What is Rosacea and How Do You Treat it?

What is Rosacea and How Do You Treat it?

Are you struggling with skin sensitivity and unwanted redness? Do you feel like you're constantly battling acne breakouts and irritation? You may have a skin condition called rosacea. 

Rosacea is a common skin condition that more than 14 million individuals in the United States have. Although the reason for rosacea is still unknown, there are ways you can improve your skincare routine to alleviate the symptoms and achieve visibly healthier-looking skin.

Here's everything you need to know:

What is Rosacea?

Rosacea is a non-contagious skin care disease that can leave the skin on your cheeks, chin, forehead, and nose red or flushed. It’s hard to pinpoint what exactly causes rosacea. However, scientists have narrowed it down to a few likely causes such as changes in your immune system or genetics. 

Rosacea primarily affects individuals between the ages of 30 to 50 with fair, pale skin. These individuals often have Scandinavian or Celtic ancestry.

What are the Symptoms?

The most common symptom is redness that can spread from your cheeks, chin, forehead, and ears. However, there are four subtypes of rosacea that have different symptoms. 

Here’s some symptoms that are unique to the subtypes:

  • Erythematotelangiectatic rosacea: Visible blood vessels
  • Papulopustular rosacea: Swelling and acne-like breakouts
  • Phymatous rosacea: Bumpy skin texture
  • Ocular rosacea: Swollen eyelids, redness, and irritation that looks like a sty

How to Treat Rosacea 

Know Your Triggers

Pay attention to what causes your rosacea to flare. Is it a drastic temperature change? Is it the cold wind hitting your face during the winter? Maybe, it happens after you eat certain foods. 

Once you know your triggers, you’ll want to find ways to avoid these triggers. This may mean covering your face with a scarf when you go outside, eliminating foods from your diet, or keeping the heater to a minimum. 

Find Rosacea-Friendly Formulas  

Not all skincare is rosacea-friendly. If you use the wrong formulas or ingredients, it can cause irritation and flare-ups. 

You’ll want to avoid ingredients such as alcohol, fragrance, glycolic acid, and lactic acid. These are known to cause irritation and disrupt your skin’s natural barrier. Instead, opt for natural ingredients like avocado oil, jojoba oil, and vitamin C.

Wear Sunscreen

Whether you have rosacea or not, skin is sensitive to UV rays. Every time you go outside, you’ll want to apply a thin layer of sunscreen to protect your skin. Look for a trusted SPF of 30 or higher and apply liberally before heading out to start your day. 

Moisturize Daily 

A trusted moisturizer will keep your skin hydrated. This is an essential step in any skincare routine and will help you avoid ongoing irritation caused by rosacea. When looking for a moisturizer, always look at the ingredients list. You'll want to avoid common irritants and instead opt for non-comedogenic ingredients like vitamin C, aloe vera, avocado oil, and rose water.

Our Vitamin C Brightening Moisturizing Cream takes a multi-action approach to skincare to help reveal more radiant, healthier-looking skin. The vitamin C helps visibly enhance skin tone and provides the lasting hydration your skin needs to stay healthy and happy all day long. 

Avoid Alcohol-Based Toners 

Toners often contain harsh acids and alcohols that can cause rosacea flare-ups. Instead, consider using a rose water spray. Rose water contains antioxidants and has anti-inflammatory properties. For the best results, use our Rose Water Facial Toner Spray on your face and neck whenever your skin needs an extra pick-me-up.

Cleanse Twice a Day

A gentle cleanser will help eliminate any dirt, grime, or build-up forming on your face that may cause a rosacea flare-up. You’ll want to ensure you’re cleansing your face at least once or twice a day to avoid irritation and keep your skin looking and feeling its best. After cleansing your face, always apply your moisturizer. This is to ensure you lock in the needed moisturizer. 

Upgrade Your Skincare with NatureWell Beauty

If you have rosacea, you’ll want to start prioritizing good-for-you ingredients and potent formulas that will help you combat irritation. One of the best ways to do this is with an ultra-hydrating moisturizer and skin care products you can feel good about applying to your skin.

Start exploring our collection of moisturizers today to get started. 

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