As I’ve written about in earlier “Healthbeat” columns, I live daily with the autoimmune disease rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Because of my RA, I’m constantly discovering new reactions to the different medicines I consume daily, weekly and monthly. Recently, I had an unexpected skin reaction.

Usually, like most women, I endure the occasional makeup-related blemish and a few whiteheads here or there, but this reaction was definitely not typical. My skin in my T-zone area began to peel like I had just gotten over a sunburn – but I hadn’t. I burn very easily now and take the necessary precautions to ensure that doesn’t happen, especially on my face. I didn’t put makeup on for a few days and I began moisturizing more frequently, but nothing was working – it was actually getting worse and beginning to hurt.

One day, a lifestyle blogger I follow mentioned a rose stem cell cream that she had just tried and loved. Since I was trying anything at this point, I ordered some for myself. Within two days of using the product my face completely cleared up. I was now a true believer in this miracle cream and began researching rosewater, rose stem cells and plant stem cells in relation to beauty products. Considering that human stem cells and research into their benefits has caused a lot of debate, scientists have moved on to extracting them from plants and fruits.

“Skin cells grow and die at a surprisingly fast rate, turning over about every month,” reports Women’s Health Magazine. “Supplying the skin with a fresh batch of stem cells could potentially allow for the creation of new, younger-looking skin.”

In addition to the rose stem cells, the cream I used also had rose extract and rosewater. Rosewater has myriad health benefits, including hydration and being high in antioxidants. It may work for you and your skin, or it may not. But it can’t hurt and will definitely have your skin smelling like a bouquet of roses.

Peter Thomas Roth Rose Stem Cell Cream can be found at Sephora, Ulta or