Regardless of whether you’re now treating your rosacea, the correct skin care routine can have noticeable effects.
A rosacea friendly skin care routine can help you in the following ways:
- It will make your skin feel better.
- Help you to improve the end results.
- It will boost the overall health of your skin.
- Also, it will reduce the rosacea flare-ups.
When patients are undergoing with Rosacea treatment the experienced dermatologists suggest the following tips/steps:
1. Find the reason for your Rosacea flares and avoid them from happening
Spicy food, liquor, extreme temperatures, anxiety or wrong beauty products are some causes of Rosacea flare-ups.
You need to know, what causes your flare-ups?
As Michele Green says, you must note down what causes your flare-ups. Michele Green is an MD who is a board-certified dermatologist in New York and she suggests making notes of things that cause you flares. You can ignore some products but others can be an issue which one needs to take care of.
A lot of times, on experiencing random flare, cold showers help a lot. Gentle cleansing of the face with adequate products can help you too.
But as Michele Green suggests, “Just don’t scrub as this will make things worse” which is really a great piece of advice.
2. Make sure to clean your face gently twice a day
As per dermatologist Mark Dahl, MD, patients who have rosacea frequently don’t wash rosacea-inclined skin enough. That is the main reason your skin now feels problems like irritation.
Rules to clean your face
Make sure you don’t forget to clean your skin right after waking up and before going to sleep. This will help you remove all the dirt and oil present in the skin which may be the cause of irritation.
- Apply the cleanser gently using fingertips in a circular motion.
- Again use your fingertips to remove the cleanser from your skin. Use lukewarm water and clean it gently but thoroughly else it may affect your skin in long run.
- Now, use your clean and soft face towel to gently pat your skin.
3. Avoid potential flares breakout using gentle cleansers
Not just the moisturizer but the choice of cleansers also affects the flares you have. Dr Green suggests, “If you have rosacea, you need to avoid harsh cleansers and astringents, as they can make rosacea much worse,” She adds that there is a difference between acne and rosacea hence acne treatment can cause more harm to rosacea flares.
Avoid any beauty or skin product which has retinoids salicylic acid, retinoids or both. The steps you take to choose the moisturizer should be imitated for cleansers as well. Hypoallergenic or Fragrance-free cleanser must be used.
Dr Green says, “Be careful about how you use it.” Scrubbing should be totally removed from your daily skincare routine.
4. Use moisturizer every day
Regardless of whether rosacea makes your skin oily or dry, it’s moisturizing is the really essential step that you must not miss. It helps hydrate your skin by absorbing water in the skin. This will help you get relief from painful irritations and you will definitely feel comfortable.
Amy Forman Taub, a renowned dermatologist from Lincolnshire, Illinois suggests all her patients to use these Best Moisturizers for Rosacea everyday. Moisturizing cream makes a boundary that locks out all the irritation elements on the skin and can help in avoiding rosacea symptoms. Many studies have also found that applying the rosacea lotion or a repair cream can allow you to see nice results in your treatment.
In one of the small studies conducted, patients were asked to apply rosacea treatment (metronidazole gel) on their face two times a day. In addition, they also asked them to apply gentle moisture on their face twice every day.
After 15 days of experiment, it was found that the moisturized side of the face was not much dry, peeling or rough. The other studies showed the same results.
5. Make sure to protect your skin everyday from the sun
Rosacea can be widely affected from the sun. In a study conducted by the National Rosacea Society it was found that the exposure of the skin to the sun is one of the major and frequent causes of the flares. It can also affect the people with dark-skin.
Sun exposure can be the top reason for triggers of rosacea flares. Most of the dermatologists suggest that wearing sunscreen every day before stepping out including cloudy days. Chris G. Adigun is an MD, who is a board-certified dermatologist in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
He suggests, “In general, sunscreens with chemicals are too irritating for people with rosacea, but part of the treatment for rosacea is sun protection” He also added,” Choose sunscreens with physical blockers, such as zinc oxide or titanium.”
How find a rosacea friendly sunscreen for your skin?
