Today I thought I’d share my current skincare routine. I say current because it’s a work in progress. When I was pregnant 5 years ago I developed terrible rosacea after barely having a pimple in my life. Let me tell you it sucks. It can be quite painful and embarrassing when the redness and swelling flares up.
I feel like after 5 years (yes it’s taken that long) I’m almost on top of it. Unfortunately rosacea never goes away. Slowly I’m learning my triggers (spicy foods) and what products work.
After giving birth to my son I didn’t do too much to fix the rosacea. My hormones were so out of whack and I breast fed him for a little over a year so it wasn’t the right time. After I was done breastfeeding I waited another 6 months until I felt like the old me and made an appointment to see a dermatologist. To get it under control I was prescribed some pretty heavy duty oral antibiotic. I was only able to take the meds for a month because it can become harmful to be on it for too long. It worked miracles and for the first time in a few years I didn’t feel self conscious about the flare ups. After the oral meds I was prescribed metro gel that I continue to use at night after I wash my face.
I’ve learned a few things about having rosacea…keep your skincare simple and try and not use too many products.
I start by washing my face with warm water (hot is bad for my skin and causes redness). The cleanser I use is LA ROCHE-POSAY hydrating gentle cleanser for normal to dry skin. This is the only cleanser I have found that does not burn my face. I probably tried 6-7 different cleansers before finding the right one.
My doctor advised me to use sunscreen because the sun is a trigger. I haven’t been able to find a sunscreen that doesn’t cause a massive flare up. If it’s too sunny outside I just wear a baseball hat. I recently bought a new sunscreen product that’s gotten great ratings and if it works out I’ll let you know. (I’m not going to bash products online but if you have any questions about what didn’t work for me you can email me and I’ll let you know.)
As a final step I spray my face with an evian mister that I keep in the refrigerator. The super cold water feels great on my face. I even keep an evian mister in my purse and will spray my face throughout the day!
Before I put on my makeup and my face is dry I apply LA ROCHE-POSAY Rosaliac AR intense on any localized redness I maybe having that day. (I may take this out of the rotation, it’s soothing but I’m not sure if it’s helping the redness too much.)
I wash my face again with the same cleanser I use in the morning.
Then I use the metro gel on any red areas, usually my nose and upper cheeks.
I end my routine with CeraVe skin renewing night cream and my trusty evian!
Twice a week I use a Neutrogena microdermabrasion system while I’m in the shower. I was hesitant to use it but learned it’s actually very good if you have rosacea and I have to say it’s well worth the $18.00.
I’m thinking of tweaking my routine and eliminating the roasaliac ar intense and the metrogel once they run out. I’m going to try tree oil and coconut oil so I will update you. I feel like with this skin condition you have to be willing to experiment to find what works best.
Finally I thought I’d also share that I recently started derma planing about 3 months ago. I didn’t do this for my rosacea but because I’m in my 40s and all I have to say is why did I not know about this! It’s the best and leaves my skin glowing for days after!
I have been pretty dedicated to my skincare routine and it has for sure paid off. The flare ups are down and even my aesthetician has noticed how much more supple my skin has become.
I haven’t quite figured out the makeup part of dealing with covering up the redness in a way I’m 100% happy with. Once I do I’ll give a breakdown of my makeup routine!
Rosacea doesn’t go away and sometimes one flare up can be worse than the last one so if you have any tips I’d love to hear about them. If you have any questions please just ask!