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How to: Get Rid of Rosacea

Thu, 26 July 2012 11:59AM

First up, a definition: rosacea is everything from a mild blushing on the cheeks to a red lumpy bumpiness on your chin and nose. The common link is an excess of redness in the skin – which is a sign of dilated blood vessels.

Rosacea is crazy common. Something like one in 20 people have it. And apparently it’s occurring more and more. While it used to be seen mostly among fair types, it’s now said to be spreading to skins of other backgrounds. What’s more, it’s no longer women in their 30s and older experiencing it (such as rosacea sufferer Cameron Diaz, below) – derms say that it’s affecting twentysomethings, too.

So, what to do? Follow this list for a start …

  • Here’s the frustrating thing: Skin experts still don’t know what the actual underlying cause of rosacea is. They can only speculate on what the triggers might be. And these vary from person to person. Some possible culprits: extreme temperatures, intense exercise, saunas and steam rooms, hot drinks, caffeine, alcohol, spicy food. Bananas and some cheese might also inflame rosacea-prone skin. So too could stress. Finding your particular trigger is all about a process of elimination – then avoiding said trigger as much as possible.
  • Don’t use skincare with active ingredients, like AHAs or vitamin A. The idea is to keep everything as simple as possible – look for cleansers and moisturisers formulated for sensitive skins. And have a calming cream or serum on hand for flare-ups – for example, Clinique Redness Solutions Urgent Relief Cream, $68, Clinique.
  • That’s not to say you can’t have fun with your skincare. You can still use products rich in moisturisers, anti-ageing peptides, and calming antioxidants like vitamin E and green tea. I have rosacea myself, and find that the more natural-skewed brands, such as L’Occitane and Origins, are great; while Olay has a good selection of peptide-powered products.
  • A great way to both sun-protect rosacea-riddled skin and camouflage redness is with mineral makeup. Any pure-mineral mix is great but a PRIMPED fave is Priori Coffeeberry Natureceuticals Natural Perfecting Minerals, $70, 1800 808 993, which has been clinically shown to reduce rosacea by 23%.
  • Consider seeing a derm, who could prescribe, say, azeleic acid and topical or oral antiobiotics. Laser and intense pulsed light (IPL) can also be used to blitz away excess redness in skin, although they tend to be temporary solutions only.
  • Be patient! If you’re taking good care of your skin (i.e, doing all the above), your rosacea will probably only last a couple of years.

Primpettes, do any of you have rosacea? And any advice you can share?

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  • Posted by: Alex // Thu, 26 July 2012 12:19pm

    Extreme temperature is my weakness! My whole nose turns bright red and it’s very uncomfortable! Definitely going to try out these tips

  • Posted by: Kristina // Thu, 26 July 2012 12:27pm

    I went to a chinese herbalist and apparently it’s all to do with your stomach and duestive system. What’s on the inside had a effect on skin. You are what you eat?

  • Posted by: Kristina // Thu, 26 July 2012 12:28pm

    I’ve been using jojoba oil from the jojoba company it’s great so far

  • Posted by: Elmo Enthusiast // Thu, 26 July 2012 12:48pm

    Definitely worth addressing digestion issues as naturopaths have discovered a link between them and rosacea (makes sense to me!). I think the Clinique Redness Solutions range is absolutely brilliant (I bought the Urgent Relief Cream a while ago – and got a GWP of mini’s of the rest of the range) and well worth the $. Skinceuticals Phyto Corrective Gel is also really good at calming and gently hydrating your skin (I’ve used it every day for over 3 years) – and a good vitamin c product used topically helps strengthen your skin against external aggressors. Also sunscreen is a must!

  • Posted by: Katrina Lawrence Devotee // Thu, 26 July 2012 01:19pm

    Hi ladies! I left out the digestion issue here as the derms I most recently spoke to about rosacea all said that although it was once thought that an imbalance of intestinal flora contributed to the condition, this has now been disproved. Nevertheless, it’s definitely worth investigating alternative medicine for extreme skin conditions so I’d love to hear how any of you who have done so have gone. Kat x

  • Posted by: Amanda // Thu, 26 July 2012 01:23pm

    I have rosacea on my cheeks, and after spending 12months as a vegetarian, I can tell you that meat caused it for me. When I gave meat up, I had lovely, even colour all over my face. However, friends, family & workmates constantly asked if I was sick.
    Small amounts of rosacea are okay! A little redness in your cheeks or nose is normal! If you are constantly red all over, maybe try someone about it. A naturopath perhaps? Until then, just embrace your rosacea as your natural blush :)

  • Posted by: Kristina // Thu, 26 July 2012 01:55pm

    http://www.mvorganics.com.au – Rosie H.W favourite.
    http://www.thejojobacompany.com.au
    Some products have natural aha

    Apparently I need to go gluten free especially in breads as my digestive system isn’t digesting properly thus redness/spots/uneven/broken cappilleries and uneven skintone. I look like I’m blushing. After a fee weeks of Chinese medicine it has reduce down. There is blushing time to time but not as serve as it was.

    I think if seeing a naturopath as well for other options – worth it? Anyone tried laser treatment? If so what were the results?

    Hope everyone here finds what their triggers are and finds solutions to help :)

  • Posted by: Kristina // Thu, 26 July 2012 01:56pm

    Excuse my long comments. I tend to go overboard.

