When I say ‘surviving’ Rosacea, trust me- there’s worse than a skin condition to survive! I guess I should say, coping with Rosacea.
If you are over 35 years old and get ruddy skin, and pimples on your cheeks and nose area that don’t have whiteheads, then you might have Rosacea too. I was diagnosed by my dermatologist after Owen was born when I complained of what I thought was acne, but she pointed out that it wasn’t.
I immediately went to the internet and my desire for products and a perfect complexion brought me to research all kinds of skin care and articles. Not everything my dermatologist told me jived with what I found in anecdotal information from other sufferers.
What I learned is that you need to find your triggers. What ingredients in products do you notice break out your skin? What activities or foods seem to leave you the next morning with a blotchy complexion? These are the things you need to ask yourself. Because I found what my doctor recommended for me- made my skin worse.
Cetaphil cleanser is one of those products. I don’t know why everyone raves about this product. Cetaphil cleanser contains Sodium Lauryl Sulfate. Most sulfates are trigger ingredients. So once I switched to products that are Paraben, Mineral Oil and Sulfate free- my skin started to improve.
Even some natural ingredients can trigger flare-ups. I don’t use anything with Acai or Evening Primrose- or at least I try to avoid them. I notice my skin turns red with these products.
I also have to stay out of the sun. SPF is a MUST. I get break-outs in the summer more than the winter. I’m always shielding my face from the sun with sunglasses and hats too. I prefer mineral sunscreens and physical blocks to chemical ones.
Red Wine- Gah. This is a huge trigger for me. Not Gin or Vodka, no. Wine! I just flush like a toilet in Taco Bell. Ew, that was a nasty analogy. Sorry. But I turn BRIGHT RED.
I try not to introduce too many new products at once. This way I can keep track of something if it does give me any bumps or redness.
So here’s a handy dandy list of what works for me-
Kate Ryan Nutritive Oil Cleanser- Kate Ryan is having a free shipping promotion right now- and if you enter your email you get a promo code for 20% off this cleanser. I’m loving Kate Ryan skin care. Look for a giveaway soon on my blog!
Look for Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide in the ingredients. Avobenzone and Oxybenzone are chemical ingredients and have some controversy surrounding them.
BB Cream There’s a bunch of these in a post I wrote, and more have hit the shelves since. Find one you will love and you will wonder how you survived before it.
Masks and Exfoliants-
Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask Oh my goodness I love this product! It’s not cheap, I know. But it’s perfect for my skin. It doesn’t irritate and it really makes a difference.
Exfoliation is tricky with sensitive skin. You need to do it- but you can’t over do it.
These will change your skin. I don’t use these everyday, but they make my skin brighter when I do.
I love just a few drops of this oil on my cheeks. It seems to strengthen my skin.
I make a concoction of Apricot Kernel Oil, Neroli, Frankencense, Sea Buckthorn Oil, Argan Oil and RoseHip Oil. I keep it in a glass dropper vial and massage my skin with it in the morning when I have time. I need to Pinterest that shit.
Oh, and most importantly- as important as what your cleanser is, be sure to wash your face EVERY NIGHT. I love my Clarisonic with any cleanser. It’s thorough and improves my skin. You will not regret this investment. I’ve had mine for at least 3 years now.
Sadly with sensitive skin there is a lot of trial and error. I’ve used the last 10 years to kind of become an expert on my own skin, even though it keeps me guessing. My best compliment is when someone doesn’t believe I have Rosacea when I tell them that I do. Don’t hate me because I’m beautiful. Ha!!! Extra points if you remember that commercial.