Have you noticed women who have rosy cheeks even when they're not blushing? That frequent flushing of the center of the face--which may include the forehead, nose, cheeks, and chin--occurs in the earliest stage of rosacea, a chronic disease that affects the skin and sometimes the eyes. The disorder is characterized by redness, acne and in advanced stages, thickened skin. Rosacea is more common in menopausal women with fair skin. There's no known cure, but the condition can be controlled.
In observance of Rosacea Awareness Month (April), Everything She Wants went to an exclusive Eucerin event at Manhattan's swanky Townhouse Spa, and we came away with some helpful tips from renowned dermatologist, Dr. Rosemarie Ingleton, on how to minimize the appearance of rosacea:
1. Avoid certain foods and drinks that make you flush. That means skip the red wine, caffeine and hot wings!
2. Apply broad spectrum sun protection every day. Use SPF 30 or higher.
3. Cover up in extreme cold and wind. For instance, make sure to protect your skin when you're skiing or during a winter storm.
4. Avoid prolonged heat exposure. Rosacea sufferers should skip the sauna and sunbathing and forgo Bikram yoga classes.
5. Carefully select skincare products. Avoid Witch hazel, alcohol-based toners and some anti-aging products. Instead, opt for Eucerin's gentle, non-comedogenic Redness Relief Soothing Cleanser, Soothing Night Creme and Daily Perfecting Lotion SPF 15.