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Top tips to help reduce rosacea

Rosacea is a skin condition which displays as persistent redness on the face including your nose. These often occur in ‘flare ups’ that come and go. It may be that you have raised, itchy bumps or pustules and broken capillaries too with sensitivity to skincare products another side effect. If rosacea is ‘literally’ leaving you red in the face, it’s time to try these tips for yourself.

Keep calm

If you’re hot or stressed, likely this will show in your face and flare-ups will get worse. Simple things such as opening a window to get some cool air, using a cold compress to bring your temperature down or just trying to remain calm (understand this is sometimes easier said than done), will help to make it much less noticeable. Out of all my steps to reducing rosacea, if you can get a handle on this one, it should really help.

Understand the triggers that cause flare-ups

Many have ‘triggers’ that can lead to flare-ups. For me, it’s mainly alcohol and cheese – two of my favourite things – typical! I notice if I eat/ drink a lot of these things I’m unusually flushed, and sometimes it takes hours or even a day or two to go down. Alcohol constricts the capillaries in your face and can cause flushing even in those without rosacea, so do try to go easy on the cocktails where possible. If you think something is a trigger, try cutting it out from your diet completely for a few days and then watch how your skin reacts, then slowly reintroduce it. Sometimes, you can get away with eating small quantities of the food!

Say no to spicy foods

Spicy foods could be triggering your rosacea. Try to limit your intake of these foods or cut them out completely and see if you notice a difference in your skin. Cheese is another one to avoid.

Easy on the makeup

This is a double-edged sword because although heavy foundation can hide rosacea and acne, you know it’s not good for your skin. A light layer of foundation just blended in the areas where you need redness coverage, and a little concealer are your best bet. If you’re working to heal your skin in other ways, you should find you can wear less makeup most days, and you might even feel confident enough to go without altogether – wouldn’t that be fantastic!

IPL Treatment

IPL is a fantastic treatment that can really help to combat the redness caused by rosacea. IPL vascular lesion treatment will target broken capillaries helping to reduce the redness and even out skin tone. You can read more about IPL here.

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