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Since a recent editorial about my suffering of Rosacea, I had an overwhelming response from other women who are suffering from it too asking me to share my tips of how I recovered from such a soul-destroying condition.

Surveys performed by the National Rosacea Society showed that nearly 70 per cent of people with rosacea have lower self-confidence and self-esteem, and 41 per cent reported that it had caused them to avoid public contact or cancel social engagements. Among those with severe symptoms, nearly 70 per cent said the disorder had adversely affected their professional interactions, and nearly 30 per cent said they had even missed work because of their condition. I can totally relate to them all.

Battling with Rosacea for 13 years was what made me make drastic life changes. Rosacea started to appear on my nose and cheeks along with a glowing red complexion. I was a busy self-employed hairdresser standing in front of the mirror for sometimes 10 hours a day, and it was killing my confidence. Before my outbreak, I had good skin, very easy to maintain and I never suffered from acne in my growing up years, then here at 26, I had a permanent bright red nose and chin that would more often than not be covered in white pimples that would appear from nowhere randomly throughout the day.

I remember between each client running to the toilet and applying more cover-up makeup as best I could, but this just made it worse.

I spent a fortune on so many products to try and hide the redness, but because my face felt hot and the atmosphere I worked in was dry within minutes, the makeup would look all caked and cracked. I was not a natural at applying makeup and the whole thing just drew more attention to my face and condition.

Clients and friends began to ask about my skin, and I had no clue how to answer them as I had no idea what was happening myself. I remember going to bed each night and praying I would wake up in the morning, and it would be gone but no. Every morning I would look in the mirror and instantly feel down because it was staring right back at me.

I started to do a lot of research on the internet to see if I could get any clues and that’s when I discovered it was a form of Rosacea even though all the symptoms was not the same as mine, the look and placement on the face resembled mine. The hardest thing to read was that there was said to be no known cure or real solid answers to what causes Rosacea. I felt devastated.

The sites I researched gave tips on what might help the condition, and one of the things was laser treatment, so my husband bought me ten very expensive sessions. I was so hopeful that this could be the cure but after my ten sessions, I didn’t notice any difference at all. My husband could clearly see how soul destroying this condition was for me, and I remember asking him how he could be with me looking the way I did? It really was starting to shatter my confidence. As you know when you get your hair done at the hairdressers most of the communication is done through the mirror, but I remember not looking in the mirror at all. In fact looking back I never looked at myself at all through my thirties and started to check all my haircuts by coming around to the front of the client and if I caught a glance of myself, I hated it.

I decided to look into the holistic approach, and someone mentioned a Chinese doctor, so I immediately booked an appointment. I had a consultation and he prescribed me lots of herbs to drink as he said I was holding a lot of fire in my stomach that could be showing through the Rosacea and the herbs would help me internally. I must have spent over a thousand pounds or more on Chinese medicine over a course of a year to no avail, but one thing I did take from it was about me having to much heat in my belly as I noticed my digestion was slow, and I often became bloated.

After another lot of money down the drain, I was getting desperate even a little obsessed with how I could understand this disease. I began to research diet and Rosacea and here you will find that spicy food can aggravate the condition. I thought the food I ate was healthy, but I did like spicy foods and took the researchers advice and tried eating more alkaline foods. With these dietary changes, I did notice that my digestive system began to work more efficiently, and other little signs like the feeling of bloating after eating weren’t so intense, but, unfortunately, my bright red face, pimply nose, and chin still glowed on while inside I was becoming desperate.

If you are reading this, you may resonate with the feelings I am describing, and there is no getting away from it Rosacea can be soul destroying and it became my daily battle of trying to hide the redness, itching, heat and the constant feeling like I had things crawling under my skin.

