Red is for Roses, not Cheeks and Noses
By Theresa Toth
Rosacea (row-zay-sha) is a chronic skin condition that commonly affects the central third of the face, especially the nose, and has periodic ups and downs (flares and remissions). While the cause of rosacea is unknown and there is no cure, today medical help is available that can control the signs and symptoms of this potentially life-disruptive disorder.
Signs and symptoms
- Frequent flushing or blushing on cheeks, nose, chin, forehead
- Persistent redness
- Red lines, due to enlarged blood vessels becoming visible
- Dry skin
- Burning, stinging, or itching
- Pimple-like bumps without blackheads or whiteheads
Consistent, gentle skin care and effective use of makeup can make a visible difference in managing rosacea and improving the look of your skin. Finding the right products for your rosacea skin you first need to understand that when you have rosacea your facial skin is sensitive, and easily provoked by anything that irritates your facial skin.
Washing your face in the morning and at night is essential for healthy skin by using a sulfate-free cleanser that won’t dry out skin. Look for cleansers with hydrating and soothing properties, such as those formulated for sensitive skin. Osmosis Gentle Cleanser is ideal for those who suffer from Rosacea. A barrier repair cream, such as one that contains emollients like ceramides, can help restore the skin. Ceramides are proteins found in the fat layer of the skin that help prevent water loss.
Look for these rosacea friendly ingredients – Kiwi, Neem, Cucumber, Calendula and Willow Herb.
Mineral-based makeup is a good choice for people with rosacea as it won’t leave your skin dry and irritated. A silicone foundation, or add a primer to help protect your skin. Some makeup comes tinted with a green or yellow base to help hide redness.
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