About Face: Days of Wine and Rosacea Revisited

From Wax Figure to Glam Glow – Marie Veronique Review

No big cover up here, just healthy skin!

Last summer I wrote about my rosacea issues in Days of Wine and Rosacea, Parts 1 & 2 – tracking 30 days of facial crisis. I never published, however – it was a boring food/skin diary that didn’t have much conclusive evidence to share. Other than red wine did NOT always make my skin flush red (thank goodness)!

I have been struggling with rosacea for over four years now. I believe it is linked to age-related hormonal changes (perimenopause). Since the beginning I’ve been determined to “win the war” on redness. For over a year, I took a photo of my face every morning, searching for some sort of pattern.


On my worst days, I had extreme flushing (all over facial redness) and red bumps.ย  Sometimes referred to as “adult acne,” these bumps (papules) are not really acne at all. They certainly didn’t act like the zits of my youth. My stressed face was now a dry, flaky, bumpy red desert that I hid daily under a waxy cover up mask.

Turmeric honey oatmeal mask

I tried dermatological treatments. They didn’t work for me (and sometimes exacerbated my dryness). I tried all kinds of home remedies, some of which helped temporarily. But my face really was under duress, and I was running out of tactics.

My 30 day test had a “more is more” approach. Looking back on it now, I learned a bit about the foods I was eating. But my skincare routine was all over the place. I was desperate to find something that worked.

Lucky for me, I have found relief! Not a cure, mind you (there is no cure for rosacea). I still get red.ย  But my skin is so much happier and I am no longer at war with my face. The turning point came when I happened upon a lecture by Marie Veronique at a neighborhood skincare boutique.

Marie is a chemist, a grandmother, and has beautiful, healthy skin. Her staff was giving complimentary facials that day, so I sat down and let them take off a waxy layer of foundation to reveal my highly-stressed skin. In a few minutes, my face felt soothed and looked visibly hydrated. I took home some free samples and bought her book.

What I love about Marie’s book is that she never tries to push her products. In fact, she offers plenty of home remedies and less expensive product choices. For instance, putting yogurt on your face as a moisture mask really helps. I don’t always care for the sour smell or the “brain freeze” application (I try to warm it up in my hands first), but once it’s on there I’m a happy face. ๐Ÿ™‚

I actually left the house one day with no makeup at all!

Marie Veronique’s line is expensive. I tried the other (cheaper) brands she mentioned in her book, but I didn’t like them as much. So last fall I took the plunge and bought a set of her products to use every day. To my pleasant surprise, I haven’t run out of anything yet (except for the face oil which I use twice daily). I am miserly with the products, only one pump gets the job done. No more bumps! In 8 months, I’ve had nothing but happy, glowy skin. I am no longer afraid to show my face.

This is my routine:

I never, ever wash my face in the morning. Just a splash of water.
Pre+Probiotic Daily Mist
Vitamins C+E+Ferulic Serum
Protective Day Oil
Everyday Coverage Tinted Sunscreen

In the evening, I use the Replenishing Oil Cleanser or organic greek yogurt
Pre+Probiotic Daily Mist
Gentle Retinol Night Serum
Protective Day Oil or Rejuvenating Night Oil

A word about the tinted sunscreen. At first I thought it was too sheer, but then I grew to love the look of my actual skin. The light tint balances out my redness just enough, but it certainly looks like I have on nothing at all. I’m free of the mask!

(top photo by Mike Lloyd)

6 comments for “About Face: Days of Wine and Rosacea Revisited

  1. Deborah DesForges
    April 15, 2017 at 5:36 am

    You never know what you’ll learn from your students! I have had this for years and use an RX that helps. I changed my diet dramatically a year ago and that helped as well. I’m ordering the book! Thank you for the posting!! Much love to you and yours! Ms. D.

    • Alice and the Rabbit Hole
      April 15, 2017 at 8:52 am

      Thanks, Ms. D! Diet is definitely key (though highly variable to the person); what changes did you make that worked for you?

  2. Jeni
    September 21, 2017 at 12:13 pm

    Hello: thanks for sharing about your rosacea; my skin looks similar to yours in the “before” photos. Each morning I seem to have new bumps and redness despite trying many different natural remedies on my skin like plain yogurt, apple cider vinegar, tea tree oil, raw honey, seabuckthorn seed oil, rosehip oil, fresh aloe vera, etc. Also, I’ve tried ingesting apple cider vinegar with baking soda, MSM pills, kefir, green tea, ginger, garlic, lemon juice, turmeric in milk, flax seed oil (all in attempt to lower inflammation in the body). I am currently using Avene-antirougeurs products. I am determined to “win the war” too but it’s been 8 long years and I’m losing heart. Are you still happy with the Marie Veronique products? I am in Canada but would consider ordering if my skin would clear up like yours has ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for your time…

    • Alice and the Rabbit Hole
      September 22, 2017 at 2:24 pm

      Hi Jeni, thanks for writing. I am still happy with the MV products. While I flush red sometimes, it is never as bad as it used to be. And my skin is better hydrated. I suspect the retinol keeps the bumps at bay. Whenever I run out of one of the products, I have gone without for awhile, but end up back with the same regimen eventually as they all seem to play a part in calming my skin. You can buy a starter kit and get most of the products in trial/travel size (they will also give you samples when you order). This is a good way to see if they work for you. Good luck!

    • Danica
      April 6, 2018 at 6:53 pm

      In Canada you can by all of her products at https://www.lilou-organics.com/ & free shipping ๐Ÿ™‚
      I got all my test sizes first (except the new line does not come in test sizes) which last a while and more then enough to test and see how it will work with your skin type.

      • Alice and the Rabbit Hole
        April 8, 2018 at 12:12 pm

        Thanks, Danica! I have tried a couple of products from the new line. I love the Balancing HypoTonic (applied with a cotton pad morning and night). I also just bought the new cleanser, which I was told was the same as the Replenishing Oil Cleanser minus essential oils (havenโ€™t started using it yet, but I will see if helps reduce redness as essential oils can possibly cause irritation). I have a sample of the Soothing B3 Serum – I went to a lecture by Kristina Holey and Marie Veronique; K said this serum can cause initial flushing but then it subsides. So I am giving it a try.

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