Rosacea can be an extremely embarrassing and distressing condition to suffer from. The skin can look so red, dry and flaky that people may think that you are sun burned, so flushed that you look like you’re going through the menopause or like a teenager because of all the pimples and spots. The best way to treat rosacea is to look after your skin and use the best skin care products available. I’m going to discuss the best skin care for rosacea and I will recommend particular types of products.
Use fragrance and irritant free skin care products
It is essential to use fragrance and irritant free skin care products. This is because many products contain chemicals that can burn, sting, irritate and dehydrate your skin. In a survey sent out to sufferers by the National Rosacea Society, ingredients such alcohol, witch hazel, fragrance, menthol, peppermint, eucalyptus oil, clove oil and salicylic acid were found to irritate the skin in many cases. They also concluded that the use of astringents and exfoliating products should be avoided.
Many dermatologists recommend that you start the day by cleansing your face with a gentle cleanser or with mild soap. Make sure that the products you use are smooth and do not contain any grainy or abrasive ingredients. Massage the cleanser or soap into the face either with your fingertips or using a soft washcloth. Absolutely do not use rough cloths, loofahs or sponges. Rinse your face thoroughly with lukewarm water and dab your face gently with a dry with a thick cotton towel. Leave your face alone for several minutes before you apply any topical moisturizing or medicated creams and for a further five to ten minutes before applying any make-up.
Sometimes, it can be confusing to decide which skin care products are best for rosacea. Products from the Zenmed, Aveeno and Cetaphil range are often recommended: they are specifically created for problem skin.
Use sunscreens and sunblocks
It is essential for rosacea sufferers to wear sunscreen or sunblock when going outside because exposure to ultraviolet light will cause rosacea to flare up. Make sure you wear a sunscreen of SPF 15 or higher which is fragrance and alcohol free so as not to irritate the skin. Examples of recommended products are Neutrogena sun block for sensitive skin, Rosacea Care sunscreen and Clinique Super City Block SPF 25. Some sun is good for you – don’t regard it as your enemy. By using a suitable sunscreen, a wide-brimmed sun hat and sunglasses, both your facial skin and eyes will be protected.
Use mineral make-up
Most women can’t live without make-up. It’s especially important for rosacea sufferers since they use it to camouflage the redness. Unfortunately, many products contain synthetic chemicals that can irritate the skin and aggravate rosacea symptoms. Mineral make-up is often recommended for rosacea and other problem skin conditions. It’s made up of finely milled minerals and is formulated with natural ingredients which are suitable for sensitive skin. Unlike many other products, mineral make-up doesn’t clog up pores and helps to prevent pimples and spots forming. The Bare Escentuals cosmetic company has a great mineral foundation that covers up the rosacea symptoms and protects the skin with a natural SPF 15 sunscreen.
The most effective way for rosacea sufferers to care for their skin is to use fragrance and irritant free skin care products, to protecting their skin from the sun by using a suitable sunscreen and to use mineral make-up to hide skin redness.
Take a look at my Clear Skin Guide website for more rosacea skin care tips and more information about the best rosacea creams.