2020 turned out to be the year my skin proved it’s a bigger drama queen than me and Lindsay Lohan combined.
Rosacea is a skin condition I’ve experienced for more than a decade, and as skin issues go it’s a very common one.
It affects mainly adult women with fair skin and causes redness and often visible blood vessels across your face. In some cases it can also produce small, red bumps and leave your skin feeling extremely dry and irritated during the worst flare-ups.
Until this year, my rosacea had consisted of some dry skin and a smattering of redness across my nose and cheeks, but in the second half of 2020 it had quite the glow-up.
Transitioning from dry and slightly red to as parched as the Sahara Desert and more closely resembling a sundried tomato, the skin on my face soon became so sensitive and irritated that I consulted a doctor who promptly diagnosed me with Rosacea Acne.
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A course of antibiotics and some medicated cream were prescribed to treat the root of the problem but I also needed skincare that would hydrate and soothe my poor red ravaged face and help repair my damaged skin barrier.
One of the products that helped hydrate and soothe my skin during those weeks when my face was particularly dry and irritated was the La Roche-Posay Cicaplast Baume B5.
At the time I was fearful about putting any skincare products onto my skin, for fear that they could potentially make the problem worse.
But this multi-repairing balm is created for sensitive skin types (it's even suitable for babies) and didn't contain any of the ingredients my doctor had warned me to stay away from, including alcohol, I decided to give it a go.