Sadly my battle went on for years and along with laser, makeup, Chinese doctors, creams lotions and potions, the only place I seemed happiest was at work (as long as I didn’t catch myself in the mirror). I would become so absorbed in my job, (workaholic) hiding behind my smile and it became my escape. But this was not the case outside my work. I was stressed, my body so tense I was constantly trying to figure out and find my cure. I became so unhappy and started to take it out on those close to me. I found it hard to relax and switch off. It affected my sleep, I became angry and hard to live with.

When I was 32, I fell pregnant and under my friend’s persuasion, she convinced me to join her at antenatal yoga class. I had heard about yoga through clients but this my first experience. I was five months pregnant and still working flat out.
The teacher had us perch on softballs and guided us to breathe and for the first time in my life. I noticed my breath and body in a way I had never felt before. Our teacher guided us through some stretches and once again finished with conscious breathing, and I remember after just a few rounds feeling like my body had come off guard, and my mind stopped chattering I left feeling lighter and high on my breath. I wanted MORE!

After class, I felt different, grounded and calmer than I had felt in a very long time. I continued yoga classed until our daughter was born and during that period I started to feel different about myslef. The few moments spent breathing I felt my mind and body respond in a way I had never felt before, but it didn’t take long after those classes to start slipping back into my crazy, chaotic, busy world.

Those first yoga classes began to get me curious about myself, in fact, it got me noticing myself, and I started to recreate the breathing exercises to feel the calm I felt after the classes and found that some days my skin would not look so angry. It was still there, but there was the very odd day when it seemed a little calmer and not so itchy.

After the birth of my daughter, things did take a bit of a turn for me. I remember being sat in the back of the car holding my 8-week old baby looking out of the window and feeling nothing. Everything just seemed dull and grey in my world. I was quite an overwhelming feeling, my stress levels were high as my husband couldn’t do a thing right in my eyes and once again my skin was angry I felt all over the place emotionally, so I immediately called my midwife.

She was fantastic and came the next day, and I explained my symptoms, and she told me I was suffering from postnatal depression. I was so shocked hearing that and also frightened that I was going to lose it. I had heard a lot about depression and was quite surprised to be diagnosed with it myself.

It looked like I had it all. Nice house, car, and business, new baby all that looked perfect from the outside but inside I was suffering, and I was suffering badly.

You see when I was 25 my dad got killed in a car crash. I saw him Thursday, and he died on Friday. I was 25 and loving life. I had a fab relationship with my dad, my mum, not so good so when he lost his life, it left a huge hole in mine. Now no one knows how to get over such a thing and for me, I went into survival mode. I was a busy hairdresser had lots of friends and a very busy social life but in that one instant, everything changed. No one knew how to talk to me when I entered a room, people would fall silent. My clients would sit in silence, it was tough. So stuffing everything deep inside I tried to resume my old life.

I believe this was my Rosacea it was my past grief, anger, sadness, loneliness I felt from the loss of my dad and other experiences stuffed deep inside.

What is interesting when you are suffering, and in denial is that other parts of your life have to compensate to keep it well hidden. I was great at blaming and taking it all out on my husband and looking back my skin was showing me the signs, that I choose to ignore for so many years.

I know you may be reading this in hope that I was going to reveal some magic solution, wonder cream or drug that will erase Rosacea forever but I am sorry there is no wonder drug or treatment.

My Rosacea relief was me taking notice of myself. I was my cure and slowly I raised my hands and surrendered to healing myself from the inside out.

We all have a past, things and emotions we have experienced, and we suppress them over the years. Frustrations and hurt maybe a loss of a loved one, divorce, abuse, addition that we hold on to within our bodies.

I am a huge believer that the emotions, resentment, anger, are stored in the body and reveal themselves in the physical body of maybe headaches, constipation, neck/shoulder pain, insomnia, overeating, depression, anxiety, skin problems and in some cases disease.

For the last 7 years, I have been flushed face free. When I was caught up in my 13 years of suffering, I never thought that day would come, and people now comment on how good my skin looks. I changed my diet. I got help to release my grief, anger and past experiences and started to take a keen interest in myself.

