Do you suffer from rosacea, oily skin, and blackheads?
If so, have you found the very products that treat your oily skin and blackheads aggravate your rosacea?
Do you feel there is no solution to this problem?
The Rosacea and Oily Skin Care Conundrum
The questions above embody the rosacea and oily skin care conundrum; there appears to be no method to treat both conditions without resulting in a breakout of rosacea or clogged pores. However, Dr. Cynthia Bailey has addressed how to solve this very issue in her post: Best Products for Rosacea, Oily Skin, and Blackheads. Dr. Bailey thoroughly describes the skin care steps she uses in her practice for rosacea and oily-skin types. Below is a brief outline of the general steps.
Skin Care Regimen for Rosacea and Oily-Skin Types
1. Begin with a “Rosacea Cool Down” - This will not worsen blackheads or clogged pores, but it will only treat your rosacea that is currently inflamed.
- Stop all irritating skin care products or procedures.
- Use soothing products that calm rosacea, including: Calming Zinc Soap (usually twice a day, but the small potential to dry some skin types may cause us to switch to only once a day, alternating with Toleriane Cleanser); Replenix Green Tea Antioxidant Skin Therapy – Replenix Power of Three Cream; or CF Creams (twice a day). Both are found in Dr. Bailey’s Facial Redness Relief Kits.
- If your rosacea is really flaring up, consult a dermatologist to determine if a prescription is necessary: Prescription Medicine and Cosmetic Procedures to Treat Rosacea
- Keep your skin hydrated with a soothing moisturizer, such as Daily Moisturizing Face Cream for Oily to Normal Skin, which is perfect for oily skin.
- Wear sunscreen to prevent further aggravation from the sun. Dr. Bailey recommends sunscreens with a mineral zinc oxide, one of her favorites is Citrix Sunscreen.
2. After your rosacea calms, next tackle your clogged pores and blackheads
- Best method: Clarisonic, a powerful sonic skin cleansing tool, which is usable on the nose and chin by most rosacea patients, where the skin is most oily. However, it is important to note that there is no guarantee that the rosacea-prone areas of the cheeks or forehead will react well to sonic cleansing, which is why it is always something we start slowly and carefully using the lowest settings with the Delicate Brush for extra-sensitive skin.
- For blackheads:
- Prescription tretinoin is Dr. Bailey’s first treatment choice when treating rosacea patients. However, it is tricky to use tretinoin with rosacea-prone skin but it is possible for certain areas of the face. Dr. Bailey details how to properly apply tretinoin in her blog post: How To Correctly Use Retin A for Acne and Anti-aging Skin Care. (It is a prescription, so its application needs to be supervised by an experienced treating physician.)
- Benzoyl peroxide is another option to get rid of blackheads in rosacea-prone skin. Some may find benzoyl peroxide even helps their rosacea, while others do not. Dr. Bailey uses her alcohol-free Benzoyl Peroxide Acne Treatment Cream 5%. This potentially irritating medicine is applied only to the blackhead-prone areas: nose, chin, and between the brows. This method is only a test since it may cause a rosacea flare-up, so start the application gingerly.
Even when you perfectly follow your skin care regimen, a rosacea flare-up is bound to occur. When this happens, Dr. Bailey ceases use of all harsh and irritating products (especially products to treat clogged pores and blackheads). Then she starts the “Rosacea Cool Down” process again. When the rosacea inflammatory phase calms, then she will recommend delicately resuming the blackhead and clogged-pore treatment. Essentially, a skin care routine for rosacea and oily-skin types will revolve in this alternating cycle.
If you want to read a more in-depth discussion of the rosacea and oily skin care conundrum, read Dr. Bailey’s original blog post here.
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Sincerely, Dr. Bailey Skin Care Team
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