Rosacea patients often must take special precautions in caring for their sensitive skin. Here are some tips for healthier looking skin recommended by physicians.
- Avoid beauty and skin-care products that sting, burn or itch. Read product labels to avoid ingredients that may irritate your individual condition.
- Minimize exposure to the sun. Sun exposure is a common rosacea trigger, and can also damage the skin, accelerate the aging process and lead to skin cancer. It is therefore important to limit time in the sun and to use sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher year-round. Wraparound sunglasses with UV protection minimize the sun's effect on your eyes.
- Drink plenty of water. This will keep skin cells plump, helping to fend off fine wrinkles and assist in flushing out toxins.
- Cleanse with lukewarm water. Hot baths and showers have been reported to cause flushing and trigger flare-ups. Many rosacea patients find that a cold shower after exercise or being in the sun reduces flare-ups.
- Stick with your medical therapy. Be sure to use your medication as prescribed by your doctor to avoid flare-ups of signs and symptoms.