Women share powerful make-up free selfies using #RosaceaNoFilter to show the realities of living with a skin condition

WOMEN who suffer from rosacea are proudly sharing selfies with no make-up on to raise awareness of the skin condition.

Using the hashtag #RosaceaNoFilter, sufferers are uploading powerful images of themselves to social media for Rosacea Awareness month this April.

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I remember this day. I was trying so desperately to truly feel beautiful despite the agony I was in. Despite the bright, bright redness, the scorching hot skin, the hypersensitivity, the throbbing pain, the surging waves of anxiety and self-consciousness, I WORKED SO HARD to see myself as the beautiful human being I know I am. Some days are harder than others. Some flare-ups are harder to grow through than others. I’m encouraged so much by the beauty in the #RosaceaNoFilter tag, and grateful that @rosacea_beyondthevisible has brought the #MentalHealth and #SelfEsteem conversations to the forefront of this #RosaceaAwarenessMonth as well. So much of chronic diseases are NOT visible, they’re the stigmas, the anxieties, the self-doubt, the negative self-talk, and the judgment that we face every single day. I applaud every single one of you that has had the courage to be #ProudToShare your bare face so far, and I encourage everyone else to do so as well as the month continues! #sponsored #visityourderm

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I remember this day. I was trying so desperately to truly feel beautiful despite the agony I was in. Despite the bright, bright redness, the scorching hot skin, the hypersensitivity, the throbbing pain, the surging waves of anxiety and self-consciousness, I WORKED SO HARD to see myself as the beautiful human being I know I am. Some days are harder than others. Some flare-ups are harder to grow through than others. I’m encouraged so much by the beauty in the #RosaceaNoFilter tag, and grateful that @rosacea_beyondthevisible has brought the #MentalHealth and #SelfEsteem conversations to the forefront of this #RosaceaAwarenessMonth as well. So much of chronic diseases are NOT visible, they’re the stigmas, the anxieties, the self-doubt, the negative self-talk, and the judgment that we face every single day. I applaud every single one of you that has had the courage to be #ProudToShare your bare face so far, and I encourage everyone else to do so as well as the month continues! #sponsored #visityourderm

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Millions of people around the world live with rosacea, a long-term skin condition which mainly affects the face.

The NHS says: "Symptoms often begin with episodes of flushing, where the skin turns red for a short period, but other symptoms can develop as the condition progresses.

"Rosacea is a relapsing condition, which means there are periods when symptoms are particularly bad, but less severe at others.

"It can be controlled to some degree with long-term treatment, but sometimes the changes in physical appearance can have a significant psychological impact."

NHS list of symptoms of rosacea

  • Burning and stinging sensations
  • Permanent redness
  • Spots (papules and pustules)
  • Small blood vessels in the skin becoming visible

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Here’s another #rosaceaawarenessmonth post right after another. You can check out my previous post for more info. ***** It’s a no makeup school day and my #rosacea is starting to flare up. My cheeks are burning and starting to look slightly swollen. This is not as bad as it gets. It can get MUCH darker and the burning sensation could be much stronger. My face looks very red and for some reason my skin feels dry-ish even if I just moisturized it well. This flare up is probably just caused by being in a hurry this morning. For me it doesn’t take more than that to flare up. Sometimes it happens even if I’m just sitting around. No way to predict it. Some things like hot drinks, stress and extreme temperature changes trigger this almost every time. This is something that makes people stare all the time. A lot of people take a longer look as I sit here and write this. My cheeks burn more now than when I started so I can imagine my face is more red now than when I took this photo a few mins back. Just another day of living with rosacea #rosaceasucks #ruusufinni #skinpositivity #skinpositive #rosaceaawareness #redface #ihosairaus

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Here’s another #rosaceaawarenessmonth post right after another. You can check out my previous post for more info. ***** It’s a no makeup school day and my #rosacea is starting to flare up. My cheeks are burning and starting to look slightly swollen. This is not as bad as it gets. It can get MUCH darker and the burning sensation could be much stronger. My face looks very red and for some reason my skin feels dry-ish even if I just moisturized it well. This flare up is probably just caused by being in a hurry this morning. For me it doesn’t take more than that to flare up. Sometimes it happens even if I’m just sitting around. No way to predict it. Some things like hot drinks, stress and extreme temperature changes trigger this almost every time. This is something that makes people stare all the time. A lot of people take a longer look as I sit here and write this. My cheeks burn more now than when I started so I can imagine my face is more red now than when I took this photo a few mins back. Just another day of living with rosacea #rosaceasucks #ruusufinni #skinpositivity #skinpositive #rosaceaawareness #redface #ihosairaus

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Women have been sharing not only make-up free selfies, but also their experiences of the condition.

One woman, posting under spotsandthe, explained why she spent her commute in the train toilet.

