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Managing Rosacea: Tips to Soothe and Improve Your Skin (Part 2 of 3)

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Earlier this month, we discussed three ways to reduce potential skin irritation when dealing with rosacea. Everything from food to stress can impact your skin’s sensitivity, and skincare products are no exception. Medical grade skincare that is designed to soothe redness, calm inflammation, and strengthen your moisture barrier can make a substantial difference in your skin’s health. Read on to learn how to select the best cleanser, serum, and moisturizer for your skin.

Invest in a Gentle Cleanser

According to a survey conducted by the National Rosacea Society, “41 percent [of the people asked] reported that certain skin-care products aggravated their condition, and 27 percent said certain cosmetics also caused rosacea flare-ups.” Everything that comes in contact with your skin contains a potential irritant, especially soap. Through trial and error, you’ll learn which products elicit a negative response from your skin, but you can shortcut the learning process by choosing a pH-balanced cleanser made for sensitive skin. Foaming cleansers may be fun, but they can be too harsh for people with rosacea, so opt for something non-foaming that is also rich in fatty acids, like Epionce’s Milky Lotion Cleanser. It removes dirt and impurities while calming redness and improving skin texture.

Choose Products with Azelaic Acid

While you’ve probably heard of salicylic acid, glycolic acid, and a myriad of other texture-improving acids, azelaic acid may be completely new to you. When applied topically, azelaic acid heals blemishes and has anti-inflammatory effects. It can be used as a standalone product when prescribed by a dermatologist, or it can be incorporated into a multipurpose serum with hydrating extracts and moisturizing natural oils.  Epionce’s Lite Lytic TX serum contains azelaic acid and is used after cleansing and before applying moisturizer. Although it is a targeted serum that reduces redness, it is far more gentle than most AHAs and will improve the texture of your skin in the process. 

Moisturize As Needed

We regularly sing the praises of hydration, and moisturizer is one item that benefits all skin types. Skin that is inflamed due to rosacea often has a compromised moisture barrier. In short, your skin loses more water than healthy skin. Transepidermal water loss, or TEWL, occurs when the moisture barrier isn’t functioning correctly. This makes your skin more susceptible to irritants and potential damage. Using a properly formulated medical grade moisturizer can help prevent impurities from making your skin even worse. If your moisturizer irritates your skin, you may benefit from using a combination moisturizer and sunscreen. These tend to be tolerated better without causing skin sensitivity or aggravation. Note: If you’re using a topical medication to treat rosacea, make sure you allow it to dry completely before applying moisturizer.

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Reflect’s team of aesthetic industry experts will continue to bring you the most current information regarding skincare. In our next article, we’ll give you tips for shaving and sun care, and we’ll also talk about the benefits of intense pulsed light. Until then, please let us know if you need help selecting the appropriate products for your skin. Our skincare quiz is short, but it will help determine a path for your skin’s improvement. And, as always, reach out to us if you have questions. We’re always happy to help.

To managing rosacea,

 

Team Reflect

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