Photo Credit: depositphotos.com
More than 16 million Americans suffer from rosacea—and millions more struggle with redness and flushing even if they haven’t been diagnosed with this skin condition. If you experience redness—especially flushing that occurs after certain triggers such as changes in temperature, eating spicy food, drinking alcohol and other lifestyle or environmental factors—it’s imperative to see a board-certified dermatologist because if left untreated, rosacea can progress and lead to acne-like blemishes, swelling of the nose and other long-term side effects.
In addition to the number of prescription-based options available to help control and soothe rosacea, redness and sensitive skin, there are a variety of over-the-counter yet effective treatments that can help quell skin reactions. Read on to learn more…
ZO Skin Health Rozatrol Normalizing Serum ($88)
Just a few drops of this soothing serum each day can help keep redness and sensitivity at bay. Designed to minimize inflammation while gently exfoliating and reducing excess oil, this daily serum relies on enzymes and amino acids to optimize radiance and boost microcirculation as it hydrates the skin with glycerin and protects against free-radical damage with an exclusive plant-based stem-cell complex.
Jan Marini RosaLieve Redness Reducing Complex ($85)
Featuring azelaic acid, peptides and a variety of antioxidants and botanical extracts, this serum helps all skin types tackle visible redness and flushing. With an ingredient list that also boasts extracts of oat, green tea, white tea, red tea, boswellia serrata and ranunculus ficaria along with hydrating allantoin, it protects and soothes redness-prone skin with twice-daily use.
SkinCeuticals Redness Neutralizer ($66)
Environmental triggers are the most common causes of redness and flushing, and this innovative serum works to stop the reaction process before it starts. With a unique peptide-based complex that works to fight skin reactivity as well as stinging and burning, it imparts a cooling sensation on contact in addition to helping boost skin smoothness and radiance. Just a little bit twice and day can keep skin calm and comfortable, without fragrance, alcohol, parabens and other potentially irritating ingredients.
SkinMedica Rednesss Relief CalmPlex ($88)
If you prefer a creamier product over a serum, this redness-reducing moisturizer is for you. Clinically shown to deliver visible results in as little as two weeks, this hydrating treatment features a patented complex that helps prevent skin flushing and barrier-strengthening niacinamide to enhance the skin’s barrier and stave off reactivity.
Rhofade (Available by prescription)
Skin redness is a burgeoning area of research, and Rhofade is amongst the newest prescription-based topical treatments for persistent redness and flushing associated with rosacea. Formulated to help constrict blood vessels, and in turn decrease blood flow to the surface of the skin, this once-daily treatment has been shown to help manage visible symptoms of rosacea, but it’s imperative to see your dermatologist for an accurate diagnosis.
Laser treatments (Prices vary)
When rosacea leads to visible redness that is resistant to over-the-counter and prescription topical skincare, laser treatments can help address the blood vessels that contribute to red, flushed skin. Although topical antibiotics and medications are usually the first line of defense for fighting the inflammation associated with rosacea, pulsed-dye lasers and Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) are most commonly used to help alleviate the redness and discoloration caused by compromised blood vessels.
NOTE: All opinions are my own.