Pixi Glow Tonic Vs. Rosacea

Enter Pixi Glow Tonic.

I wanted to try this product for ages; after seeing beauty bloggers, friends and online reviews absolutely raving about it. Even Caroline Hirons is a fan. AJ’s sister Zoe bought this for me as a Christmas present, knowing about my rosacea problems and having used it herself with really good results. I was so excited to open it, honestly; one of my favourite presents. Pixi Glow Tonic is marketed as being suitable for all skin types – as a gentle exfoliant and, leaving youthful, glowing skin.

With the benefit of hindsight I would have checked the ingredients more carefully, or read more reviews from people who have rosacea, before slapping it all over my face. But I didn’t.

Pixi Glow Tonic

Here’s the glow it left me with…

 There it is, in all its glory. This is not a picture I feel particularly good about posting on the internet, as most people that know about my rosacea think it extends to a bit of flushing here and there. Nope.  Using Pixi Glow Tonic gave me an all out burning red rosacea attack – and it was really painful.

I don’t have lots of pictures of myself, except the silly ones I send to AJ (which are certainly not suitable for public consumption) so this is the only real comparison I can offer right now. This is a pretty average rosacea day.. Except I had just done a sky dive (!) But in terms of my skin, fairly normal, no flare up, very minimal makeup, which is my usual:



I didn’t notice the issue straight away, it always takes time for these things to pop up. I used Pixi Glow Tonic twice a day, for two days, before I felt the familiar itchiness under my skin and noticed all the little red bumps slowly forming underneath. I immediately stopped using it, and after that had another 6/7 days of the red bumps developing, getting redder, forming into actual spots above the skin, and then eventually going down; with a lot of gentle soothing and cleansing. I tend not to wear makeup when flare-ups happen, to give my skin the best possible chance of recovering quickly and not getting clogged up in the process. But that does unfortunately mean me looking pretty awful in the meantime.

I don’t blame Pixi Glow Tonic for the flare up as I know a lot of people (even with sensitive skin) that have had good results – but I would urge anyone with sensitive or rosacea/prone skin to do a test patch before fully committing to this product. An examination of the bottle after I noticed the problem revealed the culprit; witch hazel. I used to use products with this ingredient when I was younger, with no issues, but it seems that rosacea doesn’t like it one bit.

I cant comment on the effectiveness of this product, given that I only used it for two days and then ran for the hills. I’m gutted that its not suitable for me, because everyone else seems to have such good results with it, and smooth skin is my absolute goals. I was really surprised to see witch hazel included in the ingredients, given that Pixi Glow Tonic is listed as being suitable for all skin types, and “gentle”. I wouldn’t recommend against Pixi Glow Tonic, but if you do have rosacea or sensitive skin, use with caution – I’d recommend a tiny little patch a couple of times for a few days, to see if there is any reaction, before you all out plaster it all over your face, like I stupidly did. For now, I’ll be sticking to my usual favourite; Alpha H Liquid Gold.

I’m really interested to see if anyone with rosacea or sensitive skin has had a similar reaction to Pixi Glow Tonic, or other product with witch hazel?




    • January 14, 2017 / 5:12 pm

      Thanks Holly 🙂 It's frustrating because all these cool new products come out and I rarely get to switch up what in use, in case this happens! x

  1. January 14, 2017 / 3:59 pm

    You're not alone, I don't have rosacea just dry skin so I was unimpressed by this product as well �� rather disappointing it didn't work for me despite the rave reviews. Glad you raised the awareness though for others who may be in your position! x

    • January 14, 2017 / 5:11 pm

      Thanks for your kind comment. I've never heard of anyone having issues with it so reassuring to know its not just me! x

  2. January 18, 2017 / 7:19 pm

    It's annoying to have to buy a full size product in order to patch test and find it's no good eh? I get this with sunscreen. Sends my skin batty x

  3. February 7, 2018 / 7:44 am

    Hello! I just came across your blog when looking at reviews for alpha h liquid gold. I have rosacea also and wanted to share something that worked for me. 1. I had my hormonal levels checked and found that I was low in progesterone – I was then prescribed tablets which I take depending on my menstrual cycle. This has helped sooo much. 2. Soolanta!!!! my skin is no longer dry and all the bumps have gone – my skin is smooth again.

    I hope this helps you in some ways 🙂

    • becausenicole
      February 7, 2018 / 8:33 am

      Oh that’s really interesting, thank you for sharing! Funnily enough I came across some Soolantra reviews this week and am thinking of trying it – currently waiting to see a Dermatologist so I’ll bear it in mind. Thank you! Ps glad you’ve had a good result!

  4. Holly Carter
    April 6, 2018 / 11:13 am

    I have horrendous rosacea and the products I now use have pretty much cleared it up! I use Bravura London and Kimberley Sayer. If you want to see before and after pics happy for you to contact me direct and also happy to give you the actual product names that I use.

    • becausenicole
      April 6, 2018 / 11:27 am

      Hi Holly, thanks for your comment! Amazing news that you’ve managed to clear it up! I’ve actually now started a new treatment regime that is looking really good, so fingers crossed I’ll be able to say the same as you shortly! 🙂 x

  5. Debbie
    November 22, 2018 / 4:02 am

    I’m so glad I came across this review. I am having a flare up and was reading positive reviews of Pixi Glow Tonic. I have a feeling my skin would react poorly after reading what happened to you. Off to read more of your posts!

    • becausenicole
      November 23, 2018 / 8:31 pm

      Thanks Debbie! I do have particularly sensitive skin, but it’s a good reminder to test new products! 🙂

  6. Sadie
    April 10, 2019 / 1:37 am

    I am currently going through the exact same problem. Used pixi retinol tonic two days later itchy eyes and an aweful rash all over my face. It’s painful antihistamines aren’t helping.

  7. becausenicole
    April 14, 2019 / 5:56 pm

    Oh I’m sorry to hear you’re having a similar experience! hopefully it will settle down soon – hope it goes quickly!

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