The National Rosacea Society
estimates over 16 million Americans live with rosacea.
Rosacea is a chronic skin condition that can lead to redness of the face, telangiectasias (broken blood vessels), pimples and pustules, textural changes, sensitivity of the skin, and even eye changes.
There are many “triggers” that worsen rosacea and each person may have different triggers, but common causes of flaring include sun, hot beverages, irritating skin products, scrubbing the skin, drinking alcohol, and hot spicy foods. I have taken care of rosacea patients for over 20 years and wanted to share some skincare tips for all of you that have rosacea or may know someone with rosacea.
1. Many rosacea patients have sensitive skin due to a defective skin barrier
2. Gentle skin care is paramount
3. Avoid scrubbing and harsh cleansers. A gentle cleanser applied with fingertips is best.
4. Sun is a huge “trigger” for a rosacea flare
5. Chemical free sunscreens
are best to avoid stinging and burning with application and also give the best UV protection
6. Topical Vitamin C
can be a nice addition to a skin care routine for many rosacea patients, as it can be anti inflammatory as well as anti-aging AND photoprotective
7. Anti aging products need to be used with caution, as many products can be irritating to sensitive rosacea skin 8. Moisturizing is key. Either a bland moisturizer or non comedogenic oil is best. 9. If interested in an anti-aging regimen
, an over the counter retinol
can be very effective and less irritating - and may even be used every other evening.
Of course, there are many prescription medication that can help rosacea sufferers minimize their symptoms, and your local dermatology group can help, but a good skin care regimen is paramount in protecting the skin barrier and decreasing the risk of flares!