• How I Deal With Rosacea To Improve My Confidence
  • How I Deal With Rosacea To Improve My Confidence

    Hypnotherapy Helps

    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. 








    BEFORE                                                                             AFTER

    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!




    1. Michelle
      February 28, 2019 / 7:46 am

      Thank you for your post! I would love to know if you continued on with the treatments and how they went! 🙂

      • Wendy
        February 28, 2019 / 8:10 am

        Hi Michelle, Great to hear from you! Yes, I did continue and it work brilliantly. I’ve had a combination of laser light treatment which isn’t painful and lessens the general redness and the electrolysis which works on specific threadveins. the combination has really improved my skin and my confidence! I pop back for a top up treatment about 6 monthly. I’m fortunate because my niece is a beautician trainer so I get the treatments for free at the local college as a supervised guinea pig for the students. Is this something you suffer from yourself?

      • Wendy
        February 26, 2018 / 12:12 am

        That’s really interesting and I’ll definitely pop across for a read. Interestingly, since changing my diet to a much healthier natural low carb diet for controlling diabetes, I’ve noticed my skin has definitely been calmer too.. xx

        • February 26, 2018 / 12:16 am

          I’m not surprised because grains aggravate rosacea and a high-fat diet prevents the body from effectively detoxing the dermatoxins that cause it.

    2. September 18, 2017 / 3:46 pm

      This is a great post! There are a few points that I totally agree with. First is that the worst thing to do when feeling like hiding away is to stop going about normal business. I know a lot of people who suffer from skin conditions tend to cut off their social lives and stay at home all day. They don’t walk out because they think they can self-healing. But the truth is starting conversations with others, especially ones you have bond with, is a good way to get healed.
      I also like what you said about getting inner confidence is so important. Sometimes skin conditions can affect patients’ inner confidence. The thing we can do is to ease their anxieties and educate people from the outside world about the ‘skin condition’.
      I have experienced eczema for many years and I have post my story on my page. If you are interested, please have a look of it Here is my link: https://nodermatologicalshame.wordpress.com/

      • Wendy
        September 19, 2017 / 12:33 am

        Thanks for your lovely comment. Yes definitely – growing our inner confidence is definitely key and ‘feeling the fear and doing it anyway’.. going out and facing the world with our heads held high! I’m glad you’ve learned to cope with your ecaema and I’ll pop over for a peak at your site. Much appreciated xx

    3. September 11, 2017 / 9:10 am

      I have a mild case of Rosacea and dermalmd rosacea serum definitely reduces redness in my cheeks. I also love the smell and it feels great on the skin. The only negative is that I’m nearly sure this is giving me a couple pimples around the mouth area… but the benefits for me definitely outweigh the cons, and I’ll be sure to order again.

      • Wendy
        September 12, 2017 / 8:11 am

        Thanks very much fo the tip – I recently had some electrolysis treatment which has significantly improved the red thread veins and I’m definitely going to book in for another session. In the meantime, I’ll give that serum a try too. Much appreciated!! x

      • Wendy
        August 8, 2017 / 11:42 pm

        Haha! Yep – even after treatment I do NEED that makeup!! Maybe not after a few more sessions though! xx

    4. August 8, 2017 / 3:27 pm

      Great post Wendy. I can’t agree more that confidence should come from the inside but giving it a helping hand from the outside definitely helps boost your self esteem! The results of your treatment look amazing! As for the Brazilian, lucky you. I’d love to have that treatment, no more shaving lol

      PS. Sorry I’m late catching up on your posts 😊

      • Wendy
        August 8, 2017 / 9:20 pm

        Yes definitely – that little ‘boost’ did wonders for my self esteem – and as it was part of my nieces training – it was free!! Strangely (or maybe not so strange) – it was something I’d added to my vision board a while back before my niece started her training… so it worked!! The Brazilian though was the ‘pain’ I had to suffer for my ‘facial treatment’.. it would take several treatments for better results so it was ‘all pain and no gain’ for that one.. worth it for the face! Although no treatment could save my blushes when the Brazilian was underway!!!
        Never apologise for ‘late reading’ – I’m the biggest culprit on having to do some backlog catch up reading at the moment.. Thanks for taking the time to pop across.. xx

        • August 8, 2017 / 9:40 pm

          I would say persevere with the Brazilian, I had an at home kit & now only have to shave my legs rarely. If I’d kept it up I wouldn’t have to shave at all! The treatment you had on your face has given amazing results! Will definitely be looking into that. Also gotta love Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation 😉

          • Wendy
            August 8, 2017 / 10:24 pm

            Fab – yes I’m definitely going to suffer the embarrassment and continue the treatments .. I’ll just have to put up with the ‘red face’ for a bit longer and slap on the Double Wear!! xx

    5. August 5, 2017 / 6:15 am

      This is a great post, Wendy! I am so touched by your journey with your skin, and the self-love and acceptance that goes with it. Very funny on the Brasilian (I’ve never done that < ) You are too funny.

      Keep up the great healing and sharing. You are awesome. Love you Wendy. Debbie

      • Wendy
        August 5, 2017 / 7:57 am

        HAha – thanks Debbie.. and the Brazilian – neither had I previously and my niece saw places no person ever really should.. She ‘sprung’ it on me in exchange for the ‘rosacea’ treatment.. little minx!! Have a wonderful weekend Debbie.. much love xx

    6. August 4, 2017 / 8:40 am

      I’m all for confident-boosting treatments! The result looks really impressive. I have a hand held laser device by Tria for home use. I can’t pinpoint exactly how but it is definitely improving my skin. Let’s compare the note again a six months time?😬xx

    7. August 2, 2017 / 4:56 pm

      Goodness Wendy that treatment made a huge difference. Its wonderful to be a guinea pig for all those delights! How is the eyebrow treatment fairing ? They look good in the photograph. 😊

      • Wendy
        August 2, 2017 / 5:03 pm

        Thanks Brigid – yep I’m really chuffed with the results and hopefully I’ll be back there soon for some further sessions ( on the face preferably…). The eyebrows are fabulous – I just have to go back for the final top up session to fill in any little gaps that didn’t take and I’m hoping to fit it in next week if possible. I’m trying to put a video together to show the treatment and finished results so once complete I’ll post that (and the kitchen.. ). I’ll admit though I’m struggling with learning the video software. I lost windows movie maker which was really easy when I changed laptops.. Watch this space but don’t hold your breath!! xx

    8. Osyth
      August 2, 2017 / 10:56 am

      Anything that effects the way we look has the potential to sent our self confidence or even shatter it. As ever your candid sharing of what you have been through, positive advice for psychological and cosmetic help and the very real possibility of a breakthrough treatment add up to a really valuable article. I’m sure your fur-less nethers neither are a not to behold but am extremely glad that you drew the candid line at sharing …. 😂😂 xx

      • Wendy
        August 2, 2017 / 11:00 am

        Haha – laughing loudly Osyth – thanks for brightening my morning with your fab comment.. the ‘fur-less nethers’ has tickled me pink!! Great to hear from you and I hope life is ‘fun’ for you too at the moment and you’re enjoying your ‘new home’ wherever that may be! xx

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