Monday, 2 December 2013

Tackling Rosacea with La Roche-Posay and Liz Earle

Happy December, everyone! Can you believe we're already in the festive season? For my first December post I thought I would revisit my very first post on the blog, and talk about a skin problem that I've had for a number of years - acne rosacea. For those of you who don't know, acne rosacea is a skin condition which occurs on the face. Symptoms can include facial flushing, redness, spots, thickening of the skin, dry eyes, and sore eyelids. 

Rosacea affects around 10% of people in the UK, and is usually found in the middle-aged. Women are more commonly affected than men - though often the symptoms are less severe - and it's also more common in fair-skinned people. I guess I'm one of the unlucky young'uns that suffers from it but, on the other hand, my symptoms are very minor compared to some. Symptoms appear mostly on my cheeks, nose and sometimes my chin area - and although it's not at all painful or itchy, I get noticeable redness/flushing (not unlike blushing or sunburn) and clusters of small pimples on my chin. It tends to flare up if I have a shower or bath that is too hot (more likely this time of year when it's freezing outside!) or if I'm a bit stressed out. From what we know, there is currently no cure. However, there are some really fabulous skincare products which can really help.

La Roche-Posay have a brilliant Rosaliac range, and they kindly sent me some products to trial last month. Aside from micellar solutions and oil-based removers, I've now started using Rosaliac Micellar Make-Up Removal Gel* (RRP £12.50) which is a unique micellar structure which easily dissolves make-up in a single swipe of a cotton pad. Even though it starts off as a gel, once it comes into contact with skin it releases its moisture into the skin and turns to a more water-like texture. It's really refreshing to use and leaves my skin feeling clean and comfortable. If I find I'm having a particularly bad day, I'll soothe my skin further with some Thermal Spring Water (RRP £7 for 150ml). I've mentioned this product before but it's really useful for softening and refreshing the skin. It was a saviour during the hot summer!

After prepping my skin, I like to use Rosaliac AR Intense* (RRP £16), which is an intensive concentrate designed to resorb localised redness at its source and prevent its reappearance. It's another gel-like texture and is quite rich so a little definitely goes a long way. It took a good few weeks for this to begin working on me, but I have to say it has served me well. My skin is overall much calmer when I've been using this product, and it feels a lot smoother too. My cheek redness has reduced, and I feel like I can actually wear BB cream or tinted moisturiser without being self-conscious of those pesky red flare-ups. I would absolutely recommend it!

For moisturiser, there is always one which I come back to when I find my rosacea is flaring up. Liz Earle's Skin Repair Moisturiser for Dry/Sensitive Skin (RRP £19.25) is packed full of natural botanicals rather than man-made chemicals, and is more suited to rosacea-prone skin. This 50ml jar contains antioxidant natural source vitamin E and GLA from borage oil to help skin replace lost moisture. Avocado oils also soothe the skin. It feels lightweight and non-greasy on the skin, and lasts forever too! Similarly, if you wanted to keep with the La Roche-Posay vibe, you can complete the routine with their Rosaliac UV SPF 15 (RRP £16.50). This moisturiser is available in rich or light, and provides triple-protection to hydrate and limit the appearance of daily redness and hot flushes.

To find out more about acne rosacea Liz Earle has a really handy fact sheet available on their website.

*PR Sample
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