Although an estimated 16 million Americans suffer from rosacea, most of them aren’t aware of it*. If you have rosacea, knowing as much as possible about your skin and its condition can help you both in the treatment room, and at home. Here’s a quick guide to rosacea, and what your skin care can do to help.
Rosacea is a chronic and progressive vascular disorder that can affect the cheeks, nose, chin, eyes, forehead, and can be seen on other parts of the body as well. Here are some common features established as a classification system for the diagnosis of rosacea by The National Rosacea Society:
- Frequent and severe flushing
- Persistent facial redness
- Swelling of the nose and cheeks
- Extremely dry, scaly skin
- Papules/pustules without blackheads
Rosacea.org cites the chairman of dermatology at Baylor College of Medicine Dr. John Wolf, who says, “The earliest signs of rosacea are often overlooked because people assume they are temporary and will go away.” Think you’re experiencing symptoms? See your physician for a diagnosis and to begin treatment. Are you mistaking signs of sensitive or sensitized skin for those of rosacea? Get treatment tips when you follow our Pinterest board below.
Targeting and treating rosacea early-on can keep it from getting worse. In addition to seeing a dermatologist to identify treatment options, The American Academy of Dermatology recommends following a skin care plan to keep rosacea under control. But according to a survey conducted by the National Rosacea Society, 41% of participants said that certain skin care products aggravated their skin. So, where can you begin to find products that are effective, yet gentle? Read on for my step-by-step suggestions, and hear about what Bioelements skin care users have to say about them:
Your Skin Care Routine:
Step 1: Cleanse
What you should use: A mild cleanser. Those with rosacea can have a more sensitive stratum corneum – the top layer of skin we see when we look at ourselves in the mirror, and the primary layer of the epidermis affected by our daily skin care. Choosing mild, gentle products will help minimize irritation and calm skin.
Product must-have: Sensitive Skin Cleanser. Dermatologist and clinically tested to be non-irritating, this olive oil-based cleanser will keep skin clean without stripping it of natural, essential oil. Used in conjunction with the rest of Bioelements Sensitive Skin line, at-home skin care user Barbara had this to say about it: “Love the products as I’ve been diagnosed with rosacea and these do not irritate my skin. My skin is softer and has more moisture.”
Step 2: Tone
What you should use: Mist a hydrating toner over your face once it’s dry to restore skin’s pH, keep it calm, balanced, and prepare it for subsequently applied products. RosaceaNet, a website developed by the American Academy of Dermatology, recommends the following: Skin is most absorbent when wet. Applying medication or anything else immediately after washing can cause burning and stinging. Waiting 5 or 10 minutes can help reduce this. If the skin still stings or feels irritated, allow more time to pass. Some people find it helpful to wait 20 to 30 minutes.
Product must-have: Calmitude Hydrating Solution. “I have horrible rosacea and…Bioelements Calmitude/Sensitive skin line makes my face feel ‘HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY’!” – Kimberly
Step 3: Strengthen
What you should use: To minimize the chances of irritation or a flare, the AAD recommends replenishing the skin’s hydrolipidic barrier. They say, “studies have shown that applying a barrier-repair emollient twice a day can help diminish rosacea because an emollient softens skin and coats it to stop water loss.”
Product must-have: Stress Solution. “This feels like satin on my skin. I have rosacea and this helps tone down the redness. Love it!” – Barb
Step 4: Moisturize
What you should use: A moisturizing broad spectrum sunscreen during the day, and a mild moisturizer at night.
Product must-have: Because rosacea can occur in any skin type, there are multiple moisturizer choices. Really Rich Moisture is a non-greasy option that earned a 5-star rating from an anonymous reviewer on Bioelements.com. “I have extremely sensitive skin and then rosacea on top of that. My face always seems dry no matter what. This lotion does not irritate my face. It leaves it feeling soft. Love it!” Alternatively, Calmitude Sensitive Skin Moisturizer will hydrate, and is dermatologist and clinically tested to be nonirritating. Sun exposure can cause rosacea to flare, so it’s very important to always apply a moisturizing broad spectrum sunscreen like RayDefense SPF 30 every day before stepping outside.
Miscellaneous must-haves: When it comes time to remove makeup at the end of the day, reach for a gentle cream makeup remover that contains calming, soothing ingredients, and has been ophthalmologist tested. For a 10 minute fix, choose a mask that can help strengthen and repair the hydro-lipidicbarrier of the stratum corneum. Those with oily or combination skin should grab a hydrating gel mask to help maintain a hydrated balance, while those with dry skin should reach for an emollient cream mask for a rich helping of moisture. On Bioelements Facebook page, estheticians and Bioelements Facebook fans Lauren Profitt and Luara Lanes both say clients are concerned about dry skin, redness, and broken capillaries, but are afraid to exfoliate because they think it will make matters worse. When you need help shedding excess flaking skin, try an exfoliating face mask to stimulate sluggish skin. Just be sure to avoid use during a flare up! Weigh in your experiences with rosacea in the treatment room in the post below:
No matter what products you’re incorporating into your daily skin care agenda, here are 3 things to always remember:
- Get the go-ahead. Always consult with your physician to ensure anything your esthetician recommends is appropriate for your skin.
- Perform a patch test. Both pros and at-home skin care users alike can perform a patch test to see how a product will react to the skin. If performed, it should be done behind the ear or on the neck.
- Avoid irritants. This might seem like a no-brainer, but there can be some unexpected irritants hiding in your skin care. Both artificial dyes and fragrance are not only unnecessary, but they can irritate rosacea-prone skin. Artificial colorants and pointless fragrances are two things you’ll never find in Bioelements products.
At The Spa:
As with many skin conditions, regular treatment from a skin care professional can help keep skin balanced and flare-ups minimal. As long as you aren’t experiencing severe redness, inflammation, burning, or other signs of a flare, book The Calming Facial at a Bioelements spa near you. Your esthetician is trained to know how and when to treat skin effected by skin conditions like rosacea so it’s coaxed into health, not over-stimulated. Are you an esthetician who has encountered rosacea in the treatment room, weigh in and comment in the Facebook discussion! Are you an at-home skin care user with questions or comments on your rosacea? Let me know! Comment below.