I’ve suffered from Rosacea since my early 30’s. Initially, I had the ‘acne’ rosacea which was horrible and had a big impact on my Self Confidence. I used to feel very embarrassed and had to force myself to go out, when sometimes I just felt like hiding away.
Thankfully, I learned from my experience as a hypnotherapist, that the worst thing to do when feeling like that, would be to stop going about my normal business, and I’ve since helped several people to start living their lives more fully, after hiding themselves away, due to suffering from various skin conditions. In one case this had led to agoraphobia and thankfully, that person is now leading a full happy life…
Using a combination of hypnotherapy and cognitive behaviour type therapy, I’ve been able to help people to deal with their anxieties and improve their confidence enough to face the outside world.. Hiding away is definitely not the answer….
In my recent Confidence Series, I talked about How To Be Confident In Your Own Skin: Confidence Series Part 6 and Inner Confidence really is so important. That’s not to say however, that we can’t give our inner confidence a boost from the outside too!
How we look on the outside can really impact on how we feel on the inside, so it’s great news for people suffering from skin conditions that in recent years however, the treatments for helping skin conditions such as rosacea have really improved. In the 1990’s, I had to rely on antibiotics which I took periodically for several years and which always concerned me, as I don’t like taking ‘medication’ if I can avoid it.
Thankfully the acne spots eventually disappeared but there wasn’t much I could do about the redness. I tried lots of creams and potions at significant cost on occasion, but nothing ever really worked and I relied on makeup to camouflage the redness.
There have been a number of new developments in recent years which have improved the range of treatments to deal with various skin conditions, including Rosacea.
New Treatments To Calm Redness
A few weeks ago, I became a guinea pig for my niece who’s been doing some additional Beauty Therapy Training, in Skin Rejuvenation and after just one laser light and one electrolysis session, the redness on my cheeks and nose has significantly calmed down.
The Laser session calmed down the general redness on my cheeks and nose, so I no longer look like a ‘heavy drinker’, when I don’t have any makeup on!!! The electrolysis worked on specific deeper thread veins on my cheeks and I was delighted with the result after just a single treatment..
The BEFORE photo below was taken last year when I posted about Rosacea How To Cover Rosacea: Manchester Lifestyle Bloggers ‘Makeup Monday’ Tips and was before I bought my new Cannon camera however, it still shows how much redder my skin was prior to the Laser & Electrolosis treatements, even if the quality of the picture isn’t as good as the AFTER shot.
For anyone who suffers from rosacea and feels embarrassed about the redness, both these treatments are definitely worth considering.
(I’ll also admit – I was also my nieces guinea pig for a LASER BRAZILLIAN…. you know… down below!! She sprung that one on me and saw places no one really ever should see – definitely no before and after photo’s of that treatment, which is definitely for an ‘X’ rated site!!!)
Even just the single electrolysis treatment on my face though, calmed the redness down enough, for me to feel confident to wear no makeup by the pool when we were away on holiday, which is something I’d never have done previously.
I’m definitely going to go and have a full course of treatments (I think they recommend 4 to 6 depending on the severity of the condition), as I love the thought of not having to wear so much foundation because as I get older, heavy foundation is increasingly difficult to wear because of the growing number of wrinkles!!
CAUTION: Be careful where you have these treatments done. I was fortunate to have the treatment in a training environment, with the close observation of a very experienced trainer, however, there is currently no regulation of these treatments and particularly in the case of the LASER, the effects of poor delivery can cause burning and scarring, so it’s ESSENTIAL to do your research about which salon to use and don’t just go for the ‘cheapest’ option!
Using foundation to cover Rosacea may still be the preferred option for many people and again, over the years, I’ve spent a fortune searching for that ‘best camouflage’.
Best Foundations To Cover Rosacea
If I’m going out for the evening, I’ve found that the Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation, provides the best cover and the best staying power. It doesn’t slide off under the heat of the ‘disco lights’…. oops.. showing my age.. sorry ‘Clubbers’.. I wear the Ivory Beige which sounds like it would be very pale, but actually it’s a medium colour and gives me confidence that my rosacea will remain covered for the whole night!