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The Do’s and Don’ts of Skincare for Rosacea
Rosacea is a chronic skin condition that affects millions of people worldwide, causing facial redness, inflammation, and visible blood vessels. Finding the right skincare routine can be a challenge for those with rosacea-prone skin. In this blog post our experts share their dos and don’ts of skincare for rosacea, including essential steps and ingredients to avoid.
The Do’s of Skincare for Rosacea
1. Opt for Gentle, Non-Irritating Cleansers
Choosing a gentle, fragrance-free cleanser is critical for those with rosacea-prone skin. Look for cleansers specifically formulated for sensitive skin and avoid harsh ingredients, such as sulfates and alcohol, which can strip the skin of its natural oils and exacerbate redness and irritation. Some excellent cleansers to consider include:
- DermaQuest Delicate Cleansing Cream: [LINK]
- Medik8’s Gentle Cleanse: [LINK]
- Medik8’s Calmwise Soothing Cleanser: [LINK]
2. Moisturise Regularly
Proper hydration is essential for maintaining a healthy skin barrier and reducing irritation. Choose a fragrance-free, non-comedogenic moisturiser formulated for sensitive skin. Ingredients like hyaluronic acid, glycerin, and ceramides help maintain moisture levels and strengthen the skin barrier. Consider these moisturisers:
3. Incorporate Sun Protection
Sun exposure is a known trigger for rosacea flare-ups, so using a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher is essential. As discussed in our previous article, “Why Sunscreen is a Must-Have for Rosacea-Prone Skin,” opt for mineral sunscreens containing zinc oxide or titanium dioxide, as they are less likely to cause irritation. A great option is:
- DermaQuest’s SheerZinc: [LINK]
4. Use Soothing Ingredients
Certain ingredients can help calm and soothe rosacea-prone skin. Look for products containing niacinamide, green tea, chamomile, aloe vera, and colloidal oatmeal. These ingredients have anti-inflammatory properties and can reduce redness and irritation associated with rosacea. Our experts have handpicked the best products on the market to help soothe and control rosacea’s appearance from top brands like Medik8, DermaQuest, and ZO Skin Health: [LINK]
5. Patch Test New Products
Before incorporating a new skincare product into your routine, perform a patch test by applying a small amount of the product to a discreet area, such as the inside of your forearm. Wait 24 hours to see if any irritation or adverse reactions occur. If no reaction occurs, the product is likely safe for use on your face.
The Don’ts of Skincare for Rosacea
1. Avoid Harsh Exfoliants
Physical exfoliants, such as scrubs or brushes, can further irritate and inflame rosacea-prone skin. If you feel the need to exfoliate, opt for a gentle, chemical exfoliant like a low-concentration AHA (alpha-hydroxy acid) or BHA (beta-hydroxy acid) product. However, be cautious and consult our experts at [email protected] before introducing an exfoliant into your routine.
2. Steer Clear of Irritating Ingredients
Some ingredients are known to aggravate rosacea-prone skin. Avoid products containing alcohol, witch,
hazel, menthol, eucalyptus oil, peppermint, and fragrances, as these can cause redness, stinging, and irritation.
3. Don’t Overdo It with Skincare Products
When dealing with rosacea, it’s essential to keep your skincare routine simple. Using too many products or layering multiple active ingredients can cause irritation and worsen rosacea symptoms. Stick to the basics: cleanse, moisturise, and protect with sunscreen.
4. Don’t Skip Skincare Appointments
Regular visits to No.6 Clinic and SkinAddict can help monitor and manage your rosacea symptoms. Our medical experts can provide personalised advice and prescribe medications or treatments to help control your rosacea flare-ups.
5. Don’t Ignore Lifestyle Factors
In addition to skincare, lifestyle factors play a significant role in managing rosacea. Be mindful of potential triggers, such as stress, extreme temperatures, spicy foods and alcohol, which can exacerbate rosacea symptoms. By identifying and avoiding your personal triggers, you can help reduce the frequency and severity of flare-ups.
Developing a suitable skincare routine for rosacea-prone skin can be challenging, but by following the dos and don’ts outlined in this article, you can help minimise irritation and manage your symptoms more effectively. Remember to choose gentle, non-irritating cleansers, moisturise regularly, incorporate sun protection, use soothing ingredients, and patch test new products. Avoid harsh exfoliants, irritating ingredients, overusing skincare products, and skipping skincare appointments.
Finally, be mindful of lifestyle factors that may contribute to rosacea flare-ups. By taking a comprehensive approach to skincare and lifestyle, you can achieve healthier, more comfortable skin.
For a free consultation and advice, please contact us at [email protected].