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Suffer from rosacea? What causes the skin condition – and 7 products to treat it

If you suffer from rosacea, then you will know its perils well.

It’s a skin condition that mainly affects the face and includes symptoms of redness across the nose, cheeks, forehead and chin, small red bumps or pus-filled pimples, visible blood vessels and a burning or stinging sensation.

One in 10 people suffer from rosacea (pronounced roh-zay-sha) in the UK, according to the NHS, and it’s thought to affect 415 million worldwide — although most people don’t know they’ve got it, say the National Rosacea Society (NRS).

It is more common in women than men and it can develop in lots of different ways, typically beginning any time after the age of 30.

On Google Trends, searches for ‘how to manage rosacea’ are up 950% year-on-year and LookFantastic’s Skinfluencer report at the end of 2021 revealed that rosacea is now the UK’s biggest skin concern with around 90,500 searches for it each month.

Symptoms of rosacea include redness, spots and a burning sensation (Picture: Getty Images/iStockphoto)

And it doesn’t just cause physical discomfort. In surveys done by the NRS, nearly 90% of rosacea patients said the condition had lowered their self-confidence and self-esteem, and 41% reported it had caused them to avoid public contact or cancel social engagements.

So why the increase? The pandemic may be to blame, as masks can cause rosacea to flare up as they irritate the skin and there was the added stress and increased alcohol consumption for many, which are triggers.

‘In rosacea the vessels of the facial skin are hyper-reactive, especially in response to factors which raise core body temperature, bringing more blood to the surface of the skin,’ explains consultant dermatologist Dr Sharon Wong.

‘There are different variants of rosacea with the most common being acne/papulopustular (red pimples and spots), vascular/erythematotelangiectatic (facial redness and flushing), ocular (gritty and sensitive eyes) and phymatous (swelling and enlargement of the nose).

Wearing a mask can be a trigger for rosacea flare-ups (Picture: Getty Images/iStockphoto)

‘This means it can be commonly mistaken for other skin conditions like acne and allergies. To add to the complexity, more than one variant can exist in the same person or, not uncommonly, some people have both rosacea and eczema.’

While it’s not known what causes rosacea, there are some key triggers which can make symptoms worse. These include alcohol, spicy foods and cheese, while stress, UV exposure and aerobic exercise can also contribute.

‘Rosacea could be caused by an overactive immune system, environmental factors and it can be hereditary,’ says Dr Wong.

‘Or it could be a combination of all of these. Where possible, avoid direct sunlight during peak hours 11am-3pm and try to avoid big swings in temperature on the skin, i.e. going indoors from the cold by covering the lower facial skin with a scarf while outside.

‘Similarly, avoid showering or washing your face with water that is too hot or too cold. Certain alcoholic beverages seem to aggravate rosacea more than others – wines (especially red) – and consider stress and anxiety management, which may vary from mindfulness to talking therapies and medication.’

Oxygenetix Oxygenating Foundation

Foundation with added healing properties

Originally developed to heal skin after cosmetic procedures, Oxygenetix Oxygenating Foundation is aloe vera-based and contains grape seed extract, green tea and hyaluronic acid to soothe, heal and replenish.

Buy for £31.50 from Skin City.

Esse Probiotic Serum

Full of probiotics which helps to reduce skin inflammation

Esse Probiotic Serum is a live probiotic serum that contains 50 million live microbes per drop.

These work to improve barrier function, boost moisturise, maintain skin pH and reduce sensitivity and inflammation.

Buy for £100 from Esse Skincare.

Science of Skin Rescue No.1 cream

Helps improve appearance of scars as well as rosacea

Containing antioxidant green tea, anti-inflammatory magnolia bark and super-moisturising microalgae, Science of Skin Rescue No.1 cream can help to reduce redness and improve the appearance of rosacea and acne.

Buy for £18.99 from Science Of Skin.

BH Skin Cleansing Oil

Uses CBD to calm skin (Picture: Elif Kiran)

BH Skin CBD Skin Cleansing Oil is a combination of CBD to calm skin and decrease excess sebum production, prickly pear oil, which is hydrating and antibacterial and broccoli oil, which contains fatty acids to calm inflammation.

Buy for £30 from BH Skin.

Graham Naturals Rosacea Cream

Jojoba and sunflower seed oil help form a protective barrier

Graham Naturals Rosacea Cream is formulated with natural ingredients including colloidal oatmeal, sunflower seed oil, jojoba seed oil and vitamin C to provide a protective coat and improve the skin’s barrier function.

Buy for £18 from Beauty Naturals.

PCA Skin UK Dual Action Redness Relief

Helps to improve the skin’s barrier (Picture: PCA Skin)

PCA Skin UK Dual Action Redness Relief helps to improve the skin’s barrier function thanks to niacinamide (reduces water loss), inflacin (reduces inflammation) and bisabolol (comes from chamomile and calms and soothes the skin).

Buy for £105 from PCA Skin.

Katherine Daniels Treatment Boost for Rosacea and Sensitive Skin

Calms and soothes (Picture: Katherine Daniels)

Using the power of calcium rich red algae and plant stem cells, Katherine Daniels Treatment Boost for Rosacea and Sensitive Skin quickly calms and soothes skin.

Buy for £89 from Katherine Daniels.


Credit: Original article published here.

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