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Don’t forget to vote!!

The Break Up with Your Makeup Contest is running through August, 14, 2015. You can vote for your favorite brave soul’s selfie here.

The contest is sponsored by Galderma USA.  It’s a great way to raise awareness about rosacea and its treatments.

Wishing everyone good luck!  Hope you win that $500 gift card!

Break Up with Your Makeup, 2015!

Disclosure: I’m participating in the Break Up with Your Makeup Campaign sponsored by Galderma Laboratories, L.P.

Last year I was pleased to be able to participate in Galderma’s Break Up With Your Makeup Campaign to raise awareness about rosacea and the newest treatment options.

This year’s Break Up Your Makeup Campaign aims to empower women to feel confident in their own skin. According to the results of a new national survey*, the impacts of rosacea go more than skin deep, with half of sufferers saying they feel unattractive, as well as embarrassed (42%) and less confident (30%).

Although I do not have rosacea, I have friends who struggle to manage their outbreaks. Sufferers often try to hide their symptoms with heavy make-up or avoid going out in public altogether. I have stress-induced eczema. When those red, scaly patches take over my chin and cheeks, I feel like wearing a bag on my head. Confidence goes right out the window.

How I feel when my skin breaks out.

How I feel when my skin breaks out.

According to Wikipedia , “It [rosacea] primarily affects people of northwestern European descent and has been nicknamed the “curse of the Celts” by some in Britain and Ireland…. Rosacea affects both sexes, but is almost three times more common in women. Rosacea is commonly found in people between the ages of 30 and 50.”

Rosacea is a common, chronic skin condition that causes redness of the face, tiny red bumps and fine spidery red lines (telangiectasias), redness of the nose… and may also affect the eyes. Although there is no know cause for the condition, there are common triggers, which include: sun exposure, exercise, hot or spicy foods, alcohol consumption and stress. Who doesn’t have at least ONE of those triggers every day?!

Rosacea is estimated to affect 16 million Americans. If you suspect you have rosacea, contact your doctor or dermatologist. There are a variety of treatment options to manage and control the redness and outbreaks.

This year, Galaderma is inviting consumers with rosacea– or those who think they might have the condition– to share a #nomakeup selfie of themselves and tell others how they stay confident even on “tough skin days.” Consumers simply upload their image and story via a digital hub for the chance to win an all-expense paid trip for two to NYC for the New York Film Festival this fall. Submissions must be done by June 24, which will be voted on during a sweepstakes from July 27 – Aug. 14. People who vote on the submissions, during the sweepstakes, will also have the chance to win additional prizes.  Winners will be contacted in August.

#Nomakeup.  In solidarity with my sisters with rosacea, I am posting this no makeup photo.

#Nomakeup. In solidarity with my sisters with rosacea, I am posting this photo of myself sans makeup.

 *This survey, fielded among 500+ U.S. rosacea patients and 300 U.S. dermatologists, was developed by the National Rosacea Society (NRS) and Galderma Laboratories, L.P.

In addition!  Galderma Laboratories, L.P. has generously provided a gift basket of goodies to soothe sensitive skin!  One lucky winner will get the motherlode of Cetaphil products!

Included in the basket:

  • Daily Facial Moisturizer, SPF 15


  • Eczema Moisturizing Body Wash



  • Eczema Moisturizing Body Lotion



  • Cetaphil Cleanser and a sample of Cleansing wipes



I actually use these products!  While they are not sexy like products that contain gold dust and snail slime, they are super gentle and soothing.  When I have an eczema outbreak, these are the products I use to help calm my skin again.

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Break Up with your Makeup… and a chance to win!

Disclosure: I’m participating in the Break Up with Your Makeup Blogger Contest Sponsored by Galderma Laboratories, L.P.

As a skincare junkie, I am a bit obsessed with my skin… and do what I can to keep it as healthy and glowing as possible.  However, sometimes bad things happen to good skin.  Although I have had bouts of stress-related eczema from time to time, I count myself as lucky to have not experienced symptoms of rosacea.

According to the Mayo Clinic website, rosacea  is a common skin condition characterized by facial redness, often with small,  red bumps that sometimes are pus-filled or look like acne. Rosacea can happen to anyone… but  women between the ages of 30-60 with fair skin and a family history of rosacea are at the highest risk.  As a middle-aged  woman of Irish-Norwegian-Czech descent, I’ve got 3 out of 4 risk factors. I could get rosacea at any time. Researchers have not pinned down a “smoking gun” cause for the condition and it can affect anyone at any time. Once you have it there are many triggers — including, spicy foods, strenous exercise, stress, and sunlight, among others. Some of those triggers are mighty difficult to avoid!

If left untreated, rosacea can get worse over time.The symptoms may flare up and then subside for months before flaring up again. Rosacea is often mistaken for an allergic reaction, adult acne or other skin problems.

Sufferers often try to hide their symptoms with heavy make-up or avoid going out in public altogether.  According to surveys conducted by the National  Rosacea Society:

…more than 76 percent of rosacea patients said their condition had lowered their self-confidence and self-esteem, and 41 percent reported that it had caused them to avoid public contact or cancel social engagements. Among rosacea patients with severe symptoms, 88 percent said the disorder had adversely affected their professional interactions, and 51 percent said they had even missed work because of their condition.

Fortunately, although rosacea cannot be prevented, it can be treated.

That’s why I’m excited that Mirvaso, the only FDA-approved treatment for the persistent redness of rosacea, is hosting this sweepstakes to raise awareness of the treatment, encouraging people to Break Up with Your Makeup.

Mirvaso works fast, providing same-day results that last up to 12 hours before the redness returns, leaving skin that’s beautiful to bare!

You can check out more information, and enter to win a trip to the Emmys in Los Angeles! 

Download rosacea infographic

Download rosacea make-up and beauty tips

In addition!  Galderma Laboratories, L.P. has generously provided a gift basket of goodies to soothe sensitive skin!

•             Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser

•             Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleansing Cloths

•             Cetaphil RestoraDerm Skin Restoring Body Wash

•             Cetpahil RestoraDerm Skin Restoring Moisturizer

•             Cetaphil Daily Facial Moisturizer SPF 15

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Important Safety Information Indication: Mirvaso® (brimonidine) topical gel, 0.33% is an alpha adrenergic agonist indicated for the topical treatment of persistent (nontransient) facial erythema of rosacea in adults 18 years of age or older. 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.

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.