My rosacea was so bad I was branded “a tomato” and endured cosmetic surgery jokes from my ex

A woman who was branded a tomato by a vicious workplace bully and told by strangers she was ugly because of her rosacea has learned to love her skin again after finding miraculous skincare.

Natalie Rose, 33, from Shropshire, suffered from rosacea from an early age, but after years of relentless bullying, strangers calling her ugly and an ex-partner forcing her to have plastic surgery to ‘get rid of her rosacea’, Natalie’s self-esteem was at an all-time low.

But in June 2018, Natalie started therapy and realized she had to learn to love herself again in order to love her skin.

After years of self-work, Natalie was shocked to come across a miracle cure in 2020, Calm Skin Care, which after just four weeks calmed Natalie’s rosacea so dramatically that she was able to face the outside world without makeup on for the first time in years.

Natalie Rose, 33, from Shropshire, who was branded a tomato by a cruel work bully and told by strangers she was ugly because of her rosacea, has learned to love her skin again after finding miraculous skincare

Natalie Rose, 33, from Shropshire, who was branded a tomato by a cruel work bully and told by strangers she was ugly because of her rosacea, has learned to love her skin again after finding miraculous skincare

Natalie Rose, 33, from Shropshire, who was branded a tomato by a vicious workplace bully and told by strangers she was ugly because of her rosacea, has learned to love her skin again after finding miraculous skin care (left and right)

“I learned to love my skin for the first time in my adult life,” Natalie said.

“I used to apologize for being treated badly because I felt I was so ugly, so I just had to put up with it. I really struggled to see any self-esteem.”

Natalie suffered from sensitive skin from a young age and was only 14 years old when she noticed red spots appearing on her face.

“I started getting red spots when I was doing gym at school,” she said.

Natalie suffered from rosacea at a young age, but after years of relentless bullying, strangers calling her ugly

Natalie suffered from rosacea at a young age, but after years of relentless bullying, strangers calling her ugly

Meanwhile, an ex-partner forced her to have plastic surgery to 'get rid of her rosacea' - leaving Natalie's self-esteem at an all-time low

Meanwhile, an ex-partner forced her to have plastic surgery to 'get rid of her rosacea' - leaving Natalie's self-esteem at an all-time low

Meanwhile, an ex-partner forced her to have plastic surgery to ‘get rid of her rosacea’ – leaving Natalie’s self-esteem at an all-time low

“It started to become more like a daily activity. My grandfather also had rosacea, so I think it’s hereditary.

“The doctors suggested E45 cream, but while it smoothed my skin, it didn’t calm the redness.”

After developing a phobia of the cold, Natalie’s confidence plummeted.

“Winter has always been worse,” she said.

After years of struggling with her skin, Natalie found a product she felt helped her — and soothed her redness

After years of struggling with her skin, Natalie found a product she felt helped her — and soothed her redness

After years of struggling with her skin, Natalie found a product she felt helped her — and soothed her redness

“I used to bleed and my face would get bright red and swollen. I didn’t want to go out, not only because it was painful, but I also didn’t want people staring at me.

“I developed a phobia of the cold because of my skin’s reaction and didn’t go outside in the winter.”

By the time she was 28 years old, Natalie was being bullied relentlessly, with one manager even calling her a tomato in front of customers.

“I’ve been called ugly by complete strangers and a boss called me a tomato,” she said.

“I worked in sales, and he would say it in front of customers. He would say ‘your face looks awful today’.

WHAT IS ROSACEA?

Rosacea is a common skin rash that affects the middle part of the face, usually in middle-aged people.

Sufferers are more likely to blush, which is followed by persistent redness, bumps, and pus spots.

What Causes Rosacea?

The cause of rosacea is not fully understood.

Many think it is caused by the blood vessels under the skin dilating too easily.

It is more common in fair-skinned women.

Alcohol, excessive exercise, temperature extremes, spicy foods, stress, and sunlight can all make rosacea worse.

Are there other symptoms? And how is it treated?

In addition to affecting their appearance, people with rosacea may experience:

  • Depression, anxiety and a reduced quality of life
  • Swelling around the eyes
  • An enlarged, red, puffy nose due to an overgrowth of sebaceous glands
  • Eye problems, such as a gritty feeling or sensitivity to light

There is no medicine.

Treatment focuses on avoiding triggers and relieving symptoms via oral antibiotics and topical creams.

Source: British Association of Dermatologists and NHS choices

He even asked if it was contagious. He made me feel like an ogre. In the end he was fired for his behavior, but the damage to my mental health was already done.”

An ex-partner even asked Natalie to have plastic surgery to soothe her rosacea.

“My ex made a joke in front of his friends,” she explained.

“He told me to have cosmetic surgery to get rid of my rosacea. They all laughed. It was one of those times when you just want the ground to swallow you whole.

“It certainly hurt. He would tell me to just save up and have surgery to have it removed. It became a running thing.

“But I just felt so lucky to be in a relationship. I felt ugly in my skin and body. I put up with these things because I thought he was good looking and I was ugly.

“My whole mentality was really bad at that point.”

In 2018, Natalie had fallen into a deep depression.

“In 2018, I lost my daughter late in pregnancy,” Natalie said.

“Everything got really overwhelming. I broke completely, I couldn’t handle anything else. I ended up taking sick leave for a while and eventually quit my job.

“I developed a crippling anxiety and my self-esteem and confidence hit rock bottom. Then I went to therapy.

“Part of that was unlearning a lot of the toxic culture I grew up with. I had to start liking myself again.

“I had to speak kindly to myself. I had to learn to give myself the same love and appreciation that I would give anyone else.

“I think when you hit rock bottom, there’s only one way to go.”

And in 2020, Natalie came across Kalme’s skincare.

“I had tried everything on my skin,” Natalie explained.

‘I had my hopes up on products before and they hadn’t worked, I’d spend £60 on some of them which is a lot of money for me.

Despite her fear, Natalie spent £49.95 on her skincare and within four weeks was thrilled with the results (pictured)

Despite her fear, Natalie spent £49.95 on her skincare and within four weeks was thrilled with the results (pictured)

“I was nervous about being disappointed again. I had seen Kalme advertised in a few places, but I didn’t know anyone who had used it.

“In the end, my mother said she would pay half with me, so I tried for a month.”

Despite her fears, Natalie spent £49.95 on her skincare and within four weeks she was overjoyed.

“Within four weeks there was a noticeable difference, my skin stopped bleeding and flaking,” she said.

“It felt smoother and calmer and much less painful. It has made my skin as smooth as I can remember.

Now I can go out without makeup on. I don’t know how to properly articulate how it feels to be able to walk out of the house without makeup.

She said she can

She said she can “go out for a night out” without feeling “ugly” and “can’t stop smiling” thanks to the cream

‘I can go out for a night without feeling ugly. I used to not want to go out at all because of my self-confidence. I’m not holding back anymore.

“I can’t stop smiling when I say it because I know how great it makes me feel.

“I know I will always have rosacea because there is no magic fix and I still get anxiety when I get a skin eruption, but these products have helped manage the symptoms significantly better.”

And now Natalie is on her way to loving her skin again.

“This year I want to say yes more,” she said. “My goals are to relearn the keyboard and do more of what I enjoy, like taking pictures of nature.

“I no longer have people staring at my skin in disgust or calling me names. I’m learning to love my skin for the first time in my life.’

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