January 22, 2014

8 Steps To Reduced Redness

In my previous post, "Do You Have Adult Acne? ...Or Is It Really Rosacea?" I went over the differences between Adult Acne and Rosacea, how to tell what kind of breakouts you're having, and also mentioned lifestyle changes that could help to manage Rosacea flare-ups. 

To recap some main points: One of the primary ways you can distinguish a Rosacea breakout from an Adult Acne breakout is that in Rosacea, there isn't the presence of the large blackheads that often exist within Adult Acne. You can also notice the difference when the redness associated with an Adult Acne breakout is only on the blemishes themselves. In the case of Rosacea, the redness surrounds the entire area on and around any red bumps. These red bumps are mostly of small size, whereas the bumps are of different sizes in Adult Acne.

But I'm sure you're wondering just what kind of personalized and specific skincare routine is necessary to calm your redness and Rosacea breakouts!

The amazingly simple 8-step skincare regimen that I recommend for Rosacea, sensitive skin, and capillary redness is as follows:
Daily Routine
1. Cleanse: Use a mild foaming cleanser if you're oily or a soothing lotion cleanser if  you're dry.

2. Tone: An alcohol-free toner that is both calming and reparative will especially help specialty products bind to your skin. 

3. Calm: A crucial part of your routine is the use of a calming, hydrating, and repairing anti-redness serum. 

4. Sunscreen : As you know, sun exposure is the biggest trigger for Rosacea. Make sure to use a non-clogging, hydrating SPF that's designed for sensitive skin. 

5. Moisturize at Night: An effective nighttime moisturizer must be both hydrating and calming. 

6. Protect: A lipid-barrier replacement serum will go a long way to protect your skin from environmental triggers. 

Weekly Routine

7. Mask:  1 or 2 times per week  Use a purifying mask if you're oily or a soothing mask if you're dry. 

8. Exfoliate:  Exfoliation can be done once a week by using a very light complexion brush, which has bristles very much like a baby’s brush.  Some skin-types can handle AHA’s, while other skin-types can only handle a periodic facial for exfoliation.  Each individual case is different, depending on your skin-type and severity of Rosacea.

If you think you might have Rosacea based on this blog post and would like more personalized advice,  please fill out my Eval by Email® Online Skin Care Consultation form. :)

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