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  1. A detailed report on cannabinoid signaling in the skin had this to say: "It has recently been shown that abuse of synthetic, hyperpotent cannabinoids (e.g., “Bonsai”, “fake weed”, “K2”, and “Jamaica”) can result in dermatological disorders, such as premature skin aging, hair loss and graying, or acne [88], indicating that cannabinoid signaling can profoundly influence skin biology." "Importantly, with respect to the efficiency of PEA, human clinical data are also available. Indeed, the PEA containing Physiogel® A.I. Cream was found to alleviate itch in 14 out of 22 patients suffering from prurigo, lichen simplex and other pruritic diseases. Importantly, the same formulation was found to be effective in alleviating erythema, excoriation, scaling, lichenification, dryness, as well as pruritus in AD patients (ATOPA study). However, another vehicle controlled, randomized clinical trial involving a total of 100 subjects suffering from pruritic dry skin (ClinicalTrials.gov ID: NCT00663364) found that a PEA containing lotion was not significantly superior in alleviating itch as compared to its emollient vehicle." PEA is Palmitamide MEA, a naturally occurring lipid compound that may act as an anti-oxidant and anti-irritant. Molecules. 2019 Mar; 24(5): 918. Published online 2019 Mar 6. doi: 10.3390/molecules24050918 Cannabinoid Signaling in the Skin: Therapeutic Potential of the “C(ut)annabinoid” System Kinga Fanni Tóth, Dorottya Ádám, Tamás Bíró, Attila Oláh
  2. A sample of food-grade diatomaceous Earth Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons Diatomaceous earth - also known as D.E., diatomite, or kieselgur/kieselguhr – is a naturally occurring, soft, siliceous sedimentary rock that is easily crumbled into a fine white to off-white powder. Wikipedia Can it be used to treat demodectic rosacea? At least one person thinks so. This was posted initially at Facebook, Rosacea Tips and Support Group, by Karli Walton who writes, "People are using horsepaste (ivermectin) for their mites, ivermectin is also in sooIantra. I haven’t tried either. You can also use diatomaceous earth powder mixed with honey. I use the powder on my dogs for their mites and fleas. It’s natural and won’t hurt you. Just keep in mind with any of these things, that it will get better before it gets worse. When you put it on, the mites start freaking out before they die." Karli probably meant it 'gets worse before it gets better.' Without a doubt, since it was posted on Facebook, others will try this and we receive more reports since you can obtain food grade diatomaceous earth below and other mediums besides honey will be attempted and the results will be coming in.
  3. A number of anecdotal reports are using diaper rash treatments for rosacea. A typical example is Sarah Ann, Rosacea Tips and Support Group, Facebook, who posts "This is gonna sound kinda crazy but I’ve tried almost everything for my rosacea and finally a couple days ago I was got so desperate I tried using my daughters diaper rash cream lol. It must be the zinc in it but after 2 days of it my skin is better than ever! The brand is Weleda Baby. Any one else try anything like this? I’m amazed!" There are hundreds of others who report trying this treatment and using different brands and rave about it. Just search 'diaper rash treatment for rosacea.' Here are two more examples: Chris Kosier, Rosacea Tips and Support Group, Facebook, posts, "This is the one I use [Honest Diaper Rash Cream] and recommend all the time in this group. It's for healing dehydrated skin. I also use it to calm irritation from a flare, and I apply a very thin layer under my makeup which keeps my skin soothed until washing it off. The opaque color also masks redness. I see so many people recommending this brand now so I must have started a revolution." Angie Pattillo, Rosacea Tips and Support Group, Facebook, posts, "I started Boudreaux's Butt Paste today. It has the highest Zinc content at 40%." If you try this treatment, please post your results in this thread.
