The National Rosacea Society | Rosacea.org designates April as Rosacea Awareness Month in honor of this common condition, thought to affect more than 16 million Americans.

Unfortunately, the majority of rosacea patients are not receiving treatment. Early intervention is ideal to prevent worsening of dilated blood vessels, thickened skin, and even permanent scarring. There is also a psychosocial impact to rosacea that should not be underestimated. Rosacea patients often feel embarrassed by their inability to control facial flushing and acne-like eruptions.

In our 2019 post, we reviewed rosacea subtypes and treatments available at SSL. These include prescription topical and systemic agents, lasers, and skincare regimens. For 2020, let’s review over-the-counter (OTC) options. Key things to remember in rosacea management are to keep things as simple as possible and use sunscreen religiously. Daily routine should include a gentle cleanser, moisturizer, and sun protection. Additional ingredients that offer antioxidant or anti-inflammatory properties are also
desirable.

The Good:
Green tea extract
Argan oil (rich in vitamin E)
Niacinamide
Linoleic oil
Chamomile (avoid if allergic to ragweed, daisy, marigold or chrysanthemum)
Aloe
Resveratol
Sulfur

The Bad:
Benzoyl peroxide
Propylene glycol
Toners
Exfoliants

The Careful:
Retinoids (retinol, adapalene)
Glycolic acid
Lactic acid
* use only once rosacea is well-controlled, start slowly and proceed with caution

Read those labels and remember that more expensive products do not mean better results. If you think you have rosacea or are struggling with control, please schedule an appointment. Bringing all of your skin care products and prescriptions with you is always helpful.

Happy Spring!

 


Dr. Spoon