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Important though it may be for your skin to remain soft and hydrated, it’s also appealing and attractive. However, if you have a condition that dries out patches of skin on the cheeks, nose, forehead, and chin, turning them red, it can be difficult to maintain moisture. The scenario described here may be hypothetical to you, but, it’s a tough reality for some. “Rosacea affects well over 14 million Americans,” reports Harvard Medical School.

What is Rosacea?

According to the American Academy of Dermatology, “[Rosacea] often begins with a tendency to blush or flush more easily than other people. The redness can slowly spread beyond the nose and cheeks to the forehead and chin. Even the ears, chest, and back can [appear] red all the time.”

But, did you know that Rosacea can cause more than just redness? There are so many signs and symptoms that rosacea has four subtypes. Namely, (1) Erythematotelangiectatic Rosacea, (2) Papulopustular Rosacea, (3) Phymatous Rosacea, and (4) Ocular Rosacea. To learn more, visit the AAD’s website.

Your Skin and The Sun

The sun is the biggest star in the galaxy. It gives us light, energy, and heat. The sun helps plants with photosynthesis and water with evaporation.

Even then, over-exposure to the sun can harm your skin. Skin that’s already red then is overexposed to the sun can become darkened, dried out, and begin peeling.

So, do you avoid the sun altogether? Should you never go outside? Of course not. Just use sunscreen. Yes, you’ve heard already heard it, and people say that it has chemicals that can harm you. But at what cost are you skipping out on sunscreen? Your skin and your health?

Applying sunscreen at its basic primal level is good for you. It’s designed to protect your skin from harmful UV rays that the sun emits. Admittedly, some brands use harsh chemicals in their products. However, there are hundreds of brands to choose from! Not only that, but you can also find natural or organic alternatives!

Your Skin and Soap

Similar to sunscreen, some soaps contain harsh chemicals. But again, only some. Instead of using just any soap or wash, try to find one that may be natural. The ultimate goal is to be gentle with your skin.

Your first option is to cleanse your face with cold water. Second, find a product that will be gentle on your skin. Third, exfoliate and wash your face regularly.

If you wear make-up, try mineral-based products. Mineral-based products shouldn’t irritate the skin and will absorb oil. What’s more, they’re formulated to hide redness.

Rosacea and Fragrances

Fragrances are nice as they usually add a certain flair to any skincare product. However, artificial fragrances will irritate your skin. Unfortunately, some essential oils may do the same as well.

Avoid peppermint, menthol, alcohol, and eucalyptus oil. Rosacea can even be worsened by cedar, cinnamon, and pine. In the end, your safest bet is to choose products that are fragrance-free.


The information provided herein has been reviewed for accuracy, but cannot be guaranteed to be free of infallalacy. A consultation with a doctor is always needed before receiving treatment of any cosmetic product.

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Published: 20170207
Revised: 20190614

Post Author: Dr. Mirza

With over 15 years of experiences as a licensed physician, Dr. Muhammad Mirza is very knowledgeable in cosmetics. Having specialized in neurology, our doctor knows exactly how to contour cosmetic products to your needs perfectly. Dr. Mirza takes his knowledge and shares it on his website, in his offices, and across various other platforms.