The body has incredible healing powers, but we have to give a helping hand by being true to ourselves and facing the emotions and experiences that keep us suffering and stuck. We need to stop hiding behind smiles, tune in and deal with it.

I have learnt to listen to my body and face issues through my yoga and meditation practice to release, let go and dissolve old emotions and anxieties that were holding me back and stopping me living the fulfilling life I wanted. When we take the time to connect the whole self-reaps the rewards.

Rosacea I believe is suppressed anger/resentment and other emotions that create heat in the body and in my case resulted in my red, irritated face. From that first yoga class 15 years ago was the day I got hooked. It has opened up my world and gave me the courage and confidence to indulge in myself and did what no longer serves me.

It is no way an overnight process, and not an easy process at times by any means. We experience and hold on to so much but reaching out and yoga is a fantastic place to start.

With the right teacher and guidance, yoga will help you release, and we are slowly brought into the present moment and to what matters to us and our lives. This, believe me, is such a great place to live from and with self-dedication, self-observation and just offering time to yourself you can free yourself. Opening you up to new experiences and opportunities leaving you free from pain and suffering to get the best and most out of this incredible life journey.

When things are going great BOOM, Life throws you a curveball, and you get thrown off your path. But yoga, meditation, and my dedication to self-care what keeps me living a balanced lifestyle, I feel confident and clear about where I am going which is far from where I was through all the years I suffered. I have released that red face and my battle is over, and it can be for you too it takes honesty, courage, and dedication.

There is a lesson in everything we experience as hard it is we must learn to trust and learn to listen, release and let it go as all that we need to learn is right here inside. We are our FREEDOM.

My transformation guided me to change my career and share my knowledge through yoga, mindfulness, and meditation, and I love teaching at my Yoga Retreat here in Turkey. I have clear skin 99% of the time and love offering and sharing to all the wonderful students I get to guide and I witness some incredible transformations along the way.

To read more about my journey, you can download my ebook ‘Tune into yourself or suffer’ Free from my website.
It takes you deeper into the things I did and does to this present day to keep me living a balanced, happy Rosacea free life. It has some great breathing exercises that I use, yoga ideas, sleep tips, diet ideas and more that will help you tune in and begin fading your face and the causes and start rocking your life. 💚


I also offer a Free 60-minute call with no obligation at all. Why? because when I was suffering in my mid-twenties so few had even heard of Rosacea. Not like now the market is huge with products advertising Rosacea. Product ranges, creams it has become a money-making market as they pray on desperate people.

I really would have loved to find a person like me that had lived through it and is now sharing to help others. Just to talk about how I felt and how Rosacea made me feel would have been amazing. So that is why I offer it. In fact, after just one call I have had people writing to me saying how much it helped them see Rosacea for what it truly is and was excited about there healing journey to taking back there life and fading there face.

If you would like to have a conversation with me? I would LOVE to hear from you.

Click here to book your call with me!


  1. Abigail on June 28, 2017 at 5:50 pm

    I suffer from rosacea, so my face is always red and blotchy looking. My face always seems to be extra dry due to this illness. I have tried several products that said they would help hydrate and take away the red, but nothing really seemed to work well. I decided to try dermalmd rosacea serum by dermalmd and have been very pleased. I have started using this both morning and night and so far I can already see a noticeable difference in the redness in my face. My face is less blotchy and I can tell that it is a lot less dry. I plan to continue using this redness cream as I believe it is truly helping my rosacea.

    • Joanne on June 29, 2017 at 8:19 am

      Hi Abigail,

      Thank you so much for sharing. Fantastic news about the cream and such a sweet relief you have found something that works for you.


      Jo xo

    • Joanne on June 12, 2018 at 5:14 am

      Hey Abigail,

      Check out my Free ebook over you can get it over on my website and here I share all my journey of how I went from feeling helpless to Rosacea changing my life to be free from its clutches.


