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Rosacea: How to reduce the symptoms and look after your skin

What is Rosacea?

Rosacea is a chronic skin condition with symptoms including redness, frequent blushing, burning and stinging sensations, acne-look spot and visible blood vessels. Usually affects women with fair skin, aged thirty to sixty. Although it is quite rare, men can be affected by the condition more severely.

Rosacea is often mistakenly linked to acne condition, however, both are different and not related at all. Rosacea symptoms usually worsens with time and can become permanent if left untreated.

Rosacea tends to affect the cheeks, forehead, chin and nose, although it may affect the eyes and eyelids too.

How to cure Rosacea?

Unfortunately there is no cure yet for Rosacea. This chronic skin condition remains poorly understood. However there are some clues on how to manage and reduce the severity of the symptoms.

How to reduce rosacea symptoms

What are the common triggers for Rosacea?

Sun exposure is known as the biggest trigger for rosacea symptoms. The condition is often worse when the skin is exposed to sun. The other common triggers include stress, extreme temperature, wind, intense physical activity/exercise, alcohol, spicy foods, hot drinks and certain skincare products.

There are some cosmetic and skincare ingredients that may trigger Rosacea symptoms such as:

  • alcohol
  • witch hazel
  • menthol
  • camphor
  • fragrance
  • peppermint
  • eucalyptus
  • propylene glycol
  • parabens
  • sodium lauryl/laureth sulfate
  • glycolic acid
  • salicylic acid
  • lactic acid
  • retinol and retinoic acid

Limiting the exposure to these commonly known triggers is the key in managing Rosacea. If the condition worsens, seek a proper medical help without further delay.

How to look after your sensitive skin

How to look after the skin for those affected by Rosacea

Those affected by Rosacea are highly recommended to look after their skin properly. Use products that are specially formulated for sensitive skin. Avoid any waterproof product. Clean your face in the morning and evening using a gentle rinse-off cleanser. Use cool or lukewarm water to wash your skin. Unless recommended by your dermatologist, avoid using exfoliator or scrub at all.

Maintaining a healthy skin hydration level is very crucial in managing Rosacea symptoms. Apply a gentle moisturiser such as Rose & Cacay Hydrating Serum Cream (for all skin types) or 24k Gold & Rosehip Rejuvenating Cream (for dry skin).

Whenever your skin in need of extra protection against dryness, mix a few drops of Blue Chamomile & Cacay Facial Oil with a small amount of moisturiser then apply to all over your face and neck. Blue Chamomile has excellent anti-inflammatory properties that are beneficial in managing Rosacea symptoms.

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Sources: British Association of Dermatologists; British Skin Foundation; www.NHS.co.uk ; The Skincare Bible, Dr Anjali Mahto; Goop Clean Beauty.

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