free options, and only as a last resort will I buy from an animal-abusing-beauty-empire 😩  
It's also better to buy items on clearance/discontinued/used if possible.

I can't give up my Acuvue eye contact lenses... but I can give up Raid! I am using tea tree oil as a natural pest repellent. I gave up Mr Clean products and use vinegar instead. Lots of healthy + ethnical alternatives available if we just look 😊
Every dime not spent on evil corporations counts! Let's save lives 🐾
Reference list of cosmetic ingredients made from animals here: https://www.peta.org/living/other/animal-ingredients-list/
And did you know America's prison system is big busine$$? Yup, looks like there's a loophole on the 13th Amendment and slavery isnt abolished afterall 💀 Here's a list of companies who profit off of prison labor (basically slave labor since inmates do mandatory hard physical labor for as low as 12cents/hour!!):
AT&T, Bank of America, Bayer, Cargill, Caterpillar, Chevron, Chrysler, Costco, John Deere, Eli Lilly and Company, Exxon Mobile, GlaxoSmithKline, Johnson and Johnson, K-Mart, Koch Industries, McDonald’s, Merck, Microsoft, Motorola, Nintendo, Pfizer, Procter & Gamble, Pepsi, ConAgra Foods, Shell, BP, Starbucks, UPS, Verizon, Victoria's Secret, WalMart, Wendy’s, Whole Foods

Monday, May 22, 2017

(review) Perfumers Apprentice fragrance oils

ISO E Super- does not smell like anything but when I layer it with Dolce&Gabbana "Light Blue" OMG men love it on me! adds a velvety/sensual depth to perfumes apparently- so I bought 2lbs, it came in this huge metal bottle lol Pepsi in the pic for comparison And my google research says men can use it to attract women, too! Isn't that crazy? apparently 2 of my favorite men's colognes have ISO E in them which could explain their popularity: Abercrombie & Fitch Fierce and Christian Dior Fahrenheit.

Lily of the Valley- smells romantic and vintage, not fresh cut flowers. 🌼

Peach (natural w/o acetaldehyde)- smells like a warm peach that's been sliced and rinsed in water. This is not a sweet scent. I think this oil smells better very diluted. 🍑

I bought these animalistic scents to tease my cat & dog,
but they're only barely impressed with the Civet scent. Oh well, haha.
Civet essence- smells like stinky opossum pee 🐾
Tonquitone (musk) essence- strong deer musk
Animalid- deer musk blend, a little feminine, not offensively strong
Ambergris essence- slightly sweet, a little musky, smells more like a rotting flower than animalistic, strange scent

The website also sells flavor oils, good if you want to whip up edibles like lipgloss-
DX Marshmallow flavor oil- this smells really good! one drop is a lot of flavor, mmmm!

Thursday, May 18, 2017

(review) fragrance oils from Exotic Fragrances

Have you ever wished your expensive designer perfumes would last longer on your skin?
Ever been curious about of making your own fragrances? Ever dabbled in aromatherapy?
I've been learning about fragrance oils recently. Apparently you can add a few drops of a fragrance oil into a carrier oil* and create your very own perfume oil! How cool is that? Just dab a little on your skin and it will last longer than alcohol-based perfumes on the market. Essential oils are stronger & more expensive than fragrance oils; essential oils are 100% natural but fragrance oils are often manmade.
*Carrier oil: good choices are coconut oil and grapeseed oil because they absorb well into the skin without much of their own scent. Other oils can be used (olive, avocado, almond, jojoba, etc) but be warned their scents can affect the overall fragrance of your perfume.