      Jo xo

      • Joanne on October 6, 2019 at 10:21 am

        I hope you are well.

        I wanted to reach out and say I have created a private Facebook Group called Rosacea Freedom where I offer free support.
        Hope to see you there.
        Jo xo

    • Jo Hughes on April 7, 2019 at 11:28 pm

      This made me cry 😢 I’m so so happy I came across this page! I’ve had no sleep for weeks I’m up all night researching rosacea creams diets and it’s got me stressed and depressed 🙁 one site will say avoid certain foods take a probiotic and use oils
      Another will say definitely eat more of these foods and stay clear of probiotics they make it worse
      It’s just so frustrating
      I’m 40 and over the years I haven’t been kind to myself
      I’m a single parent and have suffered with depression anxiety asthma hayfever borferline diabetic so trying to change diet for that
      I haven’t had an easy life at all and have so many emotions and lots of built up anger inside which I cover up and get on with it
      Not after reading this 🙂 I feel I was meant to see this 🙂 im crying as I write this as I was feeling so down and frustrated my name’s Jo too by the way ! Thanks so much Jo x

      • Joanne on October 6, 2019 at 10:19 am

        I hope you are well.

        I wanted to reach out and say I have created a private Facebook Group called Rosacea Freedom where I offer free support. 
        Hope to see you there. 
        Jo xo

  2. Christine on November 18, 2017 at 7:27 pm

    I couldn’t help but feel emotional reading this it so resonates with me, I believe I have rosacea It has had a negative impact on my social life, but it hit me when you said rosacea is caused by anger,resentment ect.. I have experienced these feelings and I know when I’m really stressed my skin suffers, I really need to work on calming myself through meditation/yoga and eating the right foods, I really needed to hear your story it’s opened up my eyes because I was so indenial about it all… I’ve created this so now I need to control it, thanks so much for sharing your honest story, I really needed to hear it xxxxx

    • Joanne on November 23, 2017 at 7:35 am

      Hi Christine,

      Happy Monday to you 🙂

      Thank you so much for reaching out and sharing you feedback about reading my blog. You know the fact that you can identify with my story is a real triumph as this means you are stepping into progress. 🙂

      I am not sure if you have done so but you can download my Ebook for free on my website that goes into things more that may be a really good to guide you into your healing as it has tips and things I did that released so much that got me well and rosacea free.

      I work with many people via the Internet as well as here on my retreats and please know that change can come about really quickly once you are ready to embrace it and I see so many changes and transformations it really is incredible.

      Take great care

      Jo xo

    • Joanne on June 12, 2018 at 5:11 am

      Hi thank you for sharing. I have a free ebook on my website and this goes into how and what I did to cure myself. It has helped many.

      I also help women with Rosacea find there tiger and heal to rise and thrive if you are interested in a free session with me please do get in touch.

      Wishes Jo xo

      • Joanne on October 6, 2019 at 10:21 am

        I hope you are well.

        I wanted to reach out and say I have created a private Facebook Group called Rosacea Freedom where I offer free support.
        Hope to see you there.
        Jo xo

    • Joanne on October 6, 2019 at 10:22 am

      I hope you are well.

      I wanted to reach out and say I have created a private Facebook Group called Rosacea Freedom where I offer free support.
      Hope to see you there.
      Jo xo

  3. Jennifer on May 30, 2018 at 7:48 am

    I also have had Rosacea for the past 12 years! This year however had been the worst!
    I’ve researched and researched! When it came down to it, I truly believe that it is an emotional thing as well. It involves healing yourself from within, dealing with repressed issues. Caring from within can reflect outside and hopefully reflect on skin.
    I’m so glad to have found this!
    By the way I am also big on Yoga and it has changed my life!

    • Joanne on June 12, 2018 at 5:08 am

      Excellent, thank you so much for sharing and yes self-care and nourishment was my cure and addressing and healing the trauma. I have a free ebook on my website if you are interested.

