Around a year ago I started to have some unusual breakouts. I woke up one morning, in a panic, that both of my cheeks were covered in red, irritated spots. I had no idea what happened. Was it a food allergy? Was it acne?
I covered my face in concealer and hid behind my sunglasses until I could get to the store. I tried everything there was. I tried transitioning to an all natural, organic skincare to drastically changing to using a highly potent acne fighting face wash, toner and moisturizer. I tried cutting out comedogenic soaps, lotions and even swapped out my laundry detergent. Nothing was working. As a 23 year old woman, having this much acne started getting to me to the point where I didn’t want to go out because I couldn’t cover up the red dots covering my cheeks.
I finally went to the dermatologist and realized, within 2 minutes of her speaking to me, that I had rosacea. It’s not surprising. My dad was recently diagnosed with the same skin issues, and we both we’re wondering what was happening.
Much to my dismay, the dermatologist recommended a few things: cut out hot beverages, spicy food, caffeine, and red wine. (Literally staples in my everyday diet.)
1. Cut out the red wine
Red wine is a major factor in flaring up rosacea (for me and my dad at least.) Try cutting it out completely for a few months and monitor how you’re skin reacts with other types of alcohol.
2. Take supplements
Supplements like probiotics, vitamin b12 and d, and even skin soothers like Gotu Kola are known to help your skin tremendously.
3. Eat healthy
Less fake stuff, less flaring. Try to go easy on the junk food loaded with extra grease and refined sugars. When you make a meal, avoid slathering it in hot sauce (bummer, I know). Simply add a dash of cayenene pepper for a small kick without the flare.
4. Choose skincare carefully
Just because it looks like acne, doesn’t mean it is. Find skincare ingredients that are soothing to the skin like: cucumber, green tea, and aloe. Avoid excess oils and excess salicylic acid that will cause your skin to become dry and irritated.
5. Don’t hate on your skin
Last, but definitely not least. Having uneven, irritated skin is embarrassing, I know. But don’t get too worked up over it. Your skin is often a reflection of your health, so if your skin’s health is dwindling, your health might be dwindling. Take care of yourself, and don’t hate on your skin. Show some love to it regardless of how it’s looking!