Last Tuesday I appeared on Channel 4 on Katie Piper’s Face To Face, a programme dedicated to raising awareness of different facial conditions and talking about the empowering and supportive side of make up and beauty. I was so thrilled to take part and wanted to chat a little bit more about it.
I was diagnosed with rosacea 18 years ago and I’ve been talking about it on my blog for about 10 years. It’s still crazy to me that it’s not as well-known as it should be – there are millions of people worldwide with this condition and, in my opinion, it should be as widely recognisable as acne or psoriasis. April is Rosacea Awareness Month and, as always, I’ll be doing a few posts about different issues related to the condition but I thought I would update this GIGANTIC post containing all the rosacea FAQs that I get every day from people all over the world. I’ve built up so much knowledge and advice in countless blog posts, so this post has become a central hub that I can direct people to. Please ask questions in the comments below, and I will keep adding to this rosacea FAQs post as we go along!
For a while I’ve been doing that super annoying thing that people do where they say things like: ‘working on a secret project today, I can’t say anything about it but all will be revealed…!’ I’m very aware that this is the most irritating thing ever, but I was so excited and desperately wanted to share the news with you but I wasn’t allowed. Until today…! I’m so, so thrilled to announce that I’m going to be appearing on the new Channel 4 programme, Katie Piper’s Face To Face!
I have lived with rosacea for 15 years and, for the most part, I have it under control. But I’m aware that this control is possible because I am largely able to regulate everything around me. The times when my rosacea feels out of control is when I am out of the house, on holiday, or staying with friends. So here are my tips on how to calm rosacea flare ups, even when you’re away from your reliable at-home methods.
[NB: This post was originally written in 2016 but has been updated]View Post
Regular readers of my blog will know that I suffer with rosacea – a skin condition that affects the face and one can be incredibly damaging to self-esteem and confidence. You can read more about my rosacea HERE, including blogs about the psychological aspects of having a skin condition.
SEQuaderma skincare (the people who made THIS fantastic product for rosacea-prone skin) have teamed up with The British Skin Foundation to create a wonderful campaign that focuses on the judgements people make about other people’s appearance.
Take a SEQond Look The British Skin Foundation and SEQuaderma
The media campaign asks you to pledge to Take A SEQond Look – they want to remind and inspire people to ‘value difference and build a kinder world’. You can visit the campaign website (EDIT: no longer live, sorry) to read more about it, where you can also take a survey on the psychological effects of skin conditions and the impact they may have on you. These results hope to form the largest survey of its type and help to both raise awareness and understanding of a multitude of skin conditions.
There is also a wonderful and powerful campaign video that shows how utterly ridiculous it is to judge a book by its cover:
Do you pledge to #TakeASEQondLook? Please feel free to share this blog post – I’d love to get as many people taking part in the survey as we can. As someone who has felt judged on her appearance and feels self conscious every single day, this is really important to me so I would really appreciate you helping to spread the word. Thank you so much.
Do you have a skin condition or know someone that does? I’d love to hear from you and hear about your experiences. Feel free to leave me a comment below, or get in touch with me on twitter: @TalontedLex.