The 28-year-old told Fabulous: "I work in the city and commute into London everyday, the hardest part of my day is the commute.

"Yes my skin's uncomfortable and it's despairing not having any relief from it but the worst feeling is leaving the house and facing the stares from strangers.

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My usual morning routine – hiding away in the toilet before getting the train into work. I work in the city and commute into London everyday, the hardest part of my day is the commute. Yes my skins uncomfortable and Its despairing not having any relief from it but the worst feeling is leaving the house and facing the stares from strangers. It's normal to look when there's something that's out of the ordinary but there's always people who just love to stare. Having the courage to not look down but look up and stare straight back is super difficult. Most days I can do it but on my bad days I hide in toilets before getting my train or keep my head down whilst on a packed tube and have a discrete cry while I make my way to my next connection'#rosaceanofilter #proudtoshare

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My usual morning routine – hiding away in the toilet before getting the train into work #rosaceanofilter #proudtoshare

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Did you know that April is rosacea awareness month? You’ve probably seen me talk about how rosacea has affected me, but I’ll share a bit more. I’ve only recently become comfortable posting pictures of my face with no foundation. ? 99% of the time, I don’t leave my house without it. Not because I’m embarrassed, but because I get tired of answering questions or explaining that – yes I am wearing sunscreen and no it’s not a sun burn or acne ?? Right now, this is “under control” – it’s not inflamed or sore. This is a good skin day. Can you believe that? The bad days are awful – bright red cheeks and nose, little sore bumps everywhere that drain fluid. It’s miserable and painful. I always had decent skin growing up, but around the age of 30, I started to notice a red flush to my cheeks and small bumps. It slowly progressed each year – it has now spread to my forehead. There’s no “cure” but there are certain things to avoid (sun, alcohol, spicy foods, stress) as well as laser treatment and a few products that help my inflammation. I can’t even begin to explain how difficult it is to share about skincare and have skin that literally has a mind of its own and looks neglected. I spend so much time taking care of myself but my skin makes me look like I’m lying. I had to overcome that and embrace it. This is me ? When things don’t affect us, it’s easy to continue on uneducated. I’m guilty of that. I would challenge you to take a minute and do a little research. Maybe you’ve even been suffering with it and didn’t know what it was. . . . . #rosaceaawarenessmonth #rosacea #rosaceanofilter #beyondthevisible #picoftheday #photooftheday #womanempreneur #femalepreneur #lifestyleblogger #mombosslife #perfectlyposh

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Did you know that April is rosacea awareness month? You’ve probably seen me talk about how rosacea has affected me, but I’ll share a bit more. I’ve only recently become comfortable posting pictures of my face with no foundation. ? 99% of the time, I don’t leave my house without it. Not because I’m embarrassed, but because I get tired of answering questions or explaining that – yes I am wearing sunscreen and no it’s not a sun burn or acne ?? Right now, this is “under control” – it’s not inflamed or sore. This is a good skin day. Can you believe that? The bad days are awful – bright red cheeks and nose, little sore bumps everywhere that drain fluid. It’s miserable and painful. I always had decent skin growing up, but around the age of 30, I started to notice a red flush to my cheeks and small bumps. It slowly progressed each year – it has now spread to my forehead. There’s no “cure” but there are certain things to avoid (sun, alcohol, spicy foods, stress) as well as laser treatment and a few products that help my inflammation. I can’t even begin to explain how difficult it is to share about skincare and have skin that literally has a mind of its own and looks neglected. I spend so much time taking care of myself but my skin makes me look like I’m lying. I had to overcome that and embrace it. This is me ? When things don’t affect us, it’s easy to continue on uneducated. I’m guilty of that. I would challenge you to take a minute and do a little research. Maybe you’ve even been suffering with it and didn’t know what it was. . . . . #rosaceaawarenessmonth #rosacea #rosaceanofilter #beyondthevisible #picoftheday #photooftheday #womanempreneur #femalepreneur #lifestyleblogger #mombosslife #perfectlyposh

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"It's normal to look when there's something that's out of the ordinary but there's always people who just love to stare.

"Having the courage to not look down but look up and stare straight back is super difficult.

"Most days I can do it but on my bad days I hide in toilets before getting my train or keep my head down whilst on a packed tube and have a discrete cry while I make my way to my next connection."

Taking to Instagram, another woman wrote: "I've only recently become comfortable posting pictures of my face with no foundation.

