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Rosacea & Redness

What Is Rosacea Skin?

If your skin looks blushed or flushed and you can see the blood vessels on your face, you have rosacea. This is a common skin condition that often produces little pus-filled bumps that flare up for weeks or months at a time. It then goes away for a while and comes back every now and then.

It looks a lot like acne and creates a ruddy complexion that you no doubt want to disappear for good. Knowing how to handle rosacea can help you show your face with confidence.

What Is the Cause of Rosacea Skin?
Unfortunately, no one is sure what causes rosacea. Experts suspect it may be caused by an overactive immune system, environmental factors, or genes. It’s not contagious, and it is in no way caused by poor hygiene.

If you have rosacea, you may notice it flares up when you eat spicy foods or have hot drinks. Red wine and other alcoholic beverages may also bring out the worst in this condition.

Additionally, the weather can play a role in your rosacea outbreaks. Extremes in temperature, sun, and wind tend to bring it out. Blood pressure medications, exercise, and some skin and hair products are also on the list of potential causes for rosacea to show itself in full force.

Rosacea tends to happen to women over the age of 30 who burn easily in the sun. If you have a family history of rosacea or you smoke, you have a greater risk for this skin condition.

Steps to Improve Rosacea Skin
Having rosacea doesn’t mean you’re doomed to have red, agitated skin. Learning to take care of it is the first step, and that will likely mean a visit to the dermatologist for an evaluation.

On your own, you’ll want to gently cleanse your skin twice per day. The goal is to remove irritations without using anything that would further agitate things. Never use bar soap that is meant for your body and keep the water temperature lukewarm, making sure to rinse every trace of it away.

Be sure you moisturize your skin with creams too which will reduce irritation and keep skin comfortable. Protection from the sun is also a vital step in caring for rosacea skin. You should always apply sunscreen during daylight hours even on cold and cloudy days. Formulations with zinc oxide and titanium dioxide are best for protecting skin with rosacea.

Stay away from any skincare products that have fragrances. You’ll also want to avoid anything that contains alcohol, glycolic acid, lactic acid, camphor, menthol, sodium laurel sulfate, and urea. Astringents should always be avoided by those with rosacea. Hydrating toners and mists are fine, as long as they don’t have alcohol or acids in them.

If you have rosacea skin, you need a gentle skincare routine with products that won’t irritate your skin. Whole Beauty Skincare has an array of options to help you keep your skin soothed and calm, and minimize the potential for those angry flareups.