We have written about rosacea many times – ingredients to avoid, nutritional effects, environmental triggers, etc. But the message is far more interesting when it comes from rosacea patients themselves.
According to the National Rosacea Society, 41% of the 1,066 patients surveyed said certain skin care products worsened their condition. Choosing gentle skin care products that minimize irritation is the key to treating rosacea.
Skin care substances against rosacea
Here are the six key ingredients for skin care that should be avoided due to their reactions to rosacea:
- 66% said alcohol
- 30% said witch hazel
- 30% said fragrance
- 21% said menthol
- 14% said peppermint
- 13% said eucalyptus
Confusingly, some of them are natural and herbal ingredients. Why should you avoid these skin care ingredients for rosacea? Let's take a closer look at each of these potential irritants.
Regardless of whether you have sensitive skin or not, alcohol is best avoided as a skin care substance. Although there are some small benefits to using alcohol as an ingredient, there are far better ways to take advantage of them. The negative effects of alcohol far outweigh the professionals. These effects include dryness, damage to the skin surface and a decrease in your skin's natural ability to regenerate.
We hate to bring bad news to wine lovers, but it's not just the alcohol in your skin care products that can trigger rosacea. Unfortunately, drinking alcohol is also a known cause of rosacea.
Witch hazel is received very positively in terms of its ability to correct various skin problems. After all, it's a completely natural ingredient with known antioxidant and astringent properties. So what is it about?
It is well known in patients with rosacea that witch hazel causes irritation. This is mainly because it is often mixed with alcohol during the distillation process. It may be a short-term solution to your skin care problem, but is likely to cause more problems in the long run. We think we should avoid the best!
Fragrances can lead to negative skin reactions in almost all people with sensitive skin. It is understandable that consumers prefer to use products that have a pleasant smell. However, an appealing fragrance can be expensive for people with rosacea.
It can be quite difficult to tell from the list of ingredients if a product contains fragrances because there are many different types with many different names. It is also not always so easy to sniff the product quickly. Finally, there are some natural ingredients that smell wonderful. Or, even if the product has no smell, a fragrance may have been used to mask an unpleasant smell.
Please be assured that at Pai Skincare we do not use fragrances in any of our products.
Menthol is known for its pleasant cool feeling and is often used for relief or pain relief. In fact, it has a sensitizing effect on the skin, so that the skin is irritated rather than soothed.
It is also worth noting that menthol is an alcohol, and we have already covered the problems caused by the use of alcohol in your skin care.
Although this ingredient has some beneficial properties, like menthol it can cause skin sensitivity. This is bad news for anyone suffering from rosacea and facial flushing.
In short, any form of mint oil is generally very effective and therefore a common trigger for sensitive skin – whether rosacea or dermatitis. They are also common triggers of allergic reactions.
Eucalyptus may be known for its antibacterial properties, but it is also a very fragrant oil. This means that it is an ingredient that should be avoided in rosacea patients.
At Pai we never use eucalyptus and other known irritants in our products. For this reason, all of our skin care collections are suitable for sensitive skin prone to rosacea.
Information on product selection at Rosacea
In general we recommend the use of products that have been specially developed for sensitive skin or skin prone to rosacea. Opt for natural and organic ingredients as they are less likely to cause irritation. Take a close look at the ingredients and avoid as many of the ingredients listed above as possible.
You may need to be more personal because everyone reacts differently. Keep a skin diary and write down what products you are using and any reactions. This will help you identify the products that are causing stinging, burning, or redness and irritation. Over time, you become more familiar with the ingredients that cause your skin to flare up. Armed with this knowledge, you can be sure that you will avoid them in the future.
We recommend testing products on a small patch of skin before applying them on your entire face. Check whether a brand offers sample or travel versions of its products. This means that you don't have to invest a fortune in test products that may not be suitable for your skin.
Further support and advice
For more advice on dealing with rosacea, see our previous post: What is rosacea and how can I treat it? You can read the full report of the National Rosacea Society here .
You can also book a free phone consultation with our sensitive skin experts for advice and non-intrusive product recommendations based on your actual needs and lifestyle.