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A massive shout out to our #RosaceaNoFilter ambassador @talontedlex for being #ProudToShare her #RosaceaNoFilter experience this #RosaceaAwarenessMonth! ? #beyondthevisible #rosacea #VisitYourDerm . Read Lex's story below? . . [?Reshare @talontedlex] AD: Since launching on Monday, the #RosaceaNoFilter campaign has made me cry on too many occasions to count. Looking through the hashtag is so overwhelming: people publicly sharing their biggest insecurity to help us raise awareness and address the stigma associated with atypical skin. For me it's particularly meaningful because, although I share as much as I can about my rosacea, the products I use, the lifestyle changes I've made, the impact it's had on my life… I'm just one person and my story may be very different to yours. But looking through the #RosaceaNoFilterhashtag shows us people from all over the world, different races, backgrounds, ages, and rosacea types. It has become a chance to find others who have a similar experience or appearance to you. I hope you've taken strength from the images shared so far. Especially if you don't feel ready to share your own. Skin conditions can be so isolating, they convince you that no one around you understands how you feel. But I hope you can look through the hashtag and see that you are not alone. Please continue to share your photos using the #RosaceaNoFilter hashtag and keep an eye on my Instagram stories as I'm sharing as many of the posts as I can ? #sponsored post in partnership with Galderma and @rosacea_beyondthevisible

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A massive shout out to our #RosaceaNoFilter ambassador @talontedlex for being #ProudToShare her #RosaceaNoFilter experience this #RosaceaAwarenessMonth! ? #beyondthevisible #rosacea #VisitYourDerm . Read Lex's story below? . . [?Reshare @talontedlex] AD: Since launching on Monday, the #RosaceaNoFilter campaign has made me cry on too many occasions to count. Looking through the hashtag is so overwhelming: people publicly sharing their biggest insecurity to help us raise awareness and address the stigma associated with atypical skin. For me it's particularly meaningful because, although I share as much as I can about my rosacea, the products I use, the lifestyle changes I've made, the impact it's had on my life… I'm just one person and my story may be very different to yours. But looking through the #RosaceaNoFilterhashtag shows us people from all over the world, different races, backgrounds, ages, and rosacea types. It has become a chance to find others who have a similar experience or appearance to you. I hope you've taken strength from the images shared so far. Especially if you don't feel ready to share your own. Skin conditions can be so isolating, they convince you that no one around you understands how you feel. But I hope you can look through the hashtag and see that you are not alone. Please continue to share your photos using the #RosaceaNoFilter hashtag and keep an eye on my Instagram stories as I'm sharing as many of the posts as I can ? #sponsored post in partnership with Galderma and @rosacea_beyondthevisible

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Guess what, some #MondayMotivation! ? Our amazing ambassador @in.the.ra has been #ProudToShare her #RosaceaNoFilter story this #RosaceaAwarenessMonth ? Follow her lead and share your #nofilter experience of living with #rosacea! Remember to tag @rosacea_beyondthevisible on Instagram and beyond_visible on Twitter! ? #beyondthevisible #VisitYourDerm . . Read Jessica’s experience below! ⭐ . . [Reshare @in.the.ra] ? Should we feel shame about the things we can’t control? ⠀ At the time of this flare, I was sitting with a friend in a bustling farmer’s market, and could feel the sun's warmth on my skin balanced by the cool breeze. It was a beautiful day. ⠀ But as I faced my friend, mid-smile and mid-sentence, I stopped. ⠀ Because I felt my face tingle, and my cheeks begin to burn. ‘No!’ I thought, cupping my cool hands over my face. ‘What did I do wrong?’ ⠀ Now the stinging had started and I was consumed by the fire of my face. ⠀ As my friend continued to talk, I kept eye contact but couldn't concentrate. ⠀ All I could think was, ‘how red am I right now?’ ⠀ And with my stomach turning, and my chest tightening, I wondered, ‘can anyone see how fiery this feels? This is so embarrassing.' ⠀ Followed by a strong anxious urge to leave, hide, and dunk my head in a bucket of ice, I was completely consumed by my skin. Of course, a rosacea flush is physically uncomfortable, but if I’m completely honest, the physical pain pales in comparison to the shame, and anxiety that compels us to hide. ⠀ The problem? When we hide, we feed the shame. ⠀ Which is why I’m sharing this barefaced selfie and encourage you to do the same. ⠀ As part of #RosaceaAwarenessMonth I’ve partnered with Galderma and @Rosacea_Beyondthevisible to lift the shame around rosacea and the things we can’t control. ⠀ So join us! ? By sharing your story and your barefaced selfie, because we’d love to hear from you! #RosaceaNoFilter #Beyondthevisible #ProudToShare⠀ xx Jess [? Flush: 28 oct 2018]

