How Should I Treat Highly Sensitive Rosacea Skin?
This is a question consistently asked of Dr. Bailey on both her blog and in her practice. Beyond the conspicuous signs of rosacea, this skin condition can cause physical discomfort, especially in conjunction with products containing various irritants. Dr. Bailey addresses which products to typically avoid when battling rosacea in her 5-part rosacea series:
Most acne products, anti-aging products and alcohol-containing products are irritating. Some botanical products, such as those with tea tree oil or rosemary, may also irritate sensitive rosacea skin. Having rosacea doesn’t mean you can’t ever use these types of products; it just means that you have to “sneak up” on your skin with them; only using them when your rosacea is controlled, choosing lower strengths and less frequent applications. The minute your skin starts to flare up, you have to stop using anything even slightly irritating and go back to gentle, rosacea-healing skin care until your skin calms down again.
However, your highly sensitive skin may not be due to rosacea, but a confounding factor according to Dr. Bailey in her post: How to Treat Highly Sensitive Skin From Rosacea. The confounding factors range from contact dermatitis with a remote product to demodex mite inflammation. It is important to work with your dermatologist to identify the true cause of your highly sensitive rosacea skin that is having trouble handling non-irritating products.
If all confounding factors are ruled out, Dr. Bailey recommends a “rosacea cool-down” routine with products that are hypoallergenic and very gentle to treat highly sensitive rosacea skin.
What products are part of a cool-down regimen to treat highly sensitive rosacea?
Dr. Bailey incorporates a gentle cleanser, Toleriane cleanser with a nonirritating cream that helps with redness reduction, and Replenix CF cream. Also some medical treatments may be necessary, depending on the level of inflammation, which include the use of antibiotics or cortisone creams. For more detailed list of products and treatment instructions please read Dr. Bailey’s informative blog post.
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