These pictures are taken 30 seconds apart. A breeze came through the window and my Rosacea went crazy.
1. Using scrubs
Probably the most important rule I've learned in my 24 years of life with sensitive skin. Because sensitive skin means skin that irritates easily, the most important rule is not to use anything harsh to your face. I know that many people have problems with the T area being oily and probably with imperfections but your sensitivity comes first. Why? Because it will react to harsh products and it will result in more irritation. Instead, opt for a sensitive skin gel that is compatible with your skin and I recommend investing in a Foreo cleansing device as it is super gentle with your skin (my Rosacea approved) and it still cleans the oily area perfectly.
2. Constantly switching facial cleansers
When choosing your cleanser you need to make sure it has no fragrance, no harsh chemicals and a shorter list of ingredients as possible. Most importantly, once you find a cleanser that feels good for your skin, stick with it! Changing it constantly will cause your skin to irritate.
3. Going to bed with makeup on
This is just outrageous for me and I cannot believe people are still doing this. If you have any type of skin you NEED to take off your makeup before hitting the pillow, but if you are suffering from any skin disease or sensitivity this should be your number one priority. Probably I sound crazy and this is just me, but even if I fall asleep with makeup on while watching a movie, I wake up in 30min with my Rosacea pulsing. Because sleep time = regeneration time, you need to make sure your skin can breathe, it's hydrated properly and it's happy before bedtime :)
4. Removing your makeup with wipes
There are no wipes soft enough for sensitive skin. Not even all-cotton pads are safe to use against sensitive skin. I found just a few that worked good with my skin in combination with micellar water for sensitive skin. However, even that is sometimes too much for me and I can’t stand rubbing anything against my face. Therefore, I recommend to gently wash your face to remove the makeup and then washing it again to make sure your skin is 100% makeup-free.
5. Being indifferent to sun
All skin types need SPF protection but if you have sensitive skin you cannot be indifferent to this step or skip it if you can see a few clouds in the skies. Also, you need something designed for sensitive skin that would absorb quickly in the skin without having to rub it in. My Rosacea goes crazy and starts burning badly in the summer, but luckily I found the best product to help with this: Bioderma Hydrabio Brume hydratante.
6. Using a cheap foundation
Or a non-breathable foundation. I know that you want everything covered up, especially if you have a skin condition like me, but your skin needs to breathe properly. The best foundation that I found that works well with Rosacea and sensitive skin is Doublewear from Estee Lauder.
7. Forget about the miraculous creams
Unless you have a very mild/nonexistent form of rosacea, psoriasis, eczema etc., these creams won't work, no matter how good their before and after pictures are or their fancy packaging. Instead, book an appointment with a dermatologist and let him prescribe something good for your type of skin.
8. Having a poor diet
No matter how much care you take of your skin from the outside, you cannot make a rotten apple shine. Your skin will thank you for eating foods high in Omega 3 such as salmon and avocado, rich in antioxidants and Vitamin C such as berries, bell peppers and of course Vitamin A and E which are essential for healthy collagen production and can be found in foods such as dark leafy greens, almonds, spinach, carrots, squash etc.
9. Touching your face
I know this might be a hard one, especially if you’re like me and whenever you sit at a desk your hand automatically gravitate towards your hair or face. I am teaching myself to stop doing this as sensitive skin can easily react to the millions of germs that our hands are in contact with daily.
10. Not cleaning your beauty blender/makeup brushes
Just thinking about using my beauty blender with yesterday’s foundation on it and my Rosacea starts burning! Firstly, to blend your foundation properly (or any makeup) you need to have clean utensils and secondly, sensitive skin needs to be kept as clean as possible not to irritate. So make sure you disinfect everything before putting it on your beautiful face!