Your Guide to Managing Rosacea in the Sunny Season
For those with rosacea, summer can bring about a unique set of challenges. With a few simple tips and tricks, you can enjoy the beauty of summer while keeping your rosacea under control. Rosacea, often characterized by facial redness, flushing, and sometimes even acne-like bumps, can be sensitive to heat, humidity, and sun exposure.
Sun protection is crucial for anyone with rosacea. Opt for a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a high SPF, with a zinc oxide percentage of 5% or higher. Look for non-comedogenic and fragrance-free formulas to minimize the risk of irritation. One option I recommend from skinfo® include: skinfo® Vita Lite Protect SPF 50 (1.9 oz, $32). Remember to apply sunscreen generously to all exposed areas of your skin, including your face, neck, ears, and chest. Hats, sunglasses, and lightweight clothing that covers your skin can provide additional protection from the sun’s rays.
Heat and humidity can trigger flushing and exacerbate rosacea symptoms. Keep yourself cool by seeking shade, using fans, and avoiding excessively hot environments. Opt for lightweight, breathable fabrics like cotton and linen that won’t trap heat against your skin. Consider carrying a handheld fan or a cooling mist spray, such as Avène Thermal Spring Water Spray (50 ml/5 oz/10.1 oz, $9/$14/$19) to refresh your skin throughout the day.
Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water to maintain optimal skin health. Sipping on cool beverages can help regulate your body temperature and reduce the likelihood of flushing. Avoid triggers such as hot drinks, alcohol, and spicy foods that can potentially worsen rosacea symptoms.
Choose mild, non-irritating cleansers specifically formulated for sensitive skin. Avoid harsh scrubs, abrasive exfoliants, or products that contain alcohol. Gently cleanse your face twice daily with lukewarm water to remove impurities without stripping away essential moisture. Pat your skin dry with a soft towel instead of rubbing. A great cleanser for those with rosacea is skinfo® Vital Tea Ultra Cleanser (6.7 oz, $38).
When it comes to skincare products, less is more. Stick to gentle, fragrance-free moisturizers and skincare products designed for sensitive skin, like skinfo® Vita Lite Moisturizer (1.6 oz, $38). Look for ingredients like hyaluronic acid and ceramides, which can help hydrate and soothe your skin. Patch test new products before using them on your entire face to avoid potential irritations.
Opt for mineral-based or green-tinted foundations and concealers that provide coverage while being gentle on your skin. A great option is Colorescience® All Calm® Clinical Redness Corrector SPF 50 (1 oz, $155). Avoid heavy, oil-based products that can clog pores and trigger flare-ups. Clean your makeup brushes regularly to prevent the buildup of bacteria that can exacerbate rosacea symptoms.
Stress can be a significant trigger for rosacea. Engage in relaxation techniques such as deep breathing exercises, yoga, or meditation to manage stress levels. Take time for activities you enjoy, surround yourself with supportive people, and prioritize self-care.
Remember, managing rosacea is a journey unique to each individual. If your symptoms persist or worsen despite your best efforts, you should call or text 847.459.6400 and schedule an appointment with your medical provider who can provide personalized guidance and treatment options tailored to your specific needs.