Thursday, 9 March 2017

Rosacea and me: Skincare

Rosacea is a chronic skin condition that causes (amongst other symptoms) it's characteristic redness or flushing. For me, it appeared following pregnancy and rapidly spread from a patch the size of a two pound coin, until it covered most of both cheeks. Initially I just looked episodically rosy but as it's progressed I now look permanently flushed with very sensitised skin.

Today's post, whilst seemingly utterly out of place on a blog that primarily concerns itself with food, has come about in response to a couple of emails I received this week. I mentioned on my Self-care on Sunday post that I'm trying to remember to put on sunscreen before I go out each day as it's supposed to help prevent the rosacea get any worse.

I've actually bitten the bullet and gone to see the GP today about it as I've got to the stage when (to the shame of my vain self) I now feel like I need to wear makeup to face the day. The doctor was great, and after my grovelling apologies at being so vain, supportively helped me to find something to try. We're going to try Azelaic acid to start with as my other meds prevent me from taking oral antibiotics.

 However, on to the theme of this post and skin care - over recent months I've pared back my skincare to a really soothing, calming routine. Previously a Caroline Hirons devotee, I've actually nixed most of her recommendations, recognising that they were, in fact agitating my redness. Here follows my favourite products that seem to be keeping my skin soft whilst treating it incredibly gently.



La Roche Posay Toleriane Dermo cleanser - this is so lovely to use, I very gently smooth it over my skin, taking care not to rub or agitate it and then with a soft, warm flannel, rinse it off. Having said I've moved away from much of Caroline's advice I do still double cleanse to remove the sunscreen I'm trying to remember to use each day.

La Roche Posay Seroznic - I have a slightly doubtful relationship with this zinc and thermal water spray, I find it soothing and like the feeling of it on my skin - and from what I've read, hylauronic acid serums and creams work better on damp skin so it should help my next step work better - but I'm never sure it's doing anything - could it be a case of the Emperor's New Clothes?

Superdrug Simply Pure hydrating serum - this thin lotion soaks immediately into my skin and feels really plumping. It was discontinued for a while, but has since reappeared, is a complete bargain and is regularly on offer which is when I take advantage and stock up.

Face Theory Relaxing night cream - I actually use this during the day. I have the unscented version (as much as I love products packed with soothingly scented essential oils, I just can't tolerate them) and it's a great occlusive sealing in that hylauronic acid and softening my skin.

La Roche Posay Cicaplast Baume B5 - this is my emergency cream - at the moment I'm using it nightly as it's thick, comforting texture is helping my angry red face no end. I'm hoping that when I get over this latest flare up, or when the prescription starts working, I'll be able to just use the Face Theory, but in the interim this is great.

Elta MD Broad Spectrum SPF 46 - My current self care challenge being to remember to apply this daily as sun damage does seem to make the red and soreness worse.

 It's no accident that there are three La Roche Posay products as my much loved Boots frequently has them on 3 for 2 offers. The Face Theory and the Elta are probably my most expensive products.

If you have Rosacea or similarly sensitised skin what are your go-to products?

25 comments:

Rhian Westbury said...

I have slightly sensitive skin and I find the Origins overnight mask works really well to keep my skin hydrated x

Sarah-Louise Bailey said...

I do hope that the medication your GP has given you will help your with your rosacea. It's good that you have found a skincare routine that seems to soothe your skin and hopefully adding the medication will make it that much better.

Hannah Latoya Bond said...

It's good to see you have found products that work well for you x

Madeeha Saeed said...

I have pretty oily skin but my skin gets dehydrated very easily. And then I go for soothing ingredients because of sensitivity. I will suggest to try out Pai skincare. You can order samples from their website. They are pretty good and work very well. Also for face mist try the Caudalie beauty Elixer. It is my favourite.

Anosa said...

Never tried this brand yet but I would love to try the night cream. I'll check out on more reviews about the product too.

beautyqueenuk said...

I have slight flushing as well and whilst there is no cure for roseacre the La-Roche Posay Serozinc is amazing for calming my skin x

Baby Isabella said...

Even though my mummy doesn't have a skin condition she finds in hard to face the day without make-up, more of a shield and confidence issue. x

Donna Ashworth said...

Glad you found a regime that works for you. I suffer with adult acne and it can be so frustrating - wonder if these products would help me too?

Sarah said...

Its great you found a regime that works! I have very sensitive skin on my face, and eczema so I struggle to find products that work. So thank you!

Carpe Diem Emmie said...

It's so important to find a skincare regime that works for you, I need to pay more attention to what skincare I use that's for sure!


Emmie
www.carpediememmie.co.uk

Stressed Mum said...

It does take time, to find the right skincare regime that works for you, but worth it when you finally find the right products x

Francesca Nelson said...

One of my friends actually started to develop rosacea after having her daughter! Its great you have found some products that can soothe for now and hope the medication you got from the GP will help!

Fashion and Style Police said...

I think I have found the skincare regime that works for me but it took me ages to get here.

Melanies Fab Finds said...

I luckily don't have rosacea but my friend does so she will find this post very useful. I'm glad to hear you found products that help.

Stephanie Merry said...

I don't have rosacea but I do love to use La Roche-Posay for when my skin is playing up x

Candice Nikeia said...

I would love to try the mask - it sounds incredible!

Rachel Simpson said...

La Roche-Posay skincare products are the best! I swear by them! xo

Nicol said...

a high five on finding good skincare. la roche posay is such an amazing brand. i use them a lot

Emma Iannarilli said...

I have little flare ups, I find gentle products from Liz Earle work well.

Serenity You said...

I'm lucky that I don't have many skin problems, just a few blackheads. but these sound really good products

Ashton Jade said...

Though I don't suffer from rosacea, I do suffer with sensitive skin and so get a lot of redness if I don't use the right products. These all sound really nice and soothing. Will have to look into trying some. :-)
Ashton xx

Tanya Brannan said...

I do have a bit of sensitive skin so I have to be careful in what I use. I have not tried these products before so I am going to give them a go on your recommendation x

Rachel said...

Hi Penny, I've been thinking for a little while that I might have rosacea but I've been hesitant to go to the GP as it felt like a cosmetic rather than medical concern. Have you always had a decent resonse from the GP about your concerns?
Thanks :-)
Rachel

Annie B said...

I get quite sensitive skin so have the be careful on the kinds of products I go for. Love La-Roche Posay items though, not tried these particular products though.

Jane said...

I've tried a variety of rosacea products like otc topical creams, medications, laser treatments. I responded pretty well to lasers but it was expensive and quite painful actually for my sensitive skin. I've had some really good luck with otc topical creams but my problem has always been my body building a tolerance with prolonged use so I either cycle my applications or I have to keep switching it up.

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