Rosacea (pronounced roh-ZAY-sha) is a facial skin condition that causes flushing and redness affecting over 16 million Americans — and as many as 95% of people don’t even know they have it. This makes it one of the most common but poorly understood disorders.
So, what is rosacea, how do you treat it, and what are the best facials for rosacea sufferers? Today on the Simply Skin blog, we’re going to explore everything you need to know about rosacea skincare.
What is Rosacea?
For many people, rosacea causes more than just facial flushing and redness. Symptoms of the skin condition may also include acne-like bumps, eye irritation, and thickened skin. In fact, there are four different types of rosacea to explain the various signs and symptoms:
Because of its appearance, some types of rosacea are associated with (and often confused for) acne. This is why it’s important to speak with a dermatologist to confirm your diagnosis, because rosacea acne treatment can look much different than traditional acne treatment.
So, how do you treat rosacea and get rid of your facial redness? Because rosacea is a medical condition, some rosacea treatments — like topical creams, lotions, gels, or oral medications — can be prescribed by a dermatologist. They can tell you about what type of rosacea you have, and make recommendations for how to treat rosacea based on your symptoms and triggers.
Facials for Rosacea
However, if you’ve already been to a dermatologist or you’re looking for a different type of rosacea skincare, you may be surprised to learn that facials for rosacea can also help to get rid of facial redness. A licensed esthetician can provide a facial rosacea treatment to help reduce and prevent flare-ups.
It’s important to note that when it comes to facials for rosacea, you need to be extremely careful. Rosacea-prone skin is much more sensitive and dries out more easily… which means that many facials, chemical peels, and treatments like microdermabrasion will just dry and irritate your sensitive skin further. So, it’s critical to work with an esthetician experienced with rosacea who has proven success treating your unique skin type.
Face treatments for redness caused by rosacea should be soothing services using gentle products aimed at calming irritation. These facials for rosacea are designed to protect, correct, and boost the skin by strengthening delicate capillaries and evening skin tone.
Rosacea Skincare Tips
When talking about how to treat rosacea, it’s important to acknowledge that there’s also plenty of good rosacea skincare practices you can adopt at home.
First, commit to a daily skincare routine that includes cleansing and moisturizing. Often, rosacea sufferers don’t do this enough because they’re wary of irritating the skin further. You can avoid this by only using rosacea-friendly ingredients. When shopping for products, check labels and avoid irritants like alcohol or camphor — and test them on a small patch of skin before applying.
Also, be gentle with your skin! It can sometimes be tempting to buff out facial imperfections, but anything that irritates your skin is guaranteed to make rosacea worse. Avoid rubbing or scrubbing your face — that means no washcloths, facial sponges, or exfoliating.
Most importantly, get to the bottom of what’s irritating your skin in the first place. While there’s no cure for rosacea, treatments will be most effective if you know your triggers for flares and do your best to avoid them. Spicy food, alcohol, sun exposure, extreme heat or cold, and even stress have been known to trigger rosacea flare-ups. Keep a journal or make mental note of when symptoms arise to see if you can identify trends or patterns.
How to Treat Rosacea: The Bottom Line
As with any skin condition, the challenge (and solution) often starts from the inside out. That’s why as a holistic esthetician, I consult with my rosacea clients on everything impacting their skin health — from diet to lifestyle to sleep schedule. Whether you’re curious about facials for rosacea or just looking to take better care of your skin in general, I can help. Schedule your free consultation today to learn more.