I ordered a few "inspired by designer perfume" fragrance oils from ExoticFragrances.com and here are my thoughts:
-website does not have good fragrance descriptions and some of the abbreviations used for designer dupes are confusing (but you can call for clarification, they're friendly)
-fragrance oils tend to only capture a few of a perfume's most prominent notes so don't expect perfect dupes
-I think this website makes great fruity and floral dupe scents but their heavier, darker scents are... too intense. Dilute with carrier oil or you will get headaches.
-bottles were filled full, thank you! And the spout lids are easy to use, love them!
CLINIQUE/PRESCRIPTIVES Calyx: green leaves, guava, grapefruit, papaya, passionfruit, mango, lily-of-the-valley
Review: heavy on the green notes, slight guava, slight lily-of-valley
Review: ❤ !!
COCO CHANEL Coco Mademoiselle: patchouli, orange, rose, bergamot, orange blossom, jasmine, vanilla
Review: this smells comparable to the current watered-down Coco eau de toilette, but lasts longer ha! Not perfect but a good purchase.
DOLCE&GABBANA One Rose: rose, lychee, peony, grapefruit, vanilla, black currant, lily-of-the-valley, orange
Review: very faint rose and grapefruit, nice for summer
DOLCE&GABBANA The One: lychee, vanilla, peach, amber, plum, lily
Review: lychee, plum, vanilla; nice but the original is so much better!
ESCADA Island Kiss: mango, passionfruit, raspberry, white peach, red berries, passion flower, magnolia, orange, hibiscus
Review: I can definitely smell white peach and passion fruit
ESCADA Moon Sparkle: strawberry, raspberry, black currant, red apple, citrus, sweet pea, freesia
Review: smells wonderful!! just like essence of candy ❤ very soft strawberry scent
ESCADA Pacific Paradise: sugarcane, banana, coconut, lime, apple, lemon, sunflower
Review: fruity and good, but does not smell enough like banana so I'm sad
GUCCI Bamboo: lily, bergamot, orange blossom, ylang-ylang, sandalwood, vanilla, amber
Review: lily, pretty but unexciting- stronger than the original but no amber or vanilla
RIHANNA Nude: guava, vanilla orchid, sandalwood, pear, orange
Review: not enough guava, too orange- this is ok but I wouldn't know it's supposed to be Nude if it wasn't labeled. This smells better if I layer it with the Sudanese Coconut scent I also purchased lolwhatever.
THIERRY MUGLER Angel Rose: patchouli, rose, chocolate, caramel
Review: rose and patchouli, maybe slight chocolate, pretty if you like Angel
TOM FORD Velvet Orchid: orchid, rum, honey, vanilla, myrrh, suede, jasmine, sandalwood
Review: I like it okay, but I think since this is an oil it makes the rum-note extra heavy. So dilute with extra carrier oil! lol when I dabbed some straight out of the bottle people commented I smelled like old lady. And it took 3 days of scrubbing to get the scent off my skin lol it's potent!
TOM FORD Jasmin Rouge: jasmine, ylang-ylang, neroli, cinnamon, woods, vanilla, amber, ginger, pepper, bergamot, cardamom, leather
Review: beautiful but strong! jasmine, cinnamon- dilute the hell out of this oil or you'll get a headache
TOM FORD Noir: vanilla, kulfi, amber, sandalwood, mastic, ginger, rose, orange
Review: this isn't too strong, it's really pretty like the original- but kulfi is kind of a weird note so do not blind buy this, smell the original first!
TOM FORD White Patchouli: patchouli, white flowers, coriander, peony, bergamot, ambrette, incense, woods, rose, jasmine
Review: this is a lot of patchouli- but good patchouli not stank weed
VICTORIA'S SECRET Bombshell: passionfruit, grapefruit, peony, pineapple, tangerine, vanilla orchid, strawberry
Review: I love this more than the thing! this smells so much better- and when I sweat in the summer while wearing this, I can smell the oil intensify hiding my B.O., it's just beautiful ❤
VICTORIA'S SECRET Poolside Breeze: water, hyacinth
Review: I haven't smelt the original but this dupe is lackluster.
VIKTOR&ROLF Bonbon: caramel, peach, amber, orange, orange blossom, sandalwood
Review: caramel and orange, not sweet, slight floral. I wish this had more of a peach scent
Sudanese Coconut
Review: almost a toasted coconut, okay but not sweet or creamy
Exotic Cactus Flower
Review: I don't know, this just smells weird to me, like cactus juice and Splenda?
Neroli (Orange Blossom) 10% with Jojoba, ready to use
Review: this didn't smell like I expected, it smells like orange peel and slight blossom. I need to dilute it more to take away some sharpness. Almost like a cleaning product scent.
DIOR Poison
Review: I love Dior Poison, I have a collection of empty bottles I've worn it so much lol but... No No NO! this smells harsh- I diluted the Hell out of this oil but it is still super intense on the incense! and not obvious with any other of Poison's beautiful notes. This is the only oil I strongly do not recommend.

1oz diamond cut atomizer (you have to cut the sprayer tube length to fit the bottle yourself)
1/2oz ball roll-on (these are cute like little nail polish bottles, I like the flip-top cap)
1/3oz swirl glass metal roll-on (these are the BEST!! I prefer these bottles, oil rolls on so easily!)

