Growing up, I remember only wanting one thing…to blend in with the crowd. Needless to say my natural red hair didn’t exactly help my cause. Now as an adult, it’s certainly my favorite feature about myself. Although, I never thought my skin would somehow ‘follow suit’ and become red as well.  My struggle with rosacea began in my early twenties—and like most college students—the priority was to hurry and arrive to class on time, not to perfect my makeup.  As the years passed, my skin condition would fluctuate at times, but would inevitably plateau. I thought that by using heavy coverage makeup (with the ever laborious application process) was my only option. After college and upon entering my Esthetics program, I was determined to take control of this additional redness that I carried with me.  In the wild and wavering world of esthetics, researching any skin condition or product for that matter could quickly send anyone through the proverbial rabbit hole of skin care gurus with their theories, laws, and of course holy-grail-fixes. I’d safely say that the word ‘overwhelming’ would be a serious understatement.  It is so critical to remember when conducting your own research at home to lend your trust to websites that end with ‘.org, .gov, .edu’, etc. (as these are supported and funded by national medical professionals and organizations).  Rosacea.org is a great one for this topic!
Rosacea, like melasma and acne are all chronic conditions and no two manifestations of them are ever alike. Rosacea can present itself in a multitude of ways. Flushing—a type that resembles blushing of the cheeks and fades at its own pace. Mild forms that linger beginning from the center of the face towards the hairline, and moderate to severe forms that sometimes require prescription medication as the next course of action.  So what can we do? Summon the skin care gurus? Test our own theories and let the dice roll? At this point as a skin care professional, I’ll say let’s hold that thought.  As we all know, the sun can be merciless. So yes—sun exposure leads the way in forcing rosacea flareups—but it’s the heat that can sometimes be the main culprit. Unfortunately, some of the best things in life can light a little (unnecessary) fire in you. For me, it’s eating my favorite spicy Indian dish, or enjoying a dry, crisp Pinot Grigio at the end of a hard day, or just a quick walk to the mailbox that can give you the most unwanted rosy flareup. Ok, that last one is not one of my favorite things. For the record, I do not enjoy walking to my mailbox to retrieve what is undoubtedly bills. (Insert here that STRESS, yes STRESS can cause flareups as well.) Let’s save stress for another blog, shall we?
Ok, class is dismissed, but what next? As I explained earlier, I experimented with countless bottles of foundations, concealers, color correctors and every gimmicky, promising product out there.  That is when I discovered the product,  All Calm by Colorescience. It is a skin enhancing formula that combines the cosmetic aspect of makeup—plus the clinical relief for rosaic or redness-prone skin. It also has an SPF of 50 to boot!  When it comes to application, if you’re someone who tends to have drier skin, blend with your regular moisturizer to ensure an even coverage. I absolutely love this product because it functions as four products in one—including skin-soothing treatment, sunscreen, makeup primer and color corrector.
 Not to mislead, I will always be looking out for the next “miracle product”—or just any excuse to go skin care product shopping. (It comes with the territory as an Aesthetician). So for now, I feel like “blending in” is something that comes a bit easier these days.
-Holly, La Chelé Medical Aesthetician