How A Doctor’s Diagnosis Changed The Way I Do My Makeup



If you’ve been keeping up with my beauty posts, you know that I always had a little moan about my skin before I launched into the products I recommended. It was kind of a cry for help. I didn’t know it at the time but my dry, sensitive skin was actually a precursor to a skin condition that erupted last week.

I was diagnosed with mild Rosacea. It can get bad, but at this stage it just looks like I’ve applied too much blusher, and it dries out really quickly when I apply makeup. Basically my face was like ‘stop putting creams on me, girl!’ but I didn’t listen. I’m always after a quick fix from the doctor, so I was hoping for some antibiotic cream that would make my skin amazing in just five minutes – but that didn’t happen. The only thing I can do is work on prevention. So stay away from spicy food, sugar, products that contain perfumes and alcohol, and just try to find out what triggers it, which could also be heat and exercise. Boring.

Of course, I still wear makeup, even though I probably shouldn’t. But after some trial and error, I’ve found the products that don’t irritate my skin and give me flawless coverage.

Preparing my skin 

So I prepare my skin with A-Derma Exomega Emollient Cream. It’s a bit thicker and more medicinal than your average moisturizer, perfect for any girls with skin conditions or dry skin. Once that’s all absorbed I use my bareMinerals SkinLongevity Serum to ensure the foundation I use stays dewy. This is brand new and contains some pretty amazing ingredients, plus it hasn’t caused a flare up so I know it’s safe.


I actually love bareMinerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Hydrating Gel Cream, because it’s so lightweight and cooling. I like to use this on my cheeks, because if I use anything heavier it sticks to them and cracks, on a normal day I blend it with my MakeUp Forever Ultra HD Stick Foundation, but for a Photoshop finish I definitely turn to MAC. MAC Studio Waterweight Foundation isn’t too cakey and has a bit of a shine to it which combats the fact that my skin will absorb any moisture I try to give it.

I love the scientific bottle and the powdery finish it gives, but I do have to steer clear of using it on my cheeks, at least until the emollient makes a difference and the dryness clears up. I have to be pretty selective now about what I use so I can determine what triggers it, so I’m sticking mostly to what I know and trying new things on a two-week trial.

Attitude to products

I actually went to a charity event at Debenhams recently and had to steer clear of any free facials and getting my makeup done. I’d rather be responsible for my skin going crazy than anyone else, and I have to be really picky about what products I use, so I only wear makeup when I’m leaving the house.

After a day of wearing makeup I have to slather it in emollient cream to soothe it and, unfortunately, I have to steer clear of cleansers too. So if I want to take my makeup off, I have to have a shower and hope the water does it. Also, I can’t use hot water on my face as heat could be a trigger. So I’m basically living life according to how my face feels. The diagnosis definitely opened my eyes to what I can do to improve my skin and in the next 9 weeks, I’m following an exercise and eating plan that might just reverse the effects.

If any of you have skin conditions on  your face, let me know what you use to stop it stinging or getting worse – I’d love some recommendations!

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