April is Rosacea Awareness Month, due to the changes in seasonal temperatures during April, it is commonly known to medical doctors as “rosacea season.” With the extreme fluctuations in temperatures this past month, many people may experience their first bout of rosacea this year.
Rosacea is often misdiagnosed for acne and is sometimes even called “adult acne”, as it occurs mostly during the ages of 30 to 50 years old, especially those with fairer skin complexion. Both men and women can have rosacea, but it is most commonly found in women.
Typical signs and symptoms of rosacea include small red bumps and cysts, a blush effect on the face, as well as redness and burning of the skin. There are a number of triggers which can cause rosacea to flare up and can be any of the following or a combination or multiple triggers:
- Weather Changes
- Strong winds
- Alcohol consumption
- Spicy foods
These are just some of the mostly commonly documented reasons from patients on what triggers their rosacea. For others, it can be certain beverages or foods they eat as well, so it is important to stay cognitive of what you’re consuming and how your overall emotion health is before you experience any flare ups.
If you’ve noticed that your skin has been flaring up recently with any of the above signs or symptoms, you should visit your doctor or dermatologist to be properly diagnosed and treated.
Unfortunately, rosacea is a life-long skin condition once triggered, but it can be managed quite easily with medical treatment from your doctor and commitment to avoiding flare-up triggers. You can also read more about minimizing the effects of rosacea from one of our previous blogs.
You may wish to conceal your rosacea with cosmetics, but always be sure to test the product first on a visible part of your skin, such as the neck to watch for a reaction. Choose fragrance-free and allergy-tested products to avoid generation skin irritations. Common rosacea irritants in facial and cosmetic products may also include:
- Witch Hazel
- Eucalyptus Oil
Tips for Dealing Rosacea Daily
- Always treat your skin to a gently cleansed and moisturized face before applying any makeup.
- Avoid face cloths to wash your face as it may irritate the skin.
- Opt for antibacterial foundation brushes instead of makeup sponges, which may be too harsh on the skin and trap bacteria.
- Less is more. Try to resist the temptation to cake on loads of makeup to cover up your skin’s redness. The more you apply, the more likely your skin will be aggravated.
- Use a green-tinted base for your makeup base or primer to even out your skin tone and reduce the redness on your skin. If possible, find one with built-in UVA/UVB protection to shield your skin from the sun.
- Consider mineral powder makeup as it is generally known to not have any rosacea-irritating ingredients.
- An enriched diet with Vitamin A, B, C and Zinc may also help with rosacea. For quicker effectiveness, you may also consider topical vitamins as well.
For more information about rosacea, visit rosacea.org or leave me comment below. If you are interested in seeing how MonoDermà could be incorporated into your daily skin regimen with the presence rosacea, we do have clients who have used MonoDermà E to successful reduce skin irritation and inflammation caused by rosacea.