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  1. Went to my dermatologist appointment yesterday and Dr. Harper feels that her regimen is improving my rosacea/SD/folliculitis and I concur. She says to keep taking the 20 mg tab oral doxycycline twice a day and gave me more generic 15% azelaic acid gel prescriptions and scheduled an appointment for my next visit February 1, 2021. The Finacea she offered to refill more prescriptions but my insurance co-payment is $57 and even though I think the 15% Finacea Foam is probably better than the generic 15% gel, I don't think it is that much better so I opted NO on the Finacea, which is for those who have lots of money to burn, which I don't. Generic gel works good enough. That's my update. I will post new photos in a month. And did you see the recent RSS feed post that azelaic acid promotes hair growth!

  2. Update on my progress with azelaic acid gel/Finacea with photos. Seems to be working. The itching in the scalp has stopped. There is some 'keratin' that I am able to scratch off in my scalp but it definitely has improved. I will see Dr. Harper on September 30. 

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    It has been five days using the Azelaic Gel on the back of my scalp and on my face. It has reduced the itch and has improved the folliculitis on the scalp, but just a little improvement on the red spots of my face. I still have them. I am also taking the 20 mg tabs of doxycycline twice a day. I have just about used up the Free & Clear sample shampoo tubes (on the last one). 

  4. Went to my new dermatologist, Julie Harper, MD, Dermatology and Skin Care Center of Birmingham for the first visit. Dr. Harper is last year's past president of the AARS. The screenshot below shows she is still president today! Dr. Harper insists she is the past president. 
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    So I gave her a list of what I have been using to treat whatever is on the back of my scalp here:

    Over the counter 
    Equate Anti-Dandruff Therapeutic Shampoo (T Gel)
    Baby Shampoo
    Nizoral (ketoconazole 1%)
    Braunfels Labs Sulfur Butter Cream 'n Ointment
    Zhongzhou Cream 
    Sesderma Sebovalis Facial Gel (key ingredients 8% lithium gluconate -  0.5% Piroctone olamine - 4.5% glycolic acid - Calendula extract)
    Yesto tea tree scalp treatment
    Clotrimazole cream
    Aqua Vive Shampoo

    Prescription 
    Doxycycline 100 mg twice a day for twenty days 
    Fluocinolone Acetonide Topical Oil

    She examined my face and asked some questions about different spots that I had scratched, examined the back of my scalp and said I had folliculitis, which is what my primary nurse practitioner diagnosed as well. I asked her about that and she said that I probably have SD, rosacea and folliculitis and that they may all be related to each other. She advised me to stop using everything and prescribed AZELAIC ACID 15% GEL 50GM and Finacea 15% (Azelaic Acid) for my face, oral doxycycline 20 mg twice a day for my face and scalp, a sample of amzeeq (minocycline) topical foam 4% for my scalp, samples of Free and Clear Shampoo for my hair, and samples of LaRoche-Posay Anthelios Clear Skin Dry Touch Sunscreen which she told me to use when in the sun. I am scheduled for a followup visit on September 30. Saw Dr. Harper for fifteen minutes and asked her about listing her name on the RRDi MAC. She said she would look into it. I will follow her Rx treatments and recommendations and see what happens. 

    Update August 20. 

    My insurance won't cover the Finacea and requires I pay for this out of pocket. One Rx is for AZELAIC ACID 15% GEL 50GM which costs over $300 and another Rx for FINACEA 15% AER FOAM which costs over $400. Needless to say, I cancelled those two Rx(s). The generic doxycycline was approved and is being shipped to me through the mail. I called Dr. Harper's office and explained what happened (left a voice mail, of course). My insurance company says if the doctor fills out a certain form and goes through some hoops they can cover some of the amount of the two I just cancelled. I need to know what my out of pocket costs are for either one of them before I approve either one. I wondered why we don't hear more about Azeliac Acid and Finacea and now I know why. Who can afford it?  I know there are ways to approach the pharmaceutical company and get discounts but when I tried to approach Galderma with a discount for Soolantra I was told my insurance (Medicare) doesn't allow me to participate in this program. Going through all the hoops to get a discount is not for the faint of heart and they make this very difficult to get these brand name prescriptions available to those who cannot afford it. So I went through the hoops to get the savings card discount for Finacea and after filling out the form was told I don't qualify since I am on Medicare. Figure that one? 

