These are untouched, real photos of myself and some people I’ve worked with in the past year.
Dr. Tara O’Desky
December 2019-February 2020
My skin at its worse on the left. The texture was visibly bumpy like an orange peel, but it felt like sandpaper. It was covered in red marks, had an overall redness, and would frequently flush.
These are classic marks of demodex mites.
April 2020- Present
No redness, flushing, papules or pustules.
Lauren worked at a hair salon and developed rosacea about a year into her job. She did the 30 Day Cleanse, and continued clean eating for several months after that. She also used a sulfur cream initially. She continues to take a probiotic every day and uses natural skincare with probiotics.
Rachel had rosacea for many years, and it was worse while she was pregnant and breast feeding. She did a 30 Day Cleanse, started using natural skincare products, uses a greens powder and probiotic every day, and used a sulfur soap to treat the surface of her skin.
Rachel’s progress over two months.
Marissa was also using cortisone cream on her face which made her skin much worse. She stopped all topical medications and began using a sulfur soap, began a clean eating protocol and switched all her skincare to plant based products without parabens, petrochemicals or fragrance.
Ashley was reacting to a cortisone cream which she used every day, at the direction of her dermatologist. At her last trip to the dermatologist she was told there was nothing more they could do for her unless she wanted to try Accutane, which she refused. Whenever Ashley tried to stop the cortisone her skin would become much worse. She finally stopped using the cortisone altogether, and began using a sulfur cream as well as a natural moisturizer.
“I actually went to the dermatologist today and they loved how good my face is looking. They had 3 doctors and estheticians in there looking at it!” (She had stopped all meds, and hadn’t been to the dermatologist since she started my suggestions. I’m sure they were all patting themselves on the back…)
“About two weeks ago my skin finally turned a corner. I still get a bump or two here and there, but they don’t last, but they’re very small and probably not noticeable to most people. My skin looks and feels much better! Although it seemed to take me longer than 90 days to see all the results, I’m glad I stuck with it.”
“I’ll forever be grateful for meeting you that night. You’ve been a Godsend who really helped me to see and understand my rosacea. You’ve changed my life. I’m no longer on any medication, not even a pill. I’m still continuing everyday to heal my body and gut naturally. I don’t use chemicals, and even do this with my kids now. So YES I think you should totally run with your idea cause you’re AMAZING and have helped me so so much. My skin looks amazing now and that’s thanks to you xxx”
“Chatting with you confirmed my thoughts that I might actually have rosacea rather than just normal acne (as Drs kept telling me!) Your website was a really great starting point on how to tackle the root cause, and it inspired me to start on a nutritional plan. Your IG and website were a sign of HOPE for me that we can cure these things, but that it might not be through the usually westernized medical route. Food=medicine. The whole journey has not highlighted to me the importance of healing my body, liver, intestines, and inflammation levels, not just my skin.”
“I just wanted to reach out and say thank you. I was having a hard time with this condition and you were a light lending hope. I’m going to keep spreading your website on all these blogs and social media outlets. I think you are completely correct about the gut. I have been diagnosed now with neurogenic rosacea but I believe it still all started in the gut with antibiotics, steroids, etc. I’ve cleaned up my diet and have figured out some better coping mechanisms. Thank you again for lifting me up!”
“I am just amazed at how diet just turned things around for the better for (my daughter). You have been a wealth of information to me and your kindness and sincere desire to help is what has been the most helpful. You are a true gem. “
“I think you helped with one of my biggest issues which was the mites. I previously tried horse paste but you helped me to try it again and stick with it which ended up doing so much good for me. My skin ended up improving so much.”
“I love that I am eating more fruit and veggies and that has boosted my metabolism 100%. I feel happier and almost light on my feet. Cut coffee down to one cup a day with unsweetened almond milk and have been drinking roasted dandelion tea when I feel like coffee. So far so good. I noticed my periods this month weren’t as intense. I definitely know this is a good change. The best thing was when my son mentioned on a couple of occasions “Mum you seem happier.” That on its own encourages me to keep going.”
“Yes your website and IG account were both helpful. Talking to you was extremely helpful. You gave me new ideas such as liver detox that helped a lot. My rosacea improved a lot and I know what I need to do. I’m almost done breastfeeding so thenI’ll really be able to detox.”
“I really enjoyed the conversations we had and Arbonne has great facial products. I have been using a few creams that are working well. When I drink coconut milk it makes a huge difference which you helped me with. The dietary probiotic helped a lot. I feel long term benefits. The protein powder is great too. I would definitely be interested in the lecture series. And holistic options.”
“I’m just glad I found you on Instagram. The tips you gave me and just talking about it was helpful as well. I think it’s the way you spoke about my problem that was helpful, like you were really human and sweet about it… not like those very not helpful dermatologists that just don’t care.”