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Does a vacation to the South Pacific which includes snorkeling improve rosacea?

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This Question and Answer was published in the Albuquerque Journal (also reported in the People's Pharmacy)

Q: I am a 53-year-old man. When I turned 50, I developed severe rosacea. I tried everything, and nothing helped.

I just returned from a two-week vacation in the South Pacific. I learned to snorkel and scuba dive and was in the ocean every day. By the time I left, all signs of rosacea were completely gone.

I don’t know why salt water works to clear up the skin, but it’s almost miraculous.

A: Thank you for sharing your great results. For those who may not have the opportunity to go snorkeling, other readers have suggested some unconventional ways of calming rosacea. This skin condition causes redness of the cheeks, nose and forehead. Sometimes there are fine red lines visible just under the skin, and there may be pimplelike blemishes.

Use trial and error to determine if any of these remedies might help:

  • Selsun Blue dandruff shampoo with selenium sulfide. Apply it in the morning and leave it on for a few minutes, then rinse it off.
  • Milk of magnesia. Dab it on the affected areas morning and night, let it dry and apply the usual moisturizer.

Admin note: Whether it is the salt water or less stress, wouldn't you like to try this treatment for your rosacea?

Scroll below for more anecdotal reports that this treatment for rosacea works. Please add your report to this thread. 

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Anecdotal reports of rosacea clearance on a vacation: 


CrabbyCathy » Wed Oct 20, 2010 1:53 am (sixth post in the thread) posts, "My skin has calmed down nicely--partly, I think, because I am on vacation! No joke."

Mister88 (also nat007 post #8, Acne Rosacea Support post #9, maroon5 post #10):

post no 1: "I clearly nailed down my triggers;-) and sun is Ok! not sure why my face cleared up but I think it's one of these, dr said don't use rosula( sulfar wash) while on vacation.. maybe the sulfar causes more harm?  I also introduced accilophodus+ hcl digestive supplements. Or it could be that the sun helped?" 

post no 8: "I heard so many stories from rosacea friends dreading their holidays as their skin is in a bad state, and I have had the same situation plenty of times, and almost always they go with dread and find their rosacea is way less bad during the vacation! It must be the emotional factor, being relaxed, and warmer temperatures might play a role too!"

post no 9: "I tend to agree, when I go on vacation my symptoms don't seem to be as bad."

post no 10: "Also tend to agree my skin is generally clearer on holiday - although I'm very careful with my face and would never risk getting burnt."

People's Pharmacy Comments confirms similar results for Tracy, Dave, Lynn and her husband:

Tracy: "I’ve just returned from the seaside and all my rosacea has cleared . I was only there for 2 days"

Dave: "That being said, in January I went on a weeklong trip to the Virgin Islands. During that week I snorkeled several times, probably for 2 hours total. I was convinced beforehand that the saltwater would irritate my skin (anything irritates my skin). I couldn’t have been more wrong, my skin looked better than it had for 3 months using all types of medicine from the dermo."

Lynn and husband: "Both my husband and I also have Rosacea. We too have noticed when we return from a trips from Florida or Hawaii, the Rosacea has cleared up."


Nick [nfaieta] (and BVokey see post #2) writes, "Why did my skin clear up on vacation? Why is it that my skin pretty much cleared up when I spent a week in Florida recently. When I got home it went right back to being red and irritated. Is it just because I got some sun and it looked more tan? My face did not get irritated by the sun, it actually felt way better."

BVokey posts: "The exact same thing happened to me while in Hawaii recently and also happens whenever I am staying in a warm climate. I was there for two weeks and my Rosacea cleared up almost completely however slowly returned once I got back home to the cold weather and back to the grind."

RaymondS post #8: "No stress....come back to normal life and things get worse, my skin looked amazing in Thailand. Very humid / was in the water a lot. But it's hot here in summer and I swim and my skin is not amazing? Thinking stress less"


tifer (post no 1) reports, "there’s only 1 thing that COMPLETELY eliminates my seb derm (AND dandruff): going on vacation. and whats mind blowing is the fact that my scalp goes back to normal 100% within 3-5 days. it’s unbelievable. 

‎Lee-Ann Findlater‎, Rosacea Tips and Support Group, posts, "i thought the sun is meant to make rosacea worse. I've came on holiday thinking the worst as its all new to me. and its a actually cleared it up a good bit?? its definitely rosacea. "

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