Episode Title: K-Beauty & Rosacea
April is Rosacea Awareness Month.
On today’s episode of the podcast, Lauren discusses the impact of this chronic and widespread facial disorder.
She talks through what to do if you suspect you have rosacea and some at-home Kbeauty products that might be a good fit for those with skin that has become sensitised by rosacea.
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Rosacea (pronounced “roh-ZAY-sha”) is a chronic disorder characterised by flare-ups on the skin. Rosacea typically begins after age 30 and presents as a redness on the cheeks, nose, chin or forehead that may come and go. Usually it appears on the face and is more common in those with Caucasian skin.
While your doctor can suggest medicine and other treatments to manage your symptoms, there are plenty of steps you can take at home to make yourself look and feel better.
If your face looks like you're blushing, you have redness on your face or acne-like bumps, you may have rosacea.
Other symptoms include:
There are some things that make you more likely to get rosacea, including having lighter coloured hair, skin and eyes; being a female aged between 30 - 50; having family members with rosacea etc.
The exact cause of rosacea is still not known, however genetics are believed to play a role. Other causes are believed to me:
Some things are also believed to trigger rosacea, like hot baths, spicy food, alcohol, stress, extreme temperatures, wind etc.
If you are taking steroids or blood pressure medications, know that these are also sometimes believed to be a trigger.
As rosacea is often highly personal, the beauty products that work for one person with rosacea may not work for another. The key is to minimise the amount of different skincare products you use on your skin. Make sure you test out any new products before applying them to your face.
It is a good idea to“patch test” new products so that you can see if you have a reaction to it before applying it all over your face. To patch test, simply use a small amount of product on your neck. If you have any adverse reaction to it, stop using it. Instead, make a note of the ingredients in the product to help you isolate any ingredients that trigger flare-ups.
When applying your skincare products, use the least amount of friction possible. Avoid using cotton pads and instead spray or gently tap products onto the face.
Opt for ingredients that have soothing, moisturising and skin softening properties.
Ideal Korean Beauty ingredients include green tea, snail mucin, aloe, bamboo, honey/royal jelly/propolis and Centella asiatica.
There are a wide range of ingredients that are known to trigger or exacerbate rosacea and redness. The National Rosacea Society recommends avoiding products containing:
2 Witch hazel
6 Eucalyptus oil
It’s also a good idea to avoid astringent products, exfoliators and other skincare products that are harsh on sensitive skin.
Although there is no known cure for rosacea, there are treatments that can help you to manage the redness, bumps, and other symptoms that go along with rosacea
Your doctor may suggest some oral medicines, medicated skincare products or certain procedures like laser.
iUNIK Centella Bubble Cleansing Foam – This gentle pH balanced cleanser replaces ordinary water with 69% Centella asiatica extract water to softly cleanse damaged, irritated skin. It also comes in a pre-foamed bubble, to reduce any friction or irritation on the skin.
Subi Brightening Powder Cleanser - simply mix the soft powder with water on your hands before applying the foam to lightly damp skin. This ultra-gentle low pH cleanser is the ultimate luxury cleansing experience for sensitive skin.
Purito Centella Unscented Toner – This unscented toner is a new release from Purito. Designed to replace their Centella Green Level Calming Toner for those with truly sensitive skin, this product is completely free of fragrances AND essential oils.
Purito Unscented Centella Serum – is a super solution to rescue super sensitive skin. If your damaged skin is particularly sensitive to fragrance and alcohols, then this is the product for you!
Illiyoon Ultra Repair Cream is idealfor anyone who's skin feels itchy because of dryness. If you skin has become red, sensitive and is suffering from barrier damage, this formula is ideal for you. Highpanthenol (5%) andMadecassoside boost the skin barrier to help lock in moisture.
Etude House Soon Jung Barrier Cream is a soothing cream perfect for those with general sensitivities and a damaged skin barrier. It is made with K-Beauty’s latest obsession,Centella asiatica (aka Cica / Tiger's Grass).
Illiyoon Ceramide Ato Concentrate Cream (150ml) is a very gentle formula that's completely fragrance free, making it a good option for people with rosacea and the estimated 2-4% of people in the general population who suffer from a true fragrance allergy.
Benton Centella Redness Mask cares for easily irritated, sensitive and blemished skin with its key ingredient, Centella asiatica.
Benton Aloe Mask offers soothing, hydrating, nourishing, cooling and revitalising benefitsto sensitive, easily-irritated skin.
1 Make sure your skin is protected with sunscreen.
2 Cover up with a hat or parasol when you go outside.
3 Eating an anti-inflammatory diet can help for some.
4 Avoid using towels and cotton pads on your skin when cleansing your face.
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"As rosacea is often highly personal, the beauty products that work for one person with rosacea may not work for another. The key is to minimise the amount of different skincare products you use on your skin."- Lauren Lee, Kbeauty Expert
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