What is rosacea? Rosacea is a common skin condition that causes long-term redness and inflammation. Rosacea is most commonly found on the center of your face- typically your cheeks and nose-, but can spread to your forehead, chest, ears, and even eyelids in severe cases. It can also be accompanied by acne, rash, swelling, and a sense of warmth or heat.
What causes rosacea? Though the exact cause of rosacea goes unknown, studies have linked rosacea to abnormalities in the blood vessels, reactions to microscopic mites commonly found on the skin, genetics, an overreactive immune system, and activities done or objects used in your daily life. Common triggers for a rosacea flare-up are sunlight, exposure to heat, physical activities, stress, alcohol consumption, spicy foods, and hairspray.
How do I get rid of my rosacea? Unfortunately, there are no guaranteed ways to get rid of rosacea permanently, but with proper skincare products, methods, certain life style adjustment and care, you'll be able to reduce rosacea inflammation, improve your skin health, and feel more comfortable in your skin!
Here are 5 tips to treat rosacea on your face:
TIP 1: Maintain a proper skincare routine.
Maintaining proper skincare may be a good solution to rosacea skin. "Proper" does not mean a high-end, luxurious, expensive, long, and tiring skincare routine. Instead, "proper" refers to a consistent, realistic skincare routine that suits your needs! This could be as simple as a three-step skincare routine.
Cleanser: Many dermatologists recommend that patients with rosacea-prone and sensitive skin wash their face twice daily- once in the morning and once at night. However, many patients who suffer from rosacea often do not wash their face because of the irritating after-effects. To avoid irritating sensitive skin, incorporate a gentle and fragrance-free cleanser into your routine to help with redness relief on face.
LEMYKA's Ultra Gentle Cleanser is the perfect option for rosacea-prone, eczema, and sensitive skin. It is fast relieving for red, itchy, or bumpy skin, and its advanced formula provides a creamy and gentle foam that is perfect for all ages. It works to remove impurities, makeup, and excessive oil while preserving the skin's barrier and natural balance. Our ultra-gentle formula is ideal for sensitive rosacea skin. This face wash is free of oil, fragrances, parabens, sulfate, petrochemicals, and GMOs, making it a safe and effective product for those with sensitive skin.
How to cleanse your sensitive face:
Step 1: In a circular motion, gently apply the cleanser across your face with your fingertips.
Step 2: Fully rinse off the cleanser with lukewarm water.
Step 3: Gently pat dry with a clean, cotton towel.
Serum: For the best results, less is more. Aim to find critical ingredients scientifically known to reduce redness in the face. Azelaic Acid, Aloe Vera, Calendula, Niacinamide, Chamomile, Ceramide, and Vitamin E are great ingredients to look out for when finding a serum to help soothe your rosacea. While there is no limit to how many serums you can layer in your skincare routine, dermatologists recommend having at most three serums to ensure each product can be absorbed appropriately into the skin, increasing effectiveness and reducing the chances of a chemical reaction.
Moisturizer: Whether your skin is oily, dry, or a combination of oily and dry, moisturizing is an essential step in your skincare ritual. Moisturizing helps to trap moisture in your skin and acts as a sealant for your serums. Moisturizing can help maintain hydration, boost your skin's barrier, and offer relief for rosacea. Finding the right moisturizer can lead to healthier and less irritated skin.
LEMYKA's Healing Lotion is specially crafted for rosacea, acne, and facial rashes. With its nutrient-packed, advanced formula, this all-natural rosacea cream provides instant relief. With Aloe Vera, Chamomile, and Calendula being its main ingredients, our Healing Lotion helps calm redness, itching, and irritation often associated with rosacea face. Its non-greasy attribute leaves the skin feeling hydrated and fresh without residue.
Step 1: Squeeze a generous amount of the lotion onto your hands.
Step 2: Liberally apply the lotion to the area of focus. (Apply 2x a day or as needed)
Sunscreen: Sunlight is notably one of the primary triggers for rosacea. This doesn't mean you are prohibited from enjoying the outdoors; instead, you are more than encouraged to protect your skin from the UV light. Whether you have rosacea or not, dermatologists highly recommend applying sunscreen daily. Every day, even when the sun isn't out. Those suffer from rosacea may get flareup from UV rays, therefore it is crucial to apply sunscreen regularly when you are outdoor.
LEMYKA's ZnO Sunscreen (SPF 30+) is an excellent sunscreen for everyday face and body use. Its lotion-like consistency frees your skin from any white residue, and its non-greasy attribute makes it feel lightweight and breathable. Its gentle formulation is perfect for eczema-prone, rosacea-prone, dry, and sensitive skin. Many with rosacea sufferers have a hard time finding a gentle sunscreen that does not exacerbate their rosacea redness. This is where LEMYKA sunscreen can really make a difference. Our mineral-based sunscreen's only active ingredient is ZnO. ZnO is the only active ingredient the FDA allows for babies as young as six months old. Our sunscreen is dermatologist-tested, skin allergy tested. It is free of parabens, harsh chemicals, fragrances, phthalates, and chemical filters.
