What do Mariah Carey, Princess Diana, Cameron Diaz and Rene Zellweger have in common? Rosacea.
Like 16 million women worldwide, many of our favorite beauty icons live with Rosacea. But if these celebs’ coveted looks are any indication, this skin condition doesn’t have to impact your beauty status. Here are some quick tips for keeping your Rosacea at bay.
What is Rosacea?
Rosacea is a condition in which skin irritation causes redness, bumps and pimples on the skin’s surface. It typically occurs in the center of the face, and is most common in fair-skinned women who tend to blush frequently.
Rosacea is extremely common, but it’s often mistaken for acne (which occurs all over rather than just in the center of the face) or a general skin irritation. If you have Rosacea, you already know that the hallmark of this condition is that it comes and goes in flareups. There’s no cure for Rosacea, but there are a few simple ways to keep your flareups at bay.
How do I minimize flareups?
Rosacea episodes can be triggered by anything from alcohol and wind to sun exposure and skin care ingredients. Although you can’t control all those variables, here are some quick, easy strategies to minimize your risk of flareups.
1. Avoid fragrance.
In a recent National Rosacea Society survey, almost 30% of the individuals with Rosacea said fragrance was the top trigger for redness and bumps. Take it from them: use fragrance-free skin care and cleaning products to reduce your risk of irritation. Your Rosacea will thank you.
2. Exfoliate sparingly.
Exfoliating is a great way to clear your skin of dry, dead cells. But when it comes to Rosacea, the gritty texture of these skin products can do more harm than good. Avoid using exfoliation products with harsh textures. (Steer clear of washcloths for the same reason.)
If you absolutely need to exfoliate, test the product on a small, Rosacea-prone patch of skin first. If irritation occurs, discontinue use immediately.
3. Choose oil-free products.
Oil-free products tend to have fewer ingredients and are usually gentler on the skin. This makes them a natural choice for individuals with Rosacea and other skin irritation conditions.
4. Avoid heavy botanical ingredients.
Some skin types can tolerate heavy botanicals like mint, but if you skin is prone to Rosacea, it’s better to steer clear of these ingredients. Witch hazel, peppermint oils and tea tree oil are a few botanicals that have been known to trigger Rosacea flareups.
5. Use fewer makeup products.
The more products you apply to your skin, the greater the chance that you’ll experience a flareup. For that reason, multifunctioning products such as moisturizer with built-in sunscreen, or BB and CC creams, are often good choices for women with Rosacea. For those occasions when you do experience a Rosacea episode, consider using a green-tinted base, which will decrease the appearance of redness in your skin.
If you’ve steered clear of all these triggers and are still experiencing bouts of Rosacea, consult your dermatologist to determine if other treatment methods are right for you. With the proper treatment and skin care techniques, your skin can look flawless and clear, regardless of your Rosacea.