I suffer from Rosacea – chronic skin condition. That’s putting it simply. Actually, when I had just started this blog about a year ago, I reached the worst part of my skin problem. My face looked like it was riddled by bullets. I had pimples, blemishes, weird red itchy bumps and my entire head was on FIRE! Now, my face is smooth, clear and I hope it stays this way.
I wrote about Rosacea before, if you go through my past blogs under the skin care category you will be able to find it, but basically it is a very common skin disease, however its cause is unknown. Although doctors do not know what causes it, they do know what triggers the outbreaks: coffee, alcohol, hot/cold weather changes, stress, crying….. yes pretty much anything! lol
This is what my face used to look like:
For me, Rosacea made me feel very insecure and almost dirty. I felt everyone was staring at me and they actually were! When it reached its worst, people at work would come up to me asking me omg Nina you have some kind of a rash all over your face, are you allergic to something? Thanks!!! Do you think I am blind? NO need to point shit out ASSHOLES.
And no make up covered it.
Anyhow, I tried all kind of products and creams and crap and nothing worked. I did have to take an antibiotic in form of an ointment, for a few months. After that cleared it, I have managed to maintain my skin with very very basic cleansing routine.
This is not just for problematic skin. Anyone can use this but obviously it’s ideal for sensitive skin people.
1. Removing Make up: I use either baby wipes, or Ponds Make up wipes (see pic). They are gentle, do not irritate and remove all make up perfectly.
2. Cleaning the skin: I use Cetaphil – Gentle Skin Cleanser – to wash my face. It does not dry out your skin. It leaves your face feeling fresh and clean.
3. Night time moisturizer – I use VICHY Aqua Thermal Mineral Balm. You only need tiny bit of this goodness to keep your face hydrated and soft. It has no scent, it is not heavy or greasy.
4. Daytime moisturizer – So I actually don’t use a daytime cream , however I use sunscreen as a moisturizer, by La Roche Posay Anthelios 60 SPF. You are supposed to wear sunscreen EVERY SINGLE DAY, but especially if you have any skin problems. This is one thing that I never ever used to do. I would only put sunscreen on my face when I would go away on vacations.
This is an amazing sunscreen. Scent free, moisturizing, not heavy, a bit on the oily side but a little goes a long way.
This is all I do for my facial routine and it has been keeping my face nice and clean and prevented Rosacea outbreaks so far. I really wanted the antibiotic to be a one time thing and I don’t want to go back to it. So far so good.