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complexion perfection goals : what’s your skin type? (part 2)

if you visited the blog earlier in the month, you (hopefully) stuck around to read our post about determining your skin type and treating it right. our last post focused on acne prone skin and this week, we’re going to chat about rosacea.

when it comes to clients (and friends and family and colleagues), i find that many report that they have rosacea. when i ask why they think they have rosacea, they say … well, my cheeks are always red. it’s true, rosacea is most commonly recognized by a constant flush  - usually in the cheeks and around the nose – but its also accompanied by other symptoms (see below). i actually think that rosacea is one of the most “mis-diagnosed” or “self-diagnosed” skin issues. while it’s great to think about your skin type and educate yourself, self-diagnosing can often lead to treating your skin all wrong. if you think you have rosacea, check in with your dermatolgist for a proper assessment and then prepare a suitable skincare regimen.

rosacea does resemble a sunburn with a persistent redness through the central area of the face, but it is also accompanied by swollen red bumps, dry skin, and for some, an enlarged nose as rosacea can thicken the skin around the nose area. in addition, rosacea will be more blotchy in appearance than say and even redness.

rosacea is often “triggered” by simple everyday things like the sun, your diet, stress, or changes in temperature. sometimes it might be caused by the use of prescribed drugs or previous skin treatments.

when it comes to treating your rosacea, being aware of and avoiding your triggers is the first step. your skin specialists or medical professionals might advise to stay away from spicy foods and alcohol which can prevent flare ups.

while your dermatologist may recommend antibiotics or special acne medications, a proper routine at home can help alleviate painful rosacea and reduce the amount of flare-ups you have.

you will want to avoid harsh scrubbing which means for you exfoliating regularly or excessively is out of the question. touching and rubbing the face should be kept to a bare minimum – as in only when you cleanse and moisturize. your products should be free of alcohol and other skin irritants (sulfates, etc.) and therefore you should be looking and researching products made for gentle and sensitive skin. reading your labels is a must! lastly – it’s all about protection. sunscreen should be a daily part of your routine and in extreme weather, scarves and ski masks should be worn. remember, excessive temperatures is a major trigger.

if you’re planning to invest in new products, look for some of these key ingredients which are all helpful in calming and soothing rosacea : green tea, argan oil and licorice extract!

-s-

p.s. next week … we chat about allergy prone skin. stay posted!

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