#RosaceaNoFilter Is The Empowering Beauty Hashtag You Need To See
Here at Pretty52 HQ, we are all for a social media trend that uplifts, inspires and empowers women. #RosaceaNoFilter is the skin-positive campaign currently flooding social media, in a bid end the stigma surrounding the skin condition.
It is estimated that over 400 million suffer from rosacea around the world, but it's a skin condition we rarely hear anything about and so many women are quick to cover up.
The new campaign was founded by Galderma, and has seen scores of women sharing make-up free, bare skin selfies to social media to open up conversation and ensure those suffering know that they aren't on their own.
View this post on InstagramIt's #rosaceaawarenessmonth so here's my best Harvey 'Two-Face' Dent impression. I try to talk about my rosacea as much as I can on here and on my blog, mainly to help others but I'm beginning to realise just how much it helps me as well. To anyone who struggles with their appearance - for whatever reason - I think you're bloody brilliant. #talontedlexrosacea
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Bloggers, authors and more have all taken to Instagram to share selfies of their rosacea for the campaign, and many others are bravely following their lead for Rosacea Awareness Month (April).
Online influencer and campaign ambassador Lex Gillies (@TalontedLex) is one of those getting involved in the campaign.
View this post on InstagramHappy Monday, and happy #rosaceaawarenessmonth! :calendar_spiral:I'm so excited to announce that I'm partnering with Galderma and @rosacea_beyondthevisible for their #RosaceaNoFilter campaign this month to bring more awareness to the fact that #rosacea affects the afflicted far beyond what you see on our faces, and I'm #proudtoshare a completely bare-faced, unedited photo (taken a couple weeks ago:joy:) to kick things off. As many of you have seen/heard/read from my accounts over this past year, I've had numerous ups and downs physically and emotionally as I've dealt with some pretty severe rosacea flare-ups. Trying to figure out what my triggers might be, dealing with the shockingly intense pain, and coping with the massive hit on my self-esteem has been a growing process in every way. I'm grateful I've found ways to LOVE myself and my skin in every stage, and I'm grateful that the @rosacea_beyondthevisible campaign exists to shed more light on the ways this disease truly IS #beyondthevisible- it affects us beyond just some red skin! :clap: Watch for more posts on my feed and in my stories this week to see how you can get involved! #sponsored #visityourderm
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"For many people, myself included, rosacea is more than just a visible skin disease - it is a constant daily struggle," she says.
"The very visible nature of rosacea means that we often feel self-conscious and are aware of the judgements of others, which can feel very isolating."
Lex adds: "This is why we need to bring people together, and Rosacea Awareness Month is the perfect opportunity to connect the rosacea community and use our unified voice to raise awareness, break the stigma, and educate people about the hidden realities of this disease."
View this post on InstagramThis is my rosacea type 2 that was hibernate for the last 2.5 years coming back. Why is it coming back to haunt me? I moved to a new state to attend grad school. There are new weather patterns and pollen out here so my skin is not happy. I am happy though. I love it here amongst the green. I just hope one day my rosacea will like it too. #ladyrosacea #rosacea #rosaceaawareness #rosaceaawarenessmonth #rosaceasucks #rosaceadoesnotsuck #skin #skincondition #pinkcheeks #trigger #selfie #nomakeup #rosaceajourney #rosaceaproblems #facialproblems #hotcheeks #collegelife #gradstudent
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Statistics further demonstrate how rosacea can affect our self-confidence. An expert-authored report titled Rosacea: Beyond the Visible, published in 2018 showed that 82 per cent of people surveyed felt their rosacea was not fully controlled, and over half of those in active employment (55 per cent) said that it impacted their work productivity.
About 86 per cent admitted to substantially changing their behaviour to avoid triggering flare ups, which in turn affected their daily lives.
View this post on InstagramShould 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⠀ ⠀ [:camera_with_flash: Flush: 28 oct 2018]
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"We should be proud to share our no filter experiences of living with rosacea", notes Lex, "By posting
our #RosaceaNoFilter selfies, we can inspire others to be open and speak out about the true
challenges we face with rosacea, as well as sharing useful hints and tips to support each other."
Rosacea experts are encouraging people to talk about the true personal burden with their healthcare professional.
View this post on InstagramWoah scary post! :see_no_evil: I only ever go makeup-free around my family and best friends (so I guess that means you guys are now my best friends). It's scary to post a bare-face selfie since my skin has always been an insecurity. I have had rosacea since I was young and my rosy cheeks and chin always made me embarrassed (which honestly just made it worse!!!) Practicing what I preach and accepting myself exactly as I am- red cheeks and all. I joined forces with Galderma and Beyond the visible for #RosaceaAwarenessMonth. If any of you have rosacea too, I encourage you to take a photo and tag @Rosacea_Beyondthevisible :two_hearts: #sponsored #RosaceaNoFilter #Beyondthevisible #ProudToShare
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"During your next rosacea consultation, do not be afraid to bring up the
burden you may be facing," says Dr Melinda Gooderham, Medical Director, SKIN Centre for
Dermatology and Assistant Professor, Queen's University, Ontario, Canada. "Let us know about
the emotional impact this skin disease is having in your daily life, not just the visible features [...] Rosacea goes beyond what is visible on the skin."
According to the NHS, rosacea is characterised by persistent facial redness, flushing, thickened skin, visible blood vessels, papules and pustules. It can affect both men and women, and triggers include stress, certain types of food and drink as well as the weather.
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