A couple of months ago I was approached by BBC5 Live to ask if I wanted to take part in their In My Skin series: they were focusing on skin conditions and the impact these can have on people. I recorded a short video with them and then last week I went on the radio to chat further about my rosacea.
I have been blogging about my rosacea for about five years (!) and when I started it was so hard to find anyone talking about it: there were hardly any bloggers writing about it, hardly any products aimed at sufferers, brands had no idea what I was talking about when I mentioned it. Over the years it’s becoming more well-known and last April (Rosacea Awareness Month for those of you who don’t know!), for the first time I noticed more and more mainstream media outlets talking about it. And this year, Rosacea Awareness Month seems to be gearing up early: I’m getting lots of emails asking for interviews or quotes as magazines and websites prepare their content for the month. And it makes me so happy! Every time I pick up a magazine or see a new brand campaign or a trailer that includes people with a skin condition, it fills me with joy. It’s normalising the conditions and spreading awareness and that’s just incredible.
You can see the BBC 5 Live In My Skin videos HERE and you can also listen to the radio show from that link as well. I’d love to know what you think, so please leave me a comment below or come chat on Twitter or Instagram.
If you want to follow the women in the interviews, I’ve put their info below:
Tracy spoke about her acne and how it has impacted her self-esteem. A lot of the stories and advice she shared really struck a chord with me and reminded me that skin conditions – regardless of the name – often have a very similar impact on your self-esteem and confidence. You can find Tracy’s blog HERE and her instagram HERE.
I’ve followed Khadeeja for a while and love what she does on her instagram account. She often doesn’t even reference her acne and just talks about her love for make up and how it can make you feel. She used to airbrush her photos but since being open about her skin, her account has skyrocketed – which shows that people not only love honesty but that there is a huge audience who want to hear about make up from people who look like them! You can find Khadeeja’s instagram account HERE.
Did you listen to In My Skin? What are your thoughts? I’d love to hear your stories about your skin – I don’t ever want people to think I only like to hear or talk about rosacea. As I mentioned above, regardless of the name of your skin condition we all deal with similar issues: loss of confidence, managing the reactions of others, learning to manage it… I’d love to hear from anyone who wants to talk to me!