Hi Rosy Friends! I’m starting my rosacea-friendly rosy lifestyle from scratch. If you saw my YouTube video at the end of last year, then this isn’t coming as much of a surprise to you, but I thought I’d take the chance to share my thoughts here as well. This is particularly true because I’ve decided to start blogging and making videos more regularly.
What is a Rosy Lifestyle?
Rosy lifestyle is a term I made up for the things I do in my regular everyday life while keeping my rosacea symptoms and triggers in mind. Though I’ve tried several prescription medications, none of them have been helpful for more than a couple of weeks. They’re fantastic for many other people I’ve talked to – including a very close friend of mine – but my skin decided it wasn’t interested in being treated using medications.
I have rosacea subtypes 1, erythematotelangiectatic rosacea (the redness, irritation, flushing, burning, and other fun stuff like that) and 2, papulopustular rosacea (with even more redness along with breakouts that look like – but are not – acne), and potentially have subtype 4, ocular rosacea (itchy, watery and dry eyes that are sensitive to light and occasionally feel like there are eyelashes or a whole sandbox in there).
Rosacea Treatments I’ve Tried
I have tried soooooo many rosacea treatments, tricks, and techniques over the last 20-ish years since I’ve had this skin condition. As a part of my rosy lifestyle, I’ve worked hard to identify and avoid my triggers and do what I can to keep my skin cool and calm.
Among those rosacea treatments I’ve tried including in my rosy lifestyle include:
- Tons of different home remedies
- DIY skin care and masks
- Ice packs
- Anti-redness and rosacea products
- Red light therapy
- Yellow/amber light therapy
- Green light therapy
- Light therapy masks
- Anti-inflammatory smoothies and other recipes
This is not at all a complete list. It’s just what came to mind as I jotted this blog post down.
Some of these efforts have been very helpful. Some have made a bit of a difference. Others have worked in direct opposition to what I was trying to achieve and have caused massive irritation and flare-ups.
Starting My Rosy Lifestyle Again
After trying so many different things, I decided that it was time to get a bit more organized and start my rosy lifestyle again. That way, I would have a much more straightforward, sustainable, practical approach and leave behind old unhelpful habits and mindsets that haven’t served me well.
There are some things I’m definitely hanging on to. Mainly, my favourite skin care routine, which I have been using successfully for about 2 years now. I still have every intention of testing new skin care products – I’m testing one now, so expect a review video and post on RosyJulieBC.com in coming weeks – but so far, this is easily the best I’ve tried, and it’s what I fall back to after I’ve tried something new. I’m open to adding or replacing components of it if I find something better. I’ll just have to keep my fingers crossed.
My focus in recreating my rosy lifestyle will include (in no particular order):
- Physical Activity
- Mental Health
- Skin Care
I’ve already started posting a video series about these subjects, so I hope you’ll pop over to my YouTube channel to check them out.
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