I’ve suffered from rosacea ever since I can remember, and have noticed a marked increase in redness since I’ve gotten older. The constant flushing of my cheeks or chin have always plagued me, and I often over-apply my foundation as I’m always trying to conceal this. I recently had the opportunity to speak with Cosmetic Physician, Dr. Phoebe Jones, trusted cosmetic doctor practicing a at Concept Cosmetic Medicine. Below she shares some of her expert advice on living with skin conditions such as rosacea.
“When I first started working in the industry, anti-wrinkle injections were by far the most popular treatment clients were requesting but now we’re starting to see that change. Skincare conditions like rosacea and pigmentation were often left untreated but with technological advances and scientific research we now not only have a much greater understanding of what causes these skincare conditions but how to treat them,” says Dr. Jones.
What are the tell-tale signs on our face that we are suffering from rosacea, as opposed to a similar skin condition?
Rosacea is normally clinically diagnosed based on a few characteristic symptoms. The most common ones include: frequent facial flushing; a persistent red rash across the cheeks, nose and chin; prominent blood vessels (telangiectasia); red applies and pustules in the rash affected areas; sensitive, dry and flaky skin; red, sore and gritty eyes; an enlarged and unshapely nose (rhinophyma).
Are there any specific ingredients we should look for in skincare, or specific products we can use for relief?
UV protection, niacinamide, and azaelic acids can help improve general redness and prevent triggers and are good over the counter options. Salicylic acid (BHA) is also great if you encounter clogged pores and pustules. For more severe forms, go to your doctor for some prescription topicals as Dr. Jones says, “Diagnosis is important to determine what treatment plan is suitable.”
Are there any in-salon treatments that reduce redness or inflammation?
Yes, vascular lasers can help improve redness and telangiectasia (spider veins). Other lasers and LED lights can also help to reduce inflammation and pustule causing bacterial load in the skin. Gentle topical peels can also help to unclog pores. Rhinophyma can also be surgically treated.
Is there anything we can change in our diet to avoid a flare up of rosacea, and reduce redness?
Rosacea can flare up or be triggered by anything that can dilate the blood vessels (vasodilation), which includes alcohol and spicy foods. It is also triggered by extremes of temperature and UV exposure. In skincare, it can be useful to avoid (if possible) steroid creams, very oily creams and fragrance. “Also, if you suffer from acne rosacea, I’d suggest using a non-comedogenic sunscreen”, advises Dr. Jones.
Personally speaking, I’ve experienced a huge reduction in redness when using the AMPERNA® skincare range which has helped heal my skin through their unique ingredients, and The Ordinary’s Niacinamide definitely helped the bumpiness of my cheeks and chin. Simplicite Skin has also produced great results for me, and I also recall an amazing LED light session at a local salon, which decreased the redness for days.
I’d love to know, what’s your secret weapon in concealing redness on the face, or even the arms ala pilaris keratosis? Let me know!