Pityriasis Rosea and Me

Pityriasis Rosea is something I had never heard of until five weeks ago when I became covered from neck down in a rash that was flaming red and made me incredibly itchy. After a visit to my GP and then the hospital I was diagnosed with Pityriasis Rosea given some antihistamines and sent on my way.

Not happy with just curing the itching I went home and looked up as much information as I could about the condition. After all I am a beauty blogger and love to use products on my skin but was now worried that I may never have that luxury again. Here is what I have found on the condition and how I started to clear my skin.

What is Pityriasis Rosea

Pityriasis Rosea is a skin condition that often starts with a small, dry patch of skin that can look quite red and inflamed. For me this little patch did not hurt and was not an irritant in any way. The initial dry patch of skin is called the ‘Herald Patch’ and can take up to two weeks to develop into a raised rash that covers area of the body. For me personally the rash came out quite quickly and covered my neck, chest, stomach, back and legs. This rash was extremely irritating and I could have sat scratching all day.

Pityriasis Rosea
This is how my chest area looked

Causes of Pityriasis Rosea

Unfortunately There is yet to be any known cause for the skin condition. The hospital indicated that some feel it may be a viral infection while others think it could be stress related. As I felt unwell before my rash came out and had the stresses of a surgery the week before I believe it could be both.


Treatment is a bit lacking with the prescription of antihistamines and advice to use a emollient. More extreme case can then have a steroid based cream or UBV light therapy. Treatment can last anything from six weeks to six months and some people live with the condition.

How It Affected Me

I hope I don’t sound vain but I was devastated and itchy. I love using different products on my skin and for me personally one of my favourite things about being a girl is having pamper sessions, making myself feel nice. I was worried and panic that the things I loved doing for ‘me time’ I may never be able to do again.

I would be lying if I said it didn’t make me feel unattractive and knock my confidence. I was worried people could see it and it is almost impossible to cover up when its so wide spread across the body. I was also worried that people may feel it was contagious (it is not by the way) and fear coming near or talking to me. Luckily I have a reassuring husband and family that helped remind me how I looked didn’t matter and we are blessed I am well and it wasn’t something more serious.

How I improved The Appearance Of My Skin

No was the time for me to stop using such highly perfumed products and go back to basics. There was not many 0% chemical was products out there that you don’t have to order online and wait for. I started using both Lacura (£1.20) and Sanex (£2.29) zero percent body was as they are a clear liquid formula. The clearer the liquid the less chemicals in the formula. Plus they are both have 0% fragrance, parabens, colourants, phthalates or phenoxyethanol which is just what was needed at the time.

Sanex also offer a bath foam which is developed for people with highly sensitive skin so you can get a bit of luxury back into your bath time 

After bathing/showering I then used a mixture of my son’s Diprobase which is a water based cream he was prescribed for baby eczema mixed with the E45 Itch Relief cream (£4.79). I’ve linked it on amazon but you can also purchase it from local pharmacies. I applied this daily and now five weeks on my skin has improved so much. There is still a slight redness but the itching has stopped and I have been able to use some of my beloved skin creams again with no irritation or breakout.

Pityriasis Rosea 5 weeks on
Five weeks later

I hope my post has shed some light on the condition, hopefully it has been informative and helped people understand or relate. If you have any problems with your skin or are worried about it, please don’t self diagnose, go to the GP and they can help guide you. Comment down below your thoughts and feelings or if you have been effected by something similar.

Next post will be Friday, have a great week.

Kate x

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