Skin Care

By Linda Kirkland

Rosacea sufferers, dd you know that over 16 million Americans share this often undiagnosed and untreated skin condition? Let us shed a little light on what it is and how it can be treated. We’ll have you feeling and looking better in no time!

Rosacea affects mostly women, over the age of 30, who are usually of northern European heritage such as British or Scandinavian descent.   Its symptoms can be flushing and blushing, when cheeks and the area around the nose have dilated capillaries that create a red face; or it can be acne-like with bumps and postules.  If you have these symptoms, let a dermatologist determine exactly what your condition is and prescribe treatment. Depending on its severity, your doctor may prescribe oral antibiotics, topical treatments such as Metrogel, in-office laser procedures or a combination of two or three of these.

Rosacea is a chronic condition that never gets fully cured, but you can keep flare-ups under control. Learn what can trigger symptoms and then avoid as many of them as possible. Triggers are:
Environmental – sun, excessive heat/cold and humidity, sauna, steam room
Food & Beverage – alcohol, spicy food, hot drinks, chocolate, soy
Condiments – wasabi, vinegar, hot sauce, chili powder, ketchup
Emotions/Behavior – heavy exercise, anger, stress

Using the right skin care products can also keep flare-ups under control, while helping to make your skin look its best.

The experts at Clinique have created a family of four products to help those with rosacea and other skin sensitivities. The Daily Protective Base SPF 15 contains sun protection that won’t irritate skin, as other SPF products can, and contains no oil or chemical sunscreens. Daily Relief Cream has a slight green tint which helps to counterbalance redness and blotchiness while it cools discomfort.  Solutions Urgent Relief Cream is the heavy lifter for bad flare-ups triggered by weather, stress or other irritants. It quickly calms irritated skin and is also excellent for post laser treatments. At the end of the day, clean skin with the oil-free Soothing Cleanser which removes dirt and impurities without disturbing your skin’s natural moisture balance.

Available: Fine department stores and http://www.clinique.com

In Iceland, where the weather is harsh and the complexions are sensitive, the need for skin cream targeted for irritated skin is as fierce as the cold wind itself. Skyn Iceland has created Pure Cloud Cream to protect and hydrate seriously stressed skin. Ingredients such as almond oil, peptides, aloe, and arctic berries work to calm and moisturize skin and keep it young looking. Great for post laser treatments too!

Available: Sephora stores and http://www.sephora.com

 

 

Sun damaging rays aren’t good for anyone’s skin, but for those with rosacea, they’re even more menacing. Aveeno SPF 30 with UVA/IVB protection is oil-free, fragrance-free, and won’t clog pores. It’s gentle formula contains feverfew which acts to moisturizes and reduce redness.

Available: Major drug chains and http://www.drugstore.com

 

 

 

Some people prefer bar type cleansers, instead of liquid, and for them, Purpose Gentle Cleansing Bar is the no-soap bar of choice. It’s oil free, lathers nicely, is gentle and won’t clog pores.

Available: Major drug chains and http://www.drugstore.com

For more information about rosacea visit http://www.rosacea.org

Originally published April 2010
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