All the way back at the beginning of April I was invited to a round table on the subject of Rosacea.
I have blogged about my battle with Rosacea before and it is a condition that really affects my life.
During this round-table with fellow bloggers, including The Olivers Madhouse and Franglaise Mummy, beauty experts and the beautiful Dr Ellie Cannon we discussed the condition, its triggers, treatments we had tried and the emotional impact that it has on our lives.
Although all our symptoms varied, the common consensus was that it made us feel self-conscious and wary of going out in public, especially without a coating of make-up.
Rosacea is a chronic skin condition (this means it is ongoing), that causes some or all of these symptoms on the face:
- Persistent redness / flushing in the cheeks
- Papules and pustules on the skin
- Visible thread veins
- Thickened skin
- Eye irritation / dryness
Personally I suffer from persistent flushing across my cheeks, nose, chin and forehead, occasional papules across the cheeks, visible veins and occasionally eye irritation, especially due to a flare up and have suffered from the condition for over 10 years, although it is visibly worse now.
I have learned to live with it, but I hate going out without a coat of foundation to try and reduce the redness and have grown my fringe out so that it flops over my face, hiding my cheeks. Some days are better than others, but when I am having a flare up I am embarrassed to leave the house.
Triggers also make it worse, and are impossible to avoid.
- Exposure to sunshine
- Hot Weather
- Cold Weather
- Spicy Food
- Central Heating
- Hot Baths / Showers
- Face Creams
Those are just a few of the most common triggers – there are many more!
*Takes deep breath and adds a photo*
When I have a trigger, no amount of make-up will cover it up and my face feels as though it is burning. It is a really horrible condition to live with and I won’t eat spicy food or drink alcohol in public (not that we get the chance to anyway). It affects me that much that I want laser surgery on it for my 40th birthday.
The reason we attended the round- table is that Galderma are launching a brand new treatment called Mirvaso that reduces the flushing on your face for up to 12 hours. You can read Dr Ellie’s article on Rosacea and reducing redness here.
Mirvaso is available on the NHS although frustratingly, as it is so new, my GP couldn’t prescribe it as it “isn’t on their system”. I have since written to them and am awaiting a reply as I would really love to attend my daughters 21st birthday and Britmums without being self-conscious.
In the meantime, if you have Rosacea or think you may be suffering from it, Galderma have launched a fab new website www.myrosacea.co.uk which is packed full of information and advice to help sufferers.
Inspired by Jaime from The Olivers Madhouse I am booking myself a make-up consultation with Bare Minerals too!
Next month the #ActOnRed campaign is being launched across the UK – make sure you join us in helping people get diagnosed correctly and gain access the correct treatment.