Break Up With Your Makeup

Disclaimer: I’m participating in the Break Up with Your Makeup program sponsored by Galderma Laboratories, L.P., the maker of Oracea® (doxycycline) 40 mg* Capsules, Soolantra® (ivermectin) Cream, 1% and Mirvaso® (brimonidine) Gel, 0.33%**.

Although an estimated 16 million Americans are dealing with rosacea, you may be surprised of the emotional impact that this skin disorder can have on sufferers. In fact, a national survey developed by Galderma Laboratories, L.P. in partnership with the National Rosacea Society, revealed that many patients struggle with feeling unattractive (50%), embarrassed (42%) and less confident (30%).  I’m sure that if you have rosacea those statistics aren’t surprising though!

Makeup and I used to be inseparable!  We wouldn’t leave home without each other.  My face had to be covered in a heavy liquid foundation with a light powder foundation for me to even think about stepping out my front door.  I never had a perfect complexion…not even close, so I was always ashamed of my natural face.  Fortunately, I guess, as I’ve gotten older and busier with kids I’ve learned to embrace my face.  I’ve also learned more about good skincare and that less is more.  Plus, I found out that some cosmetics can make the rosacea worse.  I was doing more harm than good!

Since I’ve wised up, I’ve focused my efforts into taking care of my skin, my base if you will.  Just like an artist wouldn’t paint on a dirty or uneven surface I was wasting my time “painting” on my symptomatic skin.

Here’s what I’ve been doing that’s working for me now:

– Moisturizer – I love my moisturizers and I try to find a one with SPF when I can, especially during summer months.

– Anti-aging Serum – As I’m getting older I’ve found myself in love with a good serum!

– Eye Cream – I use a small amount of eye cream everyday.  I love how moisturized it makes my eyes feel and I’ll do whatever I can to brighten them up.

Break Up with Your Makeup 

Break Up with Your Makeup is a national campaign sponsored by Galderma that aims to educate folks about the symptoms of rosacea and provides suggestions to help proactively manage the condition with available treatments, like Soolantra® (ivermectin) Cream, 1%, Oracea® (doxycycline) 40 mg* Capsules, and Mirvaso® (brimonidine) Gel, 0.33%**.

The goal of the campaign is for people to learn to feel more confident in their skin, which is a phenomenal goal if you ask me!

So please join the movement. Visit to get the facts about rosacea and learn more about the campaign!

Important Safety Information for Oracea® Capsules

Indication: ORACEA® (doxycycline, USP) 40 mg* Capsules are indicated for the treatment of only
inflammatory lesions (papules and pustules) of rosacea in adult patients. ORACEA Capsules do not lessen the facial redness caused by rosacea. Adverse Events: In controlled clinical studies, the most commonly reported adverse events (>2%) in patients treated with ORACEA Capsules were nasopharyngitis, sinusitis, diarrhea, hypertension and aspartate aminotransferase increase. Warnings/Precautions: ORACEA Capsules should not be used to treat or prevent infections. ORACEA Capsules should not be taken by patients who have a known hypersensitivity to doxycycline or other tetracyclines. ORACEA Capsules should not be taken during pregnancy, by nursing mothers, or during tooth development (up to the age of 8 years). Although photosensitivity was not observed in clinical trials, ORACEA Capsules patients should minimize or avoid exposure to natural or artificial sunlight. The efficacy of ORACEA Capsules treatment
beyond 16 weeks and safety beyond 9 months have not been established.

*30 mg immediate release & 10 mg delayed release beads

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Important Safety Information for Soolantra® Cream

Indication: SOOLANTRA® (ivermectin) Cream, 1%, is indicated for the treatment of inflammatory lesions of rosacea. Not for oral, ophthalmic or intravaginal use. Adverse Events: In clinical trials with SOOLANTRA® Cream, the most common adverse reactions (incidence ≤1%) included skin burning sensation and skin irritation.

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Important Safety Information for Mirvaso® Gel

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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Rosacea: What You Need To Know

This informational article is brought to you by Alaska Dermatlogy, Laser & Skin Cancer Center.  I hope you’ll find it helpful!

When you look in the mirror, have you noticed your face is turning red? Is the redness sticking around longer than it should? If it doesn’t want to go away, that rosy color might be Rosacea. Rosacea is a rather mysterious skin disorder, in that there is no known cause or cure. Rosacea can affect several places on the face, neck, chest and back, making it difficult to conceal, and while it isn’t life threatening, it can make a person quite self-conscious, as the redness often starts out resembling a sunburn that doesn’t go away. Alaska dermatologist Michael Cusack encourages people with rosacea to “visit a dermatologist and get back the confidence you deserve.”

Talk about aging gracefully!

One of the downsides of leaving your twenties behind, is that primarily, Rosacea affects most people beyond the age of thirty. However, it’s also true that women typically notice the changes in their skin sooner and don’t wait around to see a doctor. Men, on the other hand, generally tend to wait-and-see until the condition makes itself more difficult to treat. If you recall the actor, W.C. Fields from the 1920’s, one of his trademark facial features was a rather bulbous, red nose. Though at the time it was blamed on Fields’ heavy drinking, modern research leads us to believe now that this was actually a case known as Phymatous Rosacea, which leads to skin thickening, which occurs most often around the nose.


Of the four main sub-types of Rosacea, symptoms often come and go, in varying degrees of severity. Many times Rosacea first appears as reddened cheeks, chin and nose, which may or may not leave and reappear suddenly. It can also manifest itself as pimples and bumps on the skin, making you wonder if you are unknowingly revisiting your teenage years. If your eyes water or itch or if you develop excessive dryness and more than your fair share of styles, it’s possible that Ocular Rosacea may be making an unwelcome visit there. This situation really must be dealt with promptly, as it could cause damage to your corneas, something that may be very difficult to repair.


Now, as far as those treatments that you’re sure to seek out, there are several of them to choose from and most are quite manageable. Since you’re an individual, the treatment of your Rosacea will be individualized as well. There are several topical creams and lotions to apply to your skin that can help, as well as an oral medication that is specifically made just for Rosacea. If tiny blood vessels have appeared on your face, gentle laser treatment by a dermatologist may also be an option. To keep your skin as calm as possible, consider adding a gentle skin-care regimen which includes a non-irritating cleanser and as always, a lotion with an SPF of 15 or higher.

Coping with Rosacea

Of course Rosacea is not high on anyone’s list of things to deal with, but bear in mind that it is not life threatening. It’s treatable and oftentimes will become nothing more than a nuisance. Your red face doesn’t have to stay that way! The National Rosacea Society provides readers with FAQ on rosacea and how to cope with this skin condition. 

The Alaska Dermatlogy, Laser & Skin Cancer Center provides the best skincare for dermatologic patients. You can connect with them and read more about their center and services by visiting their site.