Last month was Global Rosacea Awareness Month and I wrote a few blogs about my diagnosis, the lifestyle changes that help me control and manage my skin and a very personal blog about why I wear make up. The penultimate and final blogs in the mini-series are possibly the most requested blog for me: the products I use to treat my skin and the make-up I use to cover my rosacea. Here are my tips on skincare and learning to work around rosacea. Warning: this is a long one. Get a cup of (lukewarm) tea and some biscuits and settle down…
I posted a brief introduction to rosacea HERE, including my diagnosis story and a list of common triggers. But I wanted to write about my lifestyle and diet tips for coping with rosacea.
As I have had rosacea for 10 years, I have learned my triggers very well and have now made certain changes to my lifestyle and diet that have made a huge difference. I truly believe that there is a causal link between intestinal health and rosacea flare ups, and therefore it’s one of the main ways in which I control my rosacea. Depending on your triggers, I would really recommend trying these if you feel you can. But do them one at a time to determine how much of an effect they have (and to save your sanity!):
I’ve spoken about rosacea on my blog and social media quite a lot over the past few years. I get a lot of questions from people about caring for sensitive skin with the most common question being ‘What is rosacea?’ There are many who think they might have rosacea and would like more information so let’s start with the basics… For those who don’t know, rosacea is a skin condition that looks like regular facial flushing, but over time becomes more severe and lasts longer due to enlarged and broken capillaries. The flushing is accompanied by raised pimples, an itching and burning sensation and (in serious cases) thickening of the skin.
Avene Anti Rougeurs Fort Relief Concentrate
This has been a really tough week for my poor skin: super crazy hours at work which means a lot of stress; weather that can’t make up its mind; no sleep; a leaking roof… You name it, it has gone wrong this week! And the first thing that happens when I have a crazy week? My rosacea plays up. I know my skin so well by now that I can feel it happening before it even flares up and thankfully I have tried enough skincare to know what to do straight away.
I bought the Avene Antirougeurs Fort cream in France and it has seriously rescued me this week. I put it on every evening when I get in from work after cleansing my face. Like all Avene products, this contains Avene thermal spring water which is non-irritating and very soothing for skin that feels red raw. It is designed to reduce redness while taking that awful prickly, tight and hot feeling out of your cheeks.
This stuff is truly genius and I highly recommend it to anyone who has rosacea or sensitive skin. You can buy it HERE from escentual who have great sales fairly often.
Rosacea: What I’ve Learnt So Far
As I described in my last blog post, my rosacea is largely under control at the moment. I have altered my diet, habits and reactions to stress to accommodate it.
However, even when I’m not having a flare up, my skin is always red. This is partly due to my natural complexion but also down to the broken veins that come part and parcel with rosacea. Every time you flush, veins break in your face and these cannot be healed (they can be removed with scary lasers which I have accepted I will have to do at some point in the future).
Therefore I am on a constant quest to find cosmetics that 1) cover my redness without 2) aggravating my rosacea. This is a lot trickier than it sounds. Hopefully the following advice/tips will be helpful to anyone with rosacea or sensitive skin.