As it is a very troublesome job to find a sunscreen that suits your sensitive skin. In order to find out the suitable sunscreen for your skin dermatologists suggest keeping the following things in mind.
- Titanium dioxide, Zinc oxide (or both)
- Silicone (might be mentioned as Cyclomethicone, dimethicone, or cyclomethicone)
- Use sunscreen with no added fragrances (must check it is mentioned “fragrance free,” if it is written “unscented” on the product then choose avoid it and buy the other one.)
- Buy sunscreen with broad spectrum protection.
- Make sure to pick the sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher than that.
Now this takes to my next Rosacea Skin Care tip…
6. Buy rosacea-friendly products for skin
If you have rosacea then you may observe that a lot of skin care products & cosmetics are irritating your skin. To avoid this, choose your cosmetics and skin care products wisely. Also, gentle cleaning, using sunscreen and a good moisturizer can help you avoid such sensitivity.
When shopping for products, dermatologists recommend that you read the list of ingredients before you buy. To reduce the likelihood of a buying a product that will irritate your skin, you want to avoid anything that contains:
Dermatologists suggest everyone to carefully check the ingredient list before buying any product. Avoid buying the item which contains the following ingredients in order to avoid damage to the skin.
- Any Fragrance
- Glycolic corrosive
- Lactic corrosive
- Sodium laurel sulfate (frequently used in shampoos & toothpaste)
You can cover ruddy cheeks by using makeup , but keep in mind that makeup can also trigger rosacea symptoms, says Taub.
“Choosing fragrance-free, mineral-based makeup will help,” she suggests. “This tends to be much less irritating to the skin than other types of makeup.”
Use Fragrance-free products
I suggest you to go for the fragrance-free products in order to avoid skin irritation. Don’t consider buying “unscented” products at all.
To avoid skin irritation, I also recommend you to:
• Pick a cream rather than a gel or lotion
• Never use a toner or astringent.
7. Test skin care products and other cosmetics before using them
When you are applying a product for the first time, testing helps. For testing an item, use a limited quantity close (but no on) the rosacea-prone skin. If you feel the irritation with the 72 hours of applying you know what to do i.e. avoid using that product.
Avoid Facials as they are harmful for Rosacea
If you are trying to copy your best friend by using chemical peels, facials or microdermabrasion treatments then you are making a huge mistake. Green suggests that it can make your rosacea worse. “These treatments irritate the skin, which aggravates rosacea,” she claims.
If you want to make your skin look younger or smoother then work with an experienced dermatologist and figure out other skin-care options.
8. Treat your skin gently
Any product that causes irritation to your skin can affect your rosacea in a very bad manner. Avoid scrubbing or rubbing your face harshly. Avoid using washcloths, exfoliating or any kind of face sponges.
Including these tips in your rosacea skin care routine will surely help you be cautious for your rosacea-prone skin. Take help of a dermatologist to find the right skin care products that would suit your skin as they can assist you better. An experienced dermatologist can examine you rosacea prone skin properly and he/she can suggest you best products as per your condition.
9. Calm Down Rosacea flare-ups Whenever They Occur
Rosacea leads to flares on your skin. This can be irritating and can cause a burning sensation, so to minimize them, you can use cold packs on the inflammations, as told by Taub. Before applying to the affected region, you must check the temperature first.
As quoted by Taub, “Don’t use anything hot, as that will make it worse.” Continuous suggestions should be taken by the dermatologist. The dermatologist must recommend certain beauty or skin care products that will not harm your inflammations and flares.
10. Find the root cause behind the skin irritation
As per the statement of Taub, there is no exact treatment for rosacea. Treatments are more customized by keeping the rosacea symptoms in mind. Topical and oral medication may reduce the inflammation & redness on the skin. For instance creams gels and lotions.
“When you have an excess amount of bumps and breakouts along with rosacea that’s when topical & oral antibiotics can save you,” Taub mentioned.
Surgical treatment like laser and intense pulse light treatment work best for people who have large blood vessels, constant redness, problems on cheeks and nose.
I suggest you consult your dermatologist to confirm whether you are putting efforts in the right direction or not.