Most people don't know that April is Rosacea Awareness Month. In fact, 1 in 20 Americans suffer from rosacea and don't know it. This common skin condition may affect you, a loved one or a friend so we ask that you take a few minutes to learn a little bit more about this barely known skin condition.
- - Rosacea most commonly occurs in adults age 30 - 60. And 30-40% of patience with rosacea have a close relative with the condition.
- - Rosacea occurs more often in women, but more severely in men.
- - Don't delay treatment. If you have facial redness, flushing cheeks, acne-like pimples see a dermatologist for diagnosis.
- - Stay away from things that could cause flare-ups. Things like alcohol, spicy foods, vigorous exercise, caffeine, stress and excess sugar can trigger a flare up.
- - Stay positive and remember you aren't alone. Many people suffer from embarrassment and anxiety due to their condition but it's important to keep your chin up. Keep a journal or log of things that you notice trigger flare-ups.
Here are some skin care tips that we recommend for those suffering from rosacea.
- - Be very particular about your skin care products, especially cleansers. It is important to remove all excess dirt, oil and product from the skin when cleansing. Avoid cleansers with harsh ingredients that are irritating to rosacea prone skin types. Almost everyone who suffers from Rosacea should avoid ingredients like salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide and glycolic acid.
- - It is important when you have rosacea to keep your skin hydrated because it's less prone to irritation. Pick a moisturizer that is appropriate for your skin type but is free of irritating ingredients.
- - Protect your skin from the sun with a mineral sunscreen, sunscreens that contain chemicals can cause flare-ups and irritation.
Here are some products we recommend for rosacea.
La Roche-Posay Toleraine Dermo Cleanser
La Roche-Posay Rosaliac AR Intense
Eminence Sun Defense Minerals
Obagi Rosaclear Skin Balancing Sun Protection SPF 30