I posted this on KU1 and received pretty good suggestions on how to combat adult onset acne so I thought I would ask over here too!
I'm 43 and had beautiful skin until 30 and moving here. I think I've tried everything OTC and prescription, had microderms, facials etc. I have extremely sensitive skin, dry on top and kinda oily underneath.
Anyway.....haha, any suggestions would be appreciated!
The pictures on that site show extremely red faces, but not all rosacea is like that - I have it and only have a slightly red face unless I've had my jumbo Margarita, but it faces back to nothing or slight red.
I'm 65 and I still have bad breakouts but my dermatologist has me on a daily antibiotic that is specific for this and I have an ointment that when I remember to use it, keeps the rosacea under control.
All those products that you were told to use over there can possibly be what's aggravating the condition. DTD may be a medical 'clinician' but she is not a doctor, not even a nurse, and she is not an expert or she would have presented this possibility.
Rosacea starts rearing it's head in a person's 40s - about the time when hormones start changing.
Google Rosacea and see what all the medical links come up. Then call & make an appointment with a dermatologist. You should be seeing a dermatologist about your age anyway because you should be having screenings for the 3 types of skin cancer. You are from the generation of suntanning (as I am) and we are at risk for skin cancer. The sooner it's discovered the better the outcome.
Someone over there suggested using an antibiotic soap - again, the 'clinician' said no way. That's what my dermatologist suggested using. I use Dial and when I have one of those zits I dab a little dial on the area at bedtime.
I also have a zit cream that I use and it dries it up super quick. When I get back to my room I'll peek in the medicine cabinet and get it's name. I never use on the whole face, just on the zit - it is one of those super strong creams recommended for teens & it does dry the thing up over night...but it leaves a red mark.
Hope you get some relief. My condition got so red, irritating and itchy before I broke down and went to a dermatologist. Now it's not really noticeable until I get a huge one on my chin...then I hide until it goes away.
You may have to just ask "Do you think I have rosacea or something like that?" You may not, but I know I ignored mine for a very long time, didn't even consider that I had anything other than hormonal pimples, until I found Dr. Dorsey at Kelsey Seybold. He's the one who diagnosed it and has helped get it under control. If I would put the ointment on every night I would probably never have a zit...but I'm a stubborn old cuss and just plain don't do it.
I don't like Dr. Dorsey's bedside manner, but he is very thorough and does answer questions in a manner you can understand what's happening. He's just a little gruff & I can get through that.
Find a dermatologist that will help you and stick with it. Don't keep buying irritating products that just keep your skin flared up.
Yes I've been using a combination of benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid only on the effected areas, which for me is my chin. Bp is extremely drying so I have to stay moisturized, but it's it's been fairly effective.
Dial soap, absolutely no oil on your face or products with oil in them and be sure to wash your face morning and night. This is what my dermatologist told me many years ago in West Texas. It still rings true in the humid hot climate here.