Rosacea Skin Care Best Practices
A large part of managing dermatologic conditions is knowing how to properly care for your skin to mitigate the symptoms. The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) has produced a series of educational videos outlining do’s and don’ts for patients with various dermatology indications. Of these conditions, rosacea is one that affects more than 16 million people in America. This is a huge area of focus for Catawba Research, and seeing that we have several active rosacea clinical trials, we wanted to shine a spotlight on the AAD’s educational rosacea video.
Rosacea Symptom Monitoring
Early on, rosacea manifests itself as a tendency to visibly flush or blush more than other people, particularly on the face. Over time, the redness of the skin may become more permanent. The AAD explains that it is important to monitor the symptoms and learn what causes your skin to redden. For many people, dietary elements like spicy foods, hot drinks, caffeine, or red wine can exacerbate the condition. Therefore, doctors recommend keeping a journal to pinpoint what factors worsen your symptoms.
Protecting Your Skin With Rosacea
Another important consideration when you have rosacea is protecting your skin. The experts at the AAD recommend protecting your skin from very hot or cold temperatures, as this can cause symptoms to worsen. Additionally, environmental factors including the wind can contribute to reddening, so when you’re faced with a cold environment, be sure to bundle up with a scarf or other protective layers. However, be careful to avoid wool or other fabrics that are rough to the touch. Additionally, sun exposure can cause rosacea to flare, so it is very important to wear sunscreen whenever heading outside. This sunscreen should at least be SPF 30+, and be sure to select a brand that contains zinc oxide, titanium dioxide, or silicon, as these ingredients are least irritating to the skin.
Develop A Rosacea Skin Care Routine
The AAD video also explains the importance of establishing a proper skin care regimen for rosacea. Best practice is to develop a routine, yet keep it simple without too many products or harsh chemicals. Avoid rubbing or massaging your face too vigorously, and be careful to avoid getting hairspray or other chemicals on your face. The AAD experts conclude by explaining that when rosacea first develops, it is easier to treat and may even come and go on its own. Therefore, be diligent about monitoring what factors trigger your rosacea to flare and make smart lifestyle choices to manage your symptoms accordingly.
To learn more about Catawba’s rosacea clinical research services, contact us.