For parents, it becomes almost second nature to use extra caution when considering what products come into contact with their little ones' skin. For those living even with just moderate rosacea, the same caution to skin care carries well into adulthood. Improve the appearance of your skin by using skin care methods that are kind to your skin and won’t aggravate symptoms. These six tips can help avoid flare-ups, making a noticeable change in the health and appearance of your skin.
Many rosacea patients find that astringents, hair-removal agents and other products are extremely tough on their sensitive skin. Products with harsh ingredients such as alcohol and witch hazel can trigger rapid flare-ups. Menthol, peppermint oil and eucalyptus oil should also be avoided.
Before trying any new skin care product on your face, test it on a less noticeable area of your skin, such as the inner arm, first. Observe the test area over the course of several days to see if a reaction develops. If your skin reacts, take it as a clear sign to avoid use of that particular product.
Also, check the product's list of ingredients for other potential elements to avoid in the future. Since irritants vary from person to person, always inspect if a new product causes any redness or burning, and cease use as necessary.
Choose Fragrance-Free Products
Fragrance often causes contact dermatitis, and can damage and irritate skin. Look for products marked “fragrance-free” or “allergy tested.” Beware of the label ""hypoallergenic"" because there are no legal standards for the term. Manufacturers do not have to prove that product won’t cause an allergic reaction.
Select Simple Products
The fewer the ingredients in any product, the less likely it is to irritate your skin. Search for products with gentle, simple and easily recognized ingredients. If you’re unsure of a new product, ask about the availability of samples or check with your dermatologist.
Slather on the Sunscreen
Sunlight can also trigger rosacea. Using sunscreen consistently can help, but make sure to choose one carefully. Heed all warnings from the preceding tips, as you don’t want the sunscreen to irritate your skin. Sunscreens with physical blockers, such as zinc oxide, tend to be less irritating than chemical blockers, while sunscreens with niacinamide generally help reduce facial redness.
Choosing a good moisturizer helps ease redness and irritation. Creams are less irritating than lotions; many lotions contain alcohol and actually can dry your skin. Conversely, barrier repair creams, especially ones containing ceramides, can help restore your skin. Ceramides are proteins naturally found in the layer of fat just under the skin and help block moisture loss.
While showering or washing your face, be careful to use only warm or tepid water. Heat frequently triggers inflammation for people with rosacea and hot water can also have a drying effect.
Using only your fingertips, wash your skin gently. Facial cloths and sponges can be too harsh for sensitive skin. After cleansing, pat your skin dry using only a soft cotton towel. Allow your skin to air dry completely before applying any products to it such as cream or makeup.