When you have rosacea, you need to take special care of your skin. People with rosacea have skin that is easily irritated by cleansers, creams, and makeup. Using the right products can help keep you looking and feeling your best.
If you're embarrassed by the redness, flushing, and prominent blood vessels that characterize rosacea, you're not alone.
An estimated 14 million Americans, mainly fair-skinned, blue-eyed, blonde men and women between the ages of 30 and 50, suffer from the chronic skin disorder. And nearly three-fourths say that the condition lowers their self-esteem and self-confidence, says Jenny J. Kim, MD, PhD, associate professor of dermatology at the University of California, Los Angeles, David Geffen School...
Each person with rosacea has different triggers, or things that make their rosacea worse. This can include some ingredients in skin care products, such as cleansers, moisturizers, and makeup.
For many people with rosacea, learning which skin products work involves trial and error.
"I recommend trying a new product on a small area of skin for a few weeks first," says Elizabeth S. Martin, MD. She is a dermatologist in private practice in Hoover, AL. "You want to make sure it doesn’t cause redness, burning, or stinging. If a product irritates your skin, don’t use it."
2. Avoid Products That Dry Skin
Check out labels on skin care products, and watch out for ingredients that can dry out your skin. These include:
3. Keep It Simple
In general, look for products with mild ingredients and no added fragrance. The more ingredients in a product, the more likely it will irritate your skin. If you’re not sure about a product, ask to try a sample. Or check with your dermatologist.
"I have my patients bring in all the skin products they use, so we can go over which ones to avoid," says Seemal R. Desai, MD, FAAD. He's a clinical assistant professor in the department of dermatology at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center.
4. Use Sunscreen Every Day
Sunlight on the skin is a trigger for many people with rosacea. Using sunscreen every day can help, but many ingredients in it can irritate the skin. This means you have to be smart about which sunscreen you use.
Desai suggests using sunscreen with a physical blocker, such as titanium dioxide or zinc oxide, instead of a sunscreen that has a chemical blocker. "Chemical blockers work fine, but they can irritate the skin," Desai says.
Another tip -- look for a sunscreen with niacinamide. "It can help reduce redness in the face," he says.