This goes out to any women on the forum who have for most of their lives been able to use make up but since developing rosacea are now intolerant and how you are coping (or not coping) with that?
As a woman, for me, being no longer able to use make up, is harder to deal with than the actual pain of rosacea.
This thread may have been covered before (so apologies) but I'm just falling apart because I can no longer tolerate ANYTHING. Have tried everything everyone has told me to try on this forum. I'm not wanting help re. this, I'd like to know females opinions.
I want to know form other ladies out there the impact this has had for them, should they be in the same situation. As much as people tell us '...it's what's inside that counts' when it comes down to it, I would think, that the vast majority of women would say they could not live without their make up and what it does for them in terms of confidence and looking their best. I've asked all my girlfriends and female family members how they would feel if they were not allowed to wear ANY make up again for the rest of their lives....the answers all came back as..'...there's no way in Hell!!!!' I know what I look like without make up. I also know how totally amazing and better I look with it on. It's a true fact that even a bit of foundation etc can do wonders for a womans appearance.
It's all around us. Society doesn't 'do' non made up. How many women walking round town will not have make up on??? No many I bet.
I just cannot get my head around it. I look in the mirror at my bare face....damaged beyond belief because of rosacea and I have no way of covering it up. I'm absolutely dying to do what I used to every day......wash, cleanse and apply the make up. It's just what women do isn't it? Every day, across the world. (yes, I know some don't but...) I don't know what the hell to do with myself. I see my friends etc when they pop by...and I am eaten up with jealousy of them being able to wear make up. To look and feel good about themselves.
To go out on the town with my mates..to a bar, club...even a Wedding etc..getting ready its the gorgeous outfit, the hair, the make up.....I don't want a life without it. You can call me shallow...I don't care coz if you were honest, you'd love to be able to cover your rosacea and look good for once without having to worry about your face. (for those who can't cover up, I know a lot still can wear make up)
So, if anyone is out there who has gone from a religiously wearing make up all your life to now bare faced? How are you coping?. Please don't say 'you're a lovely person despite no make-up' etc etc etc. I've tried to think like that but I can't.
Thanks for your help.