Rosacea Frequently Asked Questions

Rosacea before and after

I was diagnosed with rosacea in 2018 and have happily shared my experiences along the way. Rosacea is a skin condition thought to affect 1 in 10 people in the UK which can cause areas of redness in the skin, from flushing to raised, textured skin.

As rosacea is a medical condition, you won’t know for sure whether you have it unless you see a doctor. However, if you are noticing redness in the skin, rosacea or not, here are some resources you might find useful.

My VOGUE Guide to Rosacea
Here is a piece I wrote for British Vogue in April 2020 with some key basics to understanding your rosacea. CLICK TO READ ON VOGUE.CO.UK

A list of products I recommend for rosacea
Read this blog post for a full list of products I would recommend.

Dr. Emma Wedgeworth Q&A
Before you look at any of my resources below, I would really recommend listening to this Q&A with Dr. Emma Wedgeworth. Dr. Emma is an expert in rosacea and has worked as a dermatologist for many years. We had a discussion on Instagram live all about rosacea. If you can excuse my technical skills, having broken this into two parts on YouTube, the subject matter is fantastic. Topics covered in these videos include…

  • What is rosacea?
  • How do I know if I have it?
  • What can my doctor give me to help with rosacea?
  • How does laser treatment work?
  • How does my diet and lifestyle impact rosacea?
  • Can I exfoliate if I have rosacea?
  • Can I use retinol if I have rosacea?
  • Which skincare products can I buy without seeing a doctor to help my rosacea?
  • Which make-up would you recommend to help cover my rosacea?

I have just been diagnosed with rosacea. Can you please offer some advice?
Here’s a bit of a beginners guide to rosacea that you might find helpful.

What should I be doing in terms of skincare if I think I have rosacea?

  • Use a cleanser every day to remove your make-up and sunscreen. Massage it in with your hands and try to avoid cloths or any other cleansing devices where possible which may be abrasive to your skin. Avoid facial wipes as they will most likely irritate your skin.
  • Use a sunscreen every single day in the morning, the higher the better. I wear SPF50 every day.
  • Use a moisturiser morning and night. Choose a texture that suits the kind of finish you like. If you have dry skin, go for a slightly more rich cream. If you have oily skin, try a lighter consistency moisturiser. The website of any good skincare brand will tell you a little bit about the texture of any product you are considering buying.
  • Avoid fragranced skincare as this can irritate the skin further, whether this is an added fragrance or occurs naturally in the skincare.
  • Keep your skincare routine as simple and consistent as possible.
  • If your skin is having a flare up, stop using any active ingredients in your routine (for example Vitamin C) until it has calmed down again.

What skincare do you use for your rosacea?
I filmed this video quite some time ago now and largely the regime still stands. I alter my moisturiser from time to time depending on how rich I want it to be, but this is a great place to start in terms of what I use on my own skin. I do use other products and brands though – please see the video in the next question for some more suggestions.

What skincare would you recommend for me to use?
Rosacea is completely different in each person, and as mentioned before it is a medical condition and I’m not a doctor. This in mind, I wouldn’t want to recommend a definitive product or regime. However, I do find that certain brands and products work really well in helping to manage it. There are lots of suggestions in this video. When narrowing it down, consider things like your budget and the texture of products you like to use. As a general rule, the french pharmacy brands like La Roche Posay and Avene are fantastic, as is the brand CeraVe. Feel free to reach out to these brands directly on Instagram in their direct messages – most have very active social media teams that will come back to you with any questions.

How can I manage my rosacea on a budget?
My favourite skincare brand on a budget is CeraVe. Their Hydrating Cleanser and Facial Moisturising Lotion would be a great place to start, then add in your favourite SPF for everyday use.

How can I cover the redness in my skin using make-up?
Make sure you use a fair amount of product. Your skin may be slightly more hot to the touch which means your make-up may be more prone to melting away. Use a moderate amount of product and seal it in with some powder. Here are a few more tips and ideas that you might find useful.

Author: missrosegallagher

Make-up artist, beauty writer, and host of Beauty from the Heart podcast.

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