Tell Me More About Rosacea
It often begins with a tendency to blush or flush more easily than other people, but the redness can begin to spread beyond the nose and cheeks to the forehead and chin. For some, it can affect the ears, chest and back, as well as cause swollen eyelids, red eyes and acne-like breakouts.
Early treatment of rosacea is very important as it continues to progressively worsen over time. Unfortunately, there is not a one-size-fits-all regimen for those dealing with with rosacea. There are many different treatment options, depending on the severity of your rosacea.Once the skin barrier is repaired, many skin types with rosacea can tolerate acids and retinoids. The key is repairing the skin barrier first. Remember, sun exposure is one of rosacea’s biggest triggers! Wearing sunscreen everyday, no matter what season, is important for everyone, but especially if you struggle with rosacea.
Here's a rosacea-calming daily skincare routine to repair the skin barrier:
- Cleanse: Try a milky calming cleanser.
- Tone: We recommend a mild, alcohol-free toner, like this one!
- Vitamin C Serum: Liquid Gold
- Note: If you have irritated skin (from your rosacea), try C+ Correcting Complex 30%, as l-ascorbic acid serums can initially be irritating. This will be applied after serums.
- Overachiever: Helps to reduce redness (great for inflamed skin, even acne flare-ups), repair the skin barrier and help your skin better tolerate other skincare products (like retinoids and acids).
- Eye Cream
- Hydrate + Nourish: Hydrating Lotion
- SPF: This is our favorite for those with rosacea/acne-prone skin.
Once or twice a week, incorporating a hydrating mask can be helpful to prevent flare-ups and keep the skin as healthy as possible! We generally recommend those with rosacea start on one new product at a time to not overwhelm the skin.
Other Potential Rosacea Triggers
Rosacea triggers can include both things in your diet and the environment. Here's a few to watch out for.
- Sour Cream
- Cheese (except cottage cheese)
- Soy Sauce
- Yeast Extract (bread is okay)
- Broad-leaf beans and pods, including lima, navy or pea
- Citrus fruits, tomatoes, bananas, red plums raisins or figs
- Spicy and thermally hot foods
- Foods high in histamine
- Strong winds
- Topical steroids
- Hot baths
- Simple overheating
- Excessively warm environments
Content adapted from the National Rosacea Society and American Academy of Dermatology
Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, December 2013, Pages S27-S35
Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, May 2015, Pages 761-770