Rosacea Skin Care Tips to Beat the Summer Heat

Rosacea summer skin care tips

Trying to achieve the right rosacea skin care strategy to stop flare-ups is hard enough, as it is, without the added heat and humidity from the summer months to make the entire process more complicated.

When the mercury starts to rise, don’t let the color in your cheeks rise with it! Instead, use the right strategy to help you to enjoy the summer while keeping the redness, bumps, itchiness, heat, and other rosacea symptoms and discomforts at bay.

Check out the following rosacea skin care tips to keep cool, even when the weather is hot:

  • Keep out of direct sunlight – Exposure to UV rays and the heat that comes with them is one of the most common triggers for flare-ups among all rosacea sufferers. For that reason, stay out of sunlight as much as possible from 10am to 2pm (when the sun is at its hottest), wear a wide brimmed hat, and work on finding a sunscreen that is at least SPF 15 but that is gentle enough not to cause a skin reaction. Sit in the shade whenever possible, and use an umbrella to create your own, when there isn’t a big tree handy.
  • Exercise in the morning or evening – Exercise is important to your health, but the temperature combined with physical exertion can make it hard to stop your skin from flushing. If you need to, do several short routines, instead of one long one. Try to work out in the morning or evening, when the temperatures are cooler, or stick to an air conditioned exercise space.
  • Learn your triggers – Take note of the environmental and physical factors that are triggers for your flare-ups and avoid them. This potentially includes foods and topical products, as well as stress and lack of sleep, in addition to weather factors such as sun and wind. By avoiding them, your skin may not be as reactive to heat and humidity.
  • Keep cool – Wear lightweight, light colored, loose-fitting clothing, stay hydrated, chew on ice chips, or even wear a damp scarf or towel around your neck to keep your body temperature down. That way, the weather won’t have as much of an impact on you.
  • Avoid alcohol – It’s true that part of the fun of summer barbecues and parties is in the great cocktails that you get to enjoy, but they are some of the most common rosacea triggers among sufferers. Instead, consider trying a tasty mocktail from the National Rosacea Society (“Beat the Red with These Summer Mocktails”) that you’ll love, that won’t trigger redness, that will keep you hydrated and cool, and that may even help to reduce the risk of flare-ups through their carefully chosen ingredients.
  • Be consistent with rosacea treatments – Whether you are using a prescription medication, a natural rosacea treatment, or light therapy, keep up with what has been working for you on a very regular schedule, every day. One of the best rosacea skin care tips that you’ll ever learn is to discover what works and stick to it. That way, your skin will be less reactive and less likely to be affected by fluctuations in the weather.

Summertime can be a ton of fun, as long as you use the right rosacea skin care tips to keep the redness down. Then you can think about what truly matters: having a great time!

 

Rosacea Diagnosis: What’s Behind Your Rosy Cheeks?

rosy cheeks rosacea symptomsWhen you continually have a red face that looks as though you have a sunburn that won’t go away, you will likely start to wonder what’s going on with your complexion. This becomes more confusing when those rosy cheeks are accompanied by additional symptoms such as itching, burning, extreme dryness, or little pimples that resemble whiteheads.

Diagnosis of rosacea is becoming increasingly common, but as there is no specific test for this condition, doctors tend to rely on a physical exam of the skin, in combination with a history of your symptoms in order to reach a conclusion with regards to what is afflicting you.

For this reason, misdiagnosis of rosacea is common. It is often assumed to be a form of acne, eczema, psoriasis, or even lupus, as all of those conditions can present with similar types of symptoms. Therefore, if you have been showing symptoms of a red face that just don’t seem to be going away, it’s important that you do speak with your doctor and not simply assume that it is rosacea.

At the same time, this same issue works the other way. Many people with rosacea have been treating their skin for another condition following a misdiagnosis. This can cause symptoms to worsen, or it can allow the condition to progress because it is being improperly controlled.