      And yes Yoga. learning to breath and notice the breath is transformational goodness.


      Jo xo

    • Joanne on August 11, 2018 at 10:23 am

      Amazing realisation Jennifer. healing yourself, getting to know yourself is the only we can heal, get well, get happy, get courageous to own our life on all levels and live a life we dream.

      Maybe one day your interest in Yoga and my passion to share how I healed will bring you here to my Retreat centre in Turkey 🙂

      Wishes and best Jo xo

    • Joanne on October 6, 2019 at 10:22 am

      I hope you are well.

      I wanted to reach out and say I have created a private Facebook Group called Rosacea Freedom where I offer free support.
      Hope to see you there.
      Jo xo

  4. Tom on June 9, 2018 at 7:23 pm

    Dont know people still read this thread, but ive suffered with it for a few years now and what helped me was reading Law of attraction book. Its no cure itself, but like you’ve said here its a build up of your emotions , when your stressed its elevated and having a better & clear understanding of how your emotions are throughout the life your living helps massively. Roscea brings alot of negativity to most situations it arises and i believe if you understand how it affects your emotions, gradually youll reduce the hold it has on you and see more clearly what triggers it . Hope this can be of use to someone iknow the feeling and affects it has, spent alot of years feeling sorry for myself and wasting valuable time which if i had the same mindset i have now i could of put it too good use.

    • Joanne on June 12, 2018 at 5:05 am

      Thank you such for sharing your comments and experience with Rosacea. I am 100% with you about it coming from emotions and past experiences as addressing this for me is what has given me back my clear skin and a far easier way to live.

      Thank you much for sharing

      Wishes Jo xo

      • Suus on August 10, 2018 at 5:47 pm

        Dear jo, here an mail from Holland. I totally think you (and tom) can be right. I suffered from rosacea (flushes) since i was about 18. Im 40 years now. I definately believe what you are saying is true. You can buy so much treatments (like laser and creams) but the healing can be within yourself. I think its a process. When i read your journey i felt quite relieved…..there can be a cure within yourself! Thank you for sharing your story! X Suus

        • Joanne on August 11, 2018 at 10:20 am

          Hi Suus,

          So ovally to hear from you and thank you for sharing. I am always so happy when people see the emotional relationship to Rosacea as dedicating time to self-care and nourish myself is the only way I healed and cured myself of a disease they say “there is no cure for” This is such devastating news if you are plagued with a red, burning, itchy face to name a few of its nasty effects.

          I defiantly is a process. A process of getting to know yourself well, to let go of the heavy and past to embrace your truth with great courage.

          I am so happy my journey has given you some relief. I am passionate about sharing my work through my retreats, workshops and online and I see incredible transformations when polka re ready to embrace the work.

          I share my story and how I embraced my journey to freedom in my Ebook “Tune into Yourself of Suffer” that is a free download on my website

          I also offer a free 1 to 1 online Clarity session if you ever feel you need a friendly kick in the pants to Own your life.

          Wishes and Best Jo xo

      • Joanne on October 6, 2019 at 10:22 am

        I hope you are well.

        I wanted to reach out and say I have created a private Facebook Group called Rosacea Freedom where I offer free support.
        Hope to see you there.
        Jo xo

  5. Suus on August 10, 2018 at 2:57 pm

    Dear jo, here an mail from Holland. I totally think you (and tom) can be right. I suffered from rosacea (flushes) since i was about 18. Im 40 years now. I definately believe what you are saying is true. You can buy so much treatments (like laser and creams) but the healing can be within yourself. I think its a process. When i read your journey i felt quite relieved…..there can be a cure within yourself! Thank you for sharing your story! X Suus

  6. Suus on August 25, 2018 at 1:03 pm

    Hi Jo, thanks for answering. I do have a question, the flushes you got, were they only when you were stressed, or also triggered by heath, the sun, or food? Thanks in advance.

