You know, somehow I didn’t think that my very first “Hi Internet, this is my face for all of you to see!” post would involve a no-makeup portrait showcasing one of my biggest insecurities. But here we are, so I guess there’s no turning back now.
I’ve had rosacea for as long as I can remember. The trade-off, I guess, for never having to deal with acne (everyone knock on wood for me RIGHT NOW).
If you’re unfamiliar with rosacea, it’s a skin condition that causes redness, tiny bumps and visible blood vessels ALL OVER YOUR FACE. Fun, right? Another exciting effect of rosacea is that when you blush even in the slightest, you basically ignite in flames. Oh yeah, and going to the gym/any kind of physical exertion ever? Means at least one person will ask if you’re on the verge of death, because you don’t just get a little flushed, your face turns PURPLE.
Almost as frustrating as the symptoms of rosacea is the list of things that exacerbate it:
- Hot weather
- Cold weather
- Spicy food
So essentially, EVERYTHING. It is straight up impossible to cut out or avoid everything that might cause a flare up, and I’ll be damned if I’m going to give up my wine and Mexican food, and you can pry my coffee from my cold, dead hands. So in lieu of giving up everything I love, today I’m going to share with you some of the products I’ve found that help treat my rosacea.
The below picture is me, first thing in the morning oh god don’t judge me, vs. me, post skin care routine (and plus a little BB-cream).
Insane, right? The comparison isn’t 100% accurate, because the lighting changed quite a bit in the time I got ready for the day, but you get the picture. Rosacea, man. It sucks, but it’s manageable. Here’s how I do it:
For years, I avoided any and all facial cleansers, because literally everything I tried made my face feel inflamed and raw. This especially posed a problem whenever I developed an unhealthy attachment to winged eyeliner, because have you ever tried to get that shit off with just water? It’s a total nightmare.
Fast-forward a few years of struggle-bussing it, when I finally discovered the magic of coconut oil.
I know it might sound weird and counter-intuitive to wash your face with oil. But let me tell you: my skin has never been softer or happier, and it legitimately feels so clean. All I do is use my hands to work a small amount of oil over my skin, and then use a damp rag, going over it in small circles, to wipe it away.
100% natural, no weird ingredients, and it smells like dessert. (I also use coconut oil for a billion other things besides eating, let’s chat about it sometime. I should really get a commission for how much I talk this stuff up to anyone who will listen.)
This would probably be a good time for a disclaimer: *My face is not your face, and what helps my rosacea might not help yours.
I say that because a.) it’s true, and b.) I’ve heard very conflicting things about the use of witch hazel with rosacea. But in my case? It’s a life saver.
Witch hazel has anti-inflammatory properties, and immediately takes some of the red out of my cheeks. And not only does it noticeably even out and tone my face, it makes my skin feel super supple and refreshed. The aloe in this product is cool and soothing, and it smells amazing. It also doesn’t dry my face out at all – quite the opposite, actually. I can’t say the same for other toners, but this specific one works wonders.
Forgive the beaten-up appearance of this container – it has accompanied me everywhere for the better part of a year now.
I am certifiably obsessed with this stuff. I’ve never found a lotion or cream that leaves my skin so soft to the touch. I’d read about the benefits of makuna honey for years, but this product has really sold me on it. I actually got this stuff because it says in the product description that it is specifically for rosacea (and a plethora of other skin sensitivities and conditions). Having used rosacea-targeting products in the past with little luck, I was a little skeptical of dropping $30 on it, but boy am I glad I did.
In addition to making your skin so freaking soft, it also makes your skin glow. Like, a glow that almost might make one say “see ya never, highlighter” because it’s so noticeable. On lazy days, I am totally content wearing just this stuff and some mascara and calling it a day.
If you have rosacea and you don’t wear sunscreen on the regular, I’m sorry, but you gotta get on that stat.
Remember up there where I listed everything in the world that might make your rosacea worse? Sure, you can’t avoid the weather, but you can sure as hell put a little something between your sensitive skin and the sun. Seriously, I think the sun might be the number one culprit when it comes to exacerbating my rosacea, and let’s not even get into sunburns.
This stuff is super light and not oily like typical sunscreens. It also is specifically formulated to reduce blotchiness. Sea moss acts as a healing agent to mucous membranes, making it ideal for skin products.