    Update August 22

    After going through some hoops I got the generic version of the azeliac gel for $47 initially through GoodRx but ended up using Geesons Pharmacy since my dermatologist sent the Rx to Geesons. Today my insurance company approved giving both the gel and foam after my dermatologist went through some hoops to explain why I needed azeliac acid rather than metronidazole and the Finacea Foam costs me $57. Both are being mailed to me and should arrive Monday. Turns out my insurance company who also provides a mail order pharmacy service (Humana) offers the generic gel for $39. So if I had just been patient I could have saved $8. Opps. I just noticed there is an over the counter The Ordinary Azelaic Acid Suspension in the RRDi affiliate store or Paula's Choice 10% Azelaic Acid Booster or Lyfetrition Azelaic Acid Serum or Strata Dermatalogics Melazepam Cream (all these treatments have the key ingredient azeliac acid). Got the 20 mg tabs of doxycycline today!  Took the first one!

        
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  5. Just wanted to update what I have been using for about three weeks. I purchased Sesderma Sebovalis Facial Gel (key ingredients 8% lithium gluconate -  0.5% Piroctone olamine - 4.5% glycolic acid - Calendula extract) from the company website since it is not available at Amazon. I learned about it from Yatzil at RF [post no 1] and have heard about Piroctone Olamine which is the ingredient in this gel that I think may improve SD. I have been having what I think is SD on the back of my scalp near my neck going up the scalp to near the top of my head. I have tried over the last eight to ten months, Sulfur ButterEquate Coal Tar Shampoo, Yesto Tea Tree Scalp Treatment, Nizoral none of which worked. I tried borax and epsom salt baths. Then I went to a nurse practitioner who initially examined me and took a sample of my scalp and sent it to the lab diagnosing me with folliculitis and handing me a prescription for doxycycline 100 mg twice a day for ten days. After a few days she phoned me and said I had Staphylococcus. After the ten days I noticed that my scalp issue was a lot 'dryer' but still had it. She gave me a second Rx for Doxycycline 100 mg twice a day for another ten days. Took that and basically still had the issue but it was dryer. Went back to the nurse practitioner and told her I think it is a fungus so she prescribed Fluocinolone Acetonide Topical Oil which I tried for a couple of weeks however, it did stop the itch, but didn't do anything to relieve the fungal issue. At the same time I received Tom Busby's AquaVive which I have been using for a month as well. What I have noticed is that whatever the issue is, my guess it is a fungus, is beginning to dry up whatever it is but it still lingers. I have stopped the Fluocinolone and am continuing the borax/epsom salt baths and AquaVive. I just received my second tube of Sesderma Sebovalis Facial Gel. I also still use the ZZ cream on facial red spots and try to follow my Rosacea Diet by reducing sugar/carbohydrate as much as possible but I confess, I cheat on occasion. My scalp issue is still present and it is dryer but I still have spots that itch like crazy and won't go away. Once in a while I put the Sulfur Butter or dab a bit of the Fluocinolone on an itchy spot when it drives me crazy. The Sesderma Sebovalis isn't working either. I recently tried a tube of clotrimazole cream for a few days and it didn't do anything. I am seeing a dermatologist in Birmingham on August 19 about this. 

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    Got an appointment with Dr. Julie Harper, in Birmingham in August. She happens to be the president of the AARS. Looking forward to seeing her and her insight into my back of the scalp issue. My rosacea has flared up a bit so I am using the ZZ cream on my face and forehead. I just tried some horse paste on the back of my scalp to see if ivermectin might eradicate my issue back there. I am still using Tom Busby's shampoo. I am not too impressed with the Sebovalis Facial Gel. It didn't address the back of my scalp issue. I still have it, and have backed off using the Sebovalis. 

  6. On 4/14/2020 at 10:30 PM, RedVelvet said:

    Do we have an instagram account for RRDi? I'm pretty useless with Facebook but find Instagram much easier to navigate, and I'd be happy to set one up if we don't have one yet. It would refer people to RRDi, and you are so right about Reddit. I tried answering a question for someone on Reddit who was asking for the name of a "chinese sulfur cream for rosacea" and when I named ZZ in my post, it was taken down because they said I wasn't able to discuss a product that wasn't FDA approved. ???  But Reddit is just full of pharma advertisements!

    No, the RRDi doesn't have an Instagram account. I will send you a private email but if you are willing to volunteer for this that would be much appreciated. RedVelvet, why don't you create your own blog and monitor it?

  7. Could someone explain to me why rosaceans prefer donating to the the NRS, the AARS, the ARSC, or the AAD instead of the RRDi?  Why do they think it is ok for Sam Huff's two private corporations to receive about 60% of all the National Rosacea Society donations received over a twenty year period which amounts to over $9.8 million dollars (see spreadsheet) and they CONTINUE to donate to the NRS. Why is it that with over 1300 members in the RRDi no one posts?  No one really cares if the RRDi dissolves? Really? It is so sad. 

    I have given a lot of what I do for rosacea sufferers for FREE to anyone who wants a copy of either of my two books, Rosacea 101 or the Rosacea Diet. All you do is request a copy when you join the RRDi. You at least have to join the RRDi before I give you a free copy. Is that too much to ask? Join the RRDi. All that is required is an email address. Is that too much to ask?

