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My skin care 101- surviving Rosacea

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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.

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-


Skin by Ann Webb Coconut Water Cleanser

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!


Clarins Mineral UV Plus

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.

Peter Thomas Roth UnWrinkle Peel Pads

These will change your skin. I don’t use these everyday, but they make my skin brighter when I do.

Essential oils

Sea buckthorn oil

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, 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.

No makeup. Not great, but hey- can’t tell I have Rosacea, right?

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  1. I feel like I should pay you for all these tips! You don’t even know how you’ve changed my face with your line the upper/inner lids suggestion. AND I’m a MAC girl now. Ta-da!

  2. Rosacea, here, as well. About 3 months ago, I finally hauled my butt to the dermatologist who prescribed MetroCream and an oral medication as well and for the first time in my life, no rosacea. These tips you’ve listed are so helpful, and I’ll be doing some testing of my own as I swap out my Cetaphil for some of what you have here! Thanks! 🙂

    • I remember the oral medication as well. It did nothing for me. I’m glad your stuff is working!

  3. You are so so so so so so pretty! I had no idea you have rosacea! Your skin looks great! I don’t have rosacea but I do have annoyingly sensitive skin that tends towards redness (thank you strawberry birthmark on my nose). I love all your beauty blogs. I think you’re genius.

  4. Cheryl W. says:

    I have rosacea too, just like my dad. I use a topical antibiotic at night, and Retin-A, which I don’t really like, but like how it keeps the wrinkles away. 🙂 I also use Cetaphil, along with moisturizer (AM and PM). My doc told me NOT to use a Clairsonic because it would be too harsh–a washcloth is abrasive enough. (I was totally bummed ‘cuz I REALLY wanted to justify buying one!) My best discovery so far: Just started a trial tube of Dr. Brandt’s BB Cream with signature Flexitone (got it at Sephora), and I love it! It’s a bit pricey, but I’ll definitely be tracking down more of that stuff. It goes on smoothly, is supposed to automatically match your skintone, and has SPF 30, too, which is so important. I really don’t like how some sunscreens blend (or don’t blend) with my makeup, so the BB cream is a vast improvement! As far as triggers go, the only one that’s really bad for me is red wine too. After drinking it, people ask me if I’m feeling okay, or if I’m too warm, so I know then that I’m turning into a beet! There are a lot of worse conditions to have, and usually I don’t even think about it. Just hope it doesn’t get any worse over time. . .

  5. I love cosmetics with natural ingredients and these products are also looking same. Thank you for sharing.

  6. Wow, lots of good info. I just posted about my rosacea yesterday, so it was nice to read even more info here. You inspired me to go back and add on my own natural mix that I used last night and which worked really well. I like the sound of yours (the mix with argan oil) I’ll have to remember and try it! Great post, thanks 🙂

  7. My lifesaver is Maybelline BB cream. It’s about the only thing I tolerate. Any sort of oil (Sea buckthorn also) makes my skin sting. It has an spf 30 and also makes my skin look less red. I love it.

  8. Very very information article. Does alcohol only apply to drinking alcohol or topical solutions with alcohol. If so then I’m gonna have to stop using aftershave with alcohol… good bye Old Spice. I guess I’m gonna have to shop around, of all the aftershaves that I’ve ever used have had alcohol!

  9. Excellent read, the red wine comments made me laugh as that is one of my main triggers and I love red wine.
    My other main trigger is temperature change, there have been many times where I have had to drive to a family event and upon leaving my house into the cold weather or vice versa I have spent the entire journey with my face glued to the cold air vent on my car trying to calm my skin down, I found that Salcura’sDermaspray really helped me with the redness outbreaks that seemed to happy multiple time a day. I was diagnosed about eight years ago when my friends started noticing my blotchy skin whenever we went out for drinks, rosacea has put my social life on hold for so long I wish that some scientist’s would soon come up with a cure.

  10. I have just started on a Permethrin & Crotamiton journey to see if I can reduce the symptoms of my rosacea, I have read a few blog post’s regarding this Demodex Mite and its link with rosacea sufferers, I am currently applying the Permethrin morning and night with the Crotamiton application a couple of time throughout the day, I will post back with results in a few weeks. Here is a Youtube link of a Demodex Mite crawling across the skin The Demodex Mite

  11. I’ve had rosacea and eczema as long as I can remember. I’ve been to the dermatologist countless times and tried many over-the-counter and prescription creams to treat the condition. To this day, Rodan and fields SOOTHE moisturizer has been the only thing that works for me. (Even better than some of the $200 prescription ones I bought.) I bought the soothe cream from the site below:

  12. I would be hesitant to use the Clarisonic or any scrub on Rosacea skin. A gentle wash cloth every now & than should be suffice!

  13. I’m another member of the rosacea group. Mine started as I got older. I’ve used Metrogel and rosaderm face wash for years, but flareups still come on too often. I wanted to try something natural and tried a pure green tea cleanser and moisturizer- but no go. Whether it was the winter cold or the product, it was drying and my skin is like dandruff and irritated. I need to try something else. I’m going to order the Kate Ryan product. Keep my fingers crossed.

  14. Did you put your Rosacea Essential Oil mixture on pintrest? I am looking for it since I finally broke down and purchased the 6 oils 2 weeks ago….

  15. Yes I was also wondering if you had posted the recipe on your blog or pinterest? Thanks for all your great tips!!!

  16. Aw, this was a very good post. Spending some time and actual
    effort to create a good article… but what can I say… I put things
    off a lot and don’t seem to get nearly anything done.


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