Your Rosacea in Summer

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Your Rosacea in Summer

16 January 2022

Summer is here and for people with Rosacea, this can mean battling the burning, stinging, redness and pimples we know and love. Rosacea is one of our passions here at ESK so we thought we’d take a look at how to take care of your skin as the weather heats up.

First, a recap - what is Rosacea?

Rosacea is a chronic, relapsing and remitting inflammatory skin condition that mainly affects the cheeks, nose, chin, forehead and eyes. You will get a combination of redness, phymas, papules and pustules (all various pimples), telangiectasia (dilated blood vessels that look like red veins on your face) and flushing. For 50% of Rosacea sufferers, the eyes are also affected, feeling irritated and watery and even looking bloodshot. It’s common among women, especially white women and tends to hit after age 30. For more info on Rosacea, download our FREE Rosacea e-book HERE!

How does summer affect rosacea?

According to a recent National Rosacea Society survey, 81% of Rosacea sufferers rank sun exposure as their biggest trigger. Hot weather is a major cause of flare ups for 75%, only beaten by sun and stress which comes in at 79%. So, with 2 out of the biggest 3 triggers for Rosacea ramping up in summer, no wonder it is the season for flare ups!

So, what can you do?

1. Avoid your triggers

Your journey with Rosacea will be better if you know (so can avoid) your triggers as much as possible. They are different for many people so putting some time into getting to know yours is a good investment! In summer, for most people avoiding your triggers means staying cool, avoiding the sun altogether between 11am and 2pm and wearing a hat and good sunglasses. At all other times from sunup to sundown, you’ll need…

2. Sunscreen

Given that sun is such a huge trigger for Rosacea skin, avoiding UVA and UVB radiation is key for managing Rosacea in every season. In 2017, a National Rosacea Society Expert Committee in the USA developed and published a set of useful guidelines for the management of Rosacea. The expert panel recommended people with Rosacea use mineral AKA inorganic sunscreens that contain zinc oxide or titanium dioxide. This is because these sunscreens are broad spectrum, so they protect you against both UVA and UVB rays. Plus, they do not produce heat as a by-product. Mineral sunscreens, like ESK’s Zinc Shade primarily reflect and secondarily absorb ultraviolet radiation.

Zinc Shade

Zinc Shade

Zinc Shade – UV Protection Skincare Product

Zinc Shade based daily moisturiser providing you with the protection you need from both UVA (aging) and UVB (burning) rays.

  • Protects from the sun's UVA and UVB rays
  • Can be used under make-up
  • Rated SPF15

3. Use GENTLE skincare

People with Rosacea often have skin that is sensitive and easily irritated. Doctors try to preserve the integrity of the skin barrier and avoid any ingredients that aggravate inflammation or flushing like perfumes or many common preservatives in skincare. Dermatologists specifically recommend avoiding soap and opting instead for soap free cleansers like ESK’s Calming Cleanser and patting your skin dry, rather than roughly towelling your face after cleansing.

Calming Cleanser

Calming Cleanser

A creamy soap-free cleanser for skin that needs a gentle, silky wash.

  • Coconut based with soothing botanicals
  • Leaves skin clear & hydrated
  • May be used as a make-up remover

4. Other cosmeceuticals

With its proven effects on improving skin barrier function, there is increasing evidence that Niacinamide plays an important role for people with Rosacea, especially those with sensitive skin. Retinal, which is the most well tolerated and most effective form of vitamin A has been found to be beneficial for people with Rosacea. We are talking less redness, less pimples and even less dilated blood vessels.

5. Prescriptions that can work.

A trip to the doctor might be on the cards if none of this works. A six-to-12-week course of oral antibiotics reduce the severity of any papules and pustules, as well as the eye symptoms of Rosacea. Ivermectin 1% cream is used to combat the Demodex mites that have been shown to be clustered in the pores of people with Rosacea. Cream containing 15 or 20% azelaic acid reduces redness and pimple count. Another option for people who have more flushing than pimples is Brimonidin 0.5%e gel that temporarily reduces redness. It can cause irritation and burning and the other big issue is the cost. But a good option if your daughter is getting married and having a red burning face for wedding photos is a grim prospect.

There you have it! Wishing you a CALM, cool and wonderful summer!

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Rosacea Skincare Kit - Anti Redness

Rosacea Skincare Kit - Anti Redness

This bundle is designed to gently cleanse, protect, hydrate and calm rosacea-prone skin. 

  • Reduce redness & prevent flare-ups
  • Restore skin barrier function
  • Target fine lines & wrinkles