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  1. Excellent post! This is exactly what I discovered...

    Excellent post! This is exactly what I discovered too. One of the worst offenders is Methylisothiazolinone - a preservative that is very prevalent in personal care products these days.

    The best...
  2. I think it's important to point out that the...

    I think it's important to point out that the raised bumps countdracula mentioned were not caused his Rosacea, but allergic eczema, also known as Contact Dermatitis. See Brady's post and his link to...
  3. That's not unusual. These skin allergies often...

    That's not unusual. These skin allergies often mimic Rosacea. I have to be wary not to use, or consume, the different substances found in Balsam of Peru.

    So glad to hear you have finally...
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    So very true. I once went to a dermatologist...

    So very true.

    I once went to a dermatologist appointment and expressed delight that the cream 'Elidel' (something I had suggested myself) had caused a significant improvement. But instead of...
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    I reckon it's slow on here because people are...

    I reckon it's slow on here because people are gleaning lots of information from the Internet where they find out for themselves that they don't have Rosacea after all. Lazy dermatologists love to use...
  6. Or maybe you were allergic to one of the...

    Or maybe you were allergic to one of the ingredients in your soap/face wash?
  7. This is such a massive understatement, Brady. If...

    This is such a massive understatement, Brady. If you were to go on the various 'skin' forums on facebook and look at how many people are misdiagnosed with Rosacea - the catch-all diagnosis beloved by...
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    I understand your frustration. I've been...

    I understand your frustration. I've been prescribed so many topical creams in the past that have caused my skin to burn, had so many unnecessary procedures (IPL, photodynamic therapy etc.) and...
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    It's a really simple procedure. Just Google 'skin...

    It's a really simple procedure. Just Google 'skin patch testing' - it's all out there.

    I just wish I'd known about it years ago. Despite numerous visits to so-called 'top' dermatologists not one...
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    Here's a pic of my patch test. (It's not a 'skin...

    Here's a pic of my patch test. (It's not a 'skin biopsy' btw)
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    I eventually found an enlightened dermatologist...

    I eventually found an enlightened dermatologist who sent me for a skin patch test. I think this should be mandatory for anyone presenting with a skin condition that looks like Rosacea and/or seb...
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    Yes, I think it's best not to use the coconut...

    Yes, I think it's best not to use the coconut oil. I just apply a mask made from raw honey mixed with a few drops of unchlorinated water for three hours. I finally found out that I didn't have...
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    My own face got to a stage not unlike your own. I...

    My own face got to a stage not unlike your own. I eventually discovered I had several allergies to the ingredients in my beauty products and the so-called 'helpful' topical creams and lotions I was...
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    Brady, if you had a skin allergy caused by...

    Brady, if you had a skin allergy caused by contact dermatitis from mango sap/oil, is is possible your Rosacea isn't Rosacea at all and you have a form of contact dermatitis to other substances as...
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    If you use facebook there are some really helpful...

    If you use facebook there are some really helpful groups out there. I also find Fucidin cream to be the best remedy for folliculitis.

    Good to hear things are improving.
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    Dear Ash85 I totally agree with Savino. It...

    Dear Ash85

    I totally agree with Savino. It sounds as though you are having an allergic reaction to an ingredient that is coming into contact with your skin. More and more people are becoming...
  17. And it's not only bacteria and mites. If your...

    And it's not only bacteria and mites. If your skin barrier is compromised you can develop contact dermatitis.

    I have found the three main ingredients to watch out for are:
    ...
  18. I'm so pleased you are getting a skin patch test....

    I'm so pleased you are getting a skin patch test. My mouth looked similar to yours one Christmas when I drank mulled wine. Some of its ingredients (cinnamon, vanilla, clove etc.) caused a rash and I...
  19. Hello RedRecluse I'm so sorry you have to go...

    Hello RedRecluse

    I'm so sorry you have to go through this. I know from past experience that these horrible rashes can make you feel really depressed.

    Have you, or your doctor, considered your...
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    Thanks, Tom, for this interesting article. Since...

    Thanks, Tom, for this interesting article. Since getting a positive patch test result to Balsam of Peru, I'm keen to learn as much as possible about its various constituents. That way I can more...
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    Yes. I understand sodium benzoate is the sodium...

    Yes. I understand sodium benzoate is the sodium salt of benzoic acid.

    Just for the record - You can't have an allergic reaction to a substance you've never encountered. In many cases, it takes...
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    In my case, it has turned out to be very well so,...

    In my case, it has turned out to be very well so, John.

    And perhaps if some people on this forum were to avoid contact with these components - benzyl benzoate, benzoic acid, and their chemically...
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    Thank you for your input, John. I understand you...

    Thank you for your input, John. I understand you are an authority on aromatic benzoates. Would these "other components" be something from the benzoate family?
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    I know, some of that list is so misleading it...

    I know, some of that list is so misleading it makes me want to scream!

    For instance they rate cocamidopropyl betaine (CAPB) as 'good'. But just because it's derived from coconut doesn't make it...
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    Another substance to consider avoiding!

    The American Academy of Dermatology is holding its annual meeting right now in Orlando - this week the ACDS announced glucosides as the ALLERGEN OF THE YEAR.
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