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Mirror, Mirror: A $22 Skincare Routine for Rosacea

What is Mirror Mirror?

Behind that image of you staring into the mirror is an army of products, procedures, and more. Tell us your skincare routine and we'll dissect it to let you know what's working and what's not. We give personalized recommendations to help you meet your skincare goals and then share it so that our whole community benefits. There are so many ways to get better skin and we hope these vulnerable posts will get you closer to your goals.

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Occupation: Soon to be teacher, current graduate student!

Identity: 25 y/o Bad Bitch

Location: NYC

Describe your skin:

Glowy (sometimes mistaken for shiny), tending towards red, small size pores, freckles that can make my skin appear uneven

Skin Goals:

  • Build a natural routine
  • Love the skin I've been blessed with and take care of my skin the best I can for a long term glow

Biggest Skin Concern:

Red blotches (mild rosacea)


In the shower I use a little bit of African black soap on my face, this is recent. Prior to that I hadn't used any soap or face wash on my face in YEARS. I started the soap to combat the overproduction of oil on my face.

The tough part about Rosacea is there is no standard for what it should look like. Some people with Rosacea have dry and flaky skin, others have oily skin. It’s just as diverse a group as any other skin classification.
African Black Soap is made from plantain leaves, palm trees and shea trees. The ashes of these leaves and trees is combined in other natural oils like palm oil and coconut oil though the final formulation differs based on the African country/region it originates from. It’s interesting that you use it for oil regulation because a recent study done by Mount Sinai found the most common concern people use it for is clearing Acne and evening hyperpigmentation. That could just be a matter of sample selection and the fact that this soap is new to many American consumers. Oil regulation plays a part in preventing acne, so the benefits should be similar.
It has been shown to have antibacterial properties against Staph. Aureus, a bacteria that typically plagues individuals with dry skin. Traditionally, it is used to rebalance skin oils, so keep lathering.

I use diluted apple cider vinegar on my face at night…

Be careful when using a home remedy with an ingredient this acidic. You could really burn your skin if you don’t properly dilute apple cider vinegar. If you’re looking for a spot treatment to dry up a breakout, go for Salicylic acid, sulfur or even a charcoal based mask. Some forums will say that apple cider vinegar is the best thing for people with rosacea, but there is also a real risk to consider.

…. in the winter I do a bit of coconut oil.

Coconut oil is a very good moisturizer because similar oils are found on the skin, making it incredibly compatible with our bodies. For people with Rosacea it’s soothing and calming. If you also have oily skin or have acne prone skin, be aware that coconut oil is very comedogenic, making it can clog your pores, meaning it can cause breakouts.
Side Note: if you previously had dry skin and now are experiencing more oil than you’ve been used to, that could be your skin trying to overcompensate for the lack of oil and moisture. Moisturizing is key to solving this.

That's all!

Like Mother Dirt said, less is more.

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