Checking back in. I am still redness free, flush free, dandruff free. Going to reiterate a few things and rant a bit as I'm mildly irritated with some of the latest responses.
Rocketboy you do not have rosacea or SD in those pictures. Staph a. could be the predominant bacteria in the pus but it is not a classic "Staph lesion" either. The picture looks like ingrown hairs to me. Drain the pustules and free the hair inside with your fingers gently and try using an electric razor for prevention.
I NEVER said peroxide causes redness; I said the exact opposite.
What I said about peroxide is you should be wary leaving it on a wound for an extended period of time because it MAY increase SCARRING (NOT REDNESS) according to ONE study.
Lifestyle changes such as low sugar diets are great and make you healthier. This may improve symptoms/make your life less depressing so you don't notice your disease as much but they are unlikely to cure the problem. Completely cutting carbs is not recommended, light carb is what I would suggest.
Spot treatments are not good. Fighting a losing battle = spot treating. You are not being preventative and you are not completely eradicating the problem if it is a microbe or mite. When you spot treat you also tend to leave the harsh chemicals on your skin for a long period of time in that area. Not good. You should be treating the entire region of your skin (in general I would say everything from the shoulders up) in a consistent and preventative manner. Killing the bugs in one spot is pointless if they can just return immediately from the surrounding skin.
I keep seeing all these remedies that are all trying to accomplish the same thing that proven substances do a much better job at. Suffocating everything in coconut or other oils, bombarding with salt, etc. Assuming our microbe theory is correct, obviously doing such things will at least have some limited success, but it's like this: Say you wanted to kill me and my feet are chained to the ground. There's a tub of oil in the corner. You have a bowl and you also have a loaded gun. Yes you could potentially use the bowl enough times to smother me with oil but why not just use the gun?
Soaking my head with a coconut oil shower cap every night is almost more annoying than the SD itself.
With that perspective in mind, here is my ranking of substances, which I repeat, you should use consistently everywhere from the shoulders up.Oils, salts, oregano, coal tar, etc
: Largely useless but moderately effective if used excesssively. Yes coconut oil has some antimicrobial properties. Keyword SOME - that doesn't make it penicillin.AVC, Zinc Pyrithione, Sulfur/Salicylic acid combo
: Somewhat effective, may be enough for some people.Hydrogen Peroxide, Benzoyl Peroxide
: The best and what works for me when used consistently on every surface from shoulders up.
Peroxide products that work:http://www.amazon.co...e/dp/B0078LOTV0
Hydrogen Peroxide in a spray bottle. ( I use the shampoo on my scalp and HP on my skin, but you could probably use the shampoo on your skin and HP spray on your scalp as well)azoles
: I am undecided on how well these work. Some may azoles likely work better than other azoles. I suggest trying this product:http://www.amazon.co...e/dp/B0078LOSUWNystatin and ciclopirox
: These are very effective antifungals but I don't know how you would go about getting them.chlorhexidine
: Definitely worth trying. It is both antibacterial and antifungal. You can get it with this product:http://www.amazon.co...e/dp/B0078LOU3W
I do not work for Davis but I am suggesting their products because they have simple, excellent ingredients (they even reverse osmosis filter their water), they are cheap, they have reasonable concentrations of the active ingredients, and I have used them all myself. Yes they are made for animals, but dogs have more sensitive skin than humans and this is HOW you get these chemicals from a major retailer (amazon) without a perscription. They are all worth a shot, and it may be worth trying to use all of them simultaneously (lather and rinse with each one in succession), but the money is the benzoyl peroxide shampoo
If cetaphil is working for you, I am guessing because it is gentle (i.e. keeps natural pH) it supports the growth of healthy natural flora which keep bad, immunoreactive bugs away.
I saw some people in another forum recommending clonidine
. This will reduce redness and blood flow (should limit flushing) but I would really hesistate to use such a powerful drug for symptomatic treatment (people using it for subtype 1 rosacea). It is not an antimicrobial it is a nervous system drug.
Edited by flekkn, 01 July 2015 - 03:32 AM.