Things I’ve Learnt Living with Rosacea




If you have read any of my Sunday skincare posts you will know that I have dry to combination skin that can sometimes be really sensitive. That in itself can usually be managed, but I also have what’s known as rosacea.

Noun (medicine)

  1. A chronic inflammatory disorder involving especially the skin of the nose, forehead, and cheeks that is characterised by congestion, flushing, telangiectasia, and swelling.

If any of you have rosacea or just any other type of skin issue you probably know how irritating it can get. As a teenager I was extremely lucky, my skin was very clear and I never really had any problems. Once I reached 18/19 I started to notice a change in my skin. I still feel as though I am quite lucky in that I only ever suffer with hormonal or stress breakouts, however the red and irritated skin definitely crept up out of nowhere. Now my skin certainly isn’t perfect and I still suffer with inflammation quite regularly, but I feel like I have learnt a few tips over the past 7 or so years.

Find a skincare routine that works for you

This is something I have found really hard; I really feel for anyone who has a problem with their skin. I get random flare ups all the time and I have no idea what’s causes them. It happens to be really irritating… just in case you were wondering. As hard as its been to try lots of different things, I have definitely learnt what types of brands, products and ingredients work best for my skin. I love to hear everyone’s skincare recommendations and I will happily test something new, but only you know what works best for you.

Drink all the water in the world!

This really helps keep my inflammation down and it’s so simple! Don’t get me wrong I still get some redness, but you can see that my skin is clear and decongested underneath the redness. Who doesn’t love clear glowy skin?

Ignore the comments

When someone says ‘wow your skin is looking really red and angry’ don’t get offended. I know it’s hard to just blow off amazing compliments like that, but just let it go. I like to think the best of people and I am sure they don’t mean to draw attention to it.  I know exactly what it’s like for someone to point out the one thing that’s been playing on your mind all day, that one thing that maybe you have been trying to hide and hope no one notices. At the end of the day there are definitely worse problems to have.

No makeup days

Let these become your best friend, your skin will love you for it. There is nothing worse than feeling like a traffic light, shoveling on the foundation, still seeing that redness shine through and still feeling like absolute rubbish. Not wearing any makeup helps your skin breathe a little, recover and settle back down again.

Get comfortable

Finding what triggers rosacea is really difficult and finding what helps can be even more difficult. That being said it’s not likely to be going away any time soon, so getting comfortable with it would be my biggest tip! You should feel great in your own skin no matter what. I used to hate going out with flare ups and now I will happily go to work or out shopping with no makeup on. I no longer care what people might think because I know that its helping my skin and my life could actually be a lot worse.

Do you have rosacea? If so let me know in the comments what your tips or favourite products are!


8 responses to “Things I’ve Learnt Living with Rosacea”

  1. Michelle says:

    I’m so glad you talked about rosacea! I also once had flawless skin throughout middle/high school. However, just last year these flare ups started to appear on my cheeks. I’m not sure if I 100% have rosacea but I fit all the symptoms, inflamed cheeks that come out of the blue and worse when angry. Thankfully, I found ways to deal with flare-ups but I hope to one day find a cure for my rosacea. Thanks for this post! I feel like most people don’t talk about it this but they should.

    • Laura says:

      Thank you so much, I am so glad that it’s a post that others can relate to and I completely agree with you, that it needs to be spoken about more. I am so happy that you have been able to find ways to deal with the flare ups too! That can be one of the hardest things to accomplish, so thats fantastic!

  2. Kasie says:

    My skin type is the exact same as you I’m dry /combination but also sensitive it’s a nightmare. My sister suffers with Rosacea so I know how hard it is. I get really down about my skin especially when I have bad breakouts. It’s Definitely about finding the right products. Great post lovely xo

    • Laura says:

      Thank you! Thats exactly how mine can be, it’s so irritating! I know what you mean though, it’s so easy to get fed up with it all especially when you struggle to find something that works well. x

  3. Georgie says:

    I feel embarrassed to say that I had never heard of Rosacea before reading this post. I suffer with bad skin and so I like hearing other peoples stories. I loved reading every word of this post, and I am so happy you have found things that work for you!

    Georgie – As You Wish UK <3

    • Laura says:

      Thank you! I think it’s nice to know your not the only one sometimes and don’t be embarrassed thats quite common, a lot of people don’t know what it is! x

  4. Jo says:

    As a rosacea sufferer I would love to hear what are the best foundations for good coverage? I use a mineral powder foundation but think it is too drying

    • Laura says:

      Thank you so much for commenting, I was wondering whether to do a post like this. I have ordered a few new foundations to try and thinking of putting together a little selection of the best ones I find work for me. It’s funny you say that about the mineral powder foundation, because I find the exact same thing. It really sticks to dry patches and then goes patchy through out the day as well.

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