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Guess what, some #MondayMotivation! ? Our amazing ambassador @in.the.ra has been #ProudToShare her #RosaceaNoFilter story this #RosaceaAwarenessMonth ? Follow her lead and share your #nofilter experience of living with #rosacea! Remember to tag @rosacea_beyondthevisible on Instagram and beyond_visible on Twitter! ? #beyondthevisible #VisitYourDerm . . Read Jessica’s experience below! ⭐ . . [Reshare @in.the.ra] ? Should we feel shame about the things we can’t control? ⠀ At the time of this flare, I was sitting with a friend in a bustling farmer’s market, and could feel the sun's warmth on my skin balanced by the cool breeze. It was a beautiful day. ⠀ But as I faced my friend, mid-smile and mid-sentence, I stopped. ⠀ Because I felt my face tingle, and my cheeks begin to burn. ‘No!’ I thought, cupping my cool hands over my face. ‘What did I do wrong?’ ⠀ Now the stinging had started and I was consumed by the fire of my face. ⠀ As my friend continued to talk, I kept eye contact but couldn't concentrate. ⠀ All I could think was, ‘how red am I right now?’ ⠀ And with my stomach turning, and my chest tightening, I wondered, ‘can anyone see how fiery this feels? This is so embarrassing.' ⠀ Followed by a strong anxious urge to leave, hide, and dunk my head in a bucket of ice, I was completely consumed by my skin. Of course, a rosacea flush is physically uncomfortable, but if I’m completely honest, the physical pain pales in comparison to the shame, and anxiety that compels us to hide. ⠀ The problem? When we hide, we feed the shame. ⠀ Which is why I’m sharing this barefaced selfie and encourage you to do the same. ⠀ As part of #RosaceaAwarenessMonth I’ve partnered with Galderma and @Rosacea_Beyondthevisible to lift the shame around rosacea and the things we can’t control. ⠀ So join us! ? By sharing your story and your barefaced selfie, because we’d love to hear from you! #RosaceaNoFilter #Beyondthevisible #ProudToShare⠀ xx Jess [? Flush: 28 oct 2018]

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"99% of the time, I don't leave my house without it.

"Not because I'm embarrassed, but because I get tired of answering questions or explaining that – yes I am wearing sunscreen and no it's not a sun burn or acne.

"The bad days are awful – bright red cheeks and nose, little sore bumps everywhere that drain fluid. It's miserable and painful."

Sharing a photo of her red face, this woman posted online: "My cheeks are burning and starting to look slightly swollen.

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No progress to report this week… still using @cetaphiluk gentle cleansing wash morning and evening, @nealsyardremedies daily essence with Starflower (mainly in evenings), @larocheposayuki 50+ SPF each morning. . I don’t feel too bad, but getting grumpy and tired due to pregnancy and this flare up isn’t helping the mood! . I’ve ordered a colour chart from @oxygenetix today to try out their foundation… hope this will bring back a little of my confidence ? . Diet has completely gone out the window too as all I am craving is chocolate!! ? Didn’t have this with first pregnancy ?? but this ones a boy ? *diet is for skin – avoiding dairy – definitely NOT for weight* . #rosaceasucks #rosaceaskincare #rosacea #sensitiveskincare #pregnancyskinproblems #rosaceaawarenessmonth #nofilterrosaceaface #rosaceanofilter #sensitiveskin

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No progress to report this week… still using @cetaphiluk gentle cleansing wash morning and evening, @nealsyardremedies daily essence with Starflower (mainly in evenings), @larocheposayuki 50+ SPF each morning. . I don’t feel too bad, but getting grumpy and tired due to pregnancy and this flare up isn’t helping the mood! . I’ve ordered a colour chart from @oxygenetix today to try out their foundation… hope this will bring back a little of my confidence ? . Diet has completely gone out the window too as all I am craving is chocolate!! ? Didn’t have this with first pregnancy ?? but this ones a boy ? *diet is for skin – avoiding dairy – definitely NOT for weight* . #rosaceasucks #rosaceaskincare #rosacea #sensitiveskincare #pregnancyskinproblems #rosaceaawarenessmonth #nofilterrosaceaface #rosaceanofilter #sensitiveskin

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April is National Rosacea Month. It’s taken me forever to make this post. Mostly because I never really wanted to share an unedited photo of myself. But I’m inspired by everyone else who’s shared their photos. So here’s my makeup free photo. I talk a little more about my #rosacea in my blog. Link in bio. #rosaceaawarenessmonth #rosaceaawareness #rosaceanofilter #beyondthevisible #visityourderm

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"This is not as bad as it gets. It can get MUCH darker and the burning sensation could be much stronger.

"My face looks very red and for some reason my skin feels dry-ish even if I just moisturized it well."

Another woman shared: "Despite the bright, bright redness, the scorching hot skin, the hypersensitivity, the throbbing pain, the surging waves of anxiety and self-consciousness, I WORKED SO HARD to see myself as the beautiful human being I know I am."

Meanwhile this woman who suffers from eczema and rosacea claimed coconut milk lotion helped clear her skin.

And others are hailing The Ordinary's £5.50 cream as a 'miracle' cure for the condition.

With summer around the corner, women are raving about ASDA's 87p which they say helps chafing.

 

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