  • Posted by: Kristina // Thu, 26 July 2012 02:22pm

    Hope everyone finds solution/s :)
    Been using jojoba oil – the jojoba company
    And MV organics – Rosie h.w favourite

  • Posted by: Kristina // Thu, 26 July 2012 02:24pm

    My long comment previously didn’t get through
    Apparently my duestive system isn’t digestiing food properly thus I need to go gluten free.
    No more nandos peri peri chips :(

  • Posted by: Michela // Fri, 27 July 2012 11:56am

    I think it’s worth noting that at the extreme end rosacea can be painful and disfiguring. I had a mild case come on in my 20’s but it turned into a nasty situation with boil-like wounds opening up on my face. It took a long time for this to be diagnosed as a variant of rosacea and I was put on a 6 mth course of Roaccutane. This is not a drug to be taken lightly but after that course I have mostly been in remission for 10 yrs or so. It’s never gone away and I’ll get the odd flair up, like a small area of persistent acne.

    Also, I have rosacea in my eyes. I have an ointment for when it gets bad. If you are a rosacea sufferer and find you are having any redness and soreness with your eyes, it’s worth mentioning to your optician!!

  • Posted by: Jacq // Mon, 30 July 2012 01:12pm

    My rosacea is mostly brought on by exercise and using products that contained chemicals. I would use products that claimed to be for sensitive skin and gentle but I would always end up looking like I had sunburn all over my face. This would happen too when I did exercise, even mild exercise gave me what my lovely girlfriends call “Red-head”. I started using oils on my face instead of chemicals. I wash and remove make-up with oil (sounds weird I know) and I use bio oil instead of moisturiser. I rarely get any pimples, if I do I can usually attribute it to stress and I don’t blush very often any more at all. Unless I get embarrassed and that can’t be helped of course!

  • Posted by: Lou // Wed, 1 August 2012 12:46pm

    Fashion write Maggie Alderson wrote a piece a few years ago re: some foot exercises her accupuncturist recommended for rosacea…Theory is that rosacea sufferers (including me!) have most of their body heat in their head, instead of being distributed evenly through the body… THE ANSWER: foot exercises, waggling them slowly up and down at the ankle for three minutes night and morning, to move the heat around the body. Maggie says “I feel stupid doing it, but it seems to help ”
    Better than antibiotics (which don’t work, by the way!). Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-1199484/How-waggling-feet-helped-red-face.html#ixzz22G5bZRNj

  • Posted by: Lisa-1294413802 Master Fan // Wed, 1 August 2012 02:51pm

    I have rosacea, have had since my 20s. It doesn’t go away. I didn’t know about the AHA avoidance tip – thanks. Shall give it a go.

  • Posted by: Michelle-1343378350 Devotee // Thu, 20 September 2012 12:33pm

    I have a male friend that is CONSTANTLY brick red in the face. But as a bloke he doesn’t care to figure out what’s causing it. I’d love to use him as a guinea pig and figure out what the issue is.

  • Posted by: MissJo // Mon, 19 November 2012 11:03am

    I live in a hot climate and it makes it so much worse. Thanks for the tips Kat and Elmo re the Clinique redness range – it’s now on my radar!

  • Posted by: catn2kittens Master Fan // Sat, 8 December 2012 09:31pm

    I just assumed I was stuck with the redness on my nose, chin and cheeks, good to know there’s hope! I use a green concealer which really helps, I am careful not to put too much on or I can look ashy, a little is enough :)

  • Posted by: Bantam Master Fan // Sun, 9 December 2012 01:19am

    Yeah, it’s terrible. I use RHO, it’s great at hydrating and calming the skin.

  • Posted by: daylight dancer Master Fan // Fri, 15 February 2013 09:03pm

    My partners mother suffers from rosacea and im never sure what beauty products to buy her. This is a wonderful guide.

  • Posted by: Kristen // Tue, 30 April 2013 01:33am

    I am turning 24 next month and i have had a red face for since i can remember, my family says i had it as a young child. All i know is, i dont have to wear blush, as my face is so red. My checks all the way up to my forhead and nose is all red, i started to take this cream my doctor prescribed me and i am getting acne now and it has decresed a bit. I just found out why my face was so red, so i am just learning what the triggers are. the firt one i tried was alcohol and cuddling beside my boyfriend and both are triggers, my face gets so red and flushed it feels like i have a fever and thats what it feels like too. These tips will help a lot. Thanks for the great advice.

  • Posted by: eviee1 Enthusiast // Tue, 11 June 2013 05:30pm

    I have Rosacea and a sluggish digestive system, but am starting to eat healthier so will see if it helps along with the above steps :)

  • Posted by: Diane // Thu, 1 August 2013 04:33am

    I had Occular Rosacea so bad last summer I didn’t want to leave the house. Red, bumpy, lumps, dry flakey eyelids, the whole bit. Dr. had given me prescriptions that didn’t work. I got frustrated and starting doing internet searches. I found a website for Zenmed. I read the testimonials and they had a 60 day money back guarantee. It’s the best thing I ever did for myself! Within a month most of the Rosacea was gone. I use the products twice a day and haven’t had a flareup in over a year. It’s great stuff and really works.

  • Posted by: talkalot Master Fan // Thu, 7 August 2014 08:54am

    I don’t have rosacea, I know of several people that do.

  • Posted by: pam // Sat, 8 November 2014 07:36pm

    I’ve been reading a lot about Rosacea but recently my skin has been getting more red,only on my cheeks and small pimples that are itchy.the skin on my cheeks have become dry and using make-up has become more difficult to use.I need help on wat face wash to use and I was wondering if bio-oil will help repair my skin. Thanks

  • Posted by: pam // Sat, 8 November 2014 07:38pm

    Need help for dry rosacea skin.I can’t even use my normal make-up anymore

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