For acne rosacea in your twenties…


Elemis Sensitive Cleansing Wash 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.


  1. Bally March 16, 2009 at 10:09 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison I am 21 and suffer from breakouts only on my cheeks. I also have these tiny little what look like spots but are skin colour and never turn into a actual spot, its almost as like tiny dots on my cheeks. I am currently using decleor oily comibination cleasner and toner, elemis tri enzyme facial wash and Liz earle cream. I was thinking of using decleor aromessence but not sure what one I would need. Please could you advice me something to help control my breakouts and get rid of these tiny spots.

  2. KJ June 18, 2009 at 4:51 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison
    I am 21 and suffer from oily skin and tend to have break outs on my chin and forehead. Am looking for a skin care routine that I can use morning and night, & that I can use that wouldnt be to harsh on my skin. I have tried Liz Earle but unfortunately this didnt help and although it helped the oilyness, I came out in even more spots. Please help!!

  3. mrs susan watkins June 27, 2009 at 12:28 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison, I am 52 and suffer with Rosacea,red cheeks, broken capillaries on cheeks and side of nose.I have tried everything. the thing I am concerned about is one brown pigmentation mark on my nose, Iwas considering using try enzime I would love your feedback on this. please help.

  4. Claire Webb July 23, 2009 at 9:38 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison, Earlier this year about February time I started having very high colour on my cheeks and boil like spots on my chin. I have seem my GP who has given me antibiotic gel for rosacea. I used it and the redness has cleared but I still get the spots on my chin and redness to my nose, my skin never seems to be clear any more. I am 39 this year and have always used Liz Earle products so I dont think they are the problem. Is there anything else I should be doing, (I am very carefull in all weather with sun protection on my face) or is this something I now have to live with? Many thanks Claire Webb

  5. diane August 15, 2009 at 3:27 am -  Reply

    hi ailson i suffer with rosea i have 4 a long time now i have tryed every thing on the chemist shelfs and all the stuff from the doctors 2 but nothing works what can you do 4 me plz you are my last hope i hope you get this

  6. Gemma Harris January 8, 2013 at 5:07 pm -  Reply

    Hi, I am 23 and suffer with really oily skin and get constant breakouts on my chin that are very red and enflammed I have tried numerous products, from spot treatments to Liz Earle cleanse and polish even clinique and Dr Nick Lowe but nothing works, I am currently using Liz Earle cleanse and polish with a day and night time moisturiser, I am totally out of ideas please HELP!

  7. Doreen Atkinson June 3, 2014 at 7:03 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison, I have been diagnosed with acne rosacea and would like your advice on what I can use on my face to help with the redness. At the moment all I use on my face is Oil of Olay beauty fluid which I have used for many years. I have just turned 50 and hate that I have to wear makeup all the time to cover up. I hope you can advise me of something as it is quite depressing!!

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