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6 Expert tips to Treat your Rosacea

Are you one of the often-flushed few who constantly hear, “Are you OK?”

While people peer inquisitively at your blushing face?

Or maybe you are an adult suddenly experiencing acne inflammation with small, red bumps.

Then chances are you could be battling rosacea – an inflammatory skin condition.

While makeup can help mask these symptoms, tackling them head-on is also essential.

But it’s confusing; what products are best for rosacea? What are the best rosacea treatments?

As skin care specialists, we have had decades of experience diagnosing and treating this tricky condition.

So if you’d like the inside scoop on the expert advice we give to our clients to help minimise facial redness, improve skin texture and prevent irritation read on.

Here’s hoping you will leave this page less red than you started.

Treating your rosacea is complex

Why? Because there is so much going on with your skin.

  • redness and flushing
  • burning and stinging sensations
  • enlarged blood vessels, especially around the nose
  • visible blood vessels
  • acne-like bumps
  • dry, flaky patches
  • it can even affect your eyes
  • pink spots that contain pus (but don’t have comedones
  • redness and swelling of the nose, which is more commonly found in men
  • eye redness and discomfort. Widely observed in the middle part of the face

rosacea is a chronic skin condition which impacts around 5 per cent of the world’s population, and it is more commonly found in women than in men

The visual hallmarks of rosacea include background redness and visible blood vessels.

Sometimes rosacea is mistaken for acne and eczema, so people end up treating it in all the wrong ways.

Aside from being commonly misdiagnosed, another factor that makes rosacea frustrating is its erratic nature. Known as flare-ups that can be triggered by internal and external factors, including sun exposure, cold and dry weather, hot showers, harsh skincare products, stress, spicy foods, alcohol consumption, and certain medications, the list is endless.

What causes rosacea

While those with rosacea are genetically predisposed to the condition, several factors bring it on.

How do you know if you have rosacea?

The tricky thing about rosacea is that it is often mistaken for acne and vice versa.

“The only way to confirm that you have rosacea is to get your condition correctly diagnosed by a dermatologist.

Red facial spots can also be a trait of conditions like seborrheic dermatitis, acne, and rosacea, so getting a correct diagnosis is key to ensuring you manage it effectively.

Diagnosis is integral because the treatment that targets any other skin condition can make rosacea worse. It dramatically impacts people’s quality of life – not just the cosmetic issues but the sensations that come with it.

Cleansing is an essential part of your routine.

Daily cleansing with a rosacea suitable cleanser  is of utmost importance,

Harsh face washes are a major no for rosacea. Many contain sodium lauryl sulphate, a common foaming agent found in many personal care products, and it isn’t good for your rosacea skin. It’s a low-level irritant, so it tends to keep your skin in a state of distress.

When treating rosacea, you want to set your skin up for success; getting it annoyed won’t help. Miracle cleanse protects your skin as it cleanses; extremely healing and nourishing, it won’t upset your skin, only calm and soothe,

These skin care tips will help when cleansing your skin:

  • don’t be tempted to over-dry your skin
  • rinse your face with lukewarm water and blot it dry
  • lightly wet your skin and apply your oil cleanser
  • avoid rough sponges, washcloths or products like Clarisonic

Gently Spritz

Use a non-alcoholic toner that has a spraying action to avoid rubbing your skin. Become your own label detective, and ensure there are no harsh ingredients within your formula, such as astringent products.

Alcohol-based toners and sprays can dry out your skin, causing it to become dry and inflamed.

Don’t skip your protective moisturiser

the wrong products can be the sole cause of flare-ups. It can be very tricky for rosacea sufferers to find the perfect skincare regime for their skin (and in our experience, many brands get this part wrong.

You may get temporary relief from very rich, soothing skincare, but this is contraindicated as they can flare up your condition shortly after.

You don’t need us to tell you if you have rosacea report that your skin is dry and sensitive and can feel tight and reactive. So, it’s easy to reach for these creams to calm and soothe, but this can lead to breakout because perceived “dry skin” in rosacea is not real dryness but, infact, a sign of micro-inflammation in your skin. That’s why it’s crucial to treat the micro-inflammation of rosacea with anti-inflammatory creams rather than ‘numbing’ the sensation by plastering on rich skincare.

Treating this micro-inflammation in your skin will lessen the perceived need for occlusive moisturising products, so it’s a win-win situation.

One of the hallmarks of rosacea is a weakened barrier function, so moisturising is critical if you have rosacea.

The key is finding high-quality options that will moisturise and hydrate your skin.

Fortify barrier repair cream is an ultra-rich moisturiser that will tackle any redness or inflammation. Layer this rich formula before sleep to wake up to your most supple skin yet.

Customise it with the Bio lipid complex, which boasts a botanical component to help ease redness.

The sit-and-marinate option

A cooling gel-based mask will help reduce heat in your skin and remove the fire from the itch.

