Rosacea Skin Care Tips

Care & make-up tips for skin affected by rosacea

Skin Care

Try and keep cool in all seasons and especially in warmer climates.
Don’t overheat and try to avoid turning your central heating too high, hot baths, showers and saunas.
Use gentle, non-soap emollient washes for your face (emollients should be used as preparations to help soften the skin).
Don’t wash your face with soap, astringent (harsh) cleansers or use make-up remover wipes.
Use light, non-greasy facial moisturisers and products to soothe stinging and burning skin.
Don’t use mineral oil-based facial products or cosmetics.
Do protect your face from the sun all year round and use sunscreens with 25 SPF. On summer days, and on holiday, wear a wide brimmed hat and seek shade between 12noon and 3pm, typically the hottest part of the day.
Don’t expose your face directly to the sun if you can help it. Too much sunlight may damage the delicate skin on your face.
Don’t use topical steroids on your face, as these may be too harsh for delicate skin areas such as around the eyes.
Don’t rely on your concealer alone, as these only cover up the condition and do not treat.

By JULIE VAN ONSELEN Independent Dermatology Nurse and Educator

Make Up

Test products out before applying all over the skin by doing a 24hr patch test (usually done on the inside of your wrist) - It’s okay to try before you buy!
Use an oil-based cleanser twice a day. This makes the most of the “good oils” in the product to get rid of the “bad oils”, dirt and make-up on your skin. This also helps avoid stripping away too much “good oil” which may cause skin irritation.
Use a serum that restores skin health and comfort, not just its appearance
Use a highlighter (a cream, gel or powder to emphasise a particular feature) to give your skin a natural glow, whatever skin type you have. Gently tap it on top of the cheeks, below the eyes. Don’t rub it into the skin.
Protect your skin from the sun and harsh environments by wearing sunscreen every day. This helps to create a protective barrier on your skin.
Use mineral-based make-up developed for sensitive skin, and blend with a mineral brush in a small circular motion.
Avoid using make-up with pore-clogging ingredients, such as mineral oil.
Learn how to create a natural, flawless base by cleverly layering products, such as mineral-based powder and using a good concealer, but only in areas that need that extra bit of coverage, for example under the eyes. This will help avoid the camouflaged “mask” look that foundations sometimes create.
Never use soap as a facial cleanser or over-cleanse your face - this will strip your skin of the natural oils, which are essential to help heal and protect.

By DANI GUINSBERG Make-up artist and CEO, Creative Director and Founder of The Session School

Please also check how SEQuaderma Redness Prone Skin can further help you take care of your skin affected by rosacea.