Rosacea is a skin condition that can really affect your confidence. Symptoms usually start with mild flushing in the cheeks, but can lead to a rash and ongoing facial redness. You may also develop small bumps called papules and pustules which look similar to acne.
If you have rosacea, you are not alone. The NHS estimates one in 10 of us have the condition. Interestingly, enquiries about rosacea last year had risen by 92% from the following year. Experts put this down to increased pollution, poor diet and stress.
Dr Alexis Granite, dermatologist, spoke to Huffington Post Style about the best treatment options:
“Treatment typically includes topical medications that help to reduce inflammation and redness of the skin. Oral antibiotics can be helpful as well, especially in the papulopustular form of rosacea.
“Lifestyle changes including limiting potential triggers such as sun and wind exposure, spicy foods, hot drinks, and alcohol are an important mainstay of treatment for rosacea patients.”
She added that new evidence suggests probiotics may help to manage the condition too.
If you have rosacea, using the right products for your skin type is key.
- Cleanse – Using a gentle cleanser is important to combat sensitivity. Try Dermalogica’s UltraCalming Cleanser (£27.20).
- Moisturise – Soothing and moisturising the skin will keep it nourished and happy. Ole Henriksen Nurture Me Creme (£41) has been hailed as a hero product for rosacea sufferers.
- Treat – Reduce inflammation with a bi-weekly mask. The Aurelia Cell Revitalise Rose Mask (£65) is loaded with probiotics.
- Prime – Use a green coloured primer to counteract the skin’s natural redness. We love Smashbox’s Colour Correcting Primer in Adjust (£25).
- Conceal – A concealer with high-coverage and a good SPF is recommended. Try Vichy’s Dermablend Corrective Stick (£10).