TIP: Remember to reapply your sunscreen every 2-3 hours!
TIP 2: Be cautious of foods and drinks you consume.
You are what you eat--not literally--, but what you eat also impacts your body. Here are foods and drinks to look out for to reduce rosacea flare-ups.
Foods to avoid: Did you know that spicy foods are one of the primary triggers for rosacea? If you love eating spicy foods, try opting for a milder version of those dishes to reduce flare-ups. If you continue to experience flare-ups, reconsider avoiding spicy foods and have it be a small treat for special occasions. You may also want to avoid processed meats and foods containing Cinnamaldehyde, such as tomatoes, citric acids, and chocolate.
Foods that help to reduce rosacea: Foods known to help reduce rosacea are fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grain products, fermented products, and nuts. Common fruits known to help reduce rosacea are bananas and cucumbers. While you can consume cucumbers, a popular method is to place the cold and soothing cucumber slices on areas of inflammation!
Drinks to avoid: Alcoholic beverages are one of the leading factors in rosacea flare-ups. If you are experiencing rosacea, it's best to reduce the amount of alcohol you intake. Drinks that include Histamine, such as wine, energy drinks, caffeinated drinks, and hot chocolate, are recommended to be avoided by rosacea-prone patients. Unfortunately, hot beverages affect rosacea inflammation. Reducing your consumption of hot drinks may also help to reduce inflammation.
Drinks that help to reduce rosacea flare-ups: Fermented drinks, such as kombucha tea, are a great option to reduce inflammation. Drinking iced water mixed with fruits has also helped cool and calm flared rosacea. Drinking water and staying hydrated is the most effective way to calm rosacea and reduce flare-ups.
TIP 3: Care for your skin in every season
As confusing as it is, rosacea flare-ups can commonly occur when exposed to heat and sunlight. Conversely, rosacea inflammation can also commonly occur when exposed to cold temperatures and wind. You'd still have to work hard throughout the year to protect your skin and reduce inflammation.
Protect your skin during the heat: Remember to wear sunscreen daily during the hot summer days. Be aware of your location's temperature and focus on the set hours that your weather forecast recommends to stay indoors. Stay hydrated and reduce activities that will cause your body to heat up, reducing inflammation. It's always okay to wear a hat or carry around an umbrella for shade!
Protect your skin during the cold: With the dryness and cold, remember to moisturize your face daily, and yes! Even when the sun isn't out, it doesn't mean there are no UV lights. Continue to wear sunscreen and reapply every 2-3 hours. Keep warm with a pleasant and comfortable jacket when out in the cold. You may even opt to wear a nice and cozy scarf to protect your face. Limit your time outdoors to minimize rosacea flareups.
TIP 4: Minimize stress
Your mental health shows through your skin. With no exception, stress can cause your rosacea to flare up and become irritated.
Ways to reduce stress:
Self-care: Take the time to give yourself a little self-care and pamper. LEMYKA's Gentle Shampoo and Body Wash is a 3-in-1 multi-purpose product that serves as a shampoo, body wash, and bubble bath. Enjoy a clean, calm, warm bath as you become stress-free. It's packed with nature's best: panthenol, argan oil, aloe vera, sea kelp, and calendula to moisturize and calm your sensitive skin.
Light activities: Small, light, calming physical activities such as yoga, pilates, and tai chi are great ways to stay active, exercise, and release stress.
Finding a support group or person: Talking about your stress is one of the most effective ways to minimize stress. Whether joining a support group or finding your support person, talking about your stress will allow you to reduce stress and rosacea inflammation.
TIP 5: At Home Facials
You do not need to spend $100+ on facials to reduce rosacea. You can use at-home, facial-like remedies to help treat rosacea and calm irritated skin.
Cucumber masks: A prevalent method to soothe inflammation and puffiness is creating a cucumber mask using fresh cucumbers. Carefully slice the cucumbers into thin circles and apply to your cheeks. Leave the cucumbers on for 10 minutes before removing and feeling the relieving freshness.
Face sheet masks: Pamper yourself and soothe redness with face sheet masks. Follow the instructions provided by the brand you are using and feel moisturized and relieved.
Icing your face: You can cool your face using various methods. With multiple tools on the market, you can opt for any device. Icing your face could be throwing your tool into the freezer or even throwing in some metal spoons for a morning cooling effect. You can even grab an ice cube with a napkin and gently smear the cool ice onto your face. Gently do so every morning to calm your skin.
Rosacea is a complex condition that needs more studies to understand the cause, triggers, and treatment fully. However, from the tips given, you will be able to help relieve and soothe your rosacea. With consistency and care, irritated and inflamed rosacea will no longer be a worry as you embrace healthier, happier skin.