Rosacea can give anybody nightmares. That redness around the cheeks and nose along with subtle to moderate inflammation is certainly not a nice thing to have, right? Though there is no particular cure for this frustrating skin condition, there are quite a few skin care techniques that can help you immensely. In this post, we are going to share with you the must-know tips for taming rosacea flare-ups:
The first and foremost thing you need to do is to identify your rosacea triggers and avoid them completely. These are substances or habits that directly cause you rosacea or promote the flares anyway. Some of the rosacea triggers include too much heat, too much cold, spicy food, stress, astringents, harsh chemical-laden skin care products, alcohol, witch hazel, essential oils (peppermint oil, eucalyptus oil
, etc.), menthol, and so on. Neither all people have same triggers, nor could all of the triggers be avoided. But, it is advised that you stay away from them as much as possible in order to minimize your symptoms.
Your choice of facial cleansers can worsen your rosacea. Hence, you must pay special attention to the type of cleanser you are using on your face. As a rosacea-affected skin is extremely sensitive, you should go for a cleanser that is hypoallergenic and does not contain any sort of fragrance. Make sure that the product is also free of harsh chemical compounds, especially salicylic acid, and retinoids, as these can irritate the skin even more.
Rosacea-affected skin lacks enough moisture and restoring it is the key to an effective skin care routine. Applying moisturizer can shield the skin from irritants and other harsh ingredients, thereby reducing redness significantly. So, moisturize your skin as many times as possible throughout the day. However, make sure that you opt for a good herbal moisturizer that is hypoallergenic, fragrance-free, oil-free, and is not loaded with chemical compounds.
Stay Protected From The Sun
Being one of the top triggers for rosacea, sun exposure should be minimized and at the same time, proper sun safety should also be practiced. Most of the sunscreen lotions and sunblock creams contain harsh chemicals that affect sensitive skin to a great extent. Try to pick sun safety products (SPF 15 or more) that come with physical blockers like titanium dioxide, zinc oxide, etc. Like your cleanser and moisturizer, your sunscreens should also be hypoallergenic and fragrance-free. Besides, limit your sun exposure, reapply sunscreen every 2 hours, and put on a wide-brimmed hat whenever going outside.
Skip Vigorous Skin Treatments
When it comes to taking care of a rosacea-affected skin, it is of utmost importance that you stay away from all sorts of vigorous skin treatments that can irritate the skin and aggravate the condition. No matter how rejuvenating or how expensive the treatments (facials, scrubbing, chemical peels, micro-dermabrasion, etc.) are, you will end up taking a toll on your skin. Even when applying a cleanser or moisturizer to your skin, try to be very gentle as too much rubbing can make thing worse.
Find The Right Makeup
Rosacea and makeup never go hand in hand. The chemical compounds present in various makeup products can do a lot of harm to your skin while covering up your ruddy cheeks. If you still cannot do without makeup, make sure that you find the right one for yourself. Always look for choices that are free of fragrances. You should also go for powder or mineral-based makeup formulas instead of the liquid ones as the later might clog the pores and worsen the skin condition.
Calm The Flares Down
Keep everything aside, one of the biggest parts of rosacea skin care is to soothe the skin irritation so that the symptoms don’t become prominent enough to make you feel uncomfortable. The easiest way to calm down the inflammation is to place ice packs on the face. Applying cold green tea extracts all over the face can also help reduce the flare-ups considerably.
A few More Points To Remember…
If you have a rosacea-prone skin and want to prevent further redness, here are some more tips for you:
- Check the temperature of anything you are applying to or putting on your skin as extreme hot or cold might affect it to a large extent.
- Strictly avoid soaps or bars on your face in order to avoid further drying of your skin.
- Women with oily / combination skin might opt for a gel / serum moisturizer with retinols for keeping both oil production and inflammation under control.
- It is always good to avoid using rough washcloths, chemical-infused facial cleansing wipes, or harsh scrubbers on a rosacea-prone skin.
- Don’t use makeup brushes or applicators too much. If possible, try limiting the number of skincare products for usage at a time.
Always consult your physician or an expert dermatologist before using any specific rosacea skincare products on your skin. He or she may also suggest you some prescription medications for better treatment.