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    I am very proud of my hard work and dedication over the past two months, and I just wanted to share how far I've come. The "Before" photo may be a little bit upsetting to some, I apologize if that's the case, think before you click! the "After" photo is from yesterday. I am still pink, but I am so much better you guys!!!

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    Hi Dryad, I am so glad you are feeling better! I know you have been trying hard to figure things out for yourself. I do though get sad when you give a warning about how upsetting the first photo is.... I'm sure no one is disturbed or upset or whatever here, but just appreciate you being candid about sharing your progress. We are all so much more than what our face looks like .. I dont think anyone should ever apologize for what they look like... I'm sorry that you feel the urge to do so.

    take care <3
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    Wow, Dryad, such a progress in such a short time! That's amazing, you look so beautiful!

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    Quote Originally Posted by dryad View Post
    I am very proud of my hard work and dedication over the past two months, and I just wanted to share how far I've come. The "Before" photo may be a little bit upsetting to some, I apologize if that's the case, think before you click! the "After" photo is from yesterday. I am still pink, but I am so much better you guys!!!

    Day 4 - August 10, 2018.jpgOctober 10 2018 crop.jpg
    Hi Dryad

    I am really pleased for you after having such a tough time. You look great, and you should be very proud of yourself. Remember to keep your head held high and to stay strong. I wish you all the very best.

    burner.

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    Well done. Please remind me what you're using to treat your skin?
    How I was cured from Demodectic / Demodex Rosacea (Types 1 & 2 & nearing 3), Seborrhoeic Dermatitis and Eczema

    Got a smartphone? Then please post a non-revealing pic of your face/skin to www.imgur.com, instead of using walls of text to describe it to us. It may be the best thing you've ever done!

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    Quote Originally Posted by laser_cat View Post
    Hi Dryad, I am so glad you are feeling better! I know you have been trying hard to figure things out for yourself. I do though get sad when you give a warning about how upsetting the first photo is.... I'm sure no one is disturbed or upset or whatever here, but just appreciate you being candid about sharing your progress. We are all so much more than what our face looks like .. I dont think anyone should ever apologize for what they look like... I'm sorry that you feel the urge to do so.

    take care <3
    Thank you laser_cat! I don't mean for my warning to be read as self-consciousness on my part, but I want to be sensitive to those who are feeling scared about what rosacea can "mean" and may not want to look at the more 'extreme' side of it for THEIR mental health! I actually quite enjoy seeing the before/after as I feel like a victorious soldier! I would hope that most on here would be okay to see the photos but I think that especially if someone is new to the rosacea world, it could be a little bit upsetting to see that "oh it really can be that bad!"

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    Quote Originally Posted by MariaSt View Post
    Wow, Dryad, such a progress in such a short time! That's amazing, you look so beautiful!
    Thank you MariaSt

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    Quote Originally Posted by burner View Post
    Hi Dryad

    I am really pleased for you after having such a tough time. You look great, and you should be very proud of yourself. Remember to keep your head held high and to stay strong. I wish you all the very best.

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    Thank you burner, I appreciate it!

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    At which point did you use tto? Before or after the first picture?

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    Quote Originally Posted by RedRecluse View Post
    Well done. Please remind me what you're using to treat your skin?
    Okay so it's a bit complicated haha but I will try to lay it out in a way that is easy to follow:

    Everything below was prescribed by my dermatologist at the time.

    Phase 1: starting a couple days before the "before" photo
    - tea tree oil mixed into Uriage DS Emulsion regulating cream (low concentration) at night
    - metrogel at night
    - levocetirizine by mouth 1x/day
    - wash 2x/day with Bioderma Hydrabio micellar water

    Phase 2: day of "before" photo and for a few days after
    - Bepanthol cream for immediate relief of pain and pulling
    - doxycycline 50mg every 12 hours for 8 days
    - probiotic/prebiotic
    - octenidine spray (similar to hydrogen peroxide) 2x/day
    - fucidic acid burn cream morning and night
    - wash 2x/day with Bioderma Hydrabio micellar water
    - Uriage DS Emulsion cream 2-3x/day
    - COMPLETE exclusion from sunlight

    Phase 3: a week out from "before" photo
    - clindamycin 1% lotion 2x/day
    - doxycycline 50 mg, 2x/day for 8 more days
    - probiotic/prebiotic
    - octenidine spray at night
    - wash 2x/day with Bioderma Hydrabio micellar war
    - Uriage DS Emulsion cream 2x/day
    - If outdoors, use: Bioderma Photoderm AR SPF 50+, 30 minutes before going outside

    Phase 4: 3 weeks after "before" photo
    - clindamycin 1% lotion, morning only
    - octenidine spray at night
    - 3x this week: mix a small amount of metrogel into DS Emulsion and apply at night
    - the other 4x: just DS Emulsion
    - wash 2x/day with Bioderma Hydrabio micellar water
    - continue with Photoderm AR SPF 50+

    Phase 5: 4 weeks after "before" photo
    - clindamycin 1% lotion, morning only
    - octendine spray at night
    - at night: mix metrogel into DS Emulsion and apply
    - wash 2x/day with Bioderma Hydrabio
    - Photoderm AR SPF 50+

    Phase 6: 6 weeks after "before" photo
    - clindamycin 1% lotion, morning only
    - octenidine spray at night
    - 3x this week: metrogel; then 1 hour later, DS Emulsion
    - the other 4x: metrogel mixed into DS Emulsion
    - wash 2x/day with Hydrabio
    - Photoderm AR

    Phase 7: starts next week
    - clindamycin 1% lotion, morning only
    - octendine spray at night
    - metrogel followed by DS Emulsion 1 hour later, at night
    - wash 2x/day with Hydrabio
    - Photoderm AR

    I will see my dermatologist in the 2nd week of November to see what the next move will be.

    I know it's confusing and a lot of repetition but the basic concept was:

    Provoke Die-off
    Protect skin from infection while die-off rages
    Heal skin texture/barrier from die-off
    Gradually begin attacking underlying redness

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