Rosacea is an increasingly common, yet still a poorly understood skin condition. It affects one in ten people within the UK, with symptoms varying between individuals. Unfortunately, whilst some people may only suffer from mild rosacea, there are those who suffer more severely.
As such, it is best practice to know and understand a lot more about this condition. That’s why we’ve put together this guide on the top products to use when treating rosacea.
What is Rosacea?
As a long-term skin condition mainly affecting the face, rosacea can be found in both men and women, but mainly amongst middle-aged people.
Rosacea is characterised by:
- Persistent red rash
- Inflamed red bumps
- Pus spots
- Sensitive skin
- Burning or stinging sensation
Unfortunately, rosacea is a relapsing skin condition, so you may have periods where the condition is mild, and other times when it is particularly severe. In any case, the condition is characterised very differently depending on its severity:
- Mild rosacea: light, intermittent flushing
- Moderate rosacea: more severe redness, broken blood vessels and appearance of bumps and pustules
- Severe rosacea: permanent redness, burning and pain
What Causes Rosacea?
Whilst it is unclear what causes rosacea, there’s a plethora of research and growing medical and cosmetic knowledge. It is understood that there are several triggers of rosacea, including:
- Exposure to sunlight
- Diet (spicy foods and alcohol)
- Fluctuations in hormones
If you’re suffering from this skin condition, you can minimise the symptoms by identifying and controlling these triggers. In addition, there are treatments available to help you control the condition.
How Can You Treat Rosacea?
Whilst there is no current cure, there are a variety of ways to treat rosacea, depending on the severity of your condition.
First and foremost, you must make lifestyle changes. Avoid the known triggers, as mentioned previously. The triggers of your rosacea will be different depending on the individual, so it’s good practice to keep a diary of activities and what you’ve consumed, and compare this to how often and how severe your rosacea is.
As mentioned, it’s a relapsing condition, so you may go through periods where it is mild, moderate or severe. In any case, you should always make lifestyle changes, as well as consider the following:
Use a combination of topical and oral treatments to reduce the inflammation of your rosacea. Oral treatments come in the form of antibiotic medicines, and other medication. It is always advisable to speak to your GP or dermatologist first, before taking any medication. The following are some of the common antibiotics, medications and treatments for rosacea:
- Tetracyclines (antibiotic)
- Erythromycin (antibiotic)
- IPL Treatment (intense pulsed light)
- Make-up (cover up and camouflage redness)
Look to apply topical treatments such as the following:
Preventing and correcting the redness associated with rosacea, the Redness Neutralizer from SkinCeuticals is a great product to start with. It works by combating environmental triggers, reduces inflammation which leads by to redness and flushing, as well as cools the skin temperature.
Providing intensive, calming relief for redness and flare-ups, the Red Alert Serum from Medik8 uses the very latest in cosmeceutical research and development. Additionally, the serum contains wrinkle-fighting properties making it a perfect treatment for anti-aging as well as rosacea.
From the leading SkinMedica brand, the Redness Relief Calmplex has been clinically proven to reduce redness in as early as two weeks. This is achieved by addressing the initial causes whilst also promoting healthy skin by using a combination of Vitamin B-3 ingredients, as well as the CalmPlex (4-Ethoxybenzaldehyde) ingredient.
One of the newest brands to hit Effortless Skin. Their Lite Lytic TX cream is ideal for any sufferer of rosacea or dermatitis. Thanks to its healing and soothing properties, the Lite Lytic TX actually reduces imperfections whilst also evens out skin tone.
If you suffer from visible signs of aging, such as mild rosacea, then the Age Intervention Peptide Extreme from Jan Marini is the perfect treatment. Containing concentrated peptides and antioxidants, this product helps to repair and rebuild the skin, reducing any sign of aging.
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