According to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), rosacea is common in people ages 30 and 60 and affects about 16 million people in the US. While all races can develop this non-infectious skin disease, people with fair skin, and those who are blonde and blue-eyed, are more prone to it.
If you tend to blush easily and the redness tends to spread everywhere, including your back, you may be a candidate. Other symptoms are acne-like breakouts, bumpy and thick skin, swollen eyelids, and irritated and red eyes. Redness can also be permanent at the center of the face.
If you suspect that you have rosacea, it's best to visit a dermatologist right away. Cosmopolitan also recommends the following over-the-counter rosacea skincare products to counter redness and irritation.
Those dealing with rosacea should avoid potent formulations and ingredients like sulfates. Look for natural ingredients like the olive, oat bran, and chicory leaf extracts found in the Shani Darden Skin Care Cleansing Serum. Also, consider transitioning to clean skincare and cosmetics to avoid rosacea-triggering toxic ingredients.
Another excellent cleanser option for those with rosacea is this dermatologist-approved Cetaphil Foaming Face Wash Redness-Prone Skin. Cetaphil is widely known for its gentle cleansers, and this variant contains allantoin, which minimizes irritation and redness.
Serums add another layer of moisture to sensitive and rosacea-prone skin. Oats have anti-inflammatory properties that help soothe easily irritated skin, and they're the hero ingredient in this Aveeno serum. This affordable drugstore serum is also free from alcohols, dyes, and fragrances. Apply after cleansing and before your moisturizer.
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If you have rosacea and have oily skin, this oil-free moisturizer is ideal for your skin concerns. It moisturizes and soothes rosacea-prone and sensitive skin with the brand's trademark spring water, glycerin, and niacinamide.
A common trigger for rosacea is cold wind. While winter is still upon us, protect your reactive skin with a soothing moisturizer like Avene Cicalfate+ Restorative Protective Cream. Using thermal spring water and restorative minerals, apply it on clean skin in the morning and before sleeping to help with inflammation.
If your face is continuously overheated, rosacea tends to worsen. Protect yourself from the sun and its harmful UV rays by religiously applying sunscreen. Colorescience All Calm Clinical Redness Corrector SPF 50 is a mineral-based sunscreen that soothes your sensitive skin with niacinamide and helps tone down redness with its slight green tint.
A reminder from AAD is to look for sunscreens that have an SPF level of 30 or above and stick to fragrance-free options. You can also look for zinc oxide or titanium dioxide in the ingredients list as those two are less irritating for sensitive skin.
Everything that will cause your skin to overheat is best avoided. Take warm instead of hot showers. Keep your distance from heat sources like fireplace and heaters, drink iced coffee or tea or wait until they're warm instead of steaming hot. Avoid alcohol, if possible.
If you love your hot baths and beverages in the winter, use a cooling mask like the iS Clinical Hydra-Intensive Cooling Masque to counter flare-ups.
This complexion calming gel is for those bad days when flare-ups are out of control. Hyaluronic acid, thyme, olive leaf, and cooling cucumber extracts are combined to tone down the redness. Apply under your moisturizer in the morning and evening.
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