Thursday, April 27, 2017

(reviews) Garden of Wisdom

This is my experience ordering twice from GardenOfWisdom.com
Shipping notice email: 2 days after placing order
package arrived: within 1 week of placing order (ships from Arizona)
Customer Service: always friendly, replied to my message within a day
Also: I did not receive an item and on the packing slip it was marked "back ordered, will ship ASAP"-- why didn't they notify me about this beforehand via email?... For anyone curious, that item took 2 extra weeks to arrive.

(I will update reviews as I use products)

Niacinamide Powder 1oz
review: I ordered the niacinamide powder to make a 2% solution to help repair my compromised skin barrier. People with rosacea should stay at 2% to avoid irritation/redness; normal skin needing help with acne or wrinkles can use higher %. I want to believe this is helping my skin but I don't know, sorry.
Pracaxi (wild harvested) Oil 0.5oz
review: I bought this b/c it's anti-parasite, antibacterial, antifungal, antiseptic. Pracaxi is supposed to be good for acne, brown spots, and wrinkles. GoW's website says to use this in concentrations up to 10%.
Red Palm Oil 4oz
review: nourishing antioxidant to help with aging; lots of carotenes (vitamin A), vitamins E & K. This is supposed to help with scars and stretch marks... LoL this was solid in the bottle like Handy Snacks cheese!

Macadamia Nut Oil 1 oz
review: nourishing especially for aging and dry skin. Prevents waterloss in skin. Good for healing and repairing skin; anti-inflammatory. Rich in fatty acids. I like that this doesn't feel greasy.
Passion Fruit Seed Oil (#2 Enzymatic Smell) 4oz
review: definitely smells like passion fruit! lol Vitamins A and K. I bought this b/c it's anti-inflammatory and antibacterial.

Watermelon Seed Oil 0.25 oz sample
review: apparently the perfect moisturizing oil, friendly to every skin type, supposed to help fight dark eye circles and puffiness, uneven skin tone, wrinkles, elasticity.
Baobab Oil 0.25 oz sample
review: supposed to protect and heal damaged skin. Supposedly good for scars and stretch marks. I like that it absorbs quickly, makes my skin feel silky.
Rice Bran Oil (free sample included with order)
review: rich in fatty acids, highly moisturizing- good for dry and aging skin.

Colloidal Gold
review: "skin regenerative properties" I don't think this is making any difference in my skin but it makes me feel rich like Cleopatra 😊
Papaya Enzymes (green)
review: this exfoliant dissolves dead skin cells. GoW says to use up to 5% concentration. I read another blogger day she mixes the powder with water & apple cider vinegar to make a paste face mask, 15min then rinse. It's supposed to help with redness. Papaya is more gentle that pumpkin or pineapple.
Polysorbate 80
review: Poly80 allows you to mix oil and water- I'm using it to make a body spritz. I mix 2 parts Poly80 with 1 part fragrance oil before adding the water. If I were using essential oils instead (stronger), I'd use a 3 parts Poly80.
Avocado oil
review: antibacterial, anti-wrinkle, healing, high in vitamin E. Can be used as a carrier oil.
Carrot Seed oil
review: filled with beta-carotene and vitamins A+E so of course this helps with anti-aging, healing burns, scars, eczema, psoriasis; keeps skin glowing and healthy. GoW suggests diluting this in a carrier oil 10-20%. I feel like my skin is less oily when I use this.
Neem Seed oil
review: antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal, antiseptic lol this oil sounds perfect for me and my type 2 rosacea! Good for sensitive skin and sunburns; helps healing process. Yup, that's why I bought a big bottle!
Karanja oil
review: antiseptic, anti-parasitic, insecticidal- Goodbye demodex mites and my rosacea!! GoW says to use this oil at 10%... I didn't read first and put it 100% on my face. It did not absorb and I was a greasy mess. No burning or anything bad tho. Smells a little nutty.
Tamanu oil
review: high in essential fatty acids, helps repair and regenerate damaged skin cells. This could help with acne, scars, stretch marks, eczema, hyperpigmentation- and rosacea because it's antibacterial and anti-inflammatory. I'm surprised how well this heavy oil absorbs into my skin.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

