Rosacea is a very common skin condition which is characterized by facial flushing, papules and increased sensitivity.
Although the condition is permanent, it frequently goes through periods of remission. This means that the skin care products you use, and the beauty regime which you follow, can have a significant impact on how noticeable your symptoms are.
Skin Care Products To Avoid If You Have Rosacea
With rosacea, knowing which skin care products will make the condition worse is just as important, if not more so, than knowing which ones can improve the condition of your skin. To some extent, which products you are sensitive to will be individual. However, there are some ingredients which are known to be common irritants.
Any ingredient with astringent properties should be treated with caution, as the majority of rosacea sufferers will be sensitive to one or more than the following:
- Alcohol. Almost 70 percent of women with rosacea reported that alcohol triggers a flare up of the condition, in a recent survey.
- Witch hazel. This is a great natural astringent, but around a third of rosacea sufferers find that witch hazel causes sensitivity and heightened redness.
- Menthol. A quarter of respondents in the survey avoid products containing menthol, due to a correlation with the severity of their symptoms.
- Eucalpytus And Peppermint. Finally, these oils should be treated with caution as they adversely affect around 15 percent of people with rosacea.
In addition to these ingredients, over a third of sufferers find that they are highly sensitive to any form of fragranced skin care products. This applies to both skin care products and cosmetics.
What To Look For In A Skin Care Product
When it comes to skin care, less is more if you have rosacea. This applies to both the number of products you use and the number of ingredients.
Opt for simple products, which preferably also fulfil multiple functions, as this will minimize your risk of suffering an adverse reaction.
Products labeled as being suitable for sensitive skin will normally be beneficial for people with rosacea as they tend to contain fewer ingredients.
As briefly touched upon, many sufferers could benefit from a fragrance free product. In addition to this, look for products which are listed as being “allergy tested”. Any product which causes an allergic reaction, even a mild one, will weaken the skin’s defences. If you already have an underlying problem such as rosacea then this can exacerbate the condition even more.
Finally, look for products which contain SPF as it is especially important to keep your skin healthy if you have a condition such as rosacea. Using SPF will protect your skin from UVA and UVB rays, and is particularly essential of sunlight seems to make your skin more sensitive. If you notice that sun exposure makes your rosacea worse, also consider wearing a wide brim hat to protect your face and avoid being outside as much as possible in the middle of the day, when the sun is at its hottest.
The Best Skin Care Techniques
Fancy skin care routines are not advisable if you suffer from rosacea. Use a non-abrasive cleanser in the morning and last thing at night, and rinse your skin clean with lukewarm water. Follow this up with a fragrance free and allergy tested moisturizer.
During the day, you should use a moisturizing product with an included SPF or use a separate sunscreen product. Sunscreen which is intended for children can be beneficial, as these are hypoallergenic and have a higher SPF.
If you want to wear makeup, opt for products which are designed for sensitive skin. It is best to avoid cosmetics which are listed as being waterproof or which are oil based, as these can be more difficult to remove with non-astringent products.
There are some cosmetics available which are specifically aimed at rosacea sufferers, and are designed for better coverage as well as being kinder to the skin. Whenever you buy a new product for the first time, apply it to a patch of skin such as the inside of your elbow before you use it on your face. If you notice any form of sensitivity, do not use it on your face.