5 Tips to Reduce Rosacea Flare-Ups
Do you often look like you are blushing even though you are not? If your skin looks flushed regularly, you might be one of the 14 million Americans living with rosacea. Join us as we dive into the top tips from MintPear’s Co-Founder and Master Esthetician Rita Almusa to reduce rosacea flare-ups.
What is Rosacea?
Rosacea is a skin condition that includes flushing of the skin where blood vessels become visible on your face. In addition, often rosacea can also manifest as puss-filled bumps that resemble acne. Most commonly, rosacea is present on your cheeks, forehead, chin, and nose. However, it can also be found on other body parts, including the chest, neck, head, and ears.
What Causes Rosacea?
Unfortunately, doctors cannot pinpoint exactly what causes rosacea, but here are a few of their theories.
If rosacea runs in your family, you have a higher probability of developing this skin condition.
Overactive Immune Response
An overactive immune response can happen with those living with rosacea when they are stressed, eat the wrong foods, or are out in the elements.
Yes, you read that correctly. Skin mites can also be the culprit of rosacea as they thrive on bacteria in the skin. Unfortunately, some mites respond to topical treatment, while others do not.
Too much sunlight or cold temperatures can increase your rosacea as they often trigger an immune response.
Is There a Cure for Rosacea?
Although rosacea can’t be cured, it is possible to go into remission with treatment. However, flare-ups can still occur even if your rosacea is in remission.
Rita’s Top Tips to Reduce Rosacea Flare-Ups
Cleanse with Lukewarm Water
Cleansing your skin with really cold or hot water can inflame your rosacea as it might non-intentionally trigger an immune response. On the other hand, lukewarm water is ideal for keeping your skin happy.
Check Product Ingredients
It is vital to read the product labels of your skincare products to make sure there are no ingredients that might initiate a flare-up. For example, harsh alcohols, fragrances, and dyes can irritate skin with rosacea and cause the skin to become inflamed.
Not only does rosacea react to what you put on your skin, but also to what you consume. Let’s discuss a few items that have been known to trigger flare-ups and the onset of this skin condition.
Sulfites are chemicals used as preservatives in food and beverages. Their purpose is to delay the discoloration of consumable items while being prepared, stored for use, or waiting for distribution.
Alcohol consumption, especially the consumption of red wine, has been shown to increase flare-ups. This is partly due to how alcohol can widen the blood vessels, allowing for greater blood flow. In addition, some wines also contain sulfites, so it is best to do a little research before pouring your next glass.
We do not recommend eating a diet of bland foods (because life is too short!), but if you like to dial up the spice level in your dishes, you might want to note our next little tip. Peppers and chilis also dilate blood vessels which cause an influx in blood flow. This influx of blood flow can heighten the symptoms of rosacea.
Protection from the Elements
As we discussed washing your face in either too hot or cold water can cause an overactive immune response, the same pertains to the weather. We all know that sunburns aren’t good for anyone, but prolonged sun exposure can negatively impact people with this skin condition. Skin Expert Rita Almusa shared, “If you are going to be in the sun, make sure to use a gentle sunscreen and wear a hat if you can.”
Similar to prolonged exposure to heat, the same goes for being out in colder temperatures. “If you’re going out in the cold, make sure that you always cover your face with a scarf or other material to protect your skin to reduce flare-ups,” said Rita.
LED Light Therapy
LED Light Therapy has been shown to calm the symptoms of rosacea. In addition, this type of therapy can reduce the pain and redness associated with this skin condition. The exciting part is that it no longer only has to be done at the spa but now LED Light Therapy treatments can be done at home. Watch MintPear’s Master Esthetician Rita Almusa as she shares how LED Light Therapy can help your skin.
Rita’s Rosacea Calming Product Recommendations
|Collagen Serum- Regenerate & Restore|
Our Collagen Serum increases collagen synthesis which helps to replenish collagen lost beginning at age 20. This influx in collagen creation helps to aid in the healing of the skin which is imperative to those suffering from rosacea. Visit our Collagen Serum Guide for more information.
“Many of my clients have raved about using this serum and how it helped to calm their rosacea and eczema.” -MintPear’s Master Esthetician Rita Alumsa
|GLOW Rosewater+ Aloe Vera Facial Toner|
Since Rose Water has anti-inflammatory properties, it can aid in reducing the redness of irritated skin, and diminish rosacea, acne, dermatitis, and eczema. The fantastic benefits from Aloe Vera and Rosewater make our Glow Facial Toner ideal for all skin types, but especially sensitive skin due to its calming properties.
The Bottom Line
Although this skin condition can’t be cured completely, you can manage your symptoms with a bit of effort. By following these tips, you can reduce rosacea flare-ups to help your skin feel better and calm the redness associated with rosacea.