(haul) The ORDINARY face products

[I will update this post with reviews as I use the products, stay tuned...]
Haul from Ordinaries.com: Hyaluronic Acid 2%, Vitamin C 23%, Azeliac Acid 10%, Caffeine 5%, Moisturizing Factors
Shipping: took almost 2 weeks from the day I paid until the day my package arrived
Customer service: email help was slow... responded back to me in a week...
Facebook&Instagram responded quickly but their responses directed me to email them for help lol
The Ordinary haul Hyaluronic Acid Caffeine Vitamin C Azelaic Moisturizing Factors Buffet Retnoid Niacimide
Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5   ($6.80)
"This formula uses three forms of HA with varying molecular weights, as well as an HA crosspolymer, to offer multi-depth hydration and visible plumping without drawing water out of the skin solely to improve temporary surface hydration."
Apply a few drops before creams.
Hyaluronic Acid 2% hydration plumping moisturizing The Ordinary water skin surface eyes bagsreview ORDINARY VITAMIN C Suspension 23% HA Spheres 2% Hyaluronic Acid water-free silicon free brighten skin wrinkles eye lines
Vitamin C Suspension 23% + HA Spheres 2%   ($5.80)
Water-free, silicon-free, stable suspension.
Apply at morning or bedtime. Expect a strong tingling sensation.
"L-Ascorbic Acid has been shown to reverse multiple signs of skin ageing while brightening the skin"

Azelaic Acid Suspension 10%   ($7.90)
 "It brightens the skin tone while visibly improving the evenness of skin texture and reducing the look of blemishes."
REVIEW: apparently azelaic acid is really good for rosacea- and yes it's working for me! It decreased my inflammation and redness in one day. And I really loved how it dried to a silky, powdery finish on my skin. I read online: it reduces bacteria on the skin (this is how it's helping my rosacea), and works to keep pores open and unclogged (stopping acne), treats flakey skin (exfoliates), and reduces hyperpigmentation (skin brightening). I can vouch for it reducing bacteria+redness, but it did not clear out any blackheads from my nose. This product has dimethicone in it and I think that's contributing to the clogged pores (grrrr)...so I'm debating on repurchasing.
ordinaries.com Deciem haul Caffeine Hyaluronic Acid Retinoid Azeliac Buffet Natural Moisturizing Factorsordinaries.com AZELAIC ACID Suspension 10% review brighten skin dark spots even skintone acne red bumps rosaceaordinaries.com Caffeine 5% EGCG green tea My experience reduce puffy eyes haul
Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG   ($6.70)
Epigallocatechin Gallatyl Glucoside (EGCG) comes from green tea leaves- captures free radicals, detoxifies, prevents aging, reduces inflammation.
helps reduce looks of puffiness and of dark circles in the eye contour; may also reduce the appearance of cellulite
Will not reduce permanent puffiness caused from fat deposits.
Will not help with dark undereye circles caused by hollow sub-dermal tissue.
Apply morning and night.
REVIEW: I've been using this at night and my eyes have been looking damn good! Minimized bags. HIGHLY RECOMMEND!

Natural Moisturizing Factors + HA   ($5.80)
"It contains 11 amino acids, phospholipids, alpha/beta/gamma fatty acids, triglycerides, sterols and sterol esters, glycerin, ceramide precursors, urea, saccharides, sodium PCA and hyaluronic acid."
Apply after serums.
I Googled the ingredients to figure out which were the 11 amino acids and what they do:
Natural Moisturizing Factors the-Ordinary amino acids HA new indie excellent skicare cheap price cruelty free soft faceArginine- speeds healing of skin damage
Alanine- building block of protein
Aspartic Acid- involved in building skin cell DNA
Glycine- helps prevent muscle and tissue breakdown
Histidine- antioxidant
Isoleucine- helps heal and repair muscle tissue
Proline- improves appearance of fine lines
Phenylalanine- building block of protein
Serine- important in formation of cell membranes
Threonine- important in formation of collagen and elastin
Valine- important for muscular and tissue strength

Monday, January 16, 2017

my experience with Rosacea Type 2 ( Papulopustular )