    • Joanne on September 8, 2018 at 4:41 pm

      Hi Suus,

      Sorry for the late reply I have ben away. So my skin was constantly red. My nosy, chin, especially. I was a hairdresser so I was working in a hot dry environment. My face felt like it was constantly on fire. BUT yes stress, my health and defiantly my food choices and the sun because my skin was so sensitive. Since curing my self I live in the sun here in Turkey so that is defiantly a not a cause as so many say and since releasing my stress and stored up emotions I am clear.

      Suus if you would like to email me direct with any other thoughts or questions please do my email is

      Thank you for sharing.

      Jo xo

      • Joanne on October 6, 2019 at 10:20 am

        I hope you are well.

        I wanted to reach out and say I have created a private Facebook Group called Rosacea Freedom where I offer free support.
        Hope to see you there.
        Jo xo

    • Joanne on October 6, 2019 at 10:21 am

      I hope you are well.

      I wanted to reach out and say I have created a private Facebook Group called Rosacea Freedom where I offer free support.
      Hope to see you there.
      Jo xo

  7. Rosemary Byrne on December 31, 2018 at 7:13 pm

    Jo, reading your post made me cry. I resomated with everything you said. I have suffered from flare ups of rosacea off and on for 19 years since I was pregnant with my firstborn and I also suffered a devastating grief when my mom died when I was 22. I am in a job that I hate and experiencing relationship challenges on every front. I have driven myself next thimg to crazy trying to find a natural cure to my roasacea, have tried many things but your post completely confirmed a naggimg suspicion I have had about rosacea being a very visible we can’t ignore…forcing us to really look at ourselves but on a much deeper level. I feel completely empowered to know how to focus my energies now and stop repressing and express my true self…to not just say it but to do it. My face is screaming out for me to listen. I finally am. Thank you Jo💝

    • Joanne on January 2, 2019 at 6:22 pm

      Thank you so much for sharing Rosemary 🙏🏽 I have sent you a personal email 💚

  8. Heather on May 25, 2019 at 11:13 pm

    Thank you for posting, I would love to chat if you think you can help me?
    I would like to read your ebook.
    Thank you again. Xx

    • Joanne on October 6, 2019 at 10:16 am

      I would love to chat. I have sent you a email a while back?

      Also I have created a private Facebook Group called Rosacea Freedom where I offer free support. Hope to see you there.

      Jo xo

  9. Anastasiya on September 22, 2019 at 2:42 am

    Hi Jo,

    Thank you for the e-book, it was a great read and gave me some food for thought. I’ve been suffering from rosacea since about 14 y.o. I am now 33. It started on the sides of my nose, then jumped to the chin and now the cheeks are affected as well. I’ve identified multiple triggers, changed my diet, started an instagram to track my rosacea’s daily ebbs and flows in pictures at its absolute worst 2 years ago. It’s now a lot better, but far from healed yet. What’s interesting is that my mom suffered from rosacea as well, so I believe it to be in part genetic and yes, there is a cure. In 1998, at age 49, my mom underwent and intense cleanse (for non-rosacea-related health reasons). A month-long fast followed by weeks of juicing and coming out of the cleanse. After, her rosacea was gone and hasn’t come back since! As for me, I do notice that triggers affect it when I’m stressed (which is almost always). When I’m not stressed – as when I’m traveling or enjoying my life, my rosacea doesn’t seem to react to triggers much, even if there’s more of them! Your blog and book re-iterated to me the importance of watching my emotional health and not just my physical health. I have lots of fears and anxieties that have to be dealt with that I just ignore or try to run away from. Hopefully, this will give me the kick I need to start living my life and stop avoiding or hiding from it and, get rid of my rosacea in the process! Rosacea is like that “check engine” light in the car. Very visible, very annoying. But one doesn’t deal with the check engine light by putting tape (i.e. makeup) all over it. One needs to dig deep and heal the true causes of the redness.

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