    You may want to also read my review of Soolantra or my  ZZ cream review

    In the meantime, why not read all of my recent activity in behalf of the RRDi: 

    I have written some posts that I think are worthy of reading: 
     
     
     
     
     
     
    I also added a number of items to the affiliate store. You can review all the recent activity with this url: 
     
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    Brady Barrows, March 2020

    So I thought I would experiment with my blog to see if anyone is interested in what I am writing. With all the coronavirus news and having to stay at home, I have been spending more time with the RRDi writing posts and trying to get donations. It is mind boggling to me that with over 1300 members no one is posting and the donations are basically nothing to speak of and I wrote this post on March 20 explaining that if the RRDi doesn't get donations we will have to dissolve the non profit for rosacea and everyone will just have to live with the NRS, the AARS, the ARSC, or the AAD as what would be left since these organizations have lots of donations. Watch this video about the RRDi:

    So I thought I would write about what the RRDi has accomplished:

    (1) A website with a huge amount of rosacea data in the member forum. The subjects are organized in methodical categories on rosacea topics

    (2) Received a total of three education grants from Galderma. Now if you want to help with this, it is a painstakingly arduous task and if you ever wonder why grant writers get paid for this, why not VOLUNTEER like two of our members did and see what hoops you have to go through to get an education grant. Right now, volunteers are basically down to two of us and I am keeping the website going and Apurva is helping. Basically we are it. There are no other volunteers, period. 

    (3) We have done all this with volunteers. No one has a salary or is employed. Now check out the other non profit organizations and see if they do what they do for rosacea sufferers with only volunteers, and if you really investigate, what is the motive behind the other non profit organizations for rosacea?  

    So today I discovered that the PayPal donation button wasn't working at all and discovered in the PayPal community that this is a common issue with the donate form button and changed how we use PayPal with the PayPal Giving Fund and using the PayPal.me/ link which seems to be mo'betta as they say in Hawaii. That took a while to figure out. 

    RF still has some members that post, so I check out what's happening there and posted a bit over there. Yesterday I wrote an incredible post about the Risk-benefit Ratio in Rosacea Research & Development. I then checked what I did yesterday and it was a lot, adding several items to the RRDi affiliate store and calling Steve Johnson, D.O., who has served on the RRDi board of directors for many years and couldn't get ahold of him but managed to talk to his receptionist who after consulting with Steve tells me he is too busy to volunteer anymore for the RRDi and resigned so I posted all about this. If you note on Steve's website he shows he serves on our board of directors. I mentioned this to the receptionist. 

    By the way, you can create your own blog and it will be controlled by you. Every member can have their own blog and it is free. Besides that, we have galleries and everyone can have their own gallery. You would think that with over 1300 members we would have at least 1300 photos of rosacea from our members but alas, the members are not only silent, they are also shy. I won't even mention clubs, but I think I just did. I still haven't figured out the difference between a blog and a club. Maybe Invision Community might explain it. 

    So a while back I experimented going over to Reddit and Facebook rosacea groups and discovered that the rules over there are completely different, like PRIVATE groups, that don't allow you to refer to anything they post since it is PRIVATE and by doing this I committed an unforgivable sin. I removed the links that some were so offended I referred to about their rosacea post from our RRDi website and they treated me like I was Adolph Hitler or Judas. Also, linking to any RRDi page or post is absolutely forbidden in these private groups, even though these same private groups allow links to the NRS or the AAD non profit organizations and frequently refer to these two non profits.  

    To me, I just don't understand why rosaceans prefer Reddit or Facebook. It is so difficult to navigate through all the posts on a particular search on a topic. And what I found is that the ones in the 'private' groups are very opinionated and judgmental, and berated the RRDi, preferring the AAD or the NRS. So I decided to simply work more on the RRDi website and try to keep it going. Who knows, it may not work, and all the data on the RRDi website will be lost. Oh, I forgot, there is the wayback machine. However, sometimes even the wayback machine doesn't have what I am looking for. 

    So how am I controlling my rosacea? 

    I try to stay on my Rosacea Diet. However, I do cheat. I also take tons of vitamins and supplements. I take 12.5 mg of Carvedilol twice a day. I take ElaineA's salt/borax bath just about every day. If I get any pimples/pustules I dab on the ZZ cream. I have been having some issues with SD on the back part of my scalp near my neck so I sometimes use Sulfur Butter or Equate Coal Tar Shampoo, and recently I just purchased Yesto Tree Tea Scalp Treatment (too early to tell if it helps). My review of Soolantra and the ZZ cream. I will post in my blog what I am currently doing to treat my rosacea/SD. If you scroll to the last post you will see the latest treatment. 

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