Welcome to your 30s! Acne, wrinkles, low metabolism- you've officially entered HELL!! Fiary God Mother tellingCinderella You look like crap! before transforming her into princess doctors don't always recognize rosacea subtypes because they don'tknow how to treat patientsFuckMyLife
About my experience with papulopustular rosacea (aka "type 2" rosacea):
My skin now: painful, inflamed red bumps, clusters of cystic bumps , disgusting volcano "pimple"/pus-oozing sores
I was mis-diagnosed by 'professionals' for 7 months [general doctor, dermatologist, esthetician]. 'Professionals' in our medical system treat patients like cows, making instant judgements without listening to our concerns, and then pushing us out the door. Everyone disregarded me like "oh that's just acne" and ignored me when I tried to explain why it wasn't goddamn acne. It wasn't until I finally figured it out myself thru Google searches and angrily shoved those Google images in my dermatologist's face that he conceded "papulopustular rosacea" is correct. Apparently 'professionals' are just as clueless as we are when it comes to rosacea, there's no cure or standard treatment protocol. So I wasted $ going to doctor appointments, everything I needed to know was available for free via Google. You have to be your own health care advocate, you know your body best, don't let doctors tell you otherwise! IT'S NOT EFFIN' ACNE!! AHHHHHH!!
If you get multiple "pimples" that only ooze clear pus (called PUSTULES) then you need to google "Type 2 Rosacea". Acne pimples have thick, opaque whitish gunk squirt out when you squeeze them- I have none of those on my face. My papulopustular rosacea sores ooze watery pus, ooze more pus, scab up, and then  also sometimes ooze blood if the scab breaks open. Yay!!
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What is papulopustular rosacea (aka "type 2" rosacea)? As I understand it:
We all naturally have these little mites on our face called Demodex (cats and dogs have them, too, most mammals do). People with papulopustular rosacea somehow* have a LOT more Demodex mites breeding on their skin. Demodex mites have no anus, they eat and get fat, then when Demodex die it releases toxic bacteria in your pores- when lots of Demodex die at the same time our skin can't handle it and our faces turn into a warzone.
The lifespan of Demodex mites: eggs take 3-4 days to hatch. They become adults at 7days old and start laying 15-20 eggs at a time. The mites live a total of 2-3 weeks. They come out at night and can travel half an inch.
*I believe that I contracted extra Demodex mites from my dog because she had a skin rash when we got her. Maybe I didn't wash my hands enough. I hugged her, she licked my face. My immune system was getting over a cold at the time. I've continued washing her once/month with vet medicated anti-bacteria+anti-fungal shampoo, afterwards using a tea tree oil spray, she's never had skin issues since.
*ALSO my mother had bad skin problems including rosacea, so I was inherently predispositioned for this nightmare- lucky me! I don't know much of my mother's struggle, but if doctors are clueless about rosacea now- just imagine how helpful they were in the 80s! even Accutane didn't help her skin. She also picked her face a lot tho. I read online that Scandinavian genetics are more likely to get rosacea. Yay me.

Treatments for papulopustular rosacea (aka "type 2" rosacea)?
I've tried things... and when I find something that actually works 😢 I will update this post *sigh*
I cannot legally advise you on what to do with your face, but I can share my experience:

Salicylic Acid: does not work whatsoever! this was my 1st clue that the crap on my face was NOT acne
Witch Hazel: does nothing
Glycolic Acid: dried my skin out, did not prevent new sores from forming, made my skin hurt more than usual
Retin-A: does nothing, I was using this as the problem developed
TCA peel: nope, didn't change my face b/c demodex hide in glands not on the skin's surface
Differin (Adaferin Gel 0.1%): worthless
Egg white: dried up my face but small "pimples" still showed up the next day, redness remains.
Diatomaceous Earth: no change after 2 weeks drinking it. BUT I read blowing the powder on mites&cockroaches makes them suffocate and die, so I've been playing around with using it as a face powder (do NOT inhale! very dangerous!!)
Green Tea: putting green tea bags on my face did not solve anything
Metronidazole: my skin is still fugly, no difference
Emu Oil: my face would look better one day- then look like I was back at ground zero the next, hit-or-miss
Benzoyl Peroxide: slightly helped kill sores, I use a Benzoyl Peroxide face wash daily
Selsun Blue (key ingredient Sulfur): washing my face with this improved nothing
**I've started using a Clarisonic face cleansing brush (Mia2, it was $40 on eBay new) and I think it's really helped exfoliated my skin so the tea tree oil penetrates deeper (I can tell because it slightly burns now lol)
Tea Tree Oil: I read that pure TTO killed domodex in a test tube in 4minutes, nice! I steam my face over a bowl of boiling water to open my pores, then i apply pure tree tea oil everywhere. It's improving my face slowly. I go thru about 1oz TTO/week. So stinky.
Ivermectin (key ingredient in Soolantra): my face looked 50% better overnight on the first try... But hit-or-miss results after that.
Azelaic Acid (key ingredient in Finacea): made my skin less red after applying, maybe helped, the sores seemed dried out a bit
African Black Soap: nope
Charcoal face wash: nope
Bactroban (Mupirocin): I was improving, looking good... But day 6 the rosacea is spreading down my neck... WTF
this is important: demodex mites travel! so you have to treat everywhere neck+face! not just the red spots!
day 4 ➡ 6ROSACEA-subetype-2 demodex mites spread down neck Bactroban Mupirocin treatment plan
So apparently this Rosacea subtype 2 is a life-long illness and I will be using tea tree oil as a 'toner' forever.

