How to: Get Rid of Rosacea
Thu, 26 July 2012 11:59AM
First up, a definition: rosacea is everything from a mild blushing on the cheeks to a red lumpy bumpiness on your chin and nose. The common link is an excess of redness in the skin – which is a sign of dilated blood vessels.
Rosacea is crazy common. Something like one in 20 people have it. And apparently it’s occurring more and more. While it used to be seen mostly among fair types, it’s now said to be spreading to skins of other backgrounds. What’s more, it’s no longer women in their 30s and older experiencing it (such as rosacea sufferer Cameron Diaz, below) – derms say that it’s affecting twentysomethings, too.
So, what to do? Follow this list for a start …
- Here’s the frustrating thing: Skin experts still don’t know what the actual underlying cause of rosacea is. They can only speculate on what the triggers might be. And these vary from person to person. Some possible culprits: extreme temperatures, intense exercise, saunas and steam rooms, hot drinks, caffeine, alcohol, spicy food. Bananas and some cheese might also inflame rosacea-prone skin. So too could stress. Finding your particular trigger is all about a process of elimination – then avoiding said trigger as much as possible.
- Don’t use skincare with active ingredients, like AHAs or vitamin A. The idea is to keep everything as simple as possible – look for cleansers and moisturisers formulated for sensitive skins. And have a calming cream or serum on hand for flare-ups – for example, Clinique Redness Solutions Urgent Relief Cream, $68, Clinique.
- That’s not to say you can’t have fun with your skincare. You can still use products rich in moisturisers, anti-ageing peptides, and calming antioxidants like vitamin E and green tea. I have rosacea myself, and find that the more natural-skewed brands, such as L’Occitane and Origins, are great; while Olay has a good selection of peptide-powered products.
- A great way to both sun-protect rosacea-riddled skin and camouflage redness is with mineral makeup. Any pure-mineral mix is great but a PRIMPED fave is Priori Coffeeberry Natureceuticals Natural Perfecting Minerals, $70, 1800 808 993, which has been clinically shown to reduce rosacea by 23%.
- Consider seeing a derm, who could prescribe, say, azeleic acid and topical or oral antiobiotics. Laser and intense pulsed light (IPL) can also be used to blitz away excess redness in skin, although they tend to be temporary solutions only.
- Be patient! If you’re taking good care of your skin (i.e, doing all the above), your rosacea will probably only last a couple of years.
Primpettes, do any of you have rosacea? And any advice you can share?