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Taming rosacea symptoms is an everyday practice for those of us with sensitive skin types.
Setting yourself up with the right rosacea skin care routine can truly make all the difference. It can improve the results of your treatment, make you feel more confident, reduce flare ups and even out your skin tone. Follow these steps to treat rosacea symptoms and reduce redness or flare-ups in the future.
How to Identify Rosacea
Before we get into treating rosacea, let’s make sure we’re dealing with rosacea in the first place and not other sensitive skin issues.
- Facial Flushing and Redness
- Acne-like bumps
- Thickened Skin
- Flaking and dry skin
- dilated or ‘broken’ capillaries
Tips #1: Avoid Food that trigger flare-ups
If you have rosacea, then you’ve probably already experienced slight to medium sensations in the cheeks, or around the mouth after eating certain foods. Very often, flare-ups from ingredients we eat are triggered instantaneously, others may take hours or days to appear. Spicy food, ingredients like cayenne pepper, alcohol (especially red wine) and yeast, are some examples of ingredients that cause redness.
Tip #2: Moisturize
Keeping your skin well moisturized with the right moisturizer is absolutely essential for those with rosacea skin type. An Equalizing Moisturizer with ingredients like jojoba oil, shea butter, safflower oil, deionized water, collagen, and hyaluronic acid, work together at soothing flare-ups, while hydrating and cleansing the skin, especially during those more severe and drying winter months. Moisturizing twice a day with the right moisturizer is key. Avoid exposing your skin to extreme heat and extreme cold during the more severe seasons.
Tip #3: Cleanse twice a day with a gentle cleanser
Because your skin may already feel too sensitive, you may avoid washing your face so as not to irritate the skin further. However, because of the particular symptoms of rosacea, which is not like eczema or psoriasis, you’ll want to gently cleanse your face twice a day. Cool water is especially relieving and soothing for rosacea-prone skin. Vonetta Cosmetics’ Chamomile Cream Cleanser is ideal for rosacea and sensitive skin types since it cleanses and hydrates at once, preventing the skin from feeling tight and irritated after you wash.
Tip #4: Go for Mineral Based makeup
Though it’s always best to let your skin breathe, many of us will opt for a foundation that will make the skin appear more even in tone. Fragrance-free mineral based makeup won’t irritate the skin, like your standard makeup will. Pressed powders are also better for rosacea skin types than the liquid foundations, because liquid-based foundations tend to clog pores and irritate the skin further.
Tip #5: Avoid the sun
As tempting as it may be to soak up the sun, the sun can actually be very damaging for rosacea skin types. It will make the skin appear more red, and though it may disguise the redness with the tan after a few days, long term it will only make the rosacea worse. We recommend covering up with an amazing hat and sticking to the shade to keep your skin healthy and youthful.
It’s important to see a health care professional to find out what may be causing the rosacea. Oftentimes it can be a lack of probiotics in the diet or a newly developed allergy to certain foods. We recommend seeing a dermatologist who you can trust and getting first hand advice for your skin type.