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One Minute Clinic: Rosacea

What Is It?

Rosacea is a general term for redness of the face. Rosacea can cause facial redness with swollen red bumps, small visible blood vessels, and even persistent eye redness.  Additional symptoms include easy flushing, stinging, soreness, and dryness.

What Can Cause Rosacea Flare-ups?

While the cause of rosacea is unknown, for most people, rosacea flare-ups are brought on by a genetic predisposition combined with outside stimuli like red wine, coffee, and working out or even the weather.

What To Do About It

  • Avoid your triggers when possible. For some people, it is dairy and for others, it's gluten or alcohol. 
  • Choose calming, well-formulated skin care products with ingredients like squalane, vegetable oils, niacinamide, and glycerin. These are all well-studied ingredients that can be found in Doctor Rogers Skin Care. 
  • Zinc is also calming, so use sunscreens with 10% zinc or more. 
  • Maintain a healthy skin biome by taking skin probiotics. 

What Ingredients To Avoid

During a rosacea flare-up, avoid any actives like vitamin C, AHAs and BHAs, tretinoin, or retinol. Exfoliation, fragrance, and toners can also be irritating to your skin and should be avoided. 

Want to learn more? Check out the video below. 




Meet the author: Board-certified and practicing dermatologist, Dr. Heather D. Rogers, MD, is the founder of Doctor Rogers Skin Care and Modern Dermatology in Seattle, Washington. She studied at Stanford, University of Washington School of Medicine and Columbia University Medical Center. She lectures nationally, is well published, and an active member of the American Academy of Dermatology. Highly respected among the skin care community, Dr. Rogers has been annually named “Top 1% of Most Honored Doctors in the US” by Castle Connolly.

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