Taming the Redness
by Marie-Claude Bédard

Rosacea is red, it’s bumpy, and it just plain sucks!
Mine began in high school, in my mid-teens, and I dismissed it as acne. It was localized on my cheeks and, not only was it red, it also took the form of pustules and papules. As the years went by, it simply got worse. I began joking about it, in order to make myself feel better about it, (Rudolph the red cheeked reindeer? That’s me!) but deep down I was heartbroken! By my mid-twenties I had become quite the professional at applying makeup; however, the bumps on my cheeks were still evident, depending on the lighting and I made sure to filter and Photoshop those bumps out of every picture. I reached my breaking point when a well-meaning family member asked me what was on my cheeks. It became clear to me that I had to do something about my rosacea.
I had the chance to try out many topical ointments and creams, prescribed by a medical professional. Personally, they didn’t work for me. They made my skin hot, red, dry and flaky. This was the opposite of the results I was looking for. The last medical professional I met with suggested laser treatments followed by proper skincare (washing and moisturizing) and a round of mild antibiotics. After several months of antibiotics, and 3 or 4 laser treatments I finally felt comfortable leaving the house without makeup, which was quite the exploit, since for years I felt anxiety leaving the house without something covering my cheeks (sometimes it was a scarf, it looked silly).
Being an IBS sufferer, I knew what reactions food and stress could have on the body. I began being more aware of my food choices and the reactions that would that would affect my cheeks. When I included probiotics to help with my stomach issues, I began seeing the greatest results both in my overall wellness and on my cheeks, too! So, I began doing hours of online research trying to find solutions that were less invasive than conventional medicine, or could complement it. I quickly realized that the chemicals that were in my skincare products were probably not only harming my skin, but they weren’t doing anything good for my body either. Your skin is the biggest organ of your body; it absorbs everything, leaving your liver, kidneys and the rest of your organs to filter it out. It’s so important to nourish your skin the way you would your body and to be aware of the way your skin reacts to this nourishment. I tried many different skincare companies, many different types of products such as oils, creams, serums, etc. and when I fell across Fitglow Beauty, I instantly fell in love! The products reminded me of my former high end skincare products but the ingredients were safe, giving me peace of mind that what I was putting on my body would not cause more problems.
If you currently suffer from rosacea, and you have yet to find a solution to the redness, the flakes and the bumps, and you keep caking on the makeup, take a step back. An artist cannot paint on an uneven canvas that has not been primed. I celebrate your love of makeup—I share that passion, too—but your makeup will sit much better on your face if your canvas is healthy, soft, and free of blemishes. I strongly recommend a gentle cleanser to wash away makeup and impurities, high quality serum to nourish your skin, a great moisturizer for night time, and the Redness Rescue Cream to apply in the morning. Its light green tint helps neutralize the redness, the ingredients help calm the burning and tightness, and in the long run your rosacea will become much more manageable. Also, your makeup will look fantastic since you will no longer be trying to hide your imperfections, but rather enhance your beautiful features.
As for me? A mild redness is still present; I still get bumps when I am not careful with my diet or encountering periods of stress and hormonal unbalance. I get laser treatments twice a year for maintenance, which also makes a big difference. As the doctor told me, my rosacea won’t necessarily ever go away. There isn’t really a cure for rosacea. But, I am still experimenting with foods and supplements and I am learning to control flare ups. However, my skincare choices have made a big difference in my skin’s appearance and texture: it complements the rest of my health routine.
Again, I am not a healthcare professional, and I strongly suggest you meet up with a conventional or naturopathic doctor. What works for one person will not necessarily work for another. Research and experimentation are what will work best in learning to tame your cheeks’ redness.

To conclude, here are some of my rosacea tips:

1. Keep a food journal and note how your skin reacts to various meals. Wine, tomato based sauces, and caffeine are some of my worst triggers. I do indulge every now and again, but I am aware of the repercussions.
2. Ensure your cheeks are clean and cool. This is something I discovered this summer while moving in the August heat. Sebum accumulates on your cheeks and aggravates rosacea. If you do not wear makeup, keep towelettes nearby to freshen your skin and reapply Redness Rescue Cream. If you wear makeup during the day, wash off your makeup once you are home. In both cases, spritz your skin with Sea Toning Mist mid-day to keep your skin cool and refreshed. Your skin will thank you for it.
3. Choose skincare products that are suitable for sensitive and rosacea prone skin. Fitglow Beauty was created with rosacea and sensitive skin in mind, I highly recommend all of the products.
4. We all know stress can cause some pretty nasty reactions in our body. Stress loves to flare up rosacea; keep it at bay by taking a walk, doing yoga, or doing an activity that helps calm and centre you.
5. Work closely with a health professional in order to identify underlying issues and to find supplements that will help enhance your skin’s healing.
Your skin is precious, treat it as such!