If only it wasn't my cheeks! I've suffered from Rosacea for the best part of 10 years. Probably, coincidentally, as long as I've been married and a parent. The "plague" of the 30+ woman apparently.
I've tried Metrogel and other anti-biotics but have always been disinclined by theses treatments because of the "long-term" nature of the treatment.
It's blatantly obvious to me and everyone I know, quite a few of them too, it turns out suffer in silence. I was in a restaurant with my husband when two women took it upon themselves to interrupt our meal to enquire "do you realise your face gets redder the more you drink?" Well, gobsmacked, I couldn't think of a quick enough reply. Perhaps, they wouldn't like to hear "oh excuse me, do you know your not a natural blond and your roots need doing?". I was at work in my wee gift shop one day and another woman came in and said "I wouldn't be doing my job if I didn't mention the state of your complexion?" Where do these people come from? They should go back and think about their communication skills. The latter was trying to sell her Aloe Vera products. Incidentally, they didn't work either :-)
I've tried products from all over the place and only recently, having gone to another GP have I found something that works for me. "Rozex Cream". Apply liberally and frequently and within a month or two the chin that resembled the surface of the moon, has cleared up. The rudiness in my cheeks hasn't completely gone but I have always blushed easily so it's good to see it somewhat reduced. Occassional flare ups occur but I know that that is partly hormonal, wine induced or eating badly.
Another thing, I've cleansed, toned and moisturised every day since my teens and part of me thinks I should have stuck to a splash of cold water. I've stopped moisturising and toning and only use water on my face. Part of me thinks the chemicals in these products (even the organic ones) aren't doing anything for my skin. Mind you, I might look 70 by the time I'm 50 :-) I've tried all kinds of moisturisers etc from both ends of the price spectrum, organic and non-scented, at the moment I've yet to be swayed back into that particular routine if the redness is controlled.
If you suffer and haven't tried Rozex Cream, give it a try. Let me know how you get on.
Some more information can be found here: http://www.netdoctor.co.uk/medicines/100000746.html