Products and Procedures to Avoid if You Have Rosacea?

What anti-aging procedures and/or products would be more detrimental than helpful due to my Rosacea condition? I currently use Metrolotion which has successfully controlled the Rosacea.

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Products to avoid if you have Rosacea

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Any product containing anything that is an irritant or abrasive. The skin may be more sensitive and therefore avoiding any product that causes any discomfort is a good rule of thumb to go by. Some ingredients that have been identified by others suffering from rosacea are: witch hazel, ethyl alcohol, acetic acid, alpha-lipoic acid, benzoic acid, camphor, cocoa butter, isopropyl myristate, menthol, peppermint oil, lactic acid, fragrance, eucalyptus oil, clove oil and salicylic acid. Facial peels may also cause a flare up and/or irritate the skin. Always be sure to use and re-apply your sunscreen!



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Alcohols, witch hazel, peels

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Anything which quickly dries the face will activate the vascular response. Just what you do not want in rosacea. Thus products containig witch hazel, ethyl alcohol, and acetic acid may worsen your condition.

Patients with rosacea shold be treated almost as having sensitive skin and therefore some products which might be more tolerable in others can be damaging. Thus, I would also avoid products containing, alpha-lipoic acid, benzoic acid, camphor, cocoa butter, Isopropyl myristate, menthol, peppermint oil and lactic acid.

Facial peels will often flare rosacea and should be avoided.

Be sure to wear a sunscreen and continue your Metrolotion. Niacinamide G, Eucerin Redness Relief and Aveeno Ultracalming cream are also recommended.

We did discuss Rosacea on our show March 12 and plan to revisit the subject more thoroughly July 19th. You are welcome to listen.

Arnold R. Oppenheim, MD
Virginia Beach Dermatologist

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