April is Rosacea Awareness Month and as the month draws to a close, we asked our clinician, Claire, to talk about her experience of living with Rosacea not just during lockdown, but every day. Read on to find out more, including how Claire manages her symptoms and the products she uses to maintain a healthy complexion. Here’s what she had to say…
Like the majority of people, I’m currently working from home and my day-to-day life has changed hugely, which includes embracing technology that allows me to work from home and stay in touch with patients! I’m certainly missing the interactions with my in-clinic patients as well as the Pilates class that I teach, but we are managing and I am so glad I am still able to help patients and able to answer all kinds of skincare queries from afar – more on that later!
Is it wrong to say I’m enjoying this time at home? Or should I say that I’m enjoying stepping off the daily treadmill of life and re-evaluating what’s important? I’m still wearing my multiple hats of Mum, teacher, therapist, teenage problem solver and dog Mum! I have my two teenage boys at home with me, who are both missing their regular football training and one is particularly delighted at missing his GCSE’s! But it’s my girl keeping me sane – Meg is my Cocker Spaniel and daily walks with her out in nature helps to calm me down, if you have ever watched Grey’s anatomy: “She’s my person.” If you know, you know!
My daily lockdown routine starts with two things I do religiously before I jump out of bed. The first is journaling; I’m a strong believer in practicing gratitude and I write down a few lines about what I was grateful for yesterday, as well as my intentions for the day ahead. The second is reading The Daily Stoic Journal, which is a page a day of daily teachings from the Stoics. The one I work on daily is “letting go of what you can’t control”, which in today’s world, couldn’t be more true. I then exercise, following the 30-day programme I recently joined, where the coaches give you a daily schedule of exercise, goals and mediation assignments. This routine helps to keep me on track and I find has helped me cope with the monotony of lockdown.
My experience with Rosacea
Anyway, back to skin and how I manage my daily struggles with Rosacea…
Rosacea is a complicated skin condition manifesting itself with lots of different forms and varying symptoms. Personally, my Rosacea displays as diffused redness with thread veins, which I manage with in-clinic treatments such as IPL (Intense Pulsed Light), you can read more about that here.
Rosacea is more common in a fairer skin tones, but in clinic we are seeing a lot more cases in different skin types, often as a secondary condition and more aggressive than before.
A consistent skincare routine
For me, it’s important to have a consistent skincare routine, I know that I have to maintain my skincare for the health of my skin and I also know my triggers. This can vary for most Rosacea sufferers, with triggers including heat, stress, alcohol and spicy foods. For me, it’s heat, UV rays and the worst offender of all – my computer screen! As I’m now working from home at a computer every day, I always ensure I am wearing my Heliocare 360 Colour Gel Oil Free SPF 50 in Bronze, which keeps me protected against blue light that leads to my red flushes and leaves my skin with a healthy and natural dewy glow.
Skin barrier function
My skin barrier function needs to be strong and functioning properly in order to protect my skin against external aggressors that can lead to an inflammatory response in my skin. Inflammatory responses can cause vessels to dilate and blood flow to leak through them, which is responsible for a flushed complexion. I have to keep my skin calm and avoid using lots of layers of different products, which just doesn’t work for my skin, so my approach is definitely ‘less is more’. My Rosacea symptoms are not just on my face; they extend onto my neck and chest too, so I always take my antioxidant and SPF products all the way onto these areas too, to help combat the redness there.
Taking care of skin from the inside
I’m a huge advocate of nutritional supplements and although my diet is good, consuming the recommended amount of vitamins from diet alone is impossible, so I always take a good quality supplement to support both overall health and skin health. I am currently taking Advanced Nutrition Programme Skin Vit C in order to support my immune system as well as promote healthy skin. I also take a daily collagen drink, either Beautycoll or Skinade, to support skin’s collagen production and strengthen skin’s collagen matrix.
The skincare products I use
I have two skincare brands that are my personal favourites for helping control and treat my skin problems. Not only am I dealing with Rosacea, but I also want to reduce signs of ageing – life can be so cruel sometimes! I have been using Emepelle products – both the Serum and Night Cream – for 3 months. This brand was devised specifically to treat pre and post-Menopausal skin – add that to my list of problems!
Emepelle’s innovative MEP Technology safely and effectively helps to replenish the health and vitality of Estrogen Deficient Skin (EDS) including accelerated collagen loss and skin ageing. The products target the root cause of Estrogen Deficient Skin for a healthier, youthful-looking complexion and an improvement in dryness, dullness, laxity, atrophy, and the appearance of fine lines.
The other skincare range I use is the Jan Marini – 5-Step Skin Care Management System Normal/Combination Kit, to which I also combine the use of Jan Marini RosaLieve Redness Reducing Complex. Not only do these products smell amazing, but they also target signs of ageing, helping to strengthen skin and protect it against damage. The easy to use 5-step system contains everything you need to achieve perfect skin and treat a number of skin conditions and concerns including Rosacea.
I include RosaLieve Redness Reducing Complex in my routine as it provides instant relief for my flushes and red complexion. It combines a blend of natural extracts, Azelaic Acid and anti-redness Tetrapeptide-14 to visibly reduce redness and comfort skin. Oat Extract and Allantoin soothe irritations to minimise and prevent redness and flare ups, while the antioxidant powers of Green, White and Red Tea help to protect sensitive and fragile skin against environmental damage.
So that’s how I take care of my skin and manage my Rosacea, not just during lockdown but every day. Consistency is key and my analogy for Rosacea is it’s like having grey hair – yes another one of my problems! When you get it, it’s there for life and it won’t miraculously become blonde again. But you can maintain it and keep colouring it to make sure it’s as good as it possibly can be.
Don’t forget that every case of Rosacea is different, so we always recommend a consultation in order to recommend the best possible products for your individual symptoms and skin concerns. It’s also worth remembering that it’s not just what is happening on the skin surface, but also what’s going on internally with things like hormones, diet and lifestyle, which all have a part to play in managing skin conditions like Rosacea.
Let us help you manage and maintain your skin!
Although our clinic may be closed for now, we are still here to help and answer all your skincare questions. You can contact our clinic team including Kate, Kimberley & myself for remote consultations, product reviews and any general or individual skincare advice on email@example.com. We are here to help, so please stay in contact and use us as often as needed to continue your skin health journey.
Our online shop continues to operate as normal, following government guidelines, so you can continue to purchase the skincare products you love. If you have any questions, please contact our customer service team on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0113 282 7744.
Stay home & stay safe, with love from everyone at Face the Future.
Written for you by: Claire, Face the Future