Struggling with rosacea? Look for these ingredients in your products!

Pink cheeks are cute. Treating rosacea, however, is not. If you suffer from a common skin condition, you are not alone. More than ever, people are voicing their experiences on social media as a sign of solidarity with those who suffer from it and to raise awareness of what the skin condition really entails.

Red, sore skin, unexplained flare-ups, and an ongoing battle with skincare are just a few of the things people battling rosacea face on a daily basis. And that’s only on the surface. Let’s just say that when you feel a slight embarrassment is met with the fiery blush that hides your face, you start to avoid certain situations and this might even lead to feelings of anxiety.

We’re told there’s no cure – rosacea starts at birth and follows you through life, but is that really true? Does it only affect fair skin? And what ingredients aggravate or calm rosacea?

When it comes to your skin, it’s understandable that you want to know what’s in your products. If you took a closer look at your ingredient labels, you probably found it to be a long string of unfamiliar words. We’re here to help you decipher this list and the words you should be looking for.

What is rosacea and what signs to watch out for?

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It is a chronic inflammatory skin condition that usually occurs on the face and can affect all skin types. It can also manifest as persistent redness, blood vessels, and spots that can look like acne, although the two should not be confused.

There are 4 main symptoms that help identify if you have rosacea –

  • Persistent redness of the face, most likely around the nose and cheeks.
  • Thread visible veins and blood vessels that require laser treatment to remove.
  • Red spots that contain pus, easily misdiagnosed as acne.
  • Thickening of the skin; visible bumps.

Although it is not completely known what causes the disease, certain triggers contribute to making it worse, such as alcohol, coffee and spicy foods. In some cases, the individual may be sensitive to the sun and find that changing from hot to cold temperature, or vice versa, can trigger flare-ups. Again, some find that sun exposure actually helps reduce inflammation.

That said, if you don’t have the ability to see a dermatologist or are curious about what to put on your skin, look for these ingredients in your products!

Ceramides

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There has been evidence of barrier deficiency in rosacea and the importance of incorporating over-the-counter skincare products into treatment. Ceramides help repair and strengthen the skin barrier, making it a must for rosacea. If your skin is dry and red from no matter what lotions, potions, and ointments you throw at it, you may be missing an important skincare ingredient: ceramides.

Camillia sinensis leaf extract (green tea)

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We know that the consumption of green tea is widely practiced across the world. A cup of hot green tea with its mild soothing taste and aromatic fragrance relaxes the body. Dermatologists say that due to anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, Oil Camellia suitable for all skin types, especially sensitive skin such as rosacea or eczema. Apply a dime size amount into the palms of your hands to create a thin layer to spread over a cleansed face and reap its benefits.

Azelaic acid

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This natural acid has antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties, both of which are extremely helpful in calming rosacea flare-ups and treating severe acne, quotes Westlake Dermatology board-certified dermatologist Emily Wood, MD.

Niacinamide

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This star ingredient is well sought after for its versatility in skin care. It is not only used to reduce the appearance of hyperpigmentation, fine lines and acne, but is also a star ingredient for treating rosacea. Niacinamide helps the barrier function of the skin, which is important in rosacea because it is easily susceptible to irritation. Studies suggest that niacin increases the production of ceramides, preventing water loss in dry, fragile skin (aka rosacea).

Aloe

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Who does not know the calming effects of Aloe! And, of course, it could also be your best friend for rosacea. The most obvious way to use Aloe is to apply it topically (Slather) to affected areas. Look for products containing Aloe Barbadensis gel or Aloe Barbadensis leaf juice as they can soothe, stimulate repair, and even reduce pain.

Bisabolol

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This active ingredient, derived from chamomile flower, helps reduce redness and irritation during a flare-up. Since bisabolol comes from chamomile, it has many of the same qualities, including helping to fight inflammation. Unlike many chemical ingredients used for rosacea, bisabolol is a natural oil that is non-toxic and extremely soothing to sensitive skin.

NO-NO ingredients

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  • Alcohol
  • Perfumes
  • Glycolic, lactic or salicylic acid
  • Benzoyl peroxide
  • Hydroquinone
  • Sodium lauryl sulfate
  • Witch Hazel

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