How can I treat Rosacea at home?
This month on the VW Skincare advice column, we’ll be looking at Rosacea – what it is, how to spot it, and most importantly, how to treat it effectively. In this blog we’ll focus on treating Rosacea at home, without the need for antibiotics and other medication.
What is Rosacea?
Rosacea is a chronic inflammatory skin condition, more common in women from the northern European hemisphere, and it tends to affect people over the age of 30. The symptoms can vary, but will normally start with you flushing, with prolonged redness along the central part of your face.
Other symptoms such as clusters of pus-filled spots, broken capillaries, heat and soreness are also common symptoms. Although Rosacea cannot be cured, it can be controlled using the correct homecare.
So how can you treat it?
A gentle and straightforward skincare regime is needed for sufferers of Rosacea. Aggravating properties such as alcohol and fragrances are a big no-no, so it might be best to wave good-bye to your favourite high street brands for a little while, as they’re usually packed full of unhelpful ingredients.
The Vital C range from IMAGE Skincare was developed over 7 years ago, specifically to treat the symptoms of Rosacea. It’s been a huge success in the States in combating the redness associated with the condition.
The range contains a blend of antioxidants that are ideal for Rosacea-prone/sensitive skins. It delivers vitamin C deep into the cellular level of the skin. Used correctly as prescribed, here’s a lovely list of all the great stuff the IMAGE range can do:
- Reduce inflammation
- Reduce redness
- Reduce histamine response in the skin
- Accelerate wound healing
- Reduce the length of flushes
- Lighten the skin – reducing the redness
- Strengthen capillaries
- Regulate the cells
What IMAGE Skincare products should I use to treat my Rosacea?
Used day and night, this is a gentle and effective cleanser to soothe dry, dehydrated Rosacea skin. It’s a 4-in-1 cleanser – removes makeup, cleanses, tones, and provides very mild exfoliation. Use a warm cloth, like the Dermalogica Sponge Cloth, to remove the cleanser without irritating your skin.
Use this hydrating serum morning and night underneath your moisturiser. It will immediately soothe the visible effects of environmental stress, and the antioxidants will nourish the skin to help reduce redness and irritation.
This moisturiser doesn’t just keep your skin beautifully hydrated all day. It also works to protect your skin from both UVA & UVB rays. It bounces UV rays off of your skin, to help keep reactions at bay. It’s water resistant, but you’ll need to top it up every two hours if you’re in and out of water whilst on holiday.
The dream night cream – the Hydrating Repair Créme from IMAGE Skincare is designed to nourish and protect your skin while you sleep. It gets deep into your skin cells, brightening and lightening, and stimulating collagen production (hello, younger and firmer skin!). It also contains hyaluronic acid which deeply hydrates the skin, healing wounds and reducing inflammation.
What else can I do to treat Rosacea at home?
As well as treating the outside of the skin, you need to watch your lifestyle and what you eat. There are several foods which can cause your skin to flare up: spicy foods, chocolate, coffee, and wine are all major culprits, sadly. On the upside, stress and excessive exercise all can contribute to Rosacea too – so there’s a good reason to put your feet up and relax once in a while!
Here are some extra tips to help you manage your condition:
- No astringents on the skin (alcohol-based toners, for example, which dehydrate the skin)
- Use lukewarm water only during your skincare regime
- Apply your products using a light, feathery touch. Don’t rub too harshly
- Use mineral-based makeup.
- Anything green in your makeup corrects redness try Dermalogica Redness Relief Primer
Got a Rosacea skincare regime you’d like to share? Leave a comment!
For more information on Rosacea, visit: http://www.rosacea.org/