Break Up With Your Makeup

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I love makeup and I wear it almost every day. Yes, it’s fun to play with and I love trying different looks and styles. Makeup serves a very real need for me as well. It helps improve my less than ideal complexion. Sure, we all have the occasional pimple or dark bags under our eyes but I’m talking about something I see every single day when I look in the mirror. Rosacea. This post has been sponsored.

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Break Up With Your Makeup

Rosacea is a common, inflammatory skin condition that affects an estimated 16 million Americans.  The most common symptom of rosacea is persistent facial redness and 24% of rosacea sufferers say that redness was their first symptom of rosacea.  Dilated facial blood vessels increase blood flow to the skin and cause the face to look red. There are other symptoms of rosacea.  I also get adult acne – especially around my mouth – and enlarged pores.

I’ve had rosacea since my mid twenties. It’s hereditary and both my mother and my sister have it. It also effects women more than men and those with light complexions more than those with dark complexions. In the beginning, I had no idea what it was. I thought I was just one of those people who didn’t have a great complexion. I tried lots of different face care products but nothing helped. It didn’t help because rosacea has nothing to do with how well you do or don’t take care of your skin.  When I saw a dermatologist, that’s one of the things that I learned.


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Having rosacea is challenging. I never know when I’ll have a breakout or my symptoms will get worse. I don’t feel comfortable not wearing makeup when I go out for that reason. I’ve always envied those that can just put on a swipe of lip gloss and head out the door. That’s not me. Over 4 in 5 (82%) rosacea sufferers have used cosmetics to cover up redness. Rosacea sufferers are more likely to be self-conscious and wear makeup more frequently. But now, there is something different.

Mirvaso® (brimonidine) Topical Gel, 0.33%* is the first and only gel specifically developed and proven to reduce the persistent facial redness of rosacea. On average, rosacea sufferers spend $36 on a single non-prescription product that promises to hide or cover-up facial redness. Mirvaso has proven results that were reviewed by the FDA for safety and efficacy. Depending on your insurance, prescription copays may be as low as $25 and go up from there. I plan on asking my doctor about this the next time I see him.

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 or call 1-800-FDA-1088. *Each gram of gel contains 5mg of brimonidine tartrate, equivalent to 3.3 mg of brimonidine free base

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.


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  1. Jenna Wood says

    It’s great Mirvaso offers an option to provide a skin safe barrier to treat rosacea. I will have to let my girlfriend know so she can ask her dermatologist!

  2. I have a touch of rosacea as well, I think. Both my mom and I have light skin.

  3. It’s always nice to find products that will help with your personal skin care issues. 

  4. Maybe I am lucky then because I have eczema on my hands, nothing on my face. I hope it keeps this way.

  5. It hasn’t been confirmed by a doctor but I do think I have a bit of rosacea myself. My cheeks are always red!

  6. Love better products for my skin – I so need something new

  7. My girlfriend has rosacea too and she has been through a number of medications. I’m glad you have found something that is helping you.

  8. I totally need to try this, I have slight rosacea!

  9. Thank you for sharing this! I always wanted to learn more about rosacea! I’m glad that Mirvaso is out there for those who need it! 🙂

  10. Such a pain in the butt skin problem!! I have a few friends that have rosacea.

  11. I have the reddness too and it makes me very uncomfortable

  12. Looks like this would be perfect for my sensitive skin!

  13. I have roseacea too. I had no idea they even had meds for it. thanks for letting me know!

  14. I have been looking for a new rosacea medicine.  I need to go back to my dermatologist and ask them about Mirvosa.  

  15. It’s great that there are options for those that have skin issues. I deal with plaque psoriasis myself, so I understand how troubling it can be.

  16. Rosacea really is a challenge and I really sympathize with those who deal with it on a daily basis. I am so glad there are options that help with it.

  17. I have light redness on my cheeks and covering it up seems to get harder and harder! But I’ve always been skeptical about using anything on them that isnt natural :p

  18. Loved doing this campaign and sharing such a great message!

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  19. As I get older, I wear less makeup and I think my skin is better for it. I don’t have this condition but hiding age spots is challenge enough!