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Your rosacea skin care routine

Although an estimated 16 million Americans suffer from rosacea, most of them aren't aware of it*. If you have rosacea, knowing as much as possible about your skin and its condition can help you both in the treatment room, and at home. Learning more and finding the right rosacea skin care products is essential when creating a rosacea skin care routine. Regardless of your skin care, rosacea can be a complicated topic. Here's a quick guide to rosacea, and what your rosacea skin care routine can do to help.

Rosacea Symptoms:

Rosacea is a chronic and progressive vascular disorder that can affect the cheeks, nose, chin, eyes, forehead, and can be seen on other parts of the body as well. Here are some common features established as a classification system for the diagnosis of rosacea by The National Rosacea Society:

  • Frequent and severe flushing

  • Persistent facial redness

  • Swelling of the nose and cheeks

  • Extremely dry, scaly skin

  • Papules/pustules without blackheads cites the chairman of dermatology at Baylor College of Medicine Dr. John Wolf, who says, "The earliest signs of rosacea are often overlooked because people assume they are temporary and will go away." Think you're experiencing rosacea symptoms? See your physician for a diagnosis and to begin treatment. Treatment along with the right rosacea skin care routine will help immensely. Are you mistaking signs of sensitive or sensitized skin for those of rosacea? Find out the symptoms and causes of sensitive skin here.

Rosacea Treatment:

Targeting and treating rosacea with rosacea skin care early-on can keep it from getting worse. In addition to seeing a dermatologist to identify treatment options, The American Academy of Dermatology recommends following a rosacea skin care plan to keep it under control. But according to a survey conducted by the National Rosacea Society, 41% of participants said that certain skin care products aggravated their skin. So, where can you begin to find products that are effective, yet gentle? Luckily Bioelements uses the best products for rosacea to help create the perfect rosacea skin care routine. Read on for step-by-step suggestions, and hear about what Bioelements skin care users have to say about them:

Your Rosacea Skin Care Routine:

Step 1: Cleanse

What you should use: A mild cleanser. Those with rosacea can have a more sensitive stratum corneum – the top layer of skin we see when we look at ourselves in the mirror, and the primary layer of the epidermis affected by our daily skin care. Rosacea skin products should all be mild, especially the cleanser. Choosing mild, gentle products will help minimize irritation and calm skin.

Product must-have:Sensitive Skin Cleansing Oil.

Dermatologist and clinically tested to be non-irritating, this olive oil-based cleanser will keep skin clean without stripping it of natural, essential oil. This is the best face cleanser for rosacea and sensitive skin. Used in conjunction with the rest of Bioelements Sensitive Skin line, at-home skin care user Barbara had this to say about it: "Love the products as I've been diagnosed with rosacea and these do not irritate my skin. My skin is softer and has more moisture."

Step 2: Tone

What you should use: Your rosacea skin care routine should absolutely include toner. Mist a gentle toner for rosacea over your face once it's dry to restore skin's pH, keep it calm, balanced, and prepare it for subsequently applied products. Rosacea.Net, a website developed by the American Academy of Dermatology, recommends the following: Skin is most absorbent when wet. Applying medication or anything else immediately after washing can cause burning and stinging. Waiting 5 or 10 minutes can help reduce this. If the skin still stings or feels irritated, allow more time to pass. Some people find it helpful to wait 20 to 30 minutes before applying the rest of their rosacea skin products and medications.

Product must-have:Soothing Reset Mist. "I have horrible rosacea and…Bioelements sensitive skin line makes my face feel 'HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY'!" – Kimberly

Step 3: Strengthen