Monday, 24 June 2013
Skincare for acne rosacea | Part I
After dealing with skin problems for over a decade, last year I took the plunge and visited a sk:n clinic to let a professional loose on my pores. I have incredibly sensitive skin which is pretty sundamaged, freckly and easily irritated. I experience rash-like symptoms when I get hot, stressed or drink alcohol. I'm covered in scars all over my body from my clumsiness and various accidents. Needless to say my skin is not quite my favourite part of my body!
If you suffer from the odd spot, chances are this post isn't really for you, but for the type of skin I have, and more specifically, the condition acne rosacea I have to deal with, there are a few ways of looking after it I thought I would share with you.
Kind and gentle
I look at my skin and it flares up. Seriously. It's a shy organ. I've found therefore, that I have to be pretty careful what I slap on. I try and drink as often as I can, balancing my tea obsession with plenty of water, and I veer away from heavy make up - MUCH prefering to let my poor skin breathe, regardless of coverage or appearance. It might not be pretty but healthy skin is happier skin, right? Lately, I've been really liking the Etat Pur micellar cleansing water (2.) and the Simple deep cleansing face mask (3.). I'm yet to find a moisturiser that gives a good enough SPF but isn't greasy - so recommendations please!
Talk to your GP
One of the ways rosacea can be controlled (because, unfortunately, it can't be cured completely) is with a topical solution. When I was a teenager I tried a dalycin topical water which worked WONDERS, and now I'm in my 20s and my hormones have calmed down a bit (ahem), I'm using a milder cream solution with the same antibiotic (1.). It's worth noting an antibiotic is only a short-term solution as bacteria can build up a resistance to medicated wash after a certain amount of time, but if you're having a particularly stressful or bad year, this is worth a try.
Every now and again, a luxurious deep clean can really make a difference. If you're wondering how to get rid of blackheads, last year I had a glycolic peel which is one of the skin peels sk:n clinics offer. It's a mild acid which removes the layer of dead skin cells on your skin. Dead cells can aggravate rosacea, and a peel like this gets rid of the ones you miss with even the most thorough everyday cleansing. I walked out of the clinic looking a little pink, but within a couple of hours my complexion felt much smoother and noticeably brighter.
I hope these tips help guys. I've got a couple more tricks to try and I'll be bringing you part II of my skincare series in a couple of weeks. Let me know your skin woes, even if they're not the same as mine it's good to share the aggro.