I basically called my mom for help. Except when I say mom, I mean an esthetician.
I've been having a rough time with my rosacea. My skin has been noticeably flushed for the first time in my life over the past year or so. (I blame all the red wine and coffee.) But I was prepared for this because my mom has rosacea, so I decided to be proactive and see a dermatologist.
As I mentioned before, that visit turned out to be nothing short of disastrous. The Metrogel prescribed to me actually made me break out with horrible cystic acne (the scars of which still linger on my cheeks). So a few months ago, I went back to my dermatologist to tell her what had happened and to be prescribed something else.
After an hour's drive, a $30 bill, and five minutes with the dermatologist, I was back out on the sidewalk with nothing to show for it. She admitted that sometimes Metrogel doesn't work well with sensitive skin and then told me that while there a few other options, they're expensive and my insurance won't cover them. I told her I'd think about it, and she told me to just avoid getting sunburns in the meantime. Helpful.
So I've decided to take matters into my own hands. That's where Clinique Redness Solutions comes in.
I already own Clinique Redness Solutions Foundation and really like it, but some days I don't want to wear makeup. Right now I'm all about making my naked skin look better. I started using two more products from its Redness Solutions line: the Daily Relief Cream and the Daily Protective Base.
I'll admit to being a little skeptical at first, but one day I happened to glance into my car mirror and was floored by how... not red my face looked. Did I put makeup on this morning and forget about it? Then I realized it had to be the Redness Solutions. Since then I've been wearing both every day.
Here's a before shot. Sometimes my face looks calmer, sometimes it looks redder, depending on what seems like millions of triggers.
If it needs it, I wash my face first with a calming cleanser. The Clinique Redness Solutions Soothing Cleanser is great, and I also still love the VMV Hypoallergenics Red Better Deeply Soothing Cleansing Cream. Then I gently pat my skin dry and apply the Daily Relief Cream. It feels thick but it absorbs quickly, leaving no sheen behind.
After waiting a minute or two to let the cream fully sink in, I apply the Daily Protective Base, focusing on my reddest areas: cheeks, chin, and (for some reason) in between my eyebrows. I love that it has SPF 15, but for the summer I plan on using it in conjunction with a higher SPF (not to mention that the tube is small and I don't want to waste it by using it all over my face).
When I initially apply it, the overall effect is a bit chalky. The green tint and possibly also the sunscreen cancel out the redness, but only because of the green-white cast sitting on top of it. Be patient, though! Once you blend it in and it has a chance to absorb, then it works its magic. After a few minutes my skin looks noticeably calmer--and stays that way all day, unless I go for a vigorous run outside while chugging a bottle of red wine.
While I wait for it fully sink into my skin, I do the rest of my makeup--fill in brows, maybe some eyeliner and lipstick--and add foundation and concealer if I want to cover up my acne scars. (The Daily Protective Base also multitasks as a primer, which is nice.) I'm not wearing any foundation or concealer in this after picture though:
Much better, right? Here's a closeup:
I still have angry red acne scars to deal with, but the overall redness of my skin has been reduced to a very slight pinkness. Now, all I need is a little bit of concealer and I'm good to go.
I can't say which product works better because I've been using them together since I got them, but if you can only get one I recommend the Daily Protective Base (if only for the SPF). They both have caffeine in them, which can help to constrict blood vessels that cause redness, while the Daily Relief Cream also has shea butter and green tea leaf extract.
Have any of you tried anything from Clinique's Redness Solutions line? Or do you have another redness-fighting regimen? As always, feel free to share all of your secrets below.