Regardless of the use of new additions to the rosacea therapeutic armamentarium or the use of existing therapies, patients with rosacea need to practice good skin care, a practice that is vital to temper the symptoms of rosacea that patients can find distressing.
"It is skin that is inflamed, red, and very sensitive," says Diane Berson M.D., a dermatologist in private practice in New York, N.Y. and Associate Professor of Dermatology at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York. "We recommend that patients use mild cleansers, moisturizers, and avoid using products that exacerbate the redness.”
"In addition to the release of inflammatory mediators and vascular hypersensitivity, we see a compromised epidermal barrier in patients with rosacea," says Dr. Berson. "We recommend that our patients use moisturizers with barrier-repairing ingredients. These include epidermal lipids such as ceramides and the humectants glycerin and hyaluronic acid. By restoring the barrier, you can improve the inflammation and sensitivity."
If patients want to camouflage the redness associated with rosacea, mineral makeup is a wise choice, notes Dr. Berson. Patients with rosacea also often have co-existing photo-damage and, as sunlight is a trigger that exacerbates rosacea flares, inorganic sun-blocking agents are appropriate for these patients.