This guide offers information and advice on rosacea. We understand what rosacea is and look at the common triggers of the skin condition. We also offer advice on how to control your rosacea and recommend our best natural rosacea skin care products to soothe and hydrate sensitive skin.
Skin care & sunscreen for rosacea
We understand that your skin is delicate and may react to skin care products easily. We offer a range of neutral, scent-free products which are very gentle - ideal for skin that is prone to rosacea.
Made with pure plant extracts to soothe, moisturise and nurture, our Sensitive range helps to bring your skin into balance and restore its natural barriers. We also have a scent-free sun cream for rosacea.
Dryness and irritation is linked with low levels of Squalene, your skin's natural moisturiser. Our Sensitive range helps to increase these levels, promoting soft, healthy skin.
We do not use harsh ingredients such as artificial fragrances, alcohol (ethyl alcohol/ethanol) or SLS, nor any other questionable chemicals such as parabens, phthalates or methylisothiazolinone.
What is rosacea?
Rosacea is a common chronic skin condition often mistaken for acne or sunburn. The face becomes flushed due to dilation of small blood vessels close to the surface. It is often accompanied with severe dryness and irritation around the chin, cheeks, nose and forehead.
Rosacea is characterised by redness and inflammation in the skin accompanied by spots on the skin and, in the condition’s later stages, irritation of the eyes and swelling of the nose (rhinophyma), which is more common in men although the condition itself is more common in women.
In its early stages rosacea appears as flushed cheeks and slight redness, and can easily be mistaken for simple blushing. Later it progresses to persistent redness, then to noticeable pimples and papules, which can look a lot like an acne outbreak - treating it as one however can do more harm than good, as many acne skin care products contain harsh ingredients which may aggravate the skin.
What are the symptoms of rosacea?
- Episodes of flushing
- Burning and stinging sensations
- Permanent redness
- Spots (papules and pustules)
- Small blood vessels in the skin becoming visible
What causes rosacea?
Whilst the exact cause of rosacea is unknown there are several triggers which have been known to make the condition worse.
Rather than just coming and going on its own, rosacea is triggered by environmental factors, the most common being exposure to strong sunlight. A sunscreen that contains Zinc oxide or Titanium dioxide to reflect sunlight, rather than absorbing UV radiation with chemicals like salicylates and benzophenones is essential for many rosacea sufferers.
" Rosacea is triggered by environmental factors, the most common being exposure to strong sunlight. "
Finding out what triggers your rosacea is a significant step to preventing it from recurring.
The most common triggers of rosacea include:
- exposure to sunlight
- certain chemical ingredients in skin care products
- cold weather (wind)
- certain medications
- hot drinks
- alcohol and caffeine
- eating certain foods, such as spicy foods
Diet for rosacea
- Avoid steaming hot soup, coffee, alcohol, hot spices and spicy foods
- Other foods that often trigger flare-ups include cheese, sour cream, yoghurt, citrus fruits, liver, chocolate, vanilla, soy sauce, yeast extract, vinegar, aubergines, avocados, spinach, broad-leafed beans and pods, and foods high in histamine or niacin
Rosacea skin care tips
Many high-street cleansers and make-up removers contain harsh ingredients like alcohol (ethyl alcohol/ethanol), which can make the condition worse even if it isn't one of your triggers. Try switching to our range of gentle, unscented skin care products which don’t contain the chemical ingredients that can trigger or aggravate rosacea, allowing you to concentrate on removing the causes and preventing the symptoms from progressing.
Here are a few natural skin care tips for rosacea:
- Avoid hot water, hot tubs and saunas. These can bring on flushing and aggravate your condition
- Wear a natural sunscreen with an SPF15 year round and keep your face cool, if possible, by staying in an air-conditioned environment on hot, humid days. Otherwise sip cold drinks or suck ice cubes or spray your face with cool water or a rosewater-based toner
- In cold weather cover your cheeks and nose with a scarf
- Use a gentle, natural moisturiser during cold weather to protect against the drying effects of cold and wind
- Avoid rough wash cloths, brushes or sponges
- Begin each day with a thorough and gentle facial cleansing. Use a gentle cleanser that is not grainy or abrasive and spread it with your fingertips. Rinse your face with lukewarm water to remove dirt and any remaining cleanser and use a thick cotton towel to gently blot dry the face. Immediately follow with a scent-free moisturiser.
- Switch to a scent-free shampoo and conditioner that do not irritate when they come into contact with your skin
- Use natural, silicone-free make-up
Have you got a question about skin care for rosacea?
Our UK customer care team are happy to help you identify which of our natural skin care products might be suitable for your skin. Please call us on 01403 740350 or leave your comment or question below.