If you haven’t read my first post on how I deal with Rosacea, then give it a read HERE, but I thought it was high time I gave you an update, especially since last month it took a turn for the worse again and was angrier and redder than ever.
It had spread onto my forehead, which had never happened before, and much lower down my right cheek. No longer localised to just the apples of my cheeks, I was finding it harder and harder to disguise with makeup, and even attempting to monitor what I was eating (diet plays a large role in Rosacea worsening), I couldn’t seem to get the rosy glow under control.
When I say “rosy glow’, I am sugar-coating the truth here. Red, enlarged blood capillaries are raised to the skin’s surface, and can either be dry and flaky or quite sore. Hot showers, spicy foods, and exercise also worsen the appearance of the condition and whilst I’m well aware there are far worse skin conditions to suffer with, Rosacea is not one to roll your eyes at.
Confidence-dwindling, especially for a ‘beauty blogger’, I decided after my last flair up that I needed a little professional help. Namely the help of Absolute Aesthetics, a clinic specialising in anti-ageing aesthetic procedures, and serious skincare education. Booking in for the ‘Skin-Scription’ service; a 360-degree approach to complexion perfection, I wanted results fast. After a quick consultation, Vicki informed me I was using the wrong products (and too many – shock) for my skin. “Your skin is incredibly sensitive and needs only gentle but effective products to get it back under control, along with several IPL (intense pulsed light) laser treatments to reduce the redness of the Rosacea”, she tells me.
So, first up was the skincare detox. Having shown Vicki every single product I use, five in the morning, six at night (no shame here), the only product that got the nod of approval was my morning and evening cleansers. For AM, Bioderma’s Micellar Water and PM, the Dr Levy 3DEEP Cell Renewal Micro-Resurfacing Cleanser, so they stayed put in my washbag, whilst everything else had to be put under lock and key for the next 3 months. Replacing my countless fancy creams was a Vitamin C serum – the Obagi Professional-C-Serum 10% (this gives you the glowiest skin EVER) and a simple SPF to finish – the Heliocare Gel Cream Colour Brown SPF50. Yes, you need SPF even in London’s arctic temperatures. Evening, I was told to use the same serum and Obagi’s Hydrate Facial Moisturiser, which I’m told is great for sensitised skins.
Next up, came the IPL laser treatment. Now, I’ve had facial peels before, but lasers for skin rejuvenation, I’m relatively new to. I should also inform you, my pain threshold is slim to non-existent. I cannot abide pain, of any description, and have been known to take painkillers before a wax. Yes, really. When Aesthetician Megan told me the treatment was ‘not without pain’, I braced myself for agony. Ok, so agony may be slightly dramatic, but pain, there definitely is. All of 10 minutes later however, and I lived to tell the tale. Whilst immediately after I was redder than before, by that evening I’d already noticed a huge reduction in the rosy patches, and more so by the following morning. A week later, and I would say a 30% reduction could be seen, which is quite frankly, flipping fantastic.
A month on, and a week after my second treatment and I cannot express enough how brilliant the results have been (the results are visible above). Whilst a course of 6 is recommended, 2 down, and I even left my house without my usual tinted moisturiser this week, something I haven’t done for a couple of years. The products have also been great, reducing any blemish outbreaks as well as controlling the Rosacea.
All in all, Absolute Aesthetics have totally transformed my skin over the past month and for someone who has been on a bit of a rollercoaster ride with their complexion, it’s nice to feel I have a little more control over it now. If any of you suffer with Rosacea, acne, pigmentation or any other skin concern, I highly recommend booking in with these skin wizards – oh and be prepared to stare in awe at all of their pre-teen looking skin too!