Rosacea has come out of the closet!
If you have rosacea, you’re in good company. More than 16 million people in the United States have rosacea. Worldwide, an estimated 48 million people have it.
That means, of course, that famous people have rosacea too. A rosacea flare up can be embarrassing, but it hasn’t stopped celebrities from putting their rosacea-prone faces in front of the camera, and I think that’s fantastic. I’m sure they get frustrated by their skin, but judging by some of their careers, rosacea hasn’t stopped them. Famous people with rosacea include:
- Bill Clinton
- Cameron Diaz
- Princess Diana
- Rosie O’Donnell
- Mariah Carey
What’s new is that celebrities are talking about their rosacea, including Emmy Award-winning Actress Cynthia Nixon from Sex and the City. She just created a really great series of rosacea public service announcements that you’re bound to see. They are informative, really well done, and worth a look. Click here to take a peek, then come back and I’ll tell you what advice I give to my dermatology patients with rosacea.
Don’t let rosacea stop you. Learn how to manage your rosacea – control it instead of letting it control you. It is a 3 step process:
- Find the best skin care routine for your rosacea-prone skin.
- Figure out your rosacea triggers and avoid them.
- See a dermatologist for treatment, if you can’t control your rosacea on your own.
In my dermatology practice I help a lot of people manage their their rosacea. I even have mild rosacea myself and so I get to experience its capricious and inconvenient nature on my own face. I’ve written a number of self-care articles that outline what I’ve learned over the years from my patients’ experience and my personal awareness, and I’ve got a few uncommon “tricks up my sleeve.” This information can help you with your rosacea.
Dermatologist’s rosacea advice and information
Read my Rosacea Article Series. My in-depth rosacea series starts with the article titled What is Rosacea?. The various articles cover rosacea symptoms, trigger factors, the rosacea skin care routine I recommend for my patients, natural treatments, and prescription treatments for rosacea.
Learn about mites. If you have rosacea you may well have a robust population of demodex mites in your pores and they may play a role in your rosacea. Yup, mites! They’re normal, but you can have a few or a lot. In rosacea there’s often quite a crowd of them. Read about it in my post titled Rosacea New Treatment Ideas and Scientific Developments.
Tackle the rosacea holy grail. The combination of rosacea, oily skin, and clogged pores is common and very tricky to treat. I have a very detailed post on how I approach it. You’ll see some advice that isn’t found elsewhere and it works; I use it all the time in my practice with great results but, it’s not for everyone with rosacea. The post is titled Best Products for Rosacea, Oily Skin and Blackheads.
The best skin care routine for my rosacea patients
Your skin care routine is a make-it-or-break-it habit for your rosacea, which is why I’m very particular about the products I recommend. The skin care routine that I use for almost all my rosacea patients includes specific products for these key steps in your skin care routine:
- Cleansing: It’s important not to overly dry or irritate your skin with cleansers.
- Treatment: It’s important to use a product that can sooth inflammation and I’ve seen the best results with the combo of high-concentration green tea and caffeine.
- Hydration: Dry and irritated skin is prone to rosacea flare ups, so finding the right face cream is important.
- Sun protection: Sun exposure flares rosacea for many people, but sunscreens can be irritating, so I recommend wearing non-irritating mineral zinc oxide sunscreen everyday.
- Makeup: Flare ups of rosacea can be covered, but you need a makeup that’s not irritating, which is why mineral makeup is the best for rosacea.
Click the links below for more information on the specific products I recommend:
Wash twice a day with one of the following cleansers and your finger tips:
Toleriane Dermo-Cleanser is a soap-less, lipid-free synthetic cleanser and the most calming cleanser I’ve ever found for rosacea. Calming Zinc ® Soap is a medicated, but naturally-made and extremely gentle, glycerin-rich soap fortified with the highest amount of pyrithione zinc to help reduce the population of pityrosporum yeast on your skin. This yeast often overgrows the pores of people with rosacea and I’ve found that treating it helps to gain control of rosacea.
Most rosacea patients need to have both of these cleansers because the medicine in the Calming Zinc Soap can be drying. I have my patients start using the Calming Zinc just once a day in the evening and wash with the Toleriane Dermo-Cleanser in the morning.
2. Treatment to sooth inflammation
Replenix CF Cream and Green Tea Antioxidant Skin Therapy – Replenix Power of Three Cream work equally well and are the absolute best anti-inflammatory/antioxidant treatment for rosacea-prone skin that I’ve ever seen. They contain an extremely high concentration of green tea antioxidants together with caffeine and I’ve found this to be the magic combo for rosacea control.
I have my patients apply one of these two products twice a day immediately after washing.
Replenix plus Calming Zinc Soap are the two most effective skin care steps I’ve found for rosacea and that’s why I’ve put them together in my Facial Redness Relief Kits.
3. Skin Hydration
Just about everyone with rosacea needs a soothing, bland face cream to maintain the right amount of skin moisture. Rosacea acts up when your skin gets dry or irritated and you need to prevent that by using a moisturizer. Pick your moisturizer based on your skin type and apply it after your Replenix. Products that work well with the Replenix are:
4. Mineral zinc oxide sunscreen needs to be worn everyday
The sun causes rosacea-prone skin to act up, so sun protection is a key step in controlling your rosacea. Mineral zinc oxide products are the best sunscreen for rosacea because they work so well and are non-irritating. Pick your product based on your product preference and skin type:
5. Mineral Makeup gives you great coverage without risking skin irritation
Whether your skin care routine includes makeup every day or whether you just need makeup to cover the occasional rosacea redness, mineral makeup is the best makeup for rosacea-prone skin. Not all mineral makeup covers well though, but mine does. Pick your product based on your skin type:
Remember, if you can’t control your rosacea by avoiding trigger factors and using the right skin care products then it’s time to see a dermatologist. There are topical and oral medicines that a dermatologist can prescribe or you. In my practice these fit nicely into this skin care routine and they help provide relief from this capricious, but common facial skin rash.