May 28 2014

Break Up with Your Makeup

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Galderma Laboratories L.P. through their partnership with POPSUGAR. While I was compensated by POPSUGAR to write a post about Mirvaso, all opinions are my own.

Galderma Mirvaso Break Up with your makeup

I’ve never been shy with you about my struggles with rosacea. I’m one of an estimated 16 million who deal with this skin condition everyday. And facial redness is by far one of the biggest symptoms I face when I look in the mirror.

In addition to transparency about my rosacea and skin problems, I’ve also admitted that I have relied on makeup to get me through flare-ups, and to help me me feel confident. Data shows that I’m not alone; 77 percent of rosacea sufferers wear makeup compared with 53 percent of those who don’t have the skin condition.

But instead of always using makeup to conceal the redness, there is a treatment option, like Mirvaso, the only FDA-approved treatment for the persistent redness of rosacea. Mirvaso works fast, providing same-day results that last up to 12 hours before the redness returns, leaving users red-carpet ready!

Galderma Mirvaso Break Up with your makeup

And speaking of red carpet ready, Galderma, the brand behind Mirvaso, is hosting a sweepstakes to raise awareness of the treatment and to encourage people like me to “Break Up with Your Makeup.” You can enter here, and also learn more about rosacea and Mirvaso as a treatment.

Important Safety Information
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.

  • Betzy Carmona

    I like how your not shy of your skin condition because it shows so much confidence

  • Honeygirlk

    You look beautiful and I think it is awesome of you to share this with everyone. It can be difficult and I applaud you for this. You look great with or without makeup <3

  • Sherry Proch

    You are beautiful and I am grateful that you show us “you”. I have mild rosacea (well its the “Southern menopause woman dewy red” LOL and I read your blog to get ideas about how to take care of it. Thank you 🙂

    • BeautyJudy

      LOL, Sherry your description made me smile 🙂 I see you as a southern belle now, with a fan!!! 🙂 Thank you for reading my blog, and I am definitely looking to expand my coverage of rosacea and managing with it day to day.

  • Kimmi @ The Plastic Diaries

    I think you are a role model because of how open you are about your struggles. It’s hard to be “different” but when someone with a voice talks about it, and sees that they aren’t all that ‘different” it can only be a good thing.

    • BeautyJudy

      Thank you Kimmi, that’s very nice of you to say. I don’t see a reason NOT to show my face at its worst, which I’ve done. It’s my face, after all. I like to remind folks that under the makeup I wear and test for this blog, there is a woman who has a raging skin condition LOL!

  • Citizens of Beauty

    Rosacea can be tough. I worked with lots of women who had it. Glad there are prescriptions for people now though.

    • BeautyJudy

      It really can be, and it’s never the same, some days are worse than others! Between this to treat redness and the topical treatment for the rosacea, things are looking brighter now!

  • loveforlacquer

    Great post!! You’re gorgeous!

    • BeautyJudy

      Thanks Jess!!! 🙂

  • Brooke @ Blushing Noir

    I don’t have rosacea but it’s fantastic to know that there are products out there. My daughter has very sensitive skin and who knows if she’ll have issues in the future

    • BeautyJudy

      Aw, I hope she doesn’t, but by the time she is older and if she has it and it’s an issue I hope the technology and treatments are light years ahead!

  • Nidia Doherty

    Have you tried it? Did it work for you? I don’t have rosacea, but I’m glad to see there is a non-makeup option out there for those who do.

    • BeautyJudy

      I have not tried it, I have only tried the prescription for rosacea, not for the redness. It’s on my list to talk to my doctor about it, because redness is my number one symptom right now!

  • Miranda Mendoza

    What a great option to temporarily combat the redness!

    • BeautyJudy

      Agreed, Miranda!

  • Cosmetic Sanctuary

    I don’t have rosacea but I’ll pass this along to my coworker who does!

    • BeautyJudy

      I hope it helps!!

  • FabZilla_Kath

    I don’t have rosacea but my skin ain’t perfect. I love your no-makeup photo. Naturally beautiful!

