I have several clients with rosacea, and their skin couldn’t be more dissimilar. Blood vessels right under the surface of the skin become enlarged, triggered by temperature changes, strenuous exercise, UVA & UVB, harsh facial scrubs and spicy foods. Whilst there is no cure for rosacea, there are ways of controlling it, especially if it is caught young; otherwise a tendancy towards flushing can exacerbate dry skin (leading to flaking and redness) or an oily skin can thicken and develop lumps.
The first stage in an anti-redness skincare routine is to avoid irritants such as glycolic acid, synthetic fragrances, alcohol, witch hazel, fragrant plants/essential oils e.g. cedar, cinnamon, lavender, lemon, lime, menthol. I also advise against abrasive facial scrubs.
There are two main aims: