Is there anything more frustrating than having rosacea?
You practically have to walk around with a red flush all over your cheeks and nose. And do we want to talk about those acne-like bumps? They’re everywhere too.
And to add insult to injury, we don’t even know what causes it so we can’t treat it. Not for good, anyway.
But we can do something about it and achieve good skin so we won’t have to skip another fun night out with a friend or a dinner out with family because rosacea decided to pay us a visit that lasts forever. You can tell it to pack its bags and leave. Here’s how:
How to tell if you have rosacea?
First things first. Let’s make sure you have rosacea and not something that looks like it.
Here’s a list of symptoms:
- Acne-like bumps
- Dilated blood vessels
- Face swelling
- Redness in the cheeks, nose, chin and forehead
- Slightly burning sensation
- Super sensitive skin (everything irritates it!)
Check, check, check? Go to a doctor then. I’m just a blogger. I can give you some tips (see below) but you need the help that only a dermatologist can give you if you want to tackle rosacea for good.The key to treating rosacea is to be gentle and avoid everything that can irritate skin. Click To Tweet
How to treat rosacea
In the meantime, I’ll give you some advice to help keep your rosacea under control. The key is to treat your skin as gently as possible and avoid everything that can irritate it and trigger rosacea. Here’s how:
- Use a gentle, water-soluble cleanser. So, no bar soaps. They tend to leave a residue on the skin that irritates it. Your skin so doesn’t need that.
- Avoid toners (and any other skincare products) with Alcohol Denat (it sometimes disguised itself as SD Alcohol on the label) and witch hazel (it’s distilled with alcohol). Alcohol is irritating and can worsen rosacea.
- The sun can trigger rosacea flare-ups. So, apply a zinc oxide-based sunscreen daily (yes, even in winter).
- Use serums, moisturizers and lotions loaded with antioxidants and soothing ingredients, such as vitamins C and E, green tea, allantoin, aloe vera and oats.
- Exfoliate with Salicylic Acid: it has anti-inflammatory properties that can help soothe rosacea. Avoid scrubs like the plague, instead. They’re too harsh for your skin and will just irritate it.
- Avoid irritating ingredients. We already know to avoid alcohol and witch hazel. But there are plenty of other ingredients your skin shouldn’t play with. They include synthetic fragrances, lime, lemon, menthol, peppermint, rosemary, lavender and essential oils (some of their fragrance components can cause irritations).
- Avoid common triggers. Spicy foods, hot beverages, alcohol, strenuous exercise (especially in hot weather), warm baths, cold weather and stress can all cause rosacea flare-ups.
- Antibiotics and other medications such as Finacea, Renovax, Novacet, MetroGel, Metronidazole and Accutane can also help in keeping rosacea under control. But only your doctor can prescribe them.
What Are The Best Products For Rosacea?
Bioderma Sensibio AR ($33.80)
A gentle, oil-based moisturizer for dry skin. It makes skin soft and smooth, soothes irritations and even helps prevent fight premature wrinkles. Available at Escentual.
Clinique Redness Solution Soothing Cleanser ($23.00)
A gentle cleanser that removes makeup, dirt and impurities without irritating dry and sensitive skin. Available at Sephora.
Drunk Elephant Physical Defense SPF30 ($38.00)
I love sunscreens with zinc oxide because they’re so gentle, absolutely everyone can use them. This one is also chockfull of moisturizing oils and antioxidants to give the skin everything it needs. Available at Sephora.
Paula’s Choice CALM Redness Relief 1% BHA Lotion Exfoliant ($27.00)
A gentle salicylic acid exfoliants packed with antioxidants and anti-inflammatory) agents to give skin a clear and bright glow (and soothe that damn rosacea). Available at Paula’s Choice.
Do you have rosacea? How do you deal with it?