I have talked about the inside approach to rosacea previously, as I believe that is the most important factor when dealing with it. Making sure you don’t aggravate your condition from the inside by consuming pro-inflammatory foods is key in making the products you use externally work. No product is going to reach its full potential, no matter the claims, if you don’t take care of your skin on the inside first. Once you’ve got your diet figured out, only then you should be looking into beauty products to treat and calm your skin.
First of all you should really be looking at the label of ingredients on the back. A product that is full of parabens and most importantly SLS-s (sodium laureth sulfate or sodium lauryl sulfate, these are foaming agents) isn’t going to help your skin. Neither will the other ingredients you can’t pronounce the name of. As a guide you should be seeking out products that have a short list of ingredients and go as natural as possible. In this way, not only will you make sure that your skin doesn’t get any more toxic agents on it that can interfere with the healing process, but also makes it easier to identify irritants or ingredients that your skin does not agree with, however natural the product. The more ingredients there are in a product the higher the chances that your skin will be reacting to at least one of the ingredients. If it doesn’t that’s great but you also need to think about this. Just because you don’t know yet that you are reacting to a product that doesn’t mean that there will be no problems later on that are far worse. It is easier to find natural treatments to the existing problem than trying to correct a multitude of issues you have caused by using all the wrong products. Do yourself a favour and make it easier, you have enough issues on your plate you have to deal with already, no need to add any more.
For cleansers, look out for foaming agents that dry your skin, and these can be many. The ones that I have found in my products that have worked out for me are Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate and Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate. No sulfates there and I believe that this has a lot to do with my skin getting better. But if you are unsure, please google it. I cannot provide a full list and extensive explanation on all foaming agents here, as I’m not a chemist. Generally speaking avoid the sulfate ending ones, as these are the worst. They dry the skin which rosacea sufferers really don’t need. It’s not that difficult especially if you go into a health store, as the products there would be at least somewhat better than in a conventional shop.
I terms of moisturizing ingredients is a bit trickier. We are all different and what works for me might not work out for you and vice versa. For this purpose I will be writing reviews on what worked for me and later on also what didn’t. Although I didn’t keep the packaging of most products I used in the past, I will try and insert pictures from the web to illustrate. As a general guide, oils worked out great for me. I will be sharing that with you soon.
Finally, a few words about “natural and organic” labelled products. Just because something says it’s natural, might not automatically mean it’s going to be great for rosacea. For example, tea tree oil can be extremely harsh on rosacea affected areas but will be amazing on acne (will be writing about acne separately as well). Look towards natural sources of the earth, primarily water in skincare (as it can come from sources that have healing properties), natural muds for cleansing if you also have oily skin and moisturizers that aren’t too thick in their consistency.