I Don’t Wash My Face
When I was younger, people would always compliment me on my skin. I always found that funny, because I didn’t do anything to it beyond washing it with handsoap (yes, really). I once told a makeup artist that I’d never moisturised and she was genuinely horrified. “One day”, she said, “you’re going to wake up and your face will just….fall off.”
While I’m pleased to report that hasn’t happened yet, I did wake up one day to find life had hit my face like a freight train. I had rosacea, fine lines and more spots than I ever had as a teenager. It took a bit of trial and error, but here’s how I finally got my face back on track.
I stopped washing my face twice a day
When I got first got into skincare, I bought all sorts of fancy cleansers and started religiously washing my face twice a day. That was a mistake. Rosacea is irritated skin, and if you want to irritate it more, overwashing it is the way to go. Now I wash off the day's travails in the evening, but in the morning I just rinse with some cool water.
No more physical exfoliants
I admit it — Saint Ives Apricot Face Scrub used to be a bathroom staple for me. Wasn’t it for everyone? Unfortunately for us all, physical scrubs are usually a bad idea. The rough, jagged pieces in a scrub can tear the delicate skin on your face, which is exactly what happened to me.
I have broken capillaries under my eye around my nose from being careless with physical scrubs, so I’m playing it safe and using chemical exfoliants only from now on. My face is less red and irritated as a result.
Bonus: I use the Ordinary’s AHA/BHA peeling solution once a week instead, and it’s slowly but surely minimising the hyperpigmentation left behind by papular rosacea.
Serums, serums, serums
Serums are so easy to add to your routine, and they can really work wonders. I use vitamin c in the morning to carry on gently lifting the rosacea scars and a peptide serum in the evening which is really softening the lines on my forehead and around my eyes.