What is it? Mild symptoms include a persistent flush or blush, while more severe cases may result in acne or bumps and broken blood vessels.
- Find Your Triggers Classic ones include sun exposure, wind, heat, alcohol, stress and spicy food. These cause the blood vessels to dilate, causing a rosy flush.
- Gently Cleanse Wash once day (twice for oily skin) with gentle non-soap cleanser. Cream washes are good for dry skin and gels work for oily complexions. Avoid irritants such as alcohol, glycolic acid, isopropyl palmitate, propylene glycol, menthol, peppermint and eucalyptus oil. When cleansing, use your fingertips – not a washcloth or sponge – rubbing can be irritating.
- Exfoliate For mild rosacea, a product with beta-hydroxy acids may help smooth the roughness the condition can cause.
- Hydrate About half of all rosacea people experience dry skin, so after cleansing, use a moisturizer, which forms a barrier against environmental assaults that can lead to itching, stinging and flare-ups.