Beauty Dictionary: Rosacea
With new products, shades, tips, and tricks coming out every week, how are you supposed to keep up with all that's going on in the beauty world? We've got you covered. We've already broken down beauty terms like strobing, microdermabrasion, and multimasking. Up next, we're tackling a more serious skin woe and how to fix it. Get the scoop on rosacea and what you can do to treat this common skin concern.
The word: Rosacea
Also known as: excess redness, those splotches that make it look as though you're blushing (but you're totally not!)
What it means: Rosacea is so much more than just getting a little flushed at times. It's chronic reddening of the skin and its symptoms aren't limited to just redness on the cheeks, nose, chin or forehead. They can include:
- Small visible blood vessels on the face.
- Bumps or pimples on the face.
- Watery or irritated eyes.
The cause of rosacea is not known and there is no cure for the skin disorder, more than 16 million Americans have it—some who might not even know it! Although rosacea can effect people differently and can manifest with varying "severity" levels, there are a few things you can do topically to minimize its symptoms. Of course, it's best to consult your dermatologist before beginning a new skincare routine.
How to fight it:
A gentle cleanser is an absolute must. Opt for one designed for sensitive skin especially. (Fragrance-free is also a great choice if you can swing it.) This one is extremely mild and gentle on redness-prone skin.
A rich moisturizer is a top pick for those who suffer from rosacea. This formula contains redness-reducing green tea and shea butter as well as anti-inflammatory ingredient phytosphingosine.
More than anything, people prone to rosacea need to wear at least SPF 15 every. single. day. Not only is sun protection key, but it is essential in keeping red blood vessels close to the surface of the skin from reddening even more. This one from La Roche-Posay is lightweight for everyday use and yet is powerful to fully protect! See what Influensters are saying:
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