This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Prosacea for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.
One day, about two years ago, I looked in the mirror and realized “Dang. I have Rosacea.”
I had grown up knowing what rosacea is because my mom has it. She had a redness or ruddiness on her cheeks that never went away–kind of like you have a permanent windburn on your cheeks. I felt kind of foolish, because I realized I had probably had it for quite a while and just never noticed it before. I know–how silly is that? But the time I tend to look at myself in the mirror is right after I get out of the shower when I’m doing my makeup, and who isn’t flushed an a bit red then? It took me quite a while to realize no, I’m red all the time.
I’m actually pretty “lucky” with my rosacea, if you can call having a condition lucky. Yes, I’m always red on my chin, nose, forehead and cheeks–but I like to think it looks more like a flush of good health (at least that’s what I tell myself)–it’s kind of a constant rosey color, not a bright red. Many rosacea sufferers also have bumps, dryness, visible blood vessels and irritation which I seem to have avoided. Thank God for small favors. One of the strange things about rosacea is that there is no cure for it, and they don’t really know what causes it.
The way most folks deal with this condition is to see a doctor for treatment of very acute symptoms and then to literally cover up the problem. With makeup. That’s green. That’s right, a lot of folks wear green makeup to counteract the red and then put regular foundation over that. I like to call it Green Goo. Not my favorite thing. Especially since I prefer not to wear foundation on a daily basis as it is. And honestly–I’ve tried several brands and have never been that thrilled with the way it works anyway.
So when the folks who make Prosacea® Medicated Rosacea Gel contacted me about their product I figured it was worth a try!
Their motto is “Heal, don’t conceal!”–because the product doesn’t cover up rosacea symptoms but actually controls them. Prosacea® Medicated Gel controls rosacea symptoms, including facial redness, bumps, and irritation. It can be used alone, under moisturizer, or under makeup to help treat and heal your redness so you don’t need to cover it up anymore. Not only that but it’s dermatologist recommended. That sounded pretty good! The company sent me a box of Prosacea to try for myself.
First things first–Like with everything in your medicine cabinet, please make sure to read and follow all label instructions before using Prosacea. One of the things I noticed about the directions was it said to try a little test patch on some of the effected skin to see how you tolerate it before you go rubbing it all over your face. Then you work up from applying it once a day until you can apply 3X a day for the full effect.
The gel itself is clear and light weight (it’s a water based formula). You put a thin layer on and then gently massage it into your skin. A couple of seconds after I rubbed it in you couldn’t even feel it on my skin any longer! That’s quick. Then you can just go ahead with the rest of your beauty routine adding moisturizer or makeup.
I did a test patch and had no reaction so went ahead and started applying it once a day in the morning. I’ve been using it for a week now and I can see a difference–although it’s not dramatic enough to show in a photo. I’ll keep using it for a while longer and hopefully the redness will continue to fade. Looking to try it? You can find Prosacea in the First Aid aisle at Walmart, Walgreens, CVS and many retailers nationwide.Even better, if you visit the Prosacea website you can print a $3 off coupon!
Even better-you can enter to win a Prosacea Care package here on Frugal Upstate! Just leave a comment with your personal tip on how you handle your rosacea and you’ll be entered to win. The giveaway ends on Monday April 4th.