Did you know that rosacea affects an estimated 14 million Americans? According to the National Rosacea Society, many of those who suffer with the skin disorder do not know even how to recognize or treat it. Rosacea not only causes the look of rosy cheeks—many people suffer with common symptoms of burning, itching and stinging, not to mention acne-like effects that can take a toll on a person’s confidence. In surveys conducted by the Society, more than 76 percent of rosacea patients said their condition had lowered their self-esteem.
Unfortunately, the cause of this common condition remains unknown and there is still no cure, but there are ways to soothe the pain and anxiety. For relief, keep aware of triggers that can cause a flare-up or worsen an existing one, including sun exposure, emotional stress, severe hot or cold weather, wind, alcohol, spicy foods, heavy exercise and hot baths.
“The best way to deal with redness is to prevent it,” says Dr. Vermen Verallo-Rowell, dermatologist and founder of VMV Hypoallergenics. "Prevention is important in all health concerns, but when it comes to rosacea and hyperreactive skin, it is vital. I suggest adopting a 'non-inflammatory' mantra which includes sleeping 7-8 hours each night, improving your diet by avoiding as many processed foods as possible, and choosing very gentle skin-care products."
Check out the products we’ve chosen to help combat your rosacea concerns.
- La Roche-Posay Rosaliac AR Intense Localized Redness Intensive Serum ($40): A unique formulation to treat rosacea-prone skin, this calming serum reduces visible redness and irritation while providing 24-hour hydration to help rebuild the skin’s compromised barrier.
- Clinique Redness Solutions Daily Relief Cream ($45): An immediate remedy to sooth and cool irritated skin, this oil-free cream works to reduce persistent redness and helps to avert future flare-ups while keeping the skin soft and even-toned.
- Obagi Medical RosaClear System ($135): Designed to calm and soothe rosacea symptoms, this prescription-based treatment system uses non-comedogenic ingredients to treat acne-like pimples and reduce the appearance of redness and blotchiness.
- VMV Hypoallergenics Red Better Flare-Up Balm ($50): Full of anti-inflammatory and microbe-fighting ingredients to combat various rosacea triggers, this steroid-free salve hydrates and gently soothes deep layers of the skin.