  4. "Quite simply, “groat” is the old Scottish word for the entire oat kernel minus the husk....Oat Groats are the whole grain - germ, bran, and endosperm - without having been rolled or steel cut!....Steel Cut Oats: Steel cut oats are whole oat groats that have been cut into two or three pieces. That's it." The Oatmeal Compendium There is discussion at RF started by butler that making a paste from oat groats or steel cut oats will clear your Rosacea/Seborrheic Dermatitis. It is a long thread but some report that it works, especially if you are into a natural treatment for your Rosacea/Seborrheic Dermatitis. Some prominent posters like Tom Busby. sejon, MrRed77, rednasstor are really into this. One method used to make the paste is to put the oats into a coffee grinder and add water to make the paste.
  5. Thanks for the tip Apurva. Finding a SUN BLOCK is not easy, however, I found one: You may find this sunscreen interesting even though you said sunscreens tend to dry your skin, probably one like this? The Neutrogena Hydro Boost may be better for your skin or the Neutrogena Clear Face Sunscreen? I tried to find 'sun block' at Amazon and I just get a list of sunscreens and only found that one. I will keep searching.
  6. Thanks Apurva Tathe for your posts.
  7. Would fasting improve rosacea? One recent report says, "Another study performed by Smith et al. in 2008 has shown the beneficial impact of caloric restriction on acne vulgaris lesions. This was explained by decreased sebum production, which thereby counterbalances one of the main factors in the pathogenesis of acne vulgaris.....Despite such important practical implications, this topic has been neglected in the existing scholarly literature, when it deserves further research. High-quality randomized controlled trials (RCTs) should be conducted to systematically explore and compare different fasting protocols, including the use of vegetables and fruits for caloric and metabolic manipulations." Wouldn't it be a novel idea to get 10K RRDi members together and each donate one dollar and offer $10K to one of our RRDi MAC members to conduct a clinical trial on this. End Notes [1] Fasting and Its Impact on Skin Anatomy, Physiology, and Physiopathology: A Comprehensive Review of the Literature
  8. Irina Kikena‎, Facebook, Rosacea Tips and Support Group, started a thread about using Ichthammol for her rosacea, and reports, "it made a huge difference for me instantly! The next day after using the Ichthammol ointment, I woke up, looked at myself in the mirror and just cried because I did not see such a clear face for a long time." Ichthammol is Ammonium bituminosulfonate, "a product of natural origin obtained in the first step by dry distillation of sulfur-rich oil shale (bituminous schists)....has anti-inflammatory, bactericidal, and fungicidal properties. It is used to treat eczema, psoriasis, Acne rosacea and acne, and it decreases microorganisms in the area surrounding a skin condition. It is commonly used in 10% or 20% concentrate ointment, applied topically." Wikipedia "Materials made in China (Pinyin transcription: yushizhi and yushizhi ruangao) and offered outside China as Ichthammol or Ammonium Bituminosulfonate are not in line with the definition given for this substance in the United States Pharmacopoeia (USP) or European Pharmacopoeia (Ph.Eur)." Wikipedia <iframe style="width:120px;height:240px;" marginwidth="0" marginheight="0" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" src="//ws-na.amazon-adsystem.com/widgets/q?ServiceVersion=20070822&OneJS=1&Operation=GetAdHtml&MarketPlace=US&source=ac&ref=tf_til&ad_type=product_link&tracking_id=rosaresedevei-20&marketplace=amazon&region=US&placement=B014MRR7NY&asins=B014MRR7NY&linkId=4269b7a89ac4cfe9d8f5173ec24d28e2&show_border=false&link_opens_in_new_window=false&price_color=333333&title_color=0066c0&bg_color=ffffff">
  9. Romeo Milea has since resigned from the board. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  10. mac5400 at Reddit, gives a tip to avoid flushing, of taking a supplement, Diamine oxidase (DAO), and writes, "I now take an OTC supplement called UmbrelluxDAO before i eat or drink. It contain the enzymes responsible for metabolizing histamine. And I barely flush anymore. The chronic rosiness on my cheeks has significantly reduced; more than any cream I've ever tried. In combination with a low histamine diet, i think i finally found the "cure" to my "rosacea." It's such a breakthrough for me. This supplement is life-changing." "Diamine oxidase (DAO), also known as histaminase, is an enzyme (EC 1.4.3.22) involved in the metabolism, oxidation, and inactivation of histamine and other polyamines such as putrescine or spermidine in animals." Wikipedia Added DAO to the list of anti-flushing treatments.
