Sick of seeing your clients suffer through rosacea? Try these three easy tricks for dampening the fires of this frustrating inflammatory skin condition.
More likely than not, you’ve come across a client embarrassed by the flush they get after a mere glass of red wine or a spicy food fest. They may notice red bumps on their chin, nose and forehead and just the thought of being in a humid environment or a freezing one for that matter, increases erythema and surface capillaries.
Chances are, they are one of the millions of Australians that suffer from rosacea, an inflammatory skin condition one in every 20 people live with. While there remains no known cure for the condition, there are some simple things you can advise a client can do to minimise their suffering.
1. Identify the triggers
Encourage your client to keep a journal for 1-2 weeks detailing diet, environmental changes and emotional status to identify core triggers. It’s widely known that spicy dishes, thermally hot food and drinks and alcohol can spark flare-ups, but few people realise foods like avocado, citrus fruits and even chocolate can aggrevate individual cases just as much, as can vigorous exercise, so light workouts like yoga or walking and using cool compresses afterwards can help.
2. Recommend the right skincare & cosmetics
Many rosacea sufferers have sensitive skin, so it’s advisable to avoid applying any products that could be potential irritants, like alcohol, peppermint, fragrances, menthol and eucalyptus. A useful rule of thumb is to choose products that contain soothing and hydrating ingredients such as vitamin C, aloe, allantoin, arnica, chamomile, mallow, green tea, emblica, meadowsweet, hyaluronic acid and licorice to help calm their skin, repair damage, and create a healthy complexion.
Mineral makeup can also benefit the client as they typically use anti-inflammatory ingredients that can help calm and soothe skin. Recommend cosmetics that are free from talc, parabens and petrochemicals, like Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics.
3. Limit exposure to the elements
Extremes of heat and cold are common triggers; direct sun can spark a wildfire of unwanted inflammation. It is important to advise your client to limit exposure to the elements of the great outdoors and use a (fragrance free) sunscreen that allows the skin to breathe.
If the inflammation causing rosacea is not treated, over time the blood vessels in the skin can permanently enlarge, possibly causing worsening redness. If you think you have a client at risk, this advice might very well be a life-changer for them!