I’m always hoping that someone somewhere will discover a cure for rosacea. Until then, I have to concentrate on keeping it under (some) control with lifestyle choices and skincare choices. Still, coming across a new (to me) rosacea treatment is akin to winning the lottery (maybe a couple of thousand rather than thirty-six million): that’s how excited I get. So when I discovered this little tube of green, cream, I may have leaked a little bit of wee (step away, President-Elect Trump). Did this excitement last? Let’s find out.
I haven’t been able to uncover a huge amount of information about Dermalex, the company behind this cream, other than the fact that they also make products for eczema, acne and psoriasis, none of which I’ve tried. I first read about this rosacea treatment cream on Talon-Ted Lex’s blog here. Lex is a fellow rosacea sufferer and her website is informative and eminently readable – well worth checking out. After Lex gave this product the thumbs up, I knew I had to try it.
Now, obviously, the thing about rosacea is that it’s not one size fits all and what works for Lex may not work for me. Until they come up with a definitive cause of rosacea (and I’m not sure they will; it seems to be caused by lots of things), that’s just the way it is. However, some ingredients have been proven to ease rosacea while others absolutely make it worse. Therefore, I think it’s worth giving something, that’s specially formulated for rosacea and sensitive skin, a go as long as it seems legit and isn’t going to break the bank.
This is what Dermalex say about their cream:
Dermalex Rosacea is for the treatment of rosacea symptoms. It does not contain steroids, which are contraindicated, or antibiotics.
It works through a unique technology that provides a triple action:
- It creates a moisturising micro-shield on the skin that calms and soothes.
The loss of ceramides results in a thinner top layer of the skin (the so-called epidermis). This makes the skin more vulnerable to external irritants that cause flushing. Our product protects the skin with an invisible film containing UVA and UVB filters.
- Repairs the skin barrier function
The ceramides in the cream help to restore the weakened skin barrier. This is important to prevent further moisture loss and to keep external threats from entering and causing new flare-ups.
- Relieves the symptoms
Dermalex Rosacea reduces redness, dryness and visibility of spider veins. It protects and soothes the skin.
This product is a medical device.
Dermalex proved to be effective in clinical tests.
Dermalex Rosacea with 95% of the test participants noticing a reduction in redness. 80% of participants also saw more even skin tone after using Dermalex Rosacea. Moreover, the tolerability was judged good to excellent by 100% of the test subjects.
Tri-solve®, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Purified Water, Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane, Bisabolol, Esculin, Triticum Vulgare Germ Extract, Echinacea Angustifolia Extract, Boswellia Serrata Extract, Zanthoxylum Bungeanum Fruit Extract, CI 42090, CI 19140.
(I’ve checked out the ingredients and they all seem pretty good for restoring the skin’s natural barrier.)
The cream comes in a smallish tube (30g) and costs £18.00. It has a green tint (green tones down redness), has a light texture and smells vaguely medicinal. The scent reminds me of Vosene dandruff shampoo, which was around when I was a kid. I apply a small amount to my most affected areas and it’s cooling and emollient with a mattifying effect that doesn’t dry out my skin. It also sits well under my sunscreen and makeup and I treat it as a light moisturiser, which is exactly what I need.
Let’s look at the results after three months of using Dermalex Rosacea Treatment.
I think there is a difference. For a start, my face looks much thinner in the right hand picture, but I don’t think that’s anything to do with the Dermalex; probably more to do with not eating as much cake… My skin does look less red overall, however, I’m reluctant to attribute this completely to the cream. As far as I remember, the picture on the left was taken after I’d just had a shower, which always leaves me a little flushed. And on some days my skin is worse than on others, therefore the left -hand picture could have been a worse day than the one on the right. It’s impossible to know. Perhaps I’m being unfair and any positive changes are purely down to the Dermalex Rosacea Treatment.
I don’t think the green tint makes a huge amount of difference. The only real change after application is that some of my natural ‘shine’, (greasiness), has gone.
Having said all that, I like the Dermalex Rosacea Treatment very much and will continue to use it. It works well as a moisturiser for my combination skin and at the same time is hopefully tackling my rosacea in the long term.
You can buy Dermalex Rosacea Treatment here.