Skin Care

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Know Your Skin

It is important to use what is right for your own skin. Start with "sensitive skin" products.

Selecting Skin-Care Products

Using the ‘wrong” skin-care products can aggravate your skin and trigger a rosacea flare-up. Look for products aimed at “sensitive skin.” In general, the fewer ingredients on the product label, the better. Be sure the products are “fragrance-free,” for fragrances are one of the leading causes of skin irritation.

Test a new product on a small area of your skin before using it. (The neck is a good place for this.) If your skin reacts to the product, toss the product away—although after making note of its ingredients.

Rosacea patients differ as to which ingredients irritate their skin. Through trial and error, you can figure out the ingredients you need to avoid. Some of the ingredients most frequently cited by rosacea patients as causing flare-ups are alcohol, menthol, peppermint, eucalyptus oil, and witch hazel.

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Cleaning Your Skin

Use a very gentle, non-soap cleanser on your skin. If your skin is oily, a mild soap may be a better choice. (Your physician will advise you on which type of cleanser is best for you.)

Avoid irritating the skin by not using a washcloth. Instead, use your fingertips to gently spread the cleanser across your skin. And blot (never rub) your face dry with a towel.

Men should avoid shaving lotions that sting or burn. Also, an electric shaver is usually less irritating on the skin than a blade. If you do use a blade, make sure it is sharp.

Topical medications for rosacea are more likely to sting on damp skin, so wait about 30 minutes before applying your medication. Then wait another 5 minutes or so for the medication to dry before applying moisturizer and makeup. (And don’t forget sunscreen if you’re going outside.)

Choosing Makeup

Be sure to use makeup products that are “noncomedogenic” or “nonacnegenic.” These will be less likely to clog your sebaceous glands and pores—and thus less likely to cause an eruption of rosacea’s acne-like papules and pustules.

Ask Your Physician

Your physician will be able to advise you on which products are safest for your skin. Once you have your skin-care routine in place, you’ll be better able to manage your rosacea and avoid future flare-ups.

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