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    Dimethicone in Soolantra Someone at Reddit points out an article published in the Tropical Medical Health by Hermann Feldmeier that concludes, "Dimeticones are a family of compounds with a physical mode of action, targeting an Achilles heel of ectoparasites." I found another article that state dimethicone is a pediculocide. I did find this article that says "dimethicone lotion is not an insecticide and instead kills lice by suffocation," which may explain it. Dimeticone redirects to Polydimethylsiloxane. Dimethicone redirects to Polydimethylsiloxane. The Wikipedia article on Polydimethylsiloxane says it is used in medicine "in over-the-counter drugs as an antifoaming agent and carminative" with no mention of it being used as an insecticide or kills parasites. "Perhaps dimethicone is an old fashioned treatment for head lice, because like you, I can't find a reliable reference for using it as a miticide or arachnicide or insecticide. With lice, sometimes treatments are called any of these 3 terms. "Mite" is an old-fashioned English word, "arachnid" is the scientific term, and "insect" is just plain wrong, for referring to head lice or demodex. Watch out too for chemical names, as there are silicones that are oil soluble, water soluble, and not soluble in either oil or water. And, I can't find the recommended concentration for treating head lice with dimethicone -- if, ,for example, it's 15%, that would be far too messy to be cosmetically acceptable for trying it on the face. From my personal point of view in formulating, I like only water soluble silicones, because some of them wash out easily with water, but still provide some "slip" (ease of combing hair, or detangling). The other silicones just sit there on the skin or on the hair, and don't do anything useful from an aesthetic point of view." Tom Busby, Post no 7, Rosacea Forum "Dimethicone doesn't have any biocidal properties. The mode of action on the treatment of headlice is to prevent the adhesion of lice and the louse eggs on to the hair shaft. Headlice produce a strongly adhesive mucus secretion to stick their eggs (nits) to hair. Dimethicone prevents this adhesion and also interferes with the 'foothold' that the adult lice have on the scalp. Dimethicone is not immediate acting and requires several days for its effect to be apparent. It requires thorough combing of the hair after use to remove loosened lice and nits." johnabetts, Post no 8, Rosacea Forum "Dimethicone was also the main ingredient (first in list) in the Dermalogica Close Shave Oil, no longer available. I have no signs of rosacea in my shaving area - only on the ears and nose, where clearly I didn't apply the shaving oil. The point with a shaving oil is, assuming you shave every day or two, it is very easy to fully cover the area on a very regular basis. I also thought Soolantra cream had good moisturising properties when I used it. Unfortunately it seemed to stop working on killing mites after a while, and I've had longer term success with Zhongzhou cream." antwantsclear, Post no 9, Rosacea Forum
  12. Just thought I would vent a little since, after all, I founded the RRDi, and no one hardly ever posts, even though there are over 1200+ members, and we know that many are viewing the posts since we have counters showing the number of views, so we know that rosacea sufferers are learning about rosacea from our website. So I posted about this a while back, Where Have All the Rosaceans Gone?, back in February 2018, which did elicit one reply from RedMage, which is much appreciated, and has as of this date 96 views, so the odds are 1 in 96 that someone will reply to this post. So I have been posting some at Reddit and Facebook to see what is going on, and am appalled at the lack of basic rosacea knowledge, so I have been trying to educate rosaceans and, got a disparaging post from a Reddit poster who I had commended for some good investigative reporting on finding that Soolantra isn't really using Cetaphil as its 'vehicle base' [1] and was told that "the Rosacea Research & Development Institute (RRDi) is a sham 'institute' operating from a PO Box that conducts no research or development, hasn't published a journal since 2010, and doesn't even publish its 990s like any reputable 501(c)(3) public charity would be expected to. You're not fooling anyone." That really made my day. Here I have devoted countless volunteer hours trying to make the RRDi a non profit rosacea patient advocacy organization and this certainly made me feel blue. It still boggles my mind that rosaceans continue to support and donate to the National Rosacea Society, which is the chief reason we formed the RRDi in 2004 (read this in case you haven't clue about this). Rosaceans actually prefer the NRS and how it spends its donations. Mind boggling to me. So just want you to know, that is the 96 that may view this post, that if some of you don't step up to the plate and start volunteering, posting and doing something as a member of the RRDi that this non profit organization for rosacea may indeed have to close. Then all you got is the NRS, the AARS, and the ARSC. It really is up to you. And I don't mean up to others, I mean up to you. Oh, you will still have your Facebook and Reddit rosacea groups which is what most rosaceans prefer so you will be in good company. Is that really what you prefer? [1] See end note [3] in this post
  13. In Rosacea News, we have the post about this subject in detail for your information. Please post in this thread your experience using the horse paste, what brand you use, how often you are applying it, and other details and hopefully photos of before and after.
