April is Rosacea Awareness Month, designated so by the National Rosacea Society, which aims to alert the public to rosacea’s symptoms and to emphasize the importance of diagnosis and medical assistance. Symptoms vary from patient to patient but can range from flushing, facial redness and pimples to swelling and skin thickening, visible blood vessels and raised patches.
“The early signs of rosacea are often overlooked because they are easily mistaken for something else and tend to come and go,” stated Dr. John Wolf, chairman of dermatology at Baylor University.
According to the Rosacea Society, part of managing the disorder is use of appropriate skin care for cleansing and moisturizing and effective application of makeup to reduce the signs of redness.
The society recommends using a non-soap, fragrance free cleanser, washing with the fingertips and rinsing with lukewarm water.
B.Kamins’ Booster Blue Rosacea Cleanser ($36) is part of a five product rosacea line created for founder Ben Kaminsky’s son. It contains anti-inflammatory bisabolol to relieve irritation and a blue tint to neutralize redness. Headquartered in Montreal, B.Kamins products are available at spas and pharmacies.
Likewise, international giant, Clinique offers a four product Redness Solutions line. Redness Solutions Soothing Cleanser ($20.50) is a non-foaming, cream-gel that gently melts away makeup while cleansing without disturbing the skin’s moisture balance.
Aveeno’s Ultra-Calming Moisturizing Cream Cleanser ($6.99) contains the proprietary naturally calming Feverfew, which helps to reduce the appearance of redness. It’s also great for sensitive skin.
Murad’s Redness Therapy Regimen includes Soothing Gel Cleanser ($25), which features goji berry extract, an anti-oxidant that rejuvenates flaky skin and reduces inflammation.
From the Rodan+Fields Soothe regimen, Soothe Gentle Cream Wash ($41) dissolves makeup and other skin impurities via a formulation developed with barrier-nurturing ceramides to support the skin’s recovery and resiliency.
Moisturizers and Treatments
Dermatologists recommend daily usage of a moisturizer as a key measure to counteract the burning and irritation often associated with rosacea.
Aveeno’s Ultra-Calming Daily Moisturizer SPF 30 ($14.99) contains the proprietary naturally calming Feverfew, which helps to visibly reduce the appearance redness, while providing UVA/UVB protection. According to the company’s clinical studies, the moisturizer visibly reduces the appearance of redness in as little as one week, all the while soothing and diminishing blotchiness.
DDF’s Redness Relief ($52), which can be applied morning and night, strengthens fragile skin with horse chestnut extract and reduces the appearance of redness with anti-inflammatory ingredient gatuline A. It also contains yeast extract to increase circulation.
Rosaliac ($30) from La Roche-Posay—the name alone let’s you know its purpose—is reportedly the number one anti-redness moisturizer in Europe. Featuring the brand’s signature thermal spring water for anti-oxidant protection, the lightly green tinted formula also contains vitamin CG to strengthen sensitive skin and xanthine, a strain of caffeine known to calm the skin and ease redness.
Murad’s Correcting Moisturizer SPF 15 ($37) includes licorice extract and goji berry to reduce inflammation and irritants, in addition to cooling peppermint extract and a correcting tint to minimize redness. It’s formulated for use with Recovery Treatment Gel ($52), which includes azelaic acid to retexture and hydrate and zinc oxide to reduce stinging.
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Clinque offers two moisturizing solutions. Redness Solutions Daily Relief Cream ($39.50) is appropriate for skins with persistent redness—an oil free formula with a slight green tint. Redness Solutions Urgent Relief Cream ($30.00) is formulated for occasional redness, particularly flare ups triggered by weather, pollution or allergens and it calms itchy skin.
Vitamin K is the “cosmetic secret” in ClearChoice Advanced K ($36) from Dermastart, Inc., available through certified aestheticians. The topical ointment also includes squalene to soothe traumatized skin while vitamin K reportedly supports the body’s ability to reabsorb blood around reddened areas.
Soothe Sensitive Skin Treatment ($80) from Rodan+Fields is a twice daily treatment that contains the brand’s exclusive RFp3 peptide technology to interrupt the inflammatory cascade. It also has optical filters to immediately reduce the look of redness. Recommended for use with Soothe UVA/UVB SPF 15 Sunscreen ($36).
Booster Blue Soothing Day Cream SPF 15 ($71) and Booster Blue Soothing Skin Concentrate ($75) both contain B. Kamin’s proprietary Bio-Maple Compound. Called a physiological humectant, the compound contains naturally occurring moisturizers, AHAs, anti-oxidant polyphenols and amino proteins.
While using makeup to improve the appearance of rosacea will definitely be a confidence booster, beware of products that will increase irritation.
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Capitalizing on its makeup expertise, Clinique offers Redness Solutions Daily Protective Base SPF 15 ($17.50), which protects and primes skin with sunscreens, anti-oxidants and a redness fighting green tint. It’s perfect for use with the Redness Solutions Instant Relief Mineral Powder ($32.50), a carefully formulated shade of yellow loose powder described as a “treatment at heart.”
A camouflage for red skin formulated to work with any skin shade, B. Kamins’ Booster Blue Corrective Concealer ($30) neutralizes redness while it comforts irritated skin due to rosacea. Contains soothing, anti-inflammatory agents and moisturizing and healing ingredients.
Medical Attention Required
If you think you are one of the millions of undiagnosed rosacea sufferers, seek medical help. For information about potential medical treatments, stay tuned for Beauty in the Bag’s Rosacea Awareness Month: Part II – Treatments.