Rosacea: yes, you can treat it

Especially for people prone to rosacea, Paula’s Choice has come up with several steps to make your skin smoother, calmer and reduce redness.

Skincare for skin that is prone to rosacea

The following tips can also help reduce wrinkles, blackheads, pimples and oily skin.

  1. Use a gentle, non-drying cleanser rather than bars of hard soap.
  2. Use a BHA exfoliant once or twice a day. BHA exfoliates and also reduces redness and dry, flaky skin as well as helping with spots and blackheads. Note that you should slowly build up the use of an exfoliant. Your skin needs time to get used to it. Avoid abrasive scrubs with a coarse grain as they will only damage your skin unnecessarily.
  3. During the daytime, use a product with an SPF of 30 or over that only contains titanium dioxide and/or zinc oxide as a sunscreen. The same applies to your foundation and powder.
  4. If you have oily or combination skin, use a lotion or gel or even a light serum as a night cream. A serum with retinol is also a good option. Retinol also helps reduce the inflammations that are typical of skin that is prone to rosacea.
  5. If you have normal or dry skin, use a lotion or cream at night that contains sufficient antioxidants and skin-repairing ingredients. It may also contain retinol.
  6. Discuss with your GP or dermatologist whether you should use prescription medication (for external application) and ask for advice. You apply this topical medication to cleansed skin before applying your day or night cream.

Try to avoid products that contain alcohol, essential oils and/or witch hazel. Cinnamon, rosemary, lavender and rose are often used as natural fragrances. Avoid these, as well as synthetic fragrances. Don’t buy skin care products that contain lemon, lime, menthol/peppermint, pine or cedar. And do not use rough facecloths or face brushes. Rosacea often starts as a mild issue, with some redness here and there on the cheeks and nose. But if you don’t treat it, it will almost always get worse.