June 06, 2022

I think I have rosacea, how do I treat it?


Rosacea, sensitive skin and inflammatory acne are all skin conditions that require gentle care. Very few people have true rosacea, but many people have inflamed skin due to environmental factors, harsh products, and stress. It is common for people of Northern European origin to be prone to what is often labeled rosacea, where the skin is dry, red and easily irritated; typically those people will have a fair, pink complexion.

What is Acne Rosacea?

Acne rosacea is an eruption that affects the whole face and is associated with seborrhea (excessive oiliness). Pustules typically appear on the nose, cheeks and chin giving an over all red flushed appearance. Both types are affected by fluctuating temperature, sun exposure, spicy foods, and alcoholic beverages, which all aggravate the condition. While there is no real cure for rosacea, it can be managed through your daily skin care routine.


What are the best products for Rosacea skin types?

Whether you have a mild or more aggressive form of rosacea, it is important to eliminate any products that could cause irritation in the skin, this includes make-up! Switch to a mineral based make-up foundation that is as pure as possible. Use only products that are soothing and calming to the skin, so avoid any exfoliants except for a gentle peeling gommage when your skin is not flared up. Use a sulfate-free cleansing cream or milk containing anti-inflammatory ingredients such as German chamomile, rose, aloe vera or lavender. Follow with a calming, hydrating floral mist, and a light serum that contains skin-soothing essential oils of carrot seed, rose, or German chamomile. For a richer moisturizer, look for oat beta glucan (derived from oatmeal), calendula, burdock root, sea algae extracts as well as anti-oxidants such as vitamins A, C, and E. Always, remember to wear sun block before going out, zinc oxide serves as a protective layer for the skin against the environment. If stress is the culprit, taking a daily blend of anxiety-reducing flower essences such as Rescue Remedy is helpful in managing your stress.

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