Prior to beginning any new rosacea treatment, one needs to prepare the skin, and allow the skin to heal from the effects of previous treatments, which may have left the skin damaged or overly sensitive. We often hear people tell us that the rosacea treatments they had been using left their skin so sensitive that “even water hurts their skin” which can be very true. If one then uses a harsh acidic or invading rosacea treatment such as laser, skin rejuvenation or anti-wrinkle treatment, or retinoids, then obviously the rosacea sufferer is going further down the wrong rosacea treatment pathway.
So many times rosacea or the worsening of rosacea from a mild stage to a more severe stage is the result of treatments that we have used in the past or are currently using. Use of acne treatments containing ingredients such as salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide cause increased redness to the facial skin; often we overuse these products because we feel they are not working. For instance you have more pimples so you use more of the acne treatment. When you do this, the skin reacts by trying to form a barrier of more oil to protect itself from the harmful effects of the offending treatment. So you tend to use more to counteract this effect and in doing so the pores tighten and close resulting in clogged pores, pimples and papules.
On the Rosacea-Ltd application page, we recommend using the Cetaphil gentle cleansing bar for dry sensitive skin and jojoba oil. Deodorant soaps, and body soaps contain ingredients that cause skin irritation on the more sensitive facial skin and result in increased redness.
Many of the moisturizers today contain ‘special anti-wrinkle’ ingredients. These special ingredients are Citric acid, Alpha-Hydroxy acid or Beta-Hydroxy acids. The purpose of these ingredients is to exfoliate or peel off the upper layer of the skin thereby giving a smoother appearance. The chemical used must be harsh enough to burn off, kill or destroy the top layer of skin. This burning will cause more redness and increased skin sensitivity and irritation.