The things I wish I’d known years ago.
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As it’s Rosacea Awareness Month, I wanted to write a post with all the information I wish someone had told me years ago.
I found out I had rosacea when I was 21 and my doctor diagnosed me with a skin condition I'd never even heard of. Twelve years later, I have tried a lot of products, experienced countless flare-ups, and even built a career from talking about my passion for skincare and beauty on my blog. If you have rosacea, you will know all too well that every person is unique and therefore experiences symptoms in very different ways, so I've tried to keep the advice quite generic – but I hope it helps. There are some links at the bottom for further information if you would like to do more research.
Find your triggers.
This is easily the most important piece of advice I give to people. Rosacea is characterised by flare-ups that are a result of internal or external effects. There are many common triggers that most people with rosacea share (e.g. exposure to the sun, emotional stress, alcohol, exercise). However, everyone is different, so it's vital you pinpoint exactly what affects your skin and how it manifests itself so you can notice patterns. I kept a diary where I noted everything I could think of that could have had an impact – which is how I noticed triggers that I never would have considered, like lack of sleep.
Pick your battles.
Once you've found your triggers, try not to feel overwhelmed. Identifying your triggers doesn't mean you *have* to remove them – it's all about personal choice. For me, I notice the difference in my skin when I consume dairy, so I choose not to eat it 95% of the time. But for that 5% of the time, when I have an utterly terrible week and just need cheese (we've all been there), I go for it. I also understand that I will have to accept the consequences, a bit like a hangover. On my face.