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Self Care

Rosacea is a sensitive skin condition that requires daily self-care to prevent and manage flare-ups. Read our guide with helpful tips on what you should do and avoid.

Self Care

Rosacea Self Care

Rosacea is a benign but chronic condition.

The progression to severe skin changes, such as rhinophyma, is uncommon (especially in women) and can be reduced with early treatment, but intermittent flare-ups may occur.

It takes at least eight weeks for the effects of treatment to become evident.

Some treatments work specifically to reduce the redness associated with rosacea.

Self-care advice

Epidermal skin barrier dysfunction has been recognised in rosacea.

A proper and daily skin care regimen is essential.

Apply high-factor sunscreen (minimum SPF 30).

Avoid trigger factors.

Choose fragrance-free products.

Triggers for irritation include skincare with the follwing ingredients:

  • Alcohol-based (66 per cent)

  • Witch hazel (30 per cent)

  • Fragrance (30 per cent)

  • Menthol (21 per cent)

  • Peppermint (14 per cent)

  • Eucalyptus oil (13 per cent)

It is important if you have Rosacea to avoid astringents or exfoliating agents.

Treatment sequence

Cleanse skin.

Allow skin to dry – this may take up to 30 minutes!

Apply your topical product/medication.

Wait 10 minutes before using moisturiser and sunscreen.

Managing the skin

  • Treat the skin the skin gently.

  • Avoid multiple products.

  • Avoid flannels and sponges.

  • Clean hands before applying cleansers etc., to remove oils and bacteria.

  • Use antibacterial brushes rather than fingers. 

  • Fingers can add oil to the skin and contain bacteria.

  • Test the product first on the forearm or neck before using it on the face.

  • Use a green-tinted base – masks redness.

  • Use mineral powder makeup.

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