I just found this forum, and I've very happy to be able to chat with fellow rosaceans. (That's what I call myself, anyway!)
I'm 52 and was diagnosed with mild rosacea over 4 years ago. At first, I was puzzled -- what caused this? My skin had always been my pride and joy when I was younger: unblemished and what my dad used to call "peaches and cream." I am still frustrated that no one can tell me WHY my blood vessels are inflamed, but I've moved on to figuring out WHAT I can do to make things better.
I'm currently supposed to be taking Doxy (60mg/qd) and Metrolotion and a topical retinol-based product. I've stopped taking the the topicals (sorry, doc!), since I really don't seem to find them effective for anything but eating up my money. I do take the antibiotics, but I hate taking them and want to stop taking them someday. I'm not fond of putting so much drug into my system. Perhaps others who have gone off antibiotics can tell me what their experience was like...?
I also take Betaine hydrochloride, as well as omega-3 oils and primrose oil (CLA). I have had stomach issues that the Betaine seems to fix, and a Chinese herbalist said that fixing my stomach would fix my face (loosely stated). I do detect a SLIGHT improvement in my skin. For redness, I use a Eucarin moisturizing lotion (with a sunscreen) that has a light green tint to it (I think it's called "Redness Control"). That actually works fairly well. I only have about 1-2 outbreaks per year. I do have a few bumps, and my redness can look like a sunburn if I drink red wine or go out in cold weather.
So, that's the bare essentials of me. I hope to be talking to you all again!