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Choosing a cleanser for sensitive skin or rosacea

Do you have problems with sensitive skin or rosacea and struggle getting a cleanser that works for you? Some cleansers can overly dry the skin or even sting and cause sensitivity. I also have people who come to me mentioning that they avoid using cleansers as they are too harsh or make their skin feel dry and worsen the issues. It doesn’t have to be like this, though. Pick the right active ingredients and a cleanser that actually suits you and you could make some real progress.

Following on from my previous blog on rosacea and what it is, I I thought I would focus in on a few practical tips to help you get on track with controlling the rosacea and reducing sensitivity. Want to know more? Read on for my top tips!

Choosing a Cleanser: Gentle cleansing is extremely important for skin with rosacea. Twice-daily cleansing removes excess oil, environmental debris, bacteria and other microorganisms, as well as the residue from skin-care and makeup products. It’s the first step in helping to soothe and treat your skin. Avoid foam cleansers as they can be drying and look for ingredients like yucca root which is great at cleaning and is really mild. Ceramides in your cleanser is also a great idea, as it will help lock in moisture. I also love niacinamide which helps to normalise the oils in your skin and repairs the barrier. It will also help to calm the redness and soothe your skin.

To avoid irritation, use your fingertips, not an abrasive washcloth or sponge.
Choose your cleanser with care according to your skin type-happy to help if you like! Also avoid any perfumes/alcohol in the products. Look at the ingredients in each of your skin and hair care products, and stop using ones that contain these common rosacea trigger, like menthol, camphor, or sodium lauryl sulfate.

To minimise skin irritation, try this gentle, step-by-step cleansing routine:

1. Using your fingertips, wash skin with a cleanser suitable for your skin type. Avoid using an abrasive washcloth or sponge, which may irritate.
2. Rinse away cleanser with lukewarm water. Hot or cold water may cause flushing or irritation. If your face is irritated by water at any temperature, try using a soothing cream cleanser you can simply tissue off.
3. Gently blot your face dry with a thick-pile cotton towel. Don’t rub skin, as this may cause irritation.
4. Since stinging most often occurs on damp skin, wait 30 minutes for the face to dry completely before applying any topical medication. Slowly reduce the drying time until you find the least amount of time your skin needs to avoid a stinging sensation.
5. After applying topical medication, wait five to 10 minutes more before applying moisturizer, sunscreen or makeup.
6. If you have ocular rosacea (in/around the the eyes) be sure to follow your doctor’s directions esp round the eyes.

I hope this quick overview was helpful. If you have any questions please send me a message and I’d be happy to help.

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