Over the years, as a makeup artist and licensed esthetician, I’ve had the opportunity to work with so many men and women who have struggled with rosacea. For those dealing with this skin condition, trying to calm down angry red blood vessels and figuring out what triggers a flare-up can be emotional and frustrating. Reducing redness with makeup will only get you so far, which is why I’m partnering with ®Prosacea to bring you five tips that will help reduce rosacea.
I’ve never had rosacea, but you guys know I used to struggle with acne in my early 20s and it took a huge toll on my confidence. All to say, I understand on a soul level what it feels like to walk around with a visible skin condition that feels out of control. This is the reason I got into skincare and why I’m so passionate about helping you with yours. So, if you are struggling with rosacea, first off, I want you to know that you are beautiful in every way and that this skin condition doesn’t define you. I also hope these skin care tips and tricks will also help you in your confidence and with the healing of your rosacea.
5 Skin Care Tips to Reduce Rosacea
- Food Triggers: Taking good care of your skin also means taking good care of what you put in your body because there is a direct correlation. If you struggle with rosacea, you can help your skin by avoiding spicy foods that might trigger a flare-up. If you are a spicy food fanatic like I am this would be a hard one, so perhaps indulge yourself in moderation. Also, you might find that there are some other food items that cause a flare- up, so take note! Dairy and citrus fruits have also been known to cause rosacea to become irritated.
- Drink Triggers: I’m going to get technical with you real quick. There are “vasoconstricting drinks” and “vasodilator drinks”. You want to choose drinks that don’t cause your blood vessels to go wild like alcohol and coffee. I know, sad.
- Sunscreen: Being out in the sun (and heat) is one of the most common causes of a rosacea flare-up. So, if you decide to enjoy a warm sunny day, make sure you are wearing a hat and using sun protection. Make sure you choose a full spectrum physical sunscreen to give your skin the most protection and the least amount of irritation.
- Makeup: I am all about using makeup to balance out the redness that comes from rosacea, but you really need to watch what the ingredients are. Otherwise, you can do more harm than good. Using non-toxic and safe ingredients is a start in helping to reduce a flare-up. And while I typically don’t like mineral powder foundations, they are known to be the best for people who have rosacea.
- Skincare: One of the most important factors in helping reduce your rosacea is your skincare routine. You should avoid chemicals like AHA and BHA acids and stay away from anything that has grit like microdermabrasion and scrubs, both of which can exacerbate your blood vessels. If you do want to exfoliate your skin, try a gentle papaya enzyme mask. The rest of your skincare routine should be gentle, using products like a cream cleanser and alcohol-free moisturizing cream. You also want to use a skincare product that helps to treat the symptoms of rosacea like Prosacea. Prosacea is the #1 non-prescription treatment that helps to combat and control rosacea. Prosacea contains Sulphur 1x (10%), which is an anti-inflammatory and has aloe for additional calming effects. You can find Prosacea in the First Aid aisle at Walmart, Walgreens, CVS, and other retailers nationwide. The full list is located on the Prosacea.com website.
If you have rosacea, what are some tips that have worked to help calm your skin down?