Successful Japanese treatment
- Hey everyone!
I was diagnosed with rosacea about 6 years ago in the States,
and put on an anti-biotic (sorry...I've forgotten the name now),
and two creams...one for morning and one for night. My doctor
had me on this treatment for about 2 and a half years to 3
years...and to tell you the truth...I wasn't seeing much of a
change. I moved to Japan, and got sick of having my
prescriptions shipped over to me...not to mention it was putting
me in the poor house. So I finally caved in, and went to see a
The doctor here in Tokyo was shocked to notice that I had been
on the same antibiotics for such an extended period of time, and
warned be that it could cause other health problems to continue.
She promptly removed me from the pills, recommended daily B-
complex vitamins plus Vitamin E. I switched face soaps to an all-
natural face cream soap with aloe, and she gave me a small
prescription bottle of a yellowish water that smelled kind-of like
rotten eggs. My wife said it looked like Onsen water (volcanic hot
spring water...famous in Japan for it's healing powers and
benefits for the skin). There are many different kinds of hot-
springs in Japan, and the water has varying quantities of various
minerals, each containing different healing properties. I'm
guessing that this water had a high sulfur content due to it's
yellow color, and slight rotten egg smell. Anyway...I put the water
on after I shower in the evening before bed, and by golly! It
worked!!! The postules/acne like problem has cleared up
greatly...and the redness has been greatly reduced!
Of course there are days when the redness flares up...heat...diet,
and sunshine all play a part there I'm sure. But my skin is worlds
better than two years ago.
If anyone is on a similar treatment...or is familiar with something
like this yellowish water. Please let me know what it is. I can't
seem to find a translation for it in my Japanese to English
dictionary. In fact...I'll have to look again to see if my wife can
even give me the Japanese name again.
As a suggestion to anyone else out there. I want to add that
when I run out of this medicine, I can go to department stores
here in Tokyo, and buy the various kinds of hot-spring bath
minerals in powder form. They sell this for people who want to
enjoy the hot-spring experience at home. I mix this up, and apply
it to my face, and it's a good temporary fix. Not to mention...a lot
cheaper than my American treatment.
Just wanted to share this with everyone, and get feedback from
people with a similar experience.
Good luck everyone! And if you ever come to Japan...be sure to
visit the hot-springs. I recommend Hakone (not far from Tokyo).
You'll be surprised at what it can do for you.