Struggling with rosacea? You probably have a million questions you want to ask right now about how exactly you got it. Unfortunately, rosacea is a poorly understood skin condition; its cause hasn’t been exactly determined and there is no known cure as of this moment. The good news: you CAN do something to alleviate its symptoms. For starters, here’s some advice on how to take care of redness-prone skin.
1. Don’t be afraid to use skin care products…“Rosacea patients are often hesitant to put anything on their skin. But even if you have rosacea and your skin may be sensitive, it’s very important to use skin care products, especially a moisturizer. Moisturizers help maintain the skin barrier, which prevents flares by keeping chemical and mechanical irritants out.”
2. …But keep your skin care routine simple. “Simple is always better. Try to limit the amount of products and the amount of ingredients you put on your skin. Look for products that are specifically formulated for redness-prone or sensitive skin as these products usually help calm and soothe the skin and help protect the skin barrier.”
3. Use sunscreen religiously.“The pathogenesis of rosacea may not be fully understood yet, but we know that cumulative sun damage plays a role. Sunscreen use will not only help prevent the condition in susceptible patients, but it will also help prevent flare-ups in those who struggle with it.”
4. Find your flare-up triggers.“Every patient is different, and while we know that certain things trigger rosacea in general, some may find a specific cause. Sun, heat, wind, exercise, alcohol and stress are common triggers, but some report that a specific fruit, vegetable, meat or dairy product will cause a flare.”