A couple of years ago, I had an odd rash on my face just round my mouth and on my chin. My GP said it was rosacea and prescribed something called Metrogel. It did absolutely nothing for the condition, not surprisingly, because the rash wasn’t rocasea in the end but some freaky rare-ish derm condition that was cleared up with difficulty (anti-biotics for two months and cream). But, having had some experience of Metrogel, what bothered me most about it was that it interacted so poorly with other products…it made foundation flake into little squirls and any moisturiser over the top also produced the same result. So, while I can’t really attest to its medical properties I can say it isn’t easily compatible with make up. Which must surely compound the misery of rosacea. My mum has been a long-time sufferer with the condition on her face; it isn’t chronic but enough that she gets a red nose and cheeks which upsets her. She tried a range from Dr Hauschka, she tried Metrogel, and finally, when Clinique sent out samples of their anti-redness range I think last year, I passed them on to her, and bingo! It damped down the redness to a level that she is much, much happier with and to the point that she has been re-purchasing ever since. It doesn’t cure Rosacea, which is a blood vessel issue, but it does take away the worst of the ‘rosiness’, making her much happier with how she looks.

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