Over 16 million Americans suffer from rosacea – a chronic and progressive skin disorder characterized by red, acne-like bumpy skin. Because of the resemblance to teenage acne, some people use the wrong products to treat it and undoubtedly, it may worsen.
Know the warning signs. Rosacea often occurs among baby boomers, women, and people with fair skin. You can tell if you or someone you know has this when you notice flushing (the earliest sign), intense redness in the nose, cheeks, and forehead that does not subside, visible small blood vessels, and the presence of pus-filled bumps accompanied by burning or stinging sensation.
Learn your triggers and avoid them. Each person with rosacea has different triggers, but usually some ingredients in skin care products may worsen your condition. Knowing what works for you involves trial and error. Doing a patch test helps in determining if a product irritates your skin. For others with rosacea, there are specific foods, including coffee, alcoholic beverages, chocolates, and hot peppers, that are the worst offenders.
Apply sunscreen daily. Exposure to sunlight can trigger rosacea. Using sunscreen with niacinamide can protect your skin while reducing redness in the face.
Moisturize. It is best to choose creams over lotions because the latter often have alcohol-based liquids that can dry out your skin. A good moisturizer with aloe vera and vitamin E, like Corium 21 cream, soothes redness and irritation.
Avoid products that dry out the skin. You should watch out for ingredients that dry out the skin including witch hazel, alcohol, menthol, eucalyptus oil, propylene glycol, fragrances, peppermint, and camphor.
Choose makeup carefully. Avoid those with a long list of ingredients. Mineral based makeup is a smart choice as it doesn’t have other additives that may irritate the skin.
Be gentle on your skin. When applying creams or washing your face, use your fingertips lightly. Avoid rubbing or scrubbing your skin vigorously as it will cause more redness and irritation. A soft cotton towel can be used to pat your skin dry.
Rosacea, when diagnosed early, can be treated easily. Keep your skin care routine simple and make an appointment with your dermatologist for an individualized treatment.