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  1. Hi Steven, I read your post, and I sympathize. We are all part of this community trying to help each other with trial and error solutions. After 20 years of rosacea, I decided to research everything I could about the disease. Most of what I learned came from the rosaceagroup.org website and this one. Together they are a fantastic resource and you can read about things you never would have thought of. I am one of the lucky ones who had great success with finding a "cure" which involved multiple components: gut health, (I did a cleanse, a fast and a heavy metal detox), adding specific supplements, changing/reducing the products I used on my face, and treating my skin for demodex mites. I never took oral antibiotics and since November I have not used any medications on my face. Your answers will likely be different than mine, but reading and researching are key. I'm always interested when people say their rosacea came on suddenly. What changed? Environment? Job? Housing? Diet? Lifestyle? Chemical exposure? Relationship? There was probably something; you just have to put the pieces together. That will help you to address the cause, not just treat the symptoms. Keep us posted!
  2. BlackMamba24, I had amazing success with ZZ cream and I urge you to keep going. I documented my pics and journey on rosacegroup.org and my name is "redvelvet." I did also do a lot with gut cleanses prior to starting ZZ, and I cut out sugar entirely. I still eat bread though!!! Now I take the following supplements daily: magnesium, B2 and a spleen support product. I also have a lot of pictures that I took weekly during the treatment and they are all posted on my website/blog "rosaceahelp.org". I am so grateful for what I learned on this forum and rosaceagroup. I believe i'd still be walking around with rosacea if it weren't for the amazing stories I read here. Good luck!
  3. Hi Apurva, I know exactly what you are talking about and I experienced it twice in the past two years. The first episode was after we moved into our new house and I had been under a lot of stress and not eating well. I also considered the possibility that a change in environment could have triggered it. Different water, different air, new sheets/bedding, new washing machine. I think all these things can play a role in reactions when we have sensitive skin. It resolved on its own and then came back a year later for a week. I'm not sure what brought on the second episode, but I did a fast for 2 days which seemed to help a lot. I noticed over the years that whenever I would get the flu and not eat for a few days (and my stomach and colon would empty out) my skin would clear up immediately. So even though I've had food sensitivity testing done with no positive findings, I feel there is still a gut connection. When this occurred I also stopped using all facial products except coconut oil. Thinking back, I think my skin was also reacting to the coconut oil which has antiviral, antibiotic, antibacterial and anti fungal properties (the lauric acid in the oil). Since I had untreated demodex mites at the time I'm sure my skin was experiencing die-off from the coconut oil, which caused even more of a reaction. I would advise you to do a one or two day fast (but continue to drink herbal tea or cranberry juice as needed) until your skin heals and then try to think back on the past week or two if anything changed- medications, laundry detergent, facial products, etc. It's so hard to figure it all out, but I still believe rosacea can be controlled naturally with enough detective work. I would also advise you to keep a journal of foods, creams, medications, and hormonal changes. Good luck!
  4. Hi Apurva, I know exactly what you are talking about and I experienced it twice in the past two years. The first episode was after we moved into our new house and I had been under a lot of stress and not eating well. I also considered the possibility that a change in environment could have triggered it. Different water, different air, new sheets/bedding, new washing machine. I think all these things can play a role in reactions when we have sensitive skin. It resolved on its own and then came back a year later for a week. I'm not sure what brought on the second episode, but I did a fast for 2 days which seemed to help a lot. I noticed over the years that whenever I would get the flu and not eat for a few days (and my stomach and colon would empty out) my skin would clear up immediately. So even though I've had food sensitivity testing done with no positive findings, I feel there is still a gut connection. When this occurred I also stopped using all facial products except coconut oil. Thinking back, I think my skin was also reacting to the coconut oil which has antiviral, antibiotic, antibacterial and anti fungal properties (the lauric acid in the oil). Since I had untreated demodex mites at the time I'm sure my skin was experiencing die-off from the coconut oil, which caused even more of a reaction. I would advise you to do a one or two day fast (but continue to drink herbal tea or cranberry juice as needed) until your skin heals and then try to think back on the past week or two if anything changed- medications, laundry detergent, facial products, etc. It's so hard to figure it all out, but I still believe rosacea can be controlled naturally with enough detective work. I would also advise you to keep a journal of foods, creams, medications, and hormonal changes. Good luck!
  5. I am eternally grateful for the members of the forum for sharing their experiences. I spent hours/days/weeks reading posts, articles, and research studies published on the forum. I was determined to figure out what was causing my rosacea, and I did. My dermatologists never mentioned demodex mites or the damage they can do to your skin. Once I learned about this, I was on the right path. I hope to help others through this long arduous process. Please feel free to contact me with any questions!
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