If you have rosacea, following these steps could help improve the quality of your skin. Not only can you help reduce rosacea, but also tackle inflammation, pustules and papules, oily skin and wrinkles.
It’s important to do the following:
- Eradicate sensitising and irritating ingredients
- Incorporate ingredients that minimise redness and calm skin
- Encourage the turnover of cells to remove the accumulation of dead skin
- Shield the skin from sun damage without aggravating it with harsh chemicals
- Try and control excess oil, if you have greasy skin
- Increase hydration if dryness is an issue
Try to also follow these rules:
- Use a mild, non-drying, water soluble/cream cleanser or gentle cleansing balm. Avoid soaps or bar cleansers which strip the skin.
- Every day, use a sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or more (I only use 30 or above, but I’m very pale and burn easily – although the point is to keep your face completely out of or protected from the sun). Look for sunscreens which only contain zinc oxide and/or titanium dioxide, these tend to be less irritating to the skin, along with antioxidants, which help protect skin further.
- Don’t just use a moisturiser, foundation or powder with added sunscreen as your main protection from the sun. Use a separate sunscreen specifically designed for that purpose only. Layering products containing sunscreen do not increase the SPF factor.
- Using a foundation/powder which contains titanium dioxide and/or zinc oxide, is a great alternative for those with rosacea, particularly if you also have oily/combination skin or are prone to breakouts.
- If you have oily or combination skin, stick to oil-free formulations and use a gel or a light serum moisturiser.
- If you have normal to dry skin, you can use a rich lotion or cream moisturiser to repair and plump the skin.
- Using salicylic acid (BHA) can help get rid of dry, flaky skin, combat acne and blackheads and reduce redness.
- Prescription medications may benefit some people. MetroGel, MetroLotion, Tazorac, Renova, or Azelaic Acid (Azelex or Finacea) are some of the topical medicines available.
Avoid the following skincare ingredients:
- Witch hazel
- Bergamot oil, lavender oil, ylang-ylang oil
- Rose flower extract (Rosa damascene)
- Lemon (Citrus limon)
- Lime (Citrus aurantifolia or Citrus medica)
- Orange (Citrus sinensis)
- Tangerine (Citrus tangerine)
- Spearmint (Mentha spicata)
- Cinnamon (Cinnamomum)
- Any kind of fragrance which might also be listed as parfum/parfume
- Essential oils
- Alcohol, which can also be listed as SD alcohol or alcohol denatured
I now read the ingredients of all the lotions and potions I buy and have learned to keep an eye out for the ones listed above. Not everyone will be affected by all of them, still, it’s useful to know that these are the most common ingredients to cause a reaction and if your skin is particularly sensitive, it’s a good idea to avoid them as much as possible. The further down the ingredient list an ingredient is, the less there is of that additive within a product and sometimes a very tiny amount of fragrance won’t cause you any problems. Maybe if you have rosacea or acne and your skin is in good condition, you can risk that small bit of scent, however, if you’re having a flare up, or an unusually bad time with your skin, I would recommend avoiding these ingredients like the plague.
Ingredients to look for, known to soothe sensitive skin:
- Sea whip extracts
- Burdock root
- Liquorice extract
- Willow herb
- Green/white tea extract
- Too many products at the same time, unless you know your skin is okay with them all. Try new products one at a time until you’re used to them. That way you’ll know if something is helping your skin or hurting it.
- Facial peels
- Rough facial brushes, wash cloths and flannels
- Facial scrubs containing grains, which can rip the surface of the skin
- Toners which contain fragrance and/or alcohol
- Any liquid or lotion which dry or strip the skin
There endeth my sermon on rosacea. It’s a lot to take in, however, later on these things become second nature. I will continue to impart tips that have helped me and if you’ve got any advice, please feel free to post it in the comments section. After all, sharing is caring! 😉