Quench ultra-hydrating gel will give your skin that much-needed cooling and calming hydration. Technically speaking, it’s a gel, but considering its excellent moisturising capabilities, we’ll bend.

Choose fragrance-free products. As many as two hundred substances are added to create a synthetic fragrance, which is why many fragranced products can accentuate allergic reactions.

Reinforce a thin, fragile skin

DNA age delay complex targets weak blood vessel walls — one of the root causes of inflammation.

The star ingredient is a copper peptide that calms skin down and strengthens it to make it more resilient to future irritation.

For pustules

Sometimes breakouts and blemishes result from rosacea, but overwhelming your skin with harsh exfoliators will only cause further irritation. Focused just on breakouts instead, we recommend applying Resq anti-blemish complex, a targetted, gentle healing spot treatment.

Conclusion

As you can see, a lot is going on with rosacea-type skin, and treating it is not straightforward.

See a dermatologist or skin expert regularly to devise a long-term management plan.

This includes making the skin healthier and more robust, and more resilient.

The healthier your skin, the more able it is to suppress symptoms and bounce back from a flare-up.

Along with our product suggestions, you may want to consider the following tips to keep your skin calm and under control.

Never pull, scratch, or tug your skin and avoid taking facial steams, saunas, and a hot bath or having too much heat exposure, including the sun and cold extremes, all of which can trigger flushing.

You may also want to avoid abrasive treatments and harsh exfoliating products as they can increase heat in the tissue of your skin. It is important to note that too much exercise increases heat in your body; this dilates blood vessels and increases blood pressure, which can overstimulate your skin.

If your skin does tend to flare up, a cold compress will temporarily diffuse your skin.

Next, let your face dry naturally for a few minutes, and then apply your topical medication; let that soak in for at least 5 minutes before using any other products.

14 thoughts on “6 Expert tips to Treat your Rosacea

  1. Renee Troyer says:

    I’ve had type 1 rosacea on and off for 10 years., which in the past I treated with metro gel which doesn’t work now.. Last year I was diagnosed with perioral and ocular dermatitis. I’ve tried several of your products and the perioral/ocular dermatitis is resolving. . Now I’d like to address the rosacea. I’m open to suggestions. Thank you. So much for creating such amazing products!

    • Samantha Miller says:

      Hi Renee

      Lovely to hear from you again and hope you are keeping well. Renee as you know many of our products are formulated for sensitive skin issues. I would really start with Bio lipid and fortify and possibly DNA – which is specifically formulated to rebuild the capillary wall and strengthen delicate skin. Nectar is also really really useful in the treatment of rosacea. as for cleansing use Miracle cleanse to really help calm and soothe the skin. If exfoliation is a problem we have a wonderful product that really exfoliates but with no scrubbing grains that can cause tiny micro-tears in your skin. so please reach out if you are keen for more information. Samantha

  2. Derek McDoogle says:

    One of my aunts was diagnosed with rosacea but she hasn’t treated it. I like how you suggest not using rough sponges when taking a shower to properly take care of this disease. It would be a great idea to take her to a health clinic where they can provide her with better treatment and care tips.

  3. Rachel says:

    I’m wondering if I can get some product advice? I have acne rosacea, hormonal acne, and Seborrheic dermatitis. All of these conditions make it really difficult to find the right products and I’m just not sure what to use.

  4. Michelle says:

    I have had rosacea for about fourteen years now. Nothing gets rid of the redness and the bumps except antibiotics and I want nothing to do with that. I had tried a Tata Harper face oil and hated it. It made my rosacea worse. Can you make any recommendations please.

  5. Jaime Thompson says:

    You’re right about the fact that one product doesn’t work for everyone. I was diagnose with rosacea and tried different products and treatment but it was not getting any better until i customised, this has really helped me and my red skin is starting to fade. Thankyou for your information.

  6. Lila says:

    Where can I purchase the Grace anti redness cream and the acid mantle repair formula? I have rosacea and sebhoric dermatitis and am hoping these products will help.

  7. john barris says:

    I have struggled with red skin for years. I have adult acne and as a result have many old scars and red skin. I struggle to leave the house without make up on as my skin looked so sore and inflamed.

    I have tried many rosacea treatments and most have left me with very dry itchy skin as my acne sill pops out around my neck and jawline.

    This however the Somaluxe Redness Repair has really helped. My red skin is starting to fade. It’s also helping with current acne spots. There not dry and itchy anymore my breakouts seem less severe as the redness has reduced. I love the product.

    • Samantha Miller says:

      Hi John

      Thank you I will take your word for it. John it all comes down to ingredients and I see there are a number of peptides they are cellular communicating ingredients and have many other benefits which is great. As far as anti inflammatories go it’s not impressive? Other than tamanua oil and oats, rosehip seed oil is healing and so is gotu kola but for the life of me can’t see where the redness relief is, because it has fragrance and essential oils which are both extremely irritating.Samantha

  8. Janice Thompson says:

    I have flushing and redness that periodically appears on my face and only recently did the doctor diagnose it as rosacea..

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