A beauty concern that’s more common than you think, rosacea is an often misdiagnosed skin condition mainly affecting the face. Symptoms tend to include flushing, stinging sensations, redness and in some cases spots - meaning it can be mistaken for acne.
And according to nurse and facialist Emma Coleman, it’s a condition that’s incredibly sensitive to your environment. Meaning that everything from the climate to emotional stress can trigger a flare up.
For beauty expert Rose Gallagher, this is nothing new. Having noticed around her time at secondary school that her skin seemed especially rosy, she quickly developed a knack for covering up her rosacea.
“I’ve always been rosy so it was something I noticed especially from secondary school onwards,” she says. “To be honest it didn’t knock my confidence purely because I always had a knack for covering it, but without make-up on I have days when I feel fine and others when I feel conscious.”
What is rosacea?
Symptoms of rosacea:
The symptoms of rosacea can be multiple, but here are a few things to watch out for…
- persistent facial redness
- visible blood vessels
- papules and pustules
- thickened skin
Other symptoms of rosacea include:
- sensitive skin – burning, itching, stinging and pain
- dry, rough skin
- raised red patches (plaques) on your skin
- facial swelling (lymphoedema)
Rosacea skincare: the rosacea products that will soothe your skin
In order to keep her skin happy and healthy, Rose has developed a back-to-basics approach to skincare. A huge fan of French pharmacy brand La Roche Posay, she uses their Toleraine Dermo-Cleanser to cleanse before following with their eye and face cream.
Important for all skin types, but especially for rosacea sufferers whose skin can be triggered by sunlight, Rose won’t leave the house without an SPF50.
Again, it’s her trusty La Roche Posay she turns to – this time their Anthelios SPF. Specially formulated for sensitive skin, it delivers broad spectrum protection (shielding skin from both UVA and UVB rays) and won’t clog your pores.
For instant calm, she turns to La Roche Posay’s Rosaliac anti-redness range, Avene’s Calm range or anything from CeraVe, as a purse-friendly, fragrance-free and fuss-free option. Or, for a luxe treat, Rose relies on Zelens Z Recovery balm to speedily soothe and Dr Dennis Gross’s Mild Two-Step Peel to manage uneven texture.
Make-up for rosacea: for natural, even coverage
When it comes to make-up, Rose counts IT Cosmetics Cult CC as the go-to for full coverage (their concealer is also a huge seller on QVC), switching between the original, illuminating and matte depending on the finish she’s after.
Cream textured blush and highlighters are her top pick over powder formulas, as they sit softly over base instead of powder which has a tendency to cling to any dryness. “I tend to use cream blush and highlighter so that they sit softly over any texture in my skin rather than powder which can sometimes cling to it a little,” she told us. “Jillian Dempsey blushes are gorgeous and I love the BECCA liquid illuminators.”
Many make-up artists recommend green colour correctors to counteract redness, but in reality Rose thinks they leave her complexion a little gaunt. Instead, she uses a peachy blush like Bobbi Brown’s pot rogue to add radiance and detract away from the redness. Fresh Melon is a soft, gentle peach is her every day must-have, whilst Calypso Coral is a more vivid shade best for evening.
Follow Rose’s rosacea journey and find out more about the products she can’t live without at @mixedgemsbeauty.