My name is Lex and I blog at Talonted Lex about all things beauty, with a particular focus on rosacea. I was diagnosed 14 years ago and back then I had never even heard the word ‘rosacea’ before, let alone knew what it was or how to manage it. Since then I have been on a mission to learn everything I can about my skin and I am finally at a point where I feel like I have it under control. Six years ago I started talking about rosacea on my blog in order to share advice and create a community for others with the condition, where we could share experiences and knowledge as well as support each other through the harder days.
Dermalex asked me to share some of the lessons I’ve learned during my rosacea journey so far, so here are my top 5 tips for managing your rosacea:1
When learning how to manage and control your rosacea, identifying your triggers is probably the most important thing you will do. Every person is different and your triggers will be unique to you which makes it trickier, but learning what your skin can and cannot tolerate is key in getting a handle on your rosacea. Try to keep track of everything that affects your skin – it can feel overwhelming to look at a big list of potential irritants but don’t be put off before you begin. I have some free sheets that you can download to make this process less intimidating, which you can find HERE.2
Skincare forms a huge part of my day-to-day rosacea management, not just for the long-term effects of maintaining healthy and happy skin but also for short-term relief when my skin is flaring up. I have lots of products in my arsenal that soothe, calm, and protect my skin and Dermalex is one of them. Dermalex Rosacea Treatment helps the skin in many ways: it contains ceramides to soothe and repair the skin’s barrier; it provides a protective layer to stop the loss of moisture and prevent external irritants affecting the skin; it contains no steroids or antibiotics so it can be used long-term; and it also has a slight green tint which minimises the skin’s redness… without making you look like The Hulk! Using a product that combines multiple benefits not only saves you money but also time – something I definitely appreciate first thing on a morning.3
After so many years of dealing with rosacea, I have come to know my skin very well. I can usually predict when a flare up is coming and as soon as I get that tingling feeling I will spring into action. Anything cooling and soothing on the skin is great: a facial spritz or gel face mask kept in the fridge is a wonderful way to calm irritated skin and stop the itching; a handheld fan to cool you down is a must; and popping to the bathroom to run cold water over the pressure points on your inner wrists is an easy way to lower your body temperature if you’re feeling warm and uncomfortable.4
My biggest trigger is definitely stress, which is pretty much impossible to avoid! Everyone is different, so it may take a while to find what works for you but it’s important to stay calm and put a stop to the vicious cycle of ‘stress – flare up – stress about the flare up – even bigger flare up’! Meditation, yoga, distraction, therapy, guided visualisation… there are so many ways to manage stress and one of them will absolutely work for you.5
It can be hard to treat yourself kindly when you feel like your skin is at its worst but this is when it is most important. You are still the same person you were before your rosacea, you are not defined by it, and it is not the most interesting thing about you. Your body is like a plant – if it started to wilt and went a bit brown on the leaves you wouldn’t just throw it in the bin, you’d treat it with more care and pay attention to its needs. Rosacea often shows us what is making our skin upset, we just need to learn to listen and respond in kind.
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