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Rosacea: What To Avoid & The Best Derm-Approved Treatments

Huda Beauty posted "Rosacea: What To Avoid & The Best Derm-Approved Treatments" featuring Visha Skincare and Dr. Purvisha Patel.

Rosacea can be tricky to ID. Random red patches, irritated bumps, and occasional breakouts can seem like acne or just your average PMS-related skin issues, but these can also be signs of rosacea. And if you know, you’ll know how difficult it can be to soothe or calm a rosacea flare-up.

“Rosacea is a genetic skin condition that entails inflammation of the sebaceous, or oil glands of the skin and flushing of the skin,” explains Dr. Purvisha Patel a board-certified dermatologist and founder of Visha Skincare. “It presents in many ways: some people just get flushing and redness of their faces, some people get pimples and an acne-like eruption, eye dryness, and some people get a burning sensation of the skin of the face.”

Luckily, knowing the dos and don’ts when it comes to rosacea helps big time, as does correctly identifying if you actually have it. “Seeing a board-certified dermatologist is important if you think you have rosacea, as there is prescription medication that can help the process,” says Patel. “If left alone, the chronic inflammation from rosacea can cause increased size of the oil glands and can change the shape of facial features such as noses – a condition called Rhinophyma.” Patel adds that prescription medications commonly used are Metronidazole, a topical antibiotic, Azelaic acid, and ivermectin topically.

In addition to prescription meds, there are a few more products and treatments that can alleviate some of the physical effects of rosacea. Commit these expert tips to memory, then stock up on these rosacea healers to get your skin in check.

7 Things You Should Never Do if You have Rosacea:

1. Avoid extreme temperatures: According to celebrity dermatologist Dennis Gross, you should never wash your face with really hot (or really cold) water, as this can irritate sensitive skin. Only use lukewarm water.

2. Do not use physical exfoliators: “This can cause micro-tears in your dermis and irritate your skin,” says Dr. Gross.

3. Be mindful of your diet: We hate to say it, but Dr. Gross also advises nixing red wine, caffeine, and spicy food, which can cause flare-ups.

4. Use only soothing ingredients: “Avoid products that have high concentrations of active ingredients and things like synthetic fragrance, that can give skin a burning or itching sensation,” says Gross. “Instead, look for products with oatmeal and chamomile with Lactic and Mandelic acid, which are all soothing ingredients.”

5. Avoid potent ingredients: Amy Fu, H2O+ director of R&D, says more skincare ingredients to avoid if you have rosacea include: alcohol, witch hazel, menthol, camphor, eucalyptus oil, peppermint, and glycolic acid.

6. Don’t spend too much time in the sun: Too much fun in the sun can be harmful as well. Fu recommends always using sunscreen to protect from ultraviolet rays, a rosacea trigger. We suggest a mineral sunscreen made with Zinc oxide, which is simultaneously soothing and protective.

7. Avoid treatments that use heat: According to Paul Jarrod Frank, cosmetic dermatologist, chief medical officer and founder of PFRANKMD, any treatments that cause extreme heat are not recommended for rosacea-prone individuals. “Pico Laser and Fraxel, if not performed at appropriate settings, can affect rosacea,” he adds.

Treatments and Products That Help Calm Rosacea:

Azelaic Acid: “People with rosacea have sensitive skin and using products with retinol or benzoyl peroxide can cause the skin to get red and inflamed, making the rosacea worse,” says Patel. “Harsh exfoliating cleansers with microbeads and acids can also make the skin more inflamed and red, but Azelaic acid is an ingredient in prescription medications that is helpful to calm down rosacea. This is also found in Visha Skincare Mommy Brightener Serum, $65.”

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