Living with Rosacea...Wednesday, September 17, 2014
I have never mentioned the fact that I suffer from the skin condition Rosacea on my blog. It's something I have never wanted to talk about or to point out to people, and it doesnt even affect me as much as it did when I was in my early twenties.
Rosacea is, as best described by the National Rosacea Society, is a "chronic and potentially life disrupting disorder of the facial skin characterized by flare ups and remissions." It is a condition usually affecting people over the age of 30, but I have suffered with it from the age of 16. It is something that massively affected my confidence and in many ways controlled my life. At the though of house parties and sleepovers I would immediately panic - "I dont have my make up removers & face creams with me...." "...I cant let people see me with no make up on..." etc. Most of the time, when I did stay away from home, I'd make sure I was up early enough to get ready and apply my make up before anyone else was up. At times I thought it was stupid but I couldnt help it - not least because whenever people did see me with no make up they asked if I was sun burned or if I'd had too much to drink the night before!
Of course, my Rosacea is by no means a serious case and alot of people suffer much worse than me. Mine affects my nose, chin and a small patch on either side of my nose, turning all of these areas a permanent pink. Sometimes these areas are pale and unnoticeable, but sometimes they are a strong red and harder to hide. Having suffered with this for over ten years however, I do know what helps and what hinders so I thought id share my tips and tricks on here, just in case it helps other sufferers or any other people with sensitive skin.
Products I couldn't do without:
I use La Roche Posay Anti Redness Moisturiser every day - this dramatically improved my skin texture and colour and since using it the rosey areas of my skin are a lot less noticeable. At the same time I find that I'm also less prone to break outs.
Next, although a lot of moisturisers break me out or anger my skin, Mario Badescu products have always worked wonders and I use their Collagen Moisturiser as a light moisturiser.
With the type of rosacea I suffer from, I can also get severe acne breakouts. When this happens I use La Roche Posay Rosaliac Ar Intense to calm my skin and help it recover. For the odd spot or angry red skin I simply dust on Mario Badescu Special Healing Powder under my foundation.
Over the years I've also learnt not to drink too much alcohol, to avoid spicy foods, to avoid extreme changes in temperatures and, most importantly to avoid Stress. Being stressed, I think, badly affects everyone but it dramatically changes my skin almost over night.
So there you have it. I hope by sharing this post on my blog I can help some people, either by introducing a product they hadn't otherwise heard of (Ive tried and tested ALOT over the years!) or by just sharing my experiences & issues with the condition. If anyone wants to email me about to talk further about it please do at email@example.com.