  14. As mentioned earlier in this thread, one of the issues with using an oral horse paste TOPICALLY for rosacea sufferers is usually there is no inactive ingredient list to see what is actually in the paste or gel. However, one poster at Reddit found the list for one of the products, Eqvalan, which is listed for your convenience below: Eqvalan Oral Paste for Horses Ingredients: Ivermectin: 1.87% w/w. Titanium Dioxide (E171) 2.0% w/w. Hyprolose Hydrogenated Castor Oil Propylene Glycol Source Eqvalan_SPC_214477.pdf Link for the above: http://www.vmd.defra.gov.uk/productinformationdatabase/SPC_Documents/SPC_214477.DOC Eqvalan MSDS EqvalanMSDS.pdf Link for the above: https://www.statelinetack.com/ContentFiles/Associated_Content/EqvalanMSDS.pdf If anyone finds the ingredients in any other horse paste/gel please post in this thread.
  15. These recommendations are from ElaineA and Tom Busby at RF: 20 Muleteam Borax powder is available in US grocery stores in the laundry aisle. Price locally for me is currently about $5.59 per box. Borax is used as a water softener for laundry. Try washing your washable clothes with some borax powder added to the wash load. Borax powder dissolves best in warm or hot water. For a cold wash, pre-disolving the borax powder in warm or hot water before adding to the wash, would be a good idea. Instructions on the box recommend adding 1/2 cup of borax powder per wash load. I don't know for sure that they can live for long on dry clothes, but they might - especially if there is enough oil or body lotion on the clothes or if the clothes are damp. I've read that they can live up to 54 hours on a wet towel. Wool has natural lanolin oil in it which may give them enough oil to survive when their human host is not available. The wool scarves are trickier. If you can wash these in cold water, diluting the borax powder first in hot water, allow it to cool enough, then add to the cold wash water for the scarf might be the best approach. Then as Tom said put the scarf in the sun to dry. Interesting that the Malessezia fungus is light sensitive. Demodex cannot be cultured in a lab (they die in an hour or two when removed from the host). They have such short lives, your clothes are not going to be a source of re-infestation of live demodex -- but as above though, the eggs should be washed off in soapy water. As far as I know, no one knows how the long the eggs can survive, so to be certain, you can add a tiny amount of tee tree oil to the wash-cycle of your washing machine or wash basin -- rinse the TTO off completely so it doesn't stain your clothes (especially silk or wool), and you shouldn't have to worry. Normal "good housekeeping" for washing your clothing is sufficient in my opinion. This is a variable idea though, as winter clothing worn next to the skin, like a scarf or gloves, will probably need more washing than most people would consider "normal." About every 2-3 weeks should be enough. The hood and collar of coat (assuming the coat can't be washed) is more problematic though, and you might douse the collar and cuffs in 91% isopropyl alcohol every 2-3 weeks, and let it air dry until there's no smell. Isopropanol dries extremely quickly in a dry, winter climate. Color-test isopropanol in an inconspicuous place to be sure it doesn't lift the dye, first.
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