Q: My daughter is in her early twenties and suffering from bad acne rosacea on her nose and a bit on her chin. She often has breakouts but her cheeks and forehead are normal. She's currently using Liz Earle as the products are soothing but they don't help prevent breakouts. Could you please help recommend a suitable beauty routine and a make-up product to help cover up the acne but not cause breakouts?
Alison: For someone in their twenties, acne rosacea is very unusual. Acne vulgaris is normally associated with this age group whereas acne rosacea is linked more to hormone imbalances and with the mid-life age group; ie. 40 plus. So, I hope that you've had this diagnosed by a doctor as they, or a dermatologist, should be able to give you greater advice and medication too.
The reason for this is that acne rosacea doesn't come up in normal spots. You’d normally expect swollen, red and coarse areas that can leather up if left over time. It must not be treated by spot -products because it stems from an inflammatory reaction in the skin, and so is best looked after by soothing and calming products. Anti-spot type products won't actually help and can often aggravate the condition as they are too harsh.
You definitely need to be using the Sensitive Cleansing Wash, Cleanser & Toner and the SOS Emergency Cream from Elemis. I've seen great results with this range, yet the results I have seen are in much older women.
Make-up wise, Covermark will give you full coverage and concealment. It's recognised from a medical perspective and is also used in Red Cross clinics for a specialist cover-up. It also contains a natural sunblock, which is crucially important for you as you must avoid any sort of heat. So, I'd highly recommend avoiding sunshine, working in a hot environment, saunas, hot baths, hot swimming pools, fires etc. These will exacerbate the redness and could make the situation worse.
So, Covermark should be a healthy option for you as it has an built-in sunblock. It should also help to protect your from weather conditions as this can also make acne rosacea worse. If you don't want to wear make-up or the condition has calmed down enough to not need Covermark and you want to wear fashion make-up instead, you should still wear a sun protector like Ultrasun. This will offer you all-day protection, specifically to those areas of acne.
These beauty products should help you in conjunction with your doctor's advice and any medication you are prescribed. Another great tip is to play up other areas that you're more confident with, such as eyelashes, hair, lips and nails. It's important to still feel great and confident with how you look – you could even have a new hair cut or hair colour for an extra lift.