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Estrogen Therapy

During menopause, in my early 50s, it took over my face.  I was so red and splotchy friends thought I was going to have a heart attack.  I had ocular rosacea, too.

My doctor suggested estrogen therapy.  I took estrogen-progestin for six months, then tapered down over two years.  (I also tried doxycycline and topical prescription gels and creams.  I felt the estrogen therapy was better at the time.)

My skin returned to normal most of the time.  Eventually, I dropped estrogen therapy altogether.

— M. Smilgis


Just after menopause at 59, my whole face and ears burned and were very red at (room) temperatures that would be comfortable for others.  I couldn’t use topical treatment; it made the burning worse.  I went on estrogen, a very small dose, and after three months my face cleared up and is much less dry – a dramatic improvement.  It has not helped the burning.
— M. Grice
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Beyond medical therapy prescribed by your doctor, a vast array of other measures have been discovered by patients to help control their condition. It Works for Me is a venue for sharing reports from rosacea patients, as well as physicians, who have written over the years to tell us, "I tried this, and it works for me," in hopes that they might help other rosacea sufferers with their individual cases. If you have a tip to share, please email it to, and it may be included here.

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