Thank you Galderma Laboratories, L.P. for sponsoring this post. Submit your no-makeup selfie with 100-word essay on how you would use the extra time if you could help alleviate some of your tough skin days and go makeup free to enter into Galderma’s “Break Up with Your Makeup” contest for a chance to win a trip to sunny Los Angeles!
It’s no secret that I’ve dealt with pesky skin problems throughout the past few years. (Here are all my skincare posts!) I’ve battled painful cystic acne, embarrassing pimples, oily skin, dry skin, irritated skin–the whole gamut. As I’ve shared in the past, I tried everything to fix my skin. I changed my diet, the vitamins I took, my water intake, I tried making my own face washes, masks, and scrubs. I switched detergents, I washed my face three times a day. I did it all.
It was exhausting. My skin is fair and very sensitive, which only made it more difficult. If you’ve ever dealt with acne and troubled skin, you understand. My self-confidence took such a hit. I was wearing so. much. concealer. every day, which I’m sure was only contributing to my skin problems, but I was too humiliated to go without it. After an 18 month battle, I finally went to the dermatologist and got the help I should’ve sought out much sooner. Now, two years later, I have clearer skin! #praise (It took about 6-9 months for it to improve, but I started noticing a change within a few weeks.)
After all was said and done, I really wished that I had made a dermatologist appointment sooner. My general philosophy with regards to modern medicine versus natural solutions is that I’d usually rather go the natural route first if possible, and then turn to modern medicine if necessary. In the case of my skin, prescribed medicine was necessary. And I am so thankful for it! Below is a photo of me and my furbaby on a walk a few weeks ago–no makeup at all! There were days when I thought I’d have to wear a full face of makeup for the rest of my life. Now, it’s my choice, not my skin’s. 😉
Everyone has to make her own decision, but I do want to say this: if you’ve been struggling with your skin for a long time and you’re at the end of your rope, I highly encourage you to see a dermatologist, if only to explore your options. There are many products available to help you achieve your skin goals.
If you’re battling rosacea specifically, you may want to ask your dermatologist about Galderma Laboratories, L.P.’s prescription products. The company makes several products, including Soolantra® (ivermectin) Cream, 1% (for the treatment of inflammatory lesions or bumps and pimples of rosacea) and Mirvaso® (brimonidine) Topical Gel, 0.33%* (for the treatment of the persistent facial redness of rosacea).
With the fresh start and new beginning that Spring brings, you may want to consider making an appointment with your dermatologist (or finding one) in the next month or two. That way, you can enjoy the warm sunshine and throw out all those tubes and tubes of thick concealer and foundation!
Galderma has launched a campaign called Break Up with Your Makeup, which encourages women to find skincare options (instead of just covering up the problem) so that we can all feel our best. You can go and enter the Break Up with Your Makeup contest here for your chance to win a spa getaway in sunny Los Angeles by sharing how you would use the extra time if you could help alleviate some of your bad skin days and go makeup-free with a no-makeup selfie!
Because even though I believe that inner beauty always outshines outer beauty, I know firsthand how hard it can be to feel radiant and confident when you’re battling skin issues. So, go ahead. Make an appointment with your dermatologist! Here’s to finding real, effective treatment options!
Important Safety Information
Indication: SOOLANTRA® (ivermectin) Cream, 1% is indicated for the treatment of inflammatory lesions of rosacea. Not for oral, ophthalmic or intravaginal use. Adverse Events: In clinical trials with SOOLANTRA Cream, the most common adverse reactions (incidence ≤ 1 %) included skin burning sensation and skin irritation.
Important Safety Information
Indication: MIRVASO® (brimonidine) topical gel, 0.33%* is an alpha adrenergic agonist indicated for thetopical treatment of persistent (nontransient) facial erythema of rosacea in adults 18 years of age orolder. Adverse Events: In clinical trials, the most common adverse reactions (>1%) included erythema, flushing, skin burning sensation and contact dermatitis. Warnings/Precautions: MIRVASO Gel should be used with caution in patients with depression, cerebral or coronary insufficiency, Raynaud’s phenomenon, orthostatic hypotension, thromboangiitis obliterans, scleroderma, or Sjögren’s syndrome. Alpha-2 adrenergic agents can lower blood pressure. MIRVASO Gel should be used with caution in patients with severe or unstable or uncontrolled cardiovascular disease. Serious adverse reactions following accidental ingestion of MIRVASO Gel by children have been reported. Keep MIRVASO Gel out of reach of children. Not for oral, ophthalmic, or intravaginal use.
*Each gram of gel contains 5 mg of brimonidine tartrate, equivalent to 3.3 mg of brimonidine free base
You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit WWW.FDA.GOV/MEDWATCH or call 1-800-FDA-1088.
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