Saturday, April 25, 2015

[2023 Edit: This post is 8 years old, but this post and review are still accurate when it comes to Rosacea and Heliocare. I updated the links below on where I now buy Heliocare. Link here.]

Much as I've wanted to soak under the sun and go to the beach...I can't! I have Rosacea, and my #1 enemy is the Sun. Rosacea makes my face red, with nasty bumps called papules and pustules daily. This has been my dilemma for the past months. I used to ignore it, but it has become quite irritating lately. 

I've tried many topical creams/gels, and I am now on Doxycyclin, but my face is still far from clearing up. I have good days, but I also have a lot of bad days. I am now undergoing Laser Genesis, hoping it will give me some relief since it's quite an investment (!!!). Plus - I am now on my 4th Derm for this "case." My teenage acne and breakouts were definitely easier to manage. 

For now, the best I can do about my Rosacea is to "fake it" and avoid further damage. One of the best creams my 3rd Dermatologist prescribed me was the Heliocare Ultra Gel with 90 SPF sunscreen. I was advised to get a higher than 70 SPF sunblock to avoid more redness and flare-ups. It's working for me so far, and I've been using it daily for two months.


Here are the things I love about Heliocare:

  • It does its job very well! I am not as red as before, and I am now confident to brave the sun even at its strongest. The write-up on their website says that Heliocare is for people not used to sun protection. I agree because I am very guilty of this.

  • It acts like a make-up base. Since my skin is highly sensitive, I hardly use make-up, concealer, or foundation, so Heliocare acts like a primer. It, unfortunately, cannot stand alone (oil and shine), so I just finished it with a VMV Hypoallergenic Illuminants 25 Powder Foundation. The powder glides very well with the sunblock. Heliocare with VMV helps me hide the bumps and redness.

  • It helps me with the bumps (papules and pustules). I noticed that I have more bumps when I don't use Heliocare. It has ingredients that aid in the prevention of skin irritations. I also don't break out on Heliocare. Hiyang na hiyang!

On Heliocare
I avoid selfies, but this is just a show and tell on how to "fake" Rosacea with Heliocare and VMV.

I highly recommend Heliocare (this is not a sponsored review, by the way). It gives the coverage and protection that I want and aids in my Rosacea. The actual test of Heliocare came when I went to Shangri-La Boracay last weekend. I applied it on days when I spent a lot of time under the sun, and it protected me all throughout. I'm not as red compared to the beach days of long ago when I used another sunscreen brand. There's also a Heliocare SPF 50 formulation for people who feels that SPF 70 is too much.

The only problem I have with Heliocare is the scent. I generally don't like creams or gels with fragrance. Heliocare, unfortunately, has a solid vanilla-like smell that I prefer to avoid. BUT it's something that I can live with. The price is also a concern since a 50ml tube is Php 2,500 ($56.50 USD). A tube can last 2 - 3 months, 8 - 9 months of daily use. I was able to buy Heliocare through this shop on Lazada. You can also click the link for more information.

Sun Screen
Best Skin Advice I Can Give: Use Sunblock Daily!
I use Heliocare for my face and Nivea Sun for my body. Belo Sun Expert is also good.

I've been very delinquent on skincare and am now paying the price for it. Sunblock is genuinely one of the most essential daily skin regimens that one must have. Sun exposure brings a lot of irritants and skin conditions to our faces and body. I've actually been evangelizing and advocating the use of sunblock daily to people these days. I'm faithful to Heliocare, especially now that I have full-blown Rosacea and am nearing the big 4-0 (yikes). Try it!

(Again, this is not a sponsored post! This is a genuine review of Heliocare.)

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  1. Hi, Skin Conscious!

    I think so! Haven't asked.

    BUT I have a very sensitive skin and it works well on me. :)

    1. miss abbie i have questions po...

  2. Hi! I'm also approaching 40 (gasp!) and recently diagnosed with rosacea. I'm glad helioplex is working for you, I will try that soon. I've been using spf 40 and while my skin likes it, i've not been diligent. Boo. I've been prescribed Robaz by my derma, I'm curious as to how that went for you? Thank you and you don't know how glad I am to have someone on the same boat :)

  3. Hi miss abbie.. im suffering from rosacea too..hear me out.

  4. hi miss abbie.. i have rosacea too..

  5. i have some questions

  6. Hi, Guys! One of the things that worked for me was Heliocare SPF 90 and Desowen Cream by Galderma. It's steroids so use it with caution. I just apply it on heavy papules and pustules days. Message me at @AbbieReal on Twitter or abbiereal [at] gmail [dot] com if you have any questions. :)

  7. hi good pm moss abbie, congrats on your wedding.. update naman po dito sa "case" nyo... are u still using desowen, how long can we use desowen?

  8. Thanks for your review. I like this product - I also have rosacea. Can I add that what made a massive improvement to my Rosacea was getting anti-allergy pillow covers (for the control of dust mite). For me it was an almost overnight improvement.

  9. hi there just wondering if someone could give me a place to buy heliocare antioxidant pills in the philippines?


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