8 skin care tips for rosacea
Rosacea is a common skin condition that causes facial redness and small bumps. Individuals might experience a flare-up that lasts a week or even months. While rosacea can affect anyone, the condition is mostly seen in middle-aged women with fair skin. There isn’t a cure for rosacea but there are treatments and habits that can help you calm your skin. Here are 8 skin care tips for rosacea that can help you avoid flare-ups and live a life with skin that you feel comfortable in every day.
Listen to your skin
Every person with rosacea has different triggers that can make their skin condition worse. Understand your triggers and pay attention to reactions to skin care products such as cleansers, moisturizers, and makeup. The more you learn about your skin’s unique composition, the better you can avoid potential hazards that will bring out the worst in your skin. If your sister’s rosacea doesn’t react to one product, it still might be different for you.
Test out products
Hold off on diving into a new product line, even if it checks all of the boxes. Until you know exactly which ingredients and brands bother your rosacea, it will be a trial and error process. Test a small area of your skin for at least a week to ensure that it doesn’t cause burning, itching, or irritation. Once you’re in the clear, add it into your routine as you normally would. It’s better to be safe than to experience a month-long flare-up!
Shower with warm water
Simple choices such as the temperature of your sink or shower water can be affecting your rosacea. Avoid washing your face with hot water as it dries out your skin very quickly. Hot water is a common trigger with people with rosacea. Lukewarm or cool water are the best choices to ensure that your skin stays calm during and after cleansing.
Keep your hands off your face as much as you can. When you have to apply moisturizer or makeup, be gentle as to not irritate your skin and only use your fingertips in a light, circular motion. Scrubbing your skin will only worsen your rosacea so be careful not to be too rough. This means no washcloths, facial sponges, or exfoliating.
Read the ingredient label
When choosing a product, look at the ingredient list and make sure that there aren’t any culprits that would dry out your skin such as alcohol, camphor, menthol, or fragrances. When it comes to the makeup of a product, the more natural, the better! Look for products that are simply-designed or that are specifically made for individuals with rosacea or similar skin conditions.
Stay out of the sun
No matter if you experience rosacea or not, sunscreen should be a part of your daily skincare regimen. The sun can trigger symptoms of rosacea, such as redness and irritation, and more importantly, can lead to skin cancer. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, the sun is one of the most frequent causes of a rosacea flare-up. So wear a hat, liberally apply sunscreen, and seek shade when you can!
Hydrate your skin
Moisturizing not only keeps your skin healthy, but it can restore your skin after an outbreak of irritation or redness. A regular moisturizing routine every morning and night can ensure that your skin is healing and repairing, and not drying out! If your skin is extra dry, try out a hydration mask that has enhanced moisturizing properties for the driest skin.
Find alternative treatments
It’s essential to do what you can at home to prevent rosacea flare-ups and contain your condition as best as possible, but there are alternative treatments that can give your skin a little extra help. A Laser Genesis treatment improves overall skin texture and appearance and reduces redness caused by acne or rosacea. Do your due diligence and research the variety of treatments that are out there to find something that addresses your skin’s unique needs.
The right skincare habits can make a big difference when dealing with rosacea. Contact Eastland Face & Body to discuss a Laser Genesis treatment or learn more about products that are right for your sensitive skin.