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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  1. I’m currently going through treatment to discover what skin condition I have with my doctor, and this has really inspired me to be more careful in seeing what causes my acne to flare up. Really hope you see your skin improve in the next 9 weeks! You should do a before and after on your blog when it gets better! :D x love your blog by the way! X

  2. Hi Rhaea!

    Thanks so much! I’ve actually switched to a Laura Mercier moisturizer now too because weirdly the thing that I was prescribed was making it worse! :) Good luck with your skin, I’ll let you know how it goes. X

  3. I have rosacea and would love to hear what you find that works! I’ve now had to cut out all products with anything not 100% natural in :(

  4. I am surprised that your dermatologist did not prescribe you any medication. I have rosacea and there are many different options that can be described including an oral antibiotic and creams to help with symptoms and prevent flare ups. These treatments have helped me tremendously. I now have lessened redness, less breakouts and no soreness or dryness.

  5. Why are you using the serum after the moisturizer – usually it’s the opposite – was wondering if it works better.

  6. Hi Carmen, yes serum is usually great before moisturizer but I use it as a primer for my makeup because this particular serum is great for keeping my skin looking hydrated! :) X

  7. Yeah, I was hoping for medication but I was told it’s so mild that at this point there’s not much that can be done. I actually have to avoid the cream that’s especially for it too because it somehow makes it worse. My skin is just very weird I guess! Glad to hear you’ve got it under control!

  8. I have guttane psoriasis and have had 2 really bad flare ups on my face, when it’s bad I can’t wear makeup, touch my face or wash it because it aggrevates my skin, stings and it’s so dry and itchy! One thing that did seem to help it at the time was this works perfect skin super moisture moisturiser it has some ingredients that are really good for it!

  9. I always had a very bad acne and tried a lot of antibiotics, creams and treatments but it only made my skin worse. If I was you I would stay away from all the medications and try to cure it naturally as the doctor said and of course maintain a good cleansing routine. I am 22 now and my skin looks flawless for the first time since I was 11. Clean diet and drinking plenty of water can do miracles!! I drink hot lemon water first thing in the morning( it helps to cleanse your body from toxins which if you dont flush out, they will appear on the skin causing acne), wash my face with Khiel’s rare deep pore daily cleanser, then I put Khiel’s toner and gel cream. ( Khiel’s products are the best I’ve ever tried!) Also before toner I go over my face with an ice cube( I got this tip from celebrities aesthetician) . Use facial scrub no more then once a week, and keep the skin moisturised. If you go to gym , remember to clean your skin straight after exercising, to stop the sweat congesting your pores. Just splash warm water or use tea tree wipes. And of course try to stay away from sugar! Cutting out on sugar, not drinking coffe and drinking a lot of lemon water really helps to keep my skin clear. I really recomend focusing more on your diet than spending a lot of money on treatments and antibiotics, it worked for me, and antibiotics only made my stomach sensitive to everything and they can cause a lot of mood swings! Ah and remember to clean your makeup brushes at least once a week to stop spreading bacterias. I hope it helps ! :) xx

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