OTC Treatment for Rosacea Symptoms: Prosacea®

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Prosacea. All opinions are 100% mine.

Rosacea is a struggle. Even if your symptom flares are infrequent, they're still frustrating. No one wants to go to bed with clear skin and wake up with tiny pimples and/or red bumps. I'm sure that those of you who also suffer with rosacea can relate!

Overall, I'm happy with my skincare routine as a preventative measure, but I needed something to help heal my symptoms once they occur. At 57, I'm aggressively using anti-aging products, trying to look the best I can for my age, and rosacea symptoms don't fit in with that plan!

tube of Prosacea medicated rosacea gel lying on a wooden surface next to the product box

It's been about 11 months since my rosacea diagnosis and the most frustrating part is when a flare leaves me with raised red bumps (similar to a clogged pore). Those usually take weeks to go away and sometimes they leave behind a red mark in the form of a telangiectasia (AKA broken capillary or spider vein). Hello, massive amounts of concealer.

My most recent flare was just after we returned from Florida (probably the shock of leaving 80 degree weather and coming back to 30 degree weather). I had several tiny pimples that would pop up in different places on my face overnight and one of the larger red bumps that looks like a clogged pore. I started using Prosacea® right away and it only took 2-3 days to stop the pimples. The red bump took about 2 weeks, but that's a huge improvement over the amount of time it usually takes to heal.

before and after photo of facial cheek with rosacea flare treated with Prosacea medicated gel

In the photo above, the left side is before using Prosacea. You can see several broken capillaries and the red bump. The photo on the right is after using Prosacea for 2 weeks. You can see several broken capillaries (only laser treatment will get rid of those) and a faint pink mark where the red bump has healed. I attempted to take the photos in the same place with the same light, and they are not retouched - only resized.

tube of Prosacea gel lying on a wooden surface with the cap off

Prosacea is an over-the-counter (OTC) treatment for rosacea symptoms and I picked it up at my local Walgreens. It's a clear, fragrance-free (thank you!) water-based gel that contains homeopathic sulphur 1X which is known to heal the tiny pimples and red bumps that occur with rosacea. It also contains soothing aloe vera.

close-up of Prosacea gel

After gently cleansing my face, I apply my lightweight water-based serums first, then a small amount of the Prosacea to the areas I need to treat. A little goes a long way, and it absorbs quickly and completely. I like to wait about 15 minutes to give it a chance to start working before applying any other products.

It's been so easy to add Prosacea to my routine! It works well with my other skincare products and makeup. For the first 2-3 of days, I only used it once daily since it can cause dryness. When I didn't notice any dryness, I increased my usage to twice daily which is where it seems to work best for me. I'm hoping that with continued use I will have less flares - and that when they do occur, they will be of shorter duration.

tube of Prosacea gel standing on a wooden surface with the product box in the background

If you have rosacea symptoms (redness, pimples, red bumps, etc) and are interested in giving Prosacea a try, you can find it locally (in the First Aid aisle) as well as online. You can find a list of stores that carry it at Prosacea.com. If you use the Ibotta app, you can get $2 back on a Prosacea purchase.

I'd love to know if you give it a try and how well it works for you! Just leave a comment here or connect with me on Instagram!

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