One of the reasons I continue to talk about rosacea online is because I remember how stressful, lonely, expensive, and confusing my early rosacea journey was. Every time I sit down to write a blog post, or share a photo, I think ‘What did I want to know when I was first diagnosed? What did I need to see? What support would’ve made a difference?’ So here’s a big one: how to prepare for your rosacea appointment with your doctor or HCP (Health Care Professional).
FYI, some of this blog post contains chunks of writing I’ve previously published on this site but I am sharing them here in one place for ease.
One of the most common questions in my inbox is ‘how do I find out what is making my rosacea flare up?’ It’s a fair question, but it’s also a BIG question. Rosacea is a tricky beast and one that requires a lot of attention and time, which many of us don’t have. So in order to help, I have designed a Rosacea Flare Up Diary, which you can download below.
(P.S I’ve also designed a Rosacea Triggers Checklist, there’s more information about that at the bottom of the page!)
I am often asked how I keep my rosacea under control and my – sometimes unpopular – response is ‘through a lot of trial and error’. I was diagnosed with rosacea at 21 – 16 years ago – and I have made a lot of changes to my lifestyle, skincare routine, and mindset in that time. But by far the biggest change to my skin was finding out my rosacea triggers.