Posted on June 17, 2014

Break Up with Your Makeup

Skin Care

How attached are you to your makeup? The past few months I haven’t been wearing much makeup at all, at least not on a daily basis.  I like that makeup can help make me feel polished and pulled together. A little lipstick can certainly brighten a mood, but I didn’t want makeup to ever be something I felt I must wear. Skin care has always been important to me, even amped up a bit once I crossed the 30 bridge. Yes, I am already in full wrinkle prevention mode now.

As a teen I never really had any skin problems, no pimples, no texture issues, and no redness. In my  mid-twenties that started to change a little, a pimple here a blackhead there.  I hate to admit it but these random eruptions could very well have been the results of lots of partying and not so diligent face washing after a night of dancing.  Once I cleared up these breakouts, the aftermath lingered on a bit in the form of hyper-pigmentation. A few years’ later dark spots and discoloration were still a major issue and the main reason I would wear foundation.
I decided last year to get back into a strict skin care routine no matter what. I want to feel 100% comfortable in my skin, sans makeup. I started slow with breaking up with my makeup.  Daily foundation was the first to go, I’m okay with my imperfections showing.  This doesn’t mean I never wear any makeup anymore, HELLO I am a beauty product junkie. This just means that I no longer deem it a necessity. When I feel like wearing it I do, but I’m perfectly fine leaving the house without it too.  Beauty sleep is more important, anyway. With the cut back on daily makeup I am enjoying an extra 20 minutes of sleep. 
Is there a skin issues that is holding you back from breaking up with your makeup, even just temporarily? 
For anyone who suffers with rosacea this may be the thing that helps you. 
*What causes the redness of rosacea?
    • Rosacea is a common, inflammatory skin condition
      • It affects an estimated 16 million Americans
      • More women have rosacea than men
    • The most common symptom of rosacea is persistent facial redness
      • 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

*Your facial redness can be treated
    Have you been covering up your facial redness instead of treating it? You are not alone.
    • Over 4 in 5 (82%) rosacea sufferers have used cosmetics to cover up redness
    • Mirvaso® (brimonidine) Topical Gel, 0.33%* is the first and only gel specifically developed and proven to reduce the persistent facial redness of rosacea


*Covering up redness can be frustrating and costly

    Rosacea sufferers are more likely to be self-conscious and wear makeup more frequently
    • 65% of rosacea sufferers wear makeup to work compared to only 35% of Americans who don’t have rosacea
    • Just over half of Americans (53%) wear makeup, compared to over 77% of rosacea sufferers
    • 51% say they skip the dermatologist because they are worried about the cost of treatment, BUT…
    • 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

  • See fast results with Mirvaso
    • Mirvaso is an easy-to-use daily gel
    • Results can be seen quickly
    • Lasts up to 12 hours

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 www.fda.gov/medwatch or call 1-800-FDA-1088.


Because breaking up with your makeup can be a big deal, Mirvaso is giving you the chance to win a trip to the Emmy’s, click here to enter, and if you win keep me in mind as your plus one :), jk good luck. 

*Facts Provided By Galderma Laboratories, L.P.:


    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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