Please note that this is not medical advice.  It is not meant as a recommendation.  It’s meant to help share information I’ve discovered over the years and that I thought you might find interesting and helpful.  Always talk to your doctor before making major dietary or health changes.

Make an appointment with a doctor

If you think that you may have rosacea because of symptoms of a red face, rosy cheeks, burning, little pimples, or any of the other symptoms of rosacea it is important to speak with a doctor. The diagnosis may be made by your regular physician, or you may need to see a dermatologist.

To prepare for your appointment, you may find that a diary of rosacea symptoms will be a helpful tool. If you record the symptoms that you experience over the days that precede the appointment, you’ll be able to show your doctor the times of day when you experience the most symptoms, the types of things you ate when symptoms occurred, the amount of sunlight to which you were exposed, exercise and physical exertion, and even the amount of stress that you were feeling. This can help to point to certain triggers, which is very helpful for both yourself and the doctor in making a diagnosis and in suggesting rosacea treatments that will work.

There aren’t any screening tools such as blood tests for rosacea, so the most important thing that you can do when you prepare for your first visit to the doctor’s office is to go with a clean and moisturized face. Don’t wear makeup. Observing your skin is one of the primary techniques that a doctor can use to help to decide whether or not your red face is caused by rosacea. If you cover it or change it with makeup, that could mislead your doctor.

At the dermatologist appointment

Your doctor or dermatologist will likely speak with you about your medical history. This may include questions about medical conditions, your skin care routine, mental health issues (as stress and anxiety can be some primary rosacea triggers), lifestyle (such as time spent outdoors in direct sunlight), whether or not your family has a history of rosy cheeks, and even about your menstrual cycle (if you are female, of course).

Some components of a physical exam may also be conducted in order to rule out other potential causes of the symptoms. This will mostly involve a careful skin examination during which the symptoms are carefully observed. At this time, you will likely be asked about other symptoms such as any pain, itching, burning, or stinging that you feel in the red parts of your face.

Receiving a rosacea diagnosis for your rosy cheeks and other symptoms

The actual diagnosis of rosacea should be relatively fast, easy, and painless. This will be even faster if you have taken note of your symptoms and potential triggers, in advance. The reason is that it will help your doctor to more quickly rule out other potential conditions that could be causing the symptoms.

An accurate rosacea diagnosis is key to being able to treat and overcome your red face symptoms and to reduce or eliminate the discomforts associated with this condition, such as burning and stinging. Beginning treatment early on is also important to helping to slow the progression of the condition. While not every rosacea sufferer’s symptoms will worsen over time, many people who have this skin disorder do find that it becomes more severe as the years pass.

Since there are many different components to a rosacea treatment, and it takes some trial and error to discover what will work for each specific individual, an early start is your best advantage. Some of the things that you should expect to have recommended to you include:

  • Dietary changes (to identify and avoid trigger foods and drinks)
  • Sun protection
  • Gentle skin care including proper cleansing and moisturizing
  • A topical product, such as a prescription medication or natural treatment.
  • An oral antibiotic (this is a common first effort to clear symptoms)
  • Avoiding excessive heat and steam (stoves, hot beverages, soups, saunas, hot tubs, etc)
  • Light therapy (LED, LLLT, Laser, etc)

Light therapy is a relatively new type of treatment for red face symptoms, but positive responses over the last decade to treatments involving red light or red combined with other colors of light, have made this a much more common practice. If your doctor or dermatologist does not bring up the topic among the initial forms of treatment for rosacea, don’t hesitate to bring up the subject in order to discuss whether or not it will be appropriate for you and your new skin care routine.

 

ProVent Rosacea Moisturizing Creme

Provent Rosacea Moisturizing CremeProduct Name: Rosacea Moisturizing Creme

Brand/Manufacturer: ProVent

Green/Natural ingredients: Yes and No

Did I buy it more than once?: No

How long did 1 purchase last?: Just over 2 months.