    • BeautyJudy

      Thanks Kath 🙂

  • Justina

    I don’t have rosacea, but I wrote about this today too! I am so surprised to find that this is the only FDA approved medication for it it out there. I swear I see stuff on infomercials all the time. I know if I suffered for this I would be so disappointed to buy something and have it not work. Your no makeup selfie looks fab!

    • BeautyJudy

      Just to clarify – this isn’t the only medication FDA approved for rosacea. This is the only one approved for redness associated with it, which is the biggest symptom. There’s actually a topical treatment approved for rosacea. I have to talk to my doc about Mirvaso, because right now the redness is my biggest symptom 🙁

  • Destany

    I don’t have rosecea… but wow! This sounds perfect for you 🙂

    • BeautyJudy

      It does sound perfect. I definitely need to talk to my derm!

  • Carla Kokoszka

    Wow i should definitely look into this! I have so much redness in my skin! Very informative! Thanks Judy! xo

    • BeautyJudy

      Let me know if you end up trying it!!!

  • Aleya Bamdad

    I have rosacea too so I understand your pain.

    • BeautyJudy

      It stinks!!!

  • Cosmetics Aficionado

    Thanks for sharing this information!

    • BeautyJudy

      Thanks for reading!

  • Sheila Arkee

    Thank you for sharing your experiences with Rosacea!

    • BeautyJudy

      Thanks for reading, Sheila!

  • Allison @neversaydiebeauty

    I’m not sure if I really have rosacea. I’ve always had pink cheeks, and as a toddler, there are zillions of pix of me looking like I have strawberry jam on my cheeks. It’s not as bad as an adult. But there are so many people including men who really do suffer from it. This looks like a great Rx to try for those who need it.

    • BeautyJudy

      Oh, I think men get it bad, too, they are more likely to have the angry, red, bumpy and misshappen noses the older they get! My dad has it, and he has to go on the month-long antibiotic treatment to get flare-ups under control. 🙁

  • beautybymissl

    This seems like a very good product for someone who suffer from rosacea.

    • BeautyJudy

      It does!

  • Phyrra

    I just got a script for Mirvaso from my dermatologist about 2 weeks ago, but I haven’t tried it yet. I’m trying to clear up a rosacea flare up on my chin.

    • BeautyJudy

      Please let me know how it works for you!

  • Anastasia

    I don’t suffer from Rosacea myself, but my Mom has been struggling with it, so I know how you feel. I’m glad you found a good treatment for it.

    • BeautyJudy

      I haven’t tried Mirvaso yet but I meet with my derm on a yearly basis and I will bring it up to him.

  • jamie @makeuplifelove

    I dont suffer from Rosacea but I have a few friends that do. So nice to know that there is a product out there to help that has actually been approved. And I love that it is NOT green tinted like every other product tailored towards rosacea has been. Great post.

    • BeautyJudy

      YES, the green tint was all the rage! And then it was yellow powders correctors etc! There IS an approved treatment for rosacea that I’ve tried, but I haven’t tried this yet, which is approved to treat the redness associated with rosacea. I have red that it is very fast-acting!

  • Kim Porter

    Great information regarding rosacea. My sister uses this product.

    • BeautyJudy

      Thanks Kim, I hope your sister has good luck with it!

  • Rhonni

    Great information! I have always appreciated and admitted your transparency. You see so amazing!

    • BeautyJudy

      Thanks Rhonni I appreciate it!!! <3

  • Pink Sith

    Awesome post! I don’t suffer from Rosacea but I’m glad to know there is something out there that can help!

    • BeautyJudy

      Thanks! 🙂

  • Krystal Emery

    I’m EXTREMELY interested in this product – I’m so sick of my red face and trying to hide it with makeup which always ends up breaking me out.

    • BeautyJudy

      It’s such a catch 22, a no win situation. Let me know how you make out at the derm!!!!

  • Norah Salazar

    Thanks for posting this Judy. Rosacea is a definitely not so uncommon, I also see a lot of clients with this condition.

    • BeautyJudy

      It’s definitely not uncommon, you’re right! I think redness solutions are a huge part of the beauty industry now, so there’s definitely more attention on it, too.