Did Princess Diana have rosacea? Here's how she took care of her skin

Princess Diana reportedly suffered with the skin condition that affects 1 in 10 of us

Princess Diana
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Princess Diana and her iconic outfits are firmly back on our radar thanks to The Crown. But did you know she reportedly had rosacea? Here's how she took care of her skin...

Emma Corrin's portrayal of Princess Diana in The Crown is all anybody can talk about right now. But did you know the late royal was affected by the common skin condition rosacea?

Both The Telegraph and Good Housekeeping report that the Princess of Wales had rosacea, which predominantly affected her cheeks. 

The condition is actually very common, affecting one in 10 people in the UK according to BUPA. Other famous faces with rosacea include Sex and the City's Cynthia Nixon and singer Sam Smith.

Princess Diana

Princess Diana

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"Rosacea is a chronic inflammatory skin condition that usually occurs on the face and can affect all skin types," Dr Daron Seukeran, Group Medical Director for SK:N tells us. "It may also manifest itself as persistent redness, blood vessels and spots, which can resemble a similar appearance to acne, although the two should not be confused."

It's therefore no surprise that Princess Diana took great care of her skin, especially if it was prone to sensitivity. 

"Diana was very sensible when it came to her skin," her make-up artist Mary Greenwell told Stylist in 2012. "She would always make sure she took her make up off at the end of the day and make sure she always had a clean face before applying make up."

According to Greenwell, the Princess would follow the famous three-step routine of cleansing, toning and moisturising twice a day to look after her skin. "She’d be now using serums and definitely using sun block every day," she added. 

If you’re also prone to redness and think you may have the condition, speak to your GP then read our guide on how to treat rosacea for more expert tips and tricks. 

Lucy Abbersteen

Lucy is a UK-based beauty journalist who has written for titles including Marie Claire, Glamour and OK!, as well as contributing to woman&home. Her work covers everything from expert skin and haircare advice to beauty trends and reviews of the latest products. During her career she regularly speaks to the industry's leading hairdressers, dermatologists and make-up artists, has covered backstage at London Fashion Week and interviewed many a celeb about their beauty routine.