New developments in skin care and cosmetics may increase the comfort of rosacea patients while laying a foundation for managing the condition as well as improving appearance, according to a presentation at the American Academy of Dermatology summer meeting.
Dr. Diane Berson, associate clinical professor of dermatology at Cornell University, said that the role of moisturizers and topical medication in the treatment of rosacea is being explored. One study suggested that patients may be able to use a thin layer of moisturizer in conjunction with their topical medication without compromising the efficacy of the medication.1 However, the use of topical therapy should take priority in the treatment of rosacea.
She also noted that sunscreen, always a critical component of rosacea skin care, now comes in formulations that may be more suitable for rosacea sufferers.
"Those who have red, inflamed skin from rosacea may do well with inorganic, physical sun-blocking agents such as zinc oxide and titanium oxide," Dr. Berson said. Whereas years ago this sort of sun block was thick and opaque, she pointed out that newer products have micro-fine particles that are smooth and light – making them non-greasy and cosmetically acceptable.
She further noted that new trends in cosmetics can help prevent irritation to sensitive skin. Dr. Berson recommended mineral makeup formulations containing silica and talc, which diminish the appearance of pores and fine lines on the face while also blocking UV rays. They also absorb oil, giving the skin a matte finish.
"Having a matte complexion is in," she said. "If you read any of the women's magazines, this is what's in now – partially because of the Internet. People are Skyping, they're online, and they don't want to look shiny and oily."
1. Del Rosso JQ, Lehman PA, Raney SG. Impact of order of application of moisturizers on percutaneous absorption kinetics. Cutis 2009;83:119-124.