What is Rosacea?
Rosacea is a chronic inflammatory skin condition characterised by facial redness and flushing. It is more common in women. However, men are more likely to develop severe roseacea. Symptoms vary from person to person and can include flushing, facial redness, hot or irritated skin, dilated blood vessels, red bumps and/or pustules on the skin.
What is the best treatment for rosacea?
When treating rosacea, I tend to prefer a combination-approach including some or all of the following.
- A good at-home skin routine – A skin consultation will help you get on a good daily skin routine for rosacea management.
- Some skin treatments – possibly some skin peels
- Trigger avoidance
- Food Intolerance Testing – If you are doing step 1-3 with no major results then you may consider looking into food intolerances. Something you are eating may be causing inflammation. You can read more information on intolerance testing here.
- Oral/topical medications, if necessary
There are various stages and subtypes of rosacea. So, rosacea treatment will depend on the stage and severity of your condition.
What are The Best Skin products for rosacea?
Don’t shy away from skin products and make-up. Many people fear that these will cause a flare-up. However, once you use appropriate products to suit, you should have no trouble!
If you are just starting out with a skin routine, focus on gentle, hydrating skin products. Try not to introduce to many new products or ingredients at once. Also, if you have a very reactive skin, consider patch testing the product on a small area of skin before applying to the whole face. Your goal is to strengthen, repair and hydrate the skin.
My top 3 skin products for rosacea:
1. Cleanse: All good skincare starts with good cleansing. Opt for a gentle cleanser with hydrating ingredients. Use twice a day.
2. Vitamin C – Anti-inflammatory, anti-redness, anti-ageing, the list of skin benefits with Vitamin C is endless! Try introducing a Vitamin C antioxidant serum in the morning.
3. Broad spectrum SPF – Sunlight is one of the biggest triggers for rosacea. When possible, try to avoid too much sun exposure. Use a moisturiser with added SPF every morning.
Once you have repaired the skin barrier, with the steps above, you can introduce some active skin products to get good results with rosacea treatment.