There’s no better sensation than feeling comfortable within your own skin. If you develop skin conditions that leave you uncomfortable and insecure, your skin can start to feel more like a cage rather than a radiant exterior. Rosacea (facial redness) is a skin condition that can leave your cheeks looking flushed – sometimes with accompanying spots and blemishes – and can affect your confidence. If you are one of the many who are suffering with this condition, simply follow these few steps to help you outshine those cheeks and gain back your confidence.

What Is It and What Causes Facial Redness (Rosacea)

Rosacea is identified generally as facial redness that appears commonly on the cheeks, nose or chin. Sometimes there will be visible blood vessels and small pimples as well, causing a rough, uneven appearance. It’s important to note that this skin condition is quite common and often goes undiagnosed, so it is always best to consult with your skin care physician at The Ottawa Skin Clinic if you think you may have it.

This skin condition has a variety of triggers that can cause it to occur, however the top main triggers are generally stress, hot and cold weather conditions, cosmetics, and alcohol.

Consulting with your dermatologist and skin care specialists can help you identify what might be irritating your skin and how you can avoid, reduce, or manage them.

How to Combat Rosacea Triggers

First and foremost, you must learn how to manage your stress levels. It cannot be overstated how important it is to reduce and manage your stress, not only for your skin, but also for the sake of your entire being. Gentle exercise such as swimming, or yoga can work wonders. Meditation is also a great practice to help you learn to control your stress.

During extreme weather conditions, simply avoiding complete exposure of your face will improve it. So for those blistery cold days, be sure to bundle up with your scarf. When it comes to cosmetics, this may seem like a lose-lose situation as many people suffering from facial redness rely on products to cover up any blemishes. However, you can simply look for skin care products that are free from fragrance, dyes and other harmful ingredients. Also, mineral-based products and medical-grade skin care products will help avoid inflammation and irritation to your skin. Ask our skin care specialists for makeup and skin care products from leading companies like Jane Iredale, SkinCeuticals and PCA Skin designed for rosacea sufferers and people with sensitive skin.

Alcohol is a no-brainer. Do what you can to avoid alcohol, or at least reduce your intake of it, especially hard liquor.

Aside from oral or topical treatments that can be prescribed by your skin care physician, there is also the option of PhotoFacial treatment with Intense Pulsed Light (IPL). This laser treatment improves the condition of the skin and reduces blood vessels, blemishes and overall redness. Other treatments that may be helpful include HydraFacial treatment and Advanced Medical Grade Facials.

If you are suffering from facial redness, and feel inhibited by those rosy checks, maybe it’s time for you to book a consultation with The Ottawa Skin Clinic to discuss your triggers and options for treatment. You deserve to step out into the world looking and feeling your best.