Do you or someone you know have rosacea? Could you use some tips on how to care for your skin so as not to irritate your skin? Are you unsure about how to clean your skin or what cosmetics you can use without causing your rosacea to flare-up? If you answered yes to any of these questions, this article is for you.
The best way to learn how to care for your skin once you know that you have rosacea is to understand what skin products and skincare methods tend to trigger flare-ups for you. Triggers can differ from on individual to another even if they have the same subtype of rosacea.
Irritants come in all “flavors”, so to speak. Irritants can be chemicals that are applied to the face when using makeup, lotions and creams or cleansers. You can also irritate your skin when material such as pillowcases, towels and even clothing come into contact with your skin and has been washed using laundry detergent containing harsh ingredients.
You can also irritate your skin when you use rough towels to dry your skin, or when you rub your skin when drying it instead of patting it dry. Products such as hair spray, sunscreens, moisturizers, makeup even topical skin medications can all irritate the skin. Avoiding or limiting the unavoidable skin irritants is the key to choosing what you use on your skin during your daily skin care regimen.
What to Avoid
Ingredients to avoid when reading labels are: alcohol, dye and fragrances. Carefully check any product that you will be applying to your skin including cleansers, toners, astringents, masks, moisturizers or acne pads and ointments. Anything that contains irritants should be not used. Ask your doctor/dermatologists for a list of facial care products that are recommended for those with rosacea.
Most toners, and astringents contain irritants. Soaps are usually drying and dried out skin can be irritated easily. When applying moisturizers make sure than any medical topical ointments or creams have dried before applying the moisturizer. Always apply sunscreen of SPF of 15 or higher when going outside even if it is a cloudy day as the sun’s rays are still present.
Always pat your face when applying makeup or moisturizer and gently spread with your fingertips over the area of your face that you wish to cover. Do not cover reddened skin areas with any product unless applying topical medication or recommended moisturizer.
During your daily skin care avoid using hot water. Do not use loofahs or rough towels. Astringents, exfoliating agents and toners unless specifically made for sensitive skin and recommended by your doctor or dermatologists should be avoided.
If you have sebhorreic dermatitis (dandruff), which is actually common, when you have rosacea.
Cosmetics made for sensitive skin or cosmetics specifically made to for anti-redness or are cosmetic cover-up in nature can be used to hide the redness of rosacea.
A good way to pick up more skincare tips is to join a local or online support group for those with rosacea.
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