Controlling Redness and Rosacea
This one is personal for me, as I have Rosacea. I started Beautiful by Storm because I know the struggles of finding great skincare that will not irritate your skin but can still get results.
According to the American Academy of Dermatology, Rosacea affects 16 million Americans. While people of all ages and races can develop Rosacea, it is most common in people between 30 and 60. Rosacea is a common skin condition that causes redness of the skin, acne, and sometimes visible blood vessels on the face. This blog post will discuss the different types of treatments available for Rosacea and how to manage it best.
Rosacea can be mild or severe and is caused by an overgrowth of the growth cells (keratinocytes) on the skin surface. It usually occurs in areas that receive more sunlight, such as the cheeks, nose, and forehead. Rosacea is the most common form of acne and the most common type of acne in women. A genetic predisposition causes it, but it can be prevented or treated by preventing factors such as sun exposure, smoking, and diet. If you suspect you have Rosacea or are concerned about it, here's a step-by-step guide to help you treat it effectively. Notice I said treat; there is no cure for Rosacea, although we can manage and keep it under control.
The first step would be to see a dermatologist to be sure that you are dealing with Rosacea. Depending on the severity of your Rosacea, they might give you an oral and a topical prescription or even recommend laser treatments. Another big step in controlling redness and Rosacea is avoiding sun exposure. This can be done by wearing sunscreen and staying out of the sun when possible. Other factors include heat, stress, alcohol, and spicy foods. If you want to treat your redness and Rosacea, there are several options you can try. These include toners, skincare, and even laser therapy. With Rosacea, most times, that also comes with having sensitive skin. Using the proper skincare can make a significant impact on your redness. You need to avoid any harsh ingredients that will irritate and damage your skin's barrier. This can include some retinol, peels, and some acids; you will want to go with calming and soothing products. Here is a basic skincare routine for Rosacea to help avoid triggering a flare-up.
Wash your face twice daily with a gentle cleanser and lukewarm/cool water. Avoid harsh cleansers and scrubs that strip the natural oils from the skin.
Apply a soothing toner after cleansing that has calming properties such as arnica and calendula.
After toning, apply a serum with Hyaluronic Acid and mushroom complex to prevent irritation, hydrate, and heal.
Moisturizing is essential with Rosacea-prone skin to maintain a barrier that keeps irritants from coming into contact with your skin. Always opt for a moisturizer free from fragrances.
As your last step, always apply your SPF daily. Sun exposure can make symptoms worse and lead to a flare-up.
Look out for certain skincare product ingredients to avoid using, such as Fragrance; Sodium laurel sulfate; Alcohol; Witch hazel; Menthol; Peppermint; and Eucalyptus.
If you are ever not sure about trying out a new product, always try a test spot on a small section of your neck first to see how your skin reacts. A good rule of thumb is always to use gentle, soothing skincare, stay away from excessive heat, and wear your SPF!
All Beautiful by Storm products are free from added fragrances, sodium laurel sulfate, parabens, and FD&C colors.