In my younger days, I always thought of my skin as being pretty resilient. Unfortunately, as I’ve gotten older, I’ve noticed it becoming more sensitive. Of course, I may just be sensitive to the fact that countless estheticians have planted that seed in my head over the years. While I tend to turn a bit rosy after many skincare treatments, that rose-colored blush is merely a minor inconvenience when compared to what many must endure when afflicted with the chronic skin condition known as rosacea. According to The National Rosacea Society, this increasingly common disorder affects more than 14 million Americans. Causing redness and acne-resembling outbreaks, rosacea cannot be cured. Fortunately, it can be controlled. In honor of National Rosacea Month, here are some tips from dermatologist Debra Jaliman, M.D., on ways to avoid getting caught red-faced:
Take advantage of Technology
Laser skin procedures and new non-prescription products, such as PyratineXR, can help treat red and irritated skin.
Although what may cause flare-ups in one person may differ for another, avoiding environmental factors—sun exposure, extreme temperatures, and wind—and emotional stress can prevent aggravating the skin.
Don’t Scrub While it may be tempting to buff away the offensive bumps, all this does is abrade already irritated skin and worsen the symptoms. Instead, use a gentle cleanser for sensitive skin with soft cotton discs.
Moisturizer helps to soothe aggravated skin and acts as a barrier protectant from impurities and irritants that exacerbate sensitive skin.
Sun exposure is the primary trigger for red, irritated skin. Protect skin daily with sunscreen featuring an SPF of 30 or higher that defends against UVA, UVB, and infrared rays.
Makeup can improve the look of skin instantly. Just be sure to rely on products that won’t further harm the skin. Mineral makeup is generally non-irritating. Keep it simple to avoid worsening the problem with layers of different types of makeup.