Rosacea: 5 Things To Avoid This Summer + Gift Card Giveaway!
Taking care of your skin is challenging, regardless of season. But for the 16 million Americans with rosacea, a skin condition that can cause persistent facial redness, bumps and pimples, among other symptoms, summer can be an especially tricky time. Along with barbecues and bikinis, summer also brings many elements that can actually trigger rosacea symptoms. But not to worry. We called on nationally recognized dermatologist Dr. Doris Day, a Galderma consultant, who gave us these suggestions for five key things to avoid this summer. While these tips are geared toward those with rosacea, we can all benefit from them.
Spicy Cocktails – Food triggers for rosacea vary widely, but common ones include certain alcohols, spicy food and cheese – familiar ingredients for beloved summer barbecues.
Toner – Since many toners contain alcohol, a known irritant for rosacea, it’s best to avoid them altogether – but don’t skip the moisturizer. Look for one containing lipids like ceramides, which are great for rosacea-prone skin. Fun fact – Galderma developed a Rx treatment, Soolantra® (ivermectin) Cream, 1%, that treats the inflammatory lesions of rosacea, and Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream is actually the basis for the vehicle.
Bikram Yoga – Since excessive heat, humidity and exercise can make rosacea worse, avoid workouts that turn up the temps. Consider more mild workouts – and weather conditions – instead, like vinyasa yoga or pilates.
Over-Scheduling – Summer is all about letting loose and balancing work and play, so don’t let your jam-packed schedule stress you out. Unfortunately, stress is a common cause of rosacea flares. So relax and enjoy summer without overdoing it and your face will thank you.
Self-Diagnosis – Many people with rosacea think they have acne before being correctly diagnosed by a doctor. Some even self-treat their rosacea with over-the-counter products or use cosmetics to conceal instead of treat, which can make rosacea worse. Getting professional help is essential; a dermatologist can recommend a prescription treatment that’s ideal for your symptoms.
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