Although Rosacea is relatively common, it still seems to be a much-misunderstood facial skin condition. Whilst rosacea can to many extents, be successfully covered up by make-up, sufferers often experience significant psychological distress, low self-esteem, embarrassment, and intense frustration. Although it can feel incredibly lonely, you can take some comfort in the knowledge that there are millions of sufferers across the world. Luckily, it’s also something that can be managed and improved. So don’t delay any further, the sooner you begin treating your rosacea, the quicker you will see the results.
What is Rosacea?
Rosacea is a long-term skin condition that can manifest in different ways. These include:
- Patchy redness across the nose, cheeks, forehead, and chin
- Superficial blood vessels under the skin
- Small red or pink pimples, papules, and pustules
- Itchiness, burning or stinging sensation
- Thickening of the skin on the nose
The exact cause of rosacea is unknown, and research is ongoing to identify why some people seem more susceptible than others. Possible theories include genetics, smoking, sun damage, hormones, abnormalities in the blood vessels and even a reaction to microscopic mites that are found on the face.
It’s also thought that there are some specific triggers that can exacerbate the condition. Exposure to sunlight, strenuous exercise, stress, hot or cold weather, alcohol, caffeine, spicy food, and hot drinks have all been attributed to worsening rosacea.
Whilst it is believed that rosacea is more prevalent in middle-aged women with light skin, it’s men that tend to suffer the worst side-effect of rosacea. That is, a thickening of the skin on the nose, which can lead to a bulbous appearance.
Is Rosacea Worse in Summer?
Rosacea often flares up during the summertime because of hot weather and UV rays. This can initiate the body’s inflammation cascade, a protective defence mechanism which results in red, blotchy, flushed skin, otherwise known as vasodilation.
How do Deal with Rosacea
Avoiding the triggers mentioned above is a good start but to really make a noticeable difference, you need a product that’s been specifically formulated with rosacea in mind. Fortunately, skincare brands have worked hard over recent years to develop a number of highly effective products, many of which have also been clinically trialled to ensure proven results.
How to Neutralise Rosacea Redness
Global cosmeceutical brand, SkinCeuticals create ground-breaking, scientifically backed products, re-known for improving skin health. One of their newer products is a revolutionary anti-redness lightweight cream gel, clinically proven to reduce the appearance of redness and rosacea.
Dermatologically tested, SkinCeuticals Redness Neutraliser is also free from parabens, fragrances, alcohol, and dye, making it ideal for use on sensitive, itchy, and inflamed skin caused by rosacea, seborrheic dermatitis, and flushed skin.
So how does it actually work? Well, UV rays and other environmental factors can activate the natural inflammation cascade, the skin’s defence mechanism against harmful stimuli, causing a red, blotchy, flushed appearance.
This supremely effective patent pending NeuroMed Complex harnesses a combination of biomimetic neuropeptides and natural plant extracts, working to improve skin smoothness and tone as well as leaving it feeling cool and fresh. Bisabolol, shea butter and zinc gluconate have also been added to this unique formulation to calm and soothe aggravated skin, whilst simultaneously, encouraging a healthy skin barrier, imperative for protecting against environmental stressors and limiting further damage.
If you’re looking for a product to soothe a rosacea flare up, neutralise redness and regain beautifully revitalised skin, then this is the perfect one to add to your daily routine. You don’t have to take our word for it either. A clinical study of 25–60-year-olds with twice daily application illustrated a significant improvement of up to 30% less in the reduction of red and blotchy skin.
We also love, love, love Dr. Barbara Sturm Calming Serum, formulated with Purslane to suppress irritation and minimise sensitivity, this is also incredibly effective at reducing redness. It’s a cutting-edge serum that cleverly initiates the skin’s own antioxidant system to calm inflammation and protect the sensitive cell membranes from free radical attack.
We’d also thoroughly recommend the Obagi Nu-Derm Fx® Transformation System, available in Normal-Dry and Normal-Oily. An all-encompassing skin system, potent antioxidants, exfoliants and Arbutin, a powerful skin brightener tackles acne, hyperpigmentation, rosacea, and signs of ageing like fine lines and wrinkles, leaving skin much healthier and more youthful looking.