Breaking up is hard to do, especially when it comes to breaking up with your makeup. Women in their forties and fifties deal with all sorts of skin care issues like acne, hyperpigmentation, rosacea, wrinkles…sometimes all at the same time. Who needs that insanity? I used to believe in covering up my newly developed skin care issues, but once I started having bouts of rosacea I learned that I needed to stop concealing and start healing.
Rosacea is a common skin condition that causes redness and acne-like bumps. Anyone can develop rosacea, but it is more common in middle aged women with a fair skin tone. Most people develop rosacea on their faces, but mine started on my neck. Every day it got worse until I couldn’t ignore it any longer. Here are a few healthy skin care tips I learned on my journey toward breaking up with my makeup.
- The importance of double cleansing. Not only is less makeup better for your skin, proper cleansing is vital. Every night I first use makeup remover, and then I use a gentle cleanser with water and a facial cleansing brush.
- Unhealthy food = unhealthy skin. Sugar and highly processed food lead to dull, bloated, unhealthy skin. What you put into your body shows on the outside, probably more than you even realize. I started keeping food diary and quickly saw the relationship between my food choices and my complexion.
- Use the right sunscreen! Of course we all know that sunscreen is a must…but did you know your sunscreen could be the cause of your skin issues? Stay away from fragrance and ingredients like menthol and alcohol. My skin is happiest when I use mineral sunscreen with titanium dioxide.
- Go see your doctor. I brought my doctor photos of my flare-ups and found relief using the treatment she prescribed. There are different options for rosacea, and I had great results with Galderma’s Soolantra® (ivermectin) Cream, 1%. Soolantra Cream is an FDA approved treatment for the inflammatory lesions, or bumps and pimples, of rosacea. The FDA approval of Soolantra Cream addresses an important need of patients with bumps and pimples, which can be so embarrassing.
Paying attention and making healthy choices leads to great skin! It is so worth it to stop concealing and start healing. Learn more about rosacea and treatments on the Break Up With Your Makeup page . While you’re there, be sure to vote for your favorite no makeup selfie and story and you could win one of three $500 gift cards! – Lisa
Important Safety Information – Soolantra® Cream
Indication: SOOLANTRA® (ivermectin) Cream, 1%, is indicated for the treatment of inflammatory lesions of rosacea. Adverse Events: In clinical trials with SOOLANTRA Cream, the most common adverse reactions (incidence ?1%) included skin burning sensation and skin irritation. Warnings / Precautions: Not for oral, ophthalmic or intravaginal use.
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I was selected, as a member of Clever Girls, to post on behalf of the Break Up with Your Makeup program sponsored by Galderma Laboratories, L.P. The content and opinions expressed here are my own. You should discuss any medication with your doctor.