I have rosy cheeks. My mum has rosy cheeks. However this isn’t just a nice healthy glow they can (at times) burn bright red. They can feel irritated and it can make me feel uncomfortable. As a teenager, I was lucky with my skin, not one for spots and not one for really oily skin. I never wore much make -up as I simply didn’t need it. I was more interested in playing hockey than spending hours on my face. However, now I am rarely seen without foundation because of my rosy cheeks.
There is a name for these rosy cheeks – rosacea and whilst I do not suffer like some it is enough to make me feel self-conscious. My cheeks often feel hot to which is part of the condition. Therefore when I was invited to meet with specialists including a dermatologist, celebrity make up artist Sarah Jagger and TV medic Dr Dawn Harper to learn more about rosacea and the treatments available I dragged myself out of bed early and headed to London for the day. During today’s coffee and cakes at the fabulous BB Bakery in Covent Garden I talked to others who suffer from rosacea and was told about some of the newer treatments available and also given some findings from recent research on how rosacea makes people feel.
Rosacea is a common chronic inflammatory skin condition that affects about 1 in 10 people. Sarah Jaggar, herself a sufferer, used makeup to illustrate how rosacea can look during a flare up and she went out in Covent Garden to see how people reacted. As this photo demonstrates people do look. We discussed how rosacea made us feel and agreed that even if others don’t notice – we, ourselves, are aware of how it makes us feel. Dr Dawn Harper was also on hand alongside a dermatologist. Both encouraged that we should not feel bad for going to see our GP about skin conditions, I had raised, during our conversation, that it is something many mums would ignore because we do not class it as an illness, we are not sick and so it seems like vanity to seek help.
However, we were encouraged that there are treatments and we should seek them out because how we feel is vital to our wellbeing and emotional health in addition to physical health.
I learnt a few tricks of the trade from Sarah such as to layer make up and not go for a really heavy foundation. It was suggested to use a silicone base and a primer before a BB cream or similar. Sarah said that there are a number of her red carpet famous faces that suffer with rosacea and agreed that we are lucky now that make up has improved.
It was a really interesting discussion and although my rosacea is quite mild it is good to know that there are treatments available if it is causing anyone real concerns. You can also find out more information at experience my rosacea.
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