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Lemons into Lemonade, Rosacea into Red Wine Art

In 2012, artist Amelia Fais Harnas’ wine stain paintings began to attract attention online. She was elated, thinking that maybe this would be her big break. However, she noticed that the more she worked with wine, the more issues she had with her complexion.

“I almost always drank a glass of wine whenever I worked on a wine stain,” she explained. “Creating wine stains can prove to be very frustrating, and a big glass of wine was an obvious and easy way to make things more palatable.” 

Accidental Diagnosis Leads to Rosacea Relief

Although Rosa Menchen had battled skin problems for years, she received her rosacea diagnosis less than two years ago – quite by accident.  The 59-year-old chaplain from Arizona accompanied her son to his dermatologist appointment, but ended up becoming the patient when the doctor walked in the examining room and immediately announced to Rosa, “I know what you have.  You have rosacea.”

Dietitian Cooks Up Strategy for Battling Rosacea

Michelle Dudash was diagnosed with rosacea less than a year ago, yet she is brimming with advice for her fellow rosacea sufferers.  In fact, the 36-year-old registered dietitian, chef and author from Arizona went so far as to devote an entire entry on her food and cooking blog to tell her story and offer helpful hints to those who suspect they might have rosacea.

Michelle had battled acne previously and assumed acne was the culprit behind the redness, bumps and pimples that lingered for more than a year while she tried facial peels, expensive creams and acne medication.

More Relaxed Lifestyle Helps Keep Rosacea at Bay

Brigitte Brocato doesn’t credit one particular lifestyle change with helping her manage her rosacea.  Instead, the 66-year-old from Rhode Island cites a virtual laundry list of adjustments she has made through the years that have rendered her condition nearly undetectable.

Diagnosed with mild rosacea in her 40s, Brigitte used topical therapy with good results for a number of years.  But when her flushing became more and more frequent, she returned to her doctor.  She added oral therapy to Brigitte’s regimen but also determined that she suffered from a number of allergies.

Consistent Eye Care Eases Her Ocular Rosacea

Making the time to perform a warm water eye soak each morning could be difficult for someone who knows she can’t be late to her job as a dental hygienist, but for 59-year-old Carol Christensen from Minnesota, the effort is well worth it.  “Having comfortable eyes is really bliss,” she said.

Carol was diagnosed with rosacea in her early 40s when intense and frequent menopausal hot flashes triggered lingering facial flushing.  She managed her symptoms well for years following a short course of oral therapy and long-term topical therapy.

Her Vigilance with Product Ingredients Pays Off

Molly Row might be every physician’s dream patient.  The 52-year-old from northern California followed her doctor’s instructions to the letter following her rosacea diagnosis in 2004.

However, while her flare-ups decreased dramatically in number and severity with medical therapy, she discovered within weeks that many skin-care and cosmetic products continued to cause her to break out.

“I got frustrated,” Molly said.  “Even products that were labeled for sensitive skin or hypoallergenic caused a reaction.”

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