My Experience Using Made From Earth's Rosehip & Hibiscus Facial Serum
I received a trial bottle of Made From Earth's Rosehip and Hibiscus Facial Serum to see how well it helps rosacea. It's designed to be gentle and friendly to sensitive skin. Many of the ingredients within are anti-inflammatory. Here's what I've found after six months of use.
Contributing Factors to My Rosacea Flare-ups
Stress, acidic foods, and weather are rosacea triggers for many, including me. After my dad died, we learned he'd hidden how bad my mom's Alzheimer's was getting. I talked to her doctor after every appointment. He hadn't called me in a while, so I assumed there were no changes. The truth was that my dad hadn't brought her to an appointment in years.
Being a family caregiver is hard. Caring for a loved one with dementia is one of the hardest things I've experienced. I'm often stressed. When I'm with my mom, I'm cooking meals she'll actually eat rather than meals that are nutritionally sound. The stress and focus on acidic foods like tomatoes have not helped my skin any.
Seasonal changes also negatively impact my skin. It's been very windy and dry. My skin has dry patches that I'm doing everything possible to keep moisturized. In addition to the redness, I'm also finding the dry patches on my forehead and cheeks are very itchy. That's why I'm torn on the rosacea serum. It's definitely soothing and stops the itching. I give it high praise for that. As the instructions say, you need to apply a moisturizer after it. I wish it was all-in-one.
Instructions for Rosehip and Hibiscus Facial Serum for Rosacea
A little goes a long way, and you do need very little. It spreads easily. Start with clean, dry skin. I am currently using one of three products depending on the season:
SebaMed Paraben-Free Liquid Face and Body Wash is the one that seems to be doing the best job taming my redness and pustules in the summer months when it's hot and my skin tends to be oily.
CeraVe Hydrating Facial Cleanser is good for the spring and fall when my skin is flaring up due to changing weather.
Cetaphil Gentle Cleanser is ideal for winter when my skin is at its driest point.
Once your face is clean and dry, apply a small amount of the serum. Instructions state to let it dry and then apply a moisturizer.
Common triggers of rosacea are not found in this facial serum. There's no witch hazel or alcohol. It's paraben-free, too. Ingredients are:
- Organic aloe
- Hibiscus flower extract
- Organic coconut oil
- Rosehip seed oil
- Kosher vegetable glycerin
- Emulsifying wax
- Vitamin B3
- Pro-vitamin B5
- Vitamin A
- Vitamin C ester
- Xanthan gum
- Neem oil
- Pink grapefruit
There is very little scent to Made from Earth Organic Rosehip & Hibiscus Face Serum. As soon as I apply it, my skin stops itching as bad as it does at the end of the day and when I get up. I find myself applying this serum twice a day to get some relief from the itching. With the amount I use, the two-ounce bottle is still going to last a long time.
The one thing I'm not finding is any relief with the redness or dry patches. My skin's still red. I also am not finding that the dry patches are going away at all. I'm using the serum and waiting for it to dry. After it is dry, I return to the bathroom to put on a moisturizer. Granted this is a facial serum and not a moisturizer, but it would be nice if I wasn't having to double up.
The mixture of fatty acids and antioxidants in Made From Earth's Rosehip & Hibiscus Face Serum does make my skin feel less itchy. I like it for that. I just really do wish that it was a moisturizer and facial serum in one. I get clogged pores easily and don't like using multiple products.
For a moisturizer, I'm using and really like Eclos Moisture Therapy. The problem is that it's getting hard to find. If you want to try it, it's only available in the Eclos Apple Stem Cell Anti Aging Starter Kit . If you do buy the kit, it comes with a facial washcloth that's gentle on sensitive skin. I would avoid using the facial scrub, however. Skin with rosacea does not benefit from exfoliating products.
A Two-Year Update
It's been two years since I tried Made from Earth Organic Rosehip & Hibiscus Face Serum. When it comes to the itching and redness, I still find that Made From Earth does a great job toning it down for a short time. It's not giving me hours of relief, but it's better than sitting and itching my skin. I try not to, but sometimes when I'm working, I start scratching without thinking.
I do suggest following the serum with Chamomile Eye Therapy. I like this eye cream for rosacea because the chamomile is soothing and the ingredients don't include things that trigger my rosacea. It's paraben-free, doesn't have petroleum, and there are no artificial fragrances that really make my eyes red and watery.