Many people who have rosacea don’t know that they have it. To understand what rosacea is and how it affects our skin we need to be able to recognize it first. Many people show early signs of rosacea with flushing or blushing. Fair skin tones are prone to show these signs more than dark complexions, so if you’re medium or dark skinned, early-onset rosacea can be hard to recognize. Rosacea-prone skin can look sunburned, especially around the nose and cheek areas. This redness can also be accompanied by a sunburned feeling, tightness and burning of the affected area. Rosacea skin also tends to be bumpy with seed-like bumps that are often persistent and can ooze, like a hormonal pimple and can be quite painful as well. Broken capillaries and blood vessels can also be persistent on rosacea skin. Rosacea symptoms can be segmented into four categories: erythematotelangiectatic, papulopustular, phymatous and ocular. It is recommended that all of the above mentioned rosacea types receive attention from a dermatologist; it is significant that phymatous and ocular patients seek dermatological treatment.
Rosacea is an inflammatory condition; both internal and external inflammation factors can cause great distress to Rosacea-prone skin, thus triggering a flare-up. In addition to using quality topical products, treat your rosacea from the inside out: don’t stress out! Stress is the number one cause of a rosacea flare-up. Avoid spicy food, excess dairy and alcohol consumption. Anything that’s too stimulating for the body will be stimulating for the skin, so abstain from super-duty exercise, high heat (sauna, spa or hot bath), or excessively cold climates.
Treat your skin with extra care, don’t wash your skin in extremely hot or cold water, and do not use abrasive products such as scrubs with particles (especially ones with nut shells or sand particles). Do use gentle cleansers, foaming can be ok- but a mild gel version is recommended if your skin is oily to combination, B. Kamins Vegetable Skin Cleanser is a great choice, or a cream cleanser if your skin is normal to dry, Pevonia RS2 Gentle Cleanser is an outstanding option.
Stay away from acidic chemical exfoliants and fruit acids. While fruit acids may be great for most skin types, rosacea isn’t one of those skin types that tolerate fruit acids. Instead- use a gentle milk acid called lactic acid. Lactic acid can be found in a product-specific formulation, or as one of the ingredients in a moisturizer, cleanser, toner or masque. Estheticians recommend exfoliating on a regular basis with a lactic formulation to rid skin of residue, dead skin cells, clear your pores and provide anti-aging benefits. B. Kamins Lactic 8 is a great choice; it contains 8% lactic acid in addition to salicylic acid- which is an anti-inflammatory. In fact, salicylic acid is great for all acne-prone skin types and clogged pores.
After cleansing and exfoliating the skin- it is recommended that your skin receives a layer of barrier protection and soothing ingredients before a moisturizer is applied. Serum products rich in humectants, antioxidants, anti-inflammatory ingredients are typically desired in treating redness, oxidative stress and inflammation. Applying Pevonia RS2 Concentrate to a slightly damp, clean face can be helpful. It is rich in phyto-estrogens, flavonoids, antioxidants and polysaccharides and provides an immediate feeling of relief and coolness.
For rosacea skin in need of rapid healing and a boost of radiance, iS Clinical Pro-Heal Serum Advance Plus is a great product. It contains Vitamin C, Olive Leaf Extract, Vitamin E and Vitamin A for excellent antioxidant, brightening and healing properties. It also has Zinc Sulfate to enhance wound healing and decrease inflammation; these are beneficial factors when treating your rosacea topically.
After layering a treatment serum on the skin, apply a moisturizer, this provides hydration and prevents topical dehydration. Even if your skin is oily or combination, it is still very important to moisturize (moisturizers impart hydration into your skin- not oil, so contrary to popular belief- moisturizers will not make you break out)! Oily and combination skin should use a light, gentle hydrator such as ATOPALM MLE Face Cream. ATOPALM MLE Face Cream contains a barrier-repair lipid formula which helps to restore the barrier of compromised skin, such as skin that has been affected by rosacea, or other conditions such as dermatitis or eczema. Normal to dry skin types require quite a bit more moisture therefore, using a dense, lipid-rich formula as a daily hydrator is preferred. Osmotics Anti Radical Age Defense Barrier Longevity Complex is an outstanding choice for barrier-repair and antioxidant protection benefits.
Of course, don’t forget your sunscreen on a daily basis! The sun is a no-go when you are rosacea-prone, so make sure to thoroughly protect your skin year-round to prevent a flare-up. Sunscreens containing zinc oxide and titanium dioxide provide a physical sunscreen barrier on the top of your skin- without any chemical absorption. Oily and combination skin types prefer a powder version such as the iS Clinical SPF 20 Powder Sunscreen and normal to dry skin types prefer a light cream formulation, such as the Avene Very High Protection Cream SPF 50.
Remember, with proper care, your rosacea-prone skin, can be healthy and luminous!
For information about the products featured in this article:
B. Kamins Vegetable Skin Cleanser , Pevonia RS2 Gentle Cleanser, B. Kamins Lactic 8, Pevonia RS2 Concentrate, iS Clinical Pro-Heal Serum Advance Plus, ATOPALM MLE Face Cream, Osmotics Anti Radical Age Defense Barrier Longevity Complex, Clinical SPF 20 Powder Sunscreen, Avene Very High Protection Cream SPF 50.
For more information about Rosacea visit the Rosacea.org website at www.rosacea.org.
Source: The National Rosacea Society