Taz (a retinoid for acne, stronger than Retin-A): started depleting the cyst bumps the first day :-) BUT day 3 Taz burned my face like a hardcore TCA Peel- AHHHHHHH!! so much peeling. so much pain

Permethrin (usually used for scabies): after 3 days my face looks good! Texture is smoothing down. I'm still using tree tea oil every night. After a week I look pretty darn normal again- red color marks but smoother skin and only a couple cysts around my chin area. Other rosacea-2 victims told me they've continued using permethrin once/week as a preventative measure that works.
*WAIT! I noticed permethrin has 0.1% formaldehyde in it "as a preservative" 😩 that scares me...Ok, let's figure this out: so 0.1% is the same as 1000 parts per million. OSHA has no regulations on dermal exposure but has set a respiratory legal limit of 0.75 ppm formaldehyde averaged over an 8-hour work day; short term exposure limit is 2ppm in air over a 15min period. NIOSH and FEMA both set their 8-hr limit at 0.016ppm. The EPA classified permethrin as "Likely to be Carcinogenic to Humans" by the oral route; formaldehyde is linked to leukemia. Center for Disease Control endorses permethrin as "safe"-- but those bozos published a 'Zombie Apocalypse ' survival guide lol
they just make crap up! Now I can't trust permethtin on my skin period.
💩 RELATED: Johnson&Johnson lost multiple lawsuits and must pay $$$ because they knew their baby powder had cancer-causing ingredients and did not warn customers :-( These lawsuits focused on talc linked to ovarian cancer since many studies have shown evidence since the 1970s (but a few studies showed no link to cancer..). Research has also linked inhaling talc to lung cancer. Why, how? Talc is a naturally occurring mineral often found near asbestos deposits = if the talc isn't purified after mining then it likely contains carcinogenic asbestos contamination. And judging by the super cheap price of Johnsons' talcum baby powder, I highly doubt they spend extra time and money purifying their product. I think this lack of asbestos-purification is why J&J customers get cancer! Research studies on talc were possibly hit-or-miss on proving a cancer link because positive studies had used asbestos-contaminated talc, while negative tests used purified talc. The studies did not all have the same source for the talc tested, this detail is important!
But wait! there's more: another carcinogen in J&J talcum baby powder was the formaldehyde-preservativesUntil 2015, J&J quietly used formaldehyde in their USA market baby talcum powder, body wash, & shampoo! (WHY not in their European products?? because Europe's health restrictions dont allow carcinogens in products, they care about their people! Our FDA only cares about $, look at that Ephedra fiasco!) The J&J USA-product ingredients lists included "quaterium-15", "1,4 dioxane" , and "DMDM hydatoin" all of these are PRESERVATIVES that release formaldehyde into the product- interesting, huh? Women used J&J baby powder long term and developed cancer.
If J&J wants to deny it was the talc/asbestos- then the only other carcinogenic factor is the formaldehyde. Yeah... NO more permethrin for me!

 April 26 update - still look like crap
 August 3 update - only 1 "pimples" per week lately. I use TTO every night, azelaic acid on red splotchy mornings. The struggle is real. Hit or miss by the week with these cystic grenades. [btw I'm on birth control so it's not hormonal issues ]
Sept. 3 update - Well it's been over a year and I'm used to looking like crap in public *deep breath* never want to dress cute anymore. Don't remember the last time a guy flirted with me. And today I have a wedding to attend, Yay. Covering up the rosacea sores / bumps / ugly mess all over my face with makeup has been hopeless! I took pics. My face is so cakey the wedding party might get confused! MakeUpForEver is a bad foundation.
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October 2017: pustules("pimples") came back with a vengeance! Some days I look like a meth addict, some days a pimple-oozing teenager, and today it looks like mumps. Yay. I'm a gross disease.
Medicines I haven't tried yet:
Clindamycin Phosphate (Acnesol Gel 1%): this is supposed to take 6+ weeks to see results
Prozac 😩 I'm seriously debating this. I've never felt so ugly or depressed- I dont want to go out to eat or see friends looking this gross. My only sanctuary is WalMart, nobody judges there. FML
((Sidenote: 11/1/2017 my Walmart had a shooting. Yea. No longer my sanctuary))