Skincare for Rosacea
April is Rosacea Awareness Month. If you don’t know a lot about rosacea, you may wonder why it gets a whole month dedicated to it. The reality of rosacea is that it is estimated that 1 in 10 people suffer from it (*HSE Ireland) and that women suffer from it twice as often as men.
Rosacea is a chronic medical skin condition that not only causes redness, but has additional symptoms such as a feeling of heat in the area, mild swelling and/or pustules. It affects not only a hooman’s feelings of self-confidence and happiness but can cause pain that can be difficult to alleviate without medical guidance.
Although rosacea can never be truly cured, there are specific triggers that can bring a flare-up about that sufferers can be aware of and avoid where possible.
What to do about rosacea
The number one thing you should do if you think you may have rosacea is speak to a GP, who will be able to help you to find a treatment plan and ease your symptoms. Once you have been diagnosed, you can support your medical treatment of rosacea with skincare that can help to soothe, strengthen and nourish your skin. That’s what we’ll be getting into in this post!
When it comes to recommending skincare for rosacea, there are a few things we’re trying to do simultaneously:
- Decrease inflammation: rosacea is an inflammatory condition, so reducing this inflammation will help with a variety of rosacea symptoms
- Protect from the environment: considering many rosacea triggers are slightly out of our control (the sun, second-hand smoke and, for some, pollution), we have to give our skin a fighting chance
- Strengthen the skin and its structures: a healthier skin will always be able to fend for itself better, so we must work to bring it up to health in a specific manner
Skincare for decreasing inflammation
Now, here at The Skin Nerd, we believe in a 360 degree approach to taking care of your skin. This means nourishing and calming through nutrition as well as what you’re applying to your face – this is particularly important when it comes to bringing down inflammation.
Give an anti-inflammatory diet a go. This means cutting down on things that can cause inflammation, such as sugar, saturated and trans fats, refined carbs and gluten, and increasing the consumption of foods that bring down inflammation, such as tomatoes, leafy green veg, EFA-rich fish and fruit such as strawberries, cherries and blueberries. Please do take note that if you are making major changes to your diet, you should speak with a nutritional expert or your GP!
Some studies have shown a decrease in multi-organ inflammation in those taking probiotics regularly. In Italy, a study on those with rosacea and acne introduced a probiotic supplement to the patients regular medical treatment. Those who were taking the probiotic supplement saw a better clearing of symptoms compared to those who were not taking it.
Your topical skincare routine should not be too stimulating and you really need to be careful when it comes to using acids of any form. We adore the REN Evercalm range for rosacea, specifically the Evercalm Global Protection Day Cream (€32.00).
Protecting and strengthening your skin
Skin with rosacea needs three forms of environmental protection: UV protection (SPF), antioxidant protection (pollution and UV) and sometimes physical protection (minerals, a barrier cream or a heavier emollient moisturiser).
When it comes to SPFs for rosacea, mineral filters are king due to the fact that they tend to be much less irritating. The Neostrata Sheer Physical Protection SPF 50 PA++++ (€28.40 with 20% off) is a very high protection broad spectrum mineral SPF with a mild tint to help to conceal redness and blend with the skin’s tone. It also contains antioxidants and PHA (polyhydroxy acid). The fantastic thing about PHA is that it actually helps to strengthen the skin’s barrier, and those with rosacea need their barrier to be as healthy as possible. This SPF has nearly too many benefits.
The key antioxidant for rosacea is probably vitamin C, as vitamin C is not only a potent antioxidant but assists with redness too. The IMAGE Iluma Intense Brightening Serum (€43.60 with 20% off) combines botanical soothing ingredients with vitamin C for calmer, brighter and antioxidant-protected skin. It also smells like candy floss, which is neither a benefit nor a positive, just a neutral.
When it comes to moisturisers and balms that help to soothe your skin and protect it from harsh winds, ingredients-wise, you want things that feed your barrier such as ceramides and vitamin and fatty acid rich oils. The Dermalogica Barrier Repair (€47.00) contains evening primrose oil and borage seed oil, as well as silicones which create a film across the skin like a physical shield.
This isn’t the be all and end all of skincare advice when it comes to rosacea, in fact, it’s the tip of the iceberg. People with rosacea can have other skin concerns that mean that some of these products won’t suit them at all, and the recommendations for those with different forms of rosacea would be different too. However, I hope it is helpful for those looking for a jumping off point!
If you’re looking for specific advice on what skincare to use for rosacea, book in for a consultation with one of our expert skin consultants now.
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