I hope you have a wonderful week so far and you are ready and excited for Easter! I'm definitely going to do a blog post on Easter Sunday so stay tuned! For today, I decided to do a beauty blog post and speak openly about my skin condition that caused me all sorts of issues since school. Although now it is under control and I found the right treatment for it, in this blog post I am also encouraging everybody to accept their bodies no matter what you have that you don't like, as well as sharing things that I've learned along the way. Lastly, if you suffer from Rosacea hang in there it will get better!
🌿 What is Rosacea?
Rosacea is a chronic, inflammatory skin condition that most often affects the face. Nonetheless, Rosacea can cause more than redness. There are so many signs and symptoms that Rosacea has four subtypes:
Erythematotelangiectatic rosacea: Redness, flushing, visible blood vessels.
Papulopustular rosacea: Redness, swelling, and acne-like breakouts.
Phymatous rosacea: Skin thickens and has a bumpy texture.
Ocular rosacea: Eyes red and irritated, eyelids can be swollen, and the person may have what looks like a sty.
My Rosacea type is Papulopustular and I also had acne underneath the skin (sorry, I can't remember what this is called as I've been diagnosed in Romania). Anyway, my face can go from a light tint of pink to burgundy within a minute, coming with an intense burning sensation. It can happen from temperature variation, especially air-con or wind, a dusty environment, dehydration or tiredness.
🌿 What did I learn along the way? Physically & Mentally
First of all, I am going to speak about mentality as I am convinced this part is as important (if not more so) than the physical part of my routine. Although I am speaking about Rosacea, a positive, 'loving yourself' mindset should be used regardless if you have a skin condition or if you don't like something about your body. I know this sounds cliché, but we still take 10+ selfies (in the best case scenario) before posting on social media, right?
I've learned that there is no person in the online environment that I need to impress and I should be 100% me, share what I like and what I found inspiring and also, that I don't want all the time to look 'perfect'. After all, when we put these masks on, we just end up creating more insecurities for both ourselves and others.
• When you suffer from Rosacea, your skin type is sensitive; then, it can be also oily or mixed, but first and foremost is sensitive, so make sure you're treating it accordingly. This means that you cannot use scrubs or abrasive face wash products or anything with perfumes -especially strong ones such as menthol.
• Speaking of sensitivity, I know this might be hard to hear but you have to invest in your skin routine products. This doesn't mean you have to spend your entire salary on it, but when it comes to face care, the price does make a difference. For years I've used cheap Superdrug products that looked expensive and 'did miracles from the first use', only to leave my skin worse than before. The best thing is to go to a dermatologist and get what the doctor prescribes you. In this way, you'll be sure you are using the best products for your skin type.
Disclaimer: I used to buy everything I would see in pharmacies or online that was advertised to improve Rosacea, but I couldn't see any difference. Most likely not because the product was bad, but because it was not what my skin needed.
• The same goes with makeup products, especially foundation. If you think you cannot use makeup because your face starts to burn after a few hours, I have good news: you can use makeup, you're just not compatible with what you're using right now. Something that I've learned is that before buying a foundation, you need to ask for a sample so you can test it for at least two days before buying it.
• Although I feel this is common sense for everybody regardless of skin type, you cannot under any circumstance go to bed with makeup on! It did happen to me a few times when I took a nap and I woke up because my face started to burn too much.
🌿 What products do I use?