Rosacea Skin Care Tips

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Rosacea is a chronic skin condition that affects the face. The possible symptoms are:

  • Burning
  • Stinging
  • Facial flushing
  • Redness
  • Inflammatory papules and pustules
  • Visible blood vessels
  • Eye irritations
  • Skin thickening around the nose.

An important factor in any treatment is to take care of your skin in order to reduce risks of flare-ups or worsening of the condition. Here are some important rosacea skin care tips to help you keep your skin healthy and symptom free.

1. Use fragrance and irritant free products

Skin that is affected by rosacea needs to be cleansed with gentle, fragrance-free, irritant-free and non-drying cleansers so as not to dehydrate and irritate the skin. Make sure you don’t use skin care products that contain salicyclic acid as this is one of the most common irritants of facial skin. It’s also important not to use astringents (which can dry out the skin) and exfoliants which can also damage the skin. Skin care ranges such as Eucerin, Aveeno and Cetaphil are all excellent choices.

2. Never use rough washcloths or sponges

Using rough washcloths or sponges on your face can easily irritate the skin. It’s better to choose a soft cloth. Always use lukewarm water when you gently wash and rinse your face: hot water can irritate and aggravate your skin.

3. Always use a moisturizer

If you suffer with dry skin then it’s important to use a gentle moisturizing cream as part of your skin care routine. It’s best to choose a cream that’s hypoallergenic, non-perfumed and non-greasy in order to soothe and protect the skin. Some suitable moisturizers come from the Aveeno, Cetaphil and Eucerin ranges. A good tip for men is to use an electric razor rather than shaving with a blade because it’s less irritating to the skin. Be sure to follow your shave by applying a moisturizing cream.

4. Use a sunscreen

Being out in the sun is a pleasure for most people and provides essential Vitamin D. Unfortunately for rosacea sufferers, strong sunlight can aggravate the skin and make the symptoms worse. In fact, most dermatologists advise applying sun protection every day before you go out whatever the level of sunshine.

The best sunscreens are those which have a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of fifteen or higher, which are alcohol-free, fragrance-free and contain no irritating chemicals. Products like Neutrogena Sun Block for sensitive skin, Clinique Super City Block SPF25 or the Simple Sun Sensitive Range are easily bought in your nearest department or drug store. Another great tip is to wear a wide brimmed hat to help to protect your face from the sun as well as sunglasses if you suffer with ocular rosacea.

5. Choose cosmetics carefully

Many rosacea sufferers are concerned about which cosmetics are best to use and won’t irritate their already sensitive skin further. Unfortunately, everyone reacts differently. What affects one person will not affect another and choosing the best cosmetics for you may require a process of trial and error.

It’s important to be aware that most cosmetics contain a wide range of artificial chemicals, fragrances and dyes which may aggravate and irritate sensitive skin. The best choice for rosacea suffers is to use cosmetics made from natural and organic ingredients. Dermatologists often recommend mineral makeup to women with sensitive skin because it usually contains no artificial ingredients such as fragrances and preservatives. It also has soothing and anti-inflammatory properties. Mineral makeup is made up of finely milled minerals and is formulated with natural ingredients.

6. Avoid Smoking and Alcohol

Smoking and alcohol are both vascular dilators and cause vascular damage. This can only aggravate the symptoms of rosacea.

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