Most of us would associate a rosy complexion with youth, or the application of rouge in line with the late 17th century French make-up styles. Unfortunately, a red, flustered face is not always voluntarily mastered, or wanted.
Many women, and men, struggle with a condition called rosacea. It causes the skin to flare up, often over the majority of the face and neck. A flare-up may last a few days or months, with various triggers. It is not curable, but may be managed.
- Persistent redness is often present in the central part of the face, around the nose and cheeks. It is caused by small, swollen, visible blood vessels
- You may experience acne breakouts; however, they are not truly acne in the traditional sense as they are not caused by bacteria. They are caused by the inflammation of the skin. It may feel warm and sensitive to the touch
- Your eyelids and eyes may become dry, irritated, swollen and red
- Rosacea can cause the skin on the nose to thicken over time, causing it to appear larger and bulbous. This effect is more common in men than women
The true cause is unknown; however, it can be linked to sensitivities and hereditary factors. This means that if your parent or sibling has it, you are more likely to have it. If you are sensitive or allergic to something, it may be one of the triggers as well. It is not caused by poor hygiene.
Common triggers include
- Hot or spicy food and drinks
- Food allergies
- Alcohol, especially red wine
- Extreme temperatures
- Prolonged exposure to wind or sunlight
- Quick changes in mood (emotional trauma, shock, anger, stress)
- Strenuous exercise
- Certain medications
- Cosmetic products
Common risk factors
You are more likely to develop rosacea if you are a woman, although men are not exempt. Those with fair skin are at higher risk, especially if they have been exposed to UV rays over long periods of time. Other common factors include family history and age, as it is more common in older persons.
Managing your rosacea
Ask our cosmetics sales consultants to help you choose a colour-correcting product and foundation that will match your skin-tone and needs.
A green colour corrector underneath your foundation will help minimise redness.
We recommend the Clarins Colour Control Primer 04 Green.
You should also speak to your doctor to identify possible triggers and use fragrance free skincare and cosmetics. Consult our knowledgeable pharmacists to identify any possible contraindications – remember that medications like blood thinners or blood pressure medications may exacerbate your condition.
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