December 18, 2018

Sensitive Skin & Rosacea

Mir Sensitive Skin Care is the only range developed by a cosmetic scientist who has rosacea and hypersensitive skin. So we go further to ensure our products are as gentle and effective as possible. If you’ve tried many sensitive skin products and found them  irritating or pore-clogging, it could be for any of the reasons below.

Did you know?

•  Sensitive skin products are formulated for the 60% of people who think they have sensitive skin, not the 6% who actually do. So they only exclude the most obvious irritants leaving in many substances that cause or exacerbate conditions such as rosacea, eczema, psoriasis etc.


•  They are tested on the arms of volunteers – not on sensitive faces.


•  “Dermatologist tested” only means a product was reviewed by a dermatologist. Not that it passed any tests.


•  Organic ranges, allergy tested products and those for rosacea often contain irritants, fragrance, and heavy pore-clogging oils – all of which should be avoided by even the healthiest complexions.


•  Fragrance free products invariably contain essential oils which are just as irritating as artificial fragrance/perfume.


•  Skin can react immediately to a product or irritation can develop almost imperceptibly over a period of time, this is known as cumulative irritation. This can worsen sensitive skin conditions and cause rosacea to progress from a mild to advanced stage.


•  An unbalanced, irritated, acne-prone complexion is often the result of using:

–  harsh cleansers that dry the skin,  followed by too much moisturiser;

– cleansing lotions or oil-based cleansers that leave a residue and/or have to be removed with hot water.

– too many products or too much of each.

How will Mir benefit your skin?

Skin needs to be balanced in order to be calm, healthy and clear.


Our water-based cleansers and lotions and light-textured Argan Beauty Oil work together as a complete system to achieve this:


•  Cleansers begin by balancing oiliness, dryness and most importantly the pH. They feel cool and refreshing, bringing instant relief to hot, bothered complexions.

•  Lotions drench skin with moisture without clogging pores.

•  Argan Beauty Oil works in harmony with all Mir products, enhancing benefits and versatility.


Right from the start, everything begins to feel better. In time, the skin starts to function the way it should and looks better too.


Trial Packs last up to 10 days. We offer 3 types and deliver worldwide.



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Rosacea in particular

Mir is the only natural skincare range developed by a cosmetic scientist and holistic skincare expert who actually has rosacea and hypersensitive, blemish-prone skin.


Rosacea is the most sensitive skin condition that dermatologists treat, so products suitable for sensitive skin, babies and even the kindest organic ranges simply don’t go far enough for us.


Unfortunately, many ranges claiming to be suitable for rosacea have been developed by people with little or no understanding of the disease or of the effects of cosmetic ingredients on the skin.

One of the websites claiming its products will “cure” rosacea just sells aloe vera (see above), which leads to the next point…


Many companies have jumped on the rosacea bandwagon developing products that are totally unsuitable. These sometimes claim their products “cure” rosacea – it’s incurable – or contain pointless ingredients, such as colour, fragrance etc.


Rosacea and hypersensitivity may be accompanied by additional complications such as seborrhoeic dermatitis (typically involving flaking, greasiness of skin and/or scalp) perioral dermatitis, malasezzia (pityrosporum) folliculitis and acne. It can also affect the eyes.


Most of our rosacea customers come to us having tried many products. Finding one skin care range that can deal with an exaggerated combination skin type, prone to oiliness in the t zone, dryness, redness and blemishes is quite a challenge. It was impossible for me to find one, which is why I was driven to develop Mir!

So what is rosacea?

It’s a chronic skin disease which can’t be cured, but can be controlled. It starts off as a cosmetic inconvenience, flushing and blushing and gradually each time you blush a little of the colour remains behind.


Eventually there is a permanent flush to the cheeks, nose etc. There may also be small red spots, papules, and pustules and broken capillaries.


In the later stages, there can be tissue swelling, most commonly this affects the nose and can only be rectified through surgery. So that’s it in a nutshell, a progressive disease which is hardly noticeable at first but can progress to a distressing, disfiguring stage if left untreated.


Your face can feel hot, irritated, itchy and sore. You may find certain situations, environmental factors, foods, drinks, cosmetic ingredients etc can *trigger* a flare up. It’s important to keep a journal to help you identify and avoid those triggers because each time you flush (or have a “flare up”) you can cause the disease to progress.


If you have just been diagnosed with rosacea, please do not despair because it can be controlled and the chances of it reaching the most severe stage are unlikely. Find out as much as you can about it – there are plenty of books and internet support groups out there.


If you think you might have rosacea but aren’t sure do seek medical advice. The sooner you obtain a diagnosis, the sooner you can take steps to control it.


And finally, on a personal note..

I was misdiagnosed and treated for acne for eight years. The various acne medications prescribed significantly worsened the condition. For the next few years I was prescribed rosacea ointments and gels, which either clogged pores because the active ingredients were in a comedogenic (pore-clogging) base or worsened the irritation because the gels were alcohol based.


I now only use Mir and take a daily probiotic supplement.




Updated 23 Jan 2019 by Gisele Mir


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