Where to Get ProVent Rosacea Moisturizing Creme

Flag-Canada Canada: ProVent Rosacea Moisturizing Creme at Amazon.ca
Flag-USA USA: ProVent Rosacea Moisturizing Creme at Amazon.com

What does it claim to provide?

A topical formula in the form of a cream that is rapidly absorbed by the skin. It is meant to provide nourishment to the skin to reduce the look of redness, facial rashes, dry skin, damage from the sun and age spots.  It’s non-greasy, does not contain artificial fragrances or artificial dyes.

My Review of this Rosacea Treatment Product

Provent Rosacea Moisturizing Creme Ingredients (in version I tried)

Ingredients: water, cetearyl ethylhexanoate glycerin, acrylamide sodium acrylate copolymer, mineral oil, trideceth-6, propylene glycol, glyceryl stearate, cetearyl alcohol, stearic acid, sodium cocoyl glucamate, potassium sorbate, phosphatidylcholine, silybum marianum extract, camellia sinensis leaf extract, dimethyl sulfone, vitis vinifera seed extract, vanilla tahitensis extract, citrus medica limonum (lemon) peel oil, benzethonium chloride, tocopheryl acetate, disodium EDTA, may contain citric acid.

Celtic Complexion Creme Exfoliant

Celtic Complexion Creme Exfoliant for RosaceaProduct Name: Celtic Complexion Creme Exfoliant

Brand/Manufacturer: Celtic Complexion

Green/Natural ingredients: Yes

Did I buy it more than once?: Yes.

How long did 1 purchase last?: The travel size has lasted me for 2 months so far with weekly use and it is still half full.  I predict the full-size will last for the better part of a year.

Where to Get Celtic Complexion Creme Exfoliant

Flag-Canada Canada, Flag-USA USA, United Kingdom, Australia, France, Ireland, New Zealand, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales and Western Europe: Celtic Complexion Creme Exfoliant at the official website.

What does it claim to provide?

The official website claims that this product will provide a rich cream product containing micro-sized jojoba beads (no plastic micro beads) for gentle and effective exfoliation that won’t strip the natural moisture barrier away and will not harm “even the most delicate skin.” It is meant to provide a soothing, hydrating, nourishing exfoliation along with an antioxidant boost.

My Review of this Rosacea Skin Care Product

Celtic Complexion Creme Exfoliant Ingredients (in version I tried)

Organic aloe vera juice, organic coconut oil, organic rooibos tea extract, emulsifying wax, vegetable glycerin, organic olive oil, palm stearic acid, jojoba beads, organic jojoba oil, avocado oil, witch hazel, vitamin E, xanthan gum, black willow bark, rosemary extract, neem oil, essential oils of ylang ylang, lavender, rosewood, tangerine and bergamot.

Celtic Complexion Calming Serum

Celtic Complexion Calming Serum for RosaceaProduct Name: Celtic Complexion Calming Serum

Brand/Manufacturer: Celtic Complexion

Green/Natural ingredients: Yes

Did I buy it more than once?: Not yet, but I will.

How long did 1 purchase last?: 1 month per dram (1/8 ounce) so I will assume that the full ounce would last 6-8 months.

Where to Get Celtic Complexion Calming Serum

Flag-Canada Canada, Flag-USA USA, United Kingdom, Australia, France, Ireland, New Zealand, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales and Western Europe: Celtic Complexion Calming Serum at the official website.

What does it claim to provide?

A soothing serum made from high quality, potent, all-natural, vegan, gluten-free and paraben-free ingredients.  These essential oils and essential fatty acids calm the skin and that reduces inflammation, redness and sensitivity associated with rosacea as well as sunburned skin and broken capillaries.

My Review of this Rosacea Skin Care Product

Celtic Complexion Calming Serum Ingredients (in version I tried)

Fractionated coconut oil, German chamomile oil, neroli oil, lavender oil, evening primrose oil, borage seed oil.