I have used protopic on my malar rash and it didn't help, actually it made it worse to some degree and if you get too much on you can get a nasty headache and hot feeling. I also have triamcinalone, a steroid, but since I have some broken blood vessels that get worseon steroids, I don't want to use it continually, though I have used each separately and together with no real good change. One thing that has worked temporarily is Noritate, a 1% metronidazole cream used for roseacea and broken blood vessels. I imagine it isn't much different than what you buy over the counter for yeast infections. It works within minutes of putting it on, but only lasts for a few hours. I put it on at night, and in the morning my deep poors are cleaner and my face is red and oily, which is good for me, since it is usually dry and scaly with orange peel type skin with clogged pores. It seems to help my pores drain and I don't get lumps. The whole rash doesn't go away, but it decreases it some and does seem to improve my face by cleaning out my pores. it is also effective on the broken blood vessels. While it doesn't make them go away completely, they shrink and become less visible for a few hours.
It doesn't always work for me, but often it does and it improves my overall skin condition and the appearance of the broken blood vessels somewhat. Overall, the plaquenil has helped the most.
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Ills--Sjogrens-Lupus-like AI Disease, Hashis, Vitiligo, spinal stenosis/fusion with plate, salivary/lymphectomies, Diabetes, NAFLD, COPD, RLS, neuropathy, trigonitis, hystero, diffuse brain atrophy, GI nightmare
Meds--Plaquenil, Evoxac, Metformin, Synthroid, HCTZ, Estradiol patch, Prosed, Detrol, Klonopin, Ultram, Vicodin, Restasis, Albuterol, steroid injections and pred prn