Rosacea is a skin condition usually resulting in ruddy or red skin or inflamed spot-like bumps on cheeks, chin, nose and forehead. It is most common in women.
The most obvious symptoms of rosacea are:
Redness across the cheeks and possibly chin, forehead and nose. This may come and go but get worse over time. It may look like wind or sun burn or a 'high colour'.
Flushing. Rosacea sufferers tend to flush easily and be more than usually sensitive to heat, cold, alcohol, spicy food etc.
Broken blood veins/capillaries. Where skin is persistently red or flushing, blood vessels can become weakened over time, leading to visible red veins. This is often called vascular or erythematotelangiectatic rosacea.
Bumps, acne-like spots. These are known as papules and this is often called inflammatory or papulopustular rosacea. They are of a more domed, regular shape than acne spots and do not tend to be painful like acne spots. As with the redness mentioned above, these papules may come and go and 'flare up' due to a known, or unidentified trigger or triggers.
Over time, skin can begin to look inflamed and thickened and, in extreme cases what is know as rhinophyma can develop although this is rare among women (think men with big bulbous noses often associated with, but not necessarily due to, drinking).
As with all sensitive skin conditions, each person's experience of rosacea may be different but the guidelines above offer a general view.
If you are wondering 'do I have rosacea', a useful online survey to help determine whether you may be experiencing the symptoms of rosacea can be found at http://www.rosaceafacts.com/.
How to treat rosacea
Treating rosacea can require finding a balance between minimising episodes where the skin flares up e.g. via a good skin care programme and treating the long-term effects such as redness, papules and broken blood vessels e.g with antibiotic treatments or some sort of laser therapy.
Avoiding 'triggers' that can cause flare-ups is key although, we appreciate, easier said than done, particularly when there just doesn't seem to be anything specific which sets it off. Common triggers are cold, heat, alcohol, spicy foods and stress.
Despite their claims, most cosmetic products cannot 'cure' rosacea. Many companies or ranges say that their products can cure the condition but they are misleading people into spending a lot of money on products that are unlikely to work and which will, in many cases, end up making the problem worse, particularly where they contain perfume, essential oils and plant and flower extracts.
Queen products, and our customers do back this up, can certainly help control rosacea. Our gentle formulations mean it is possible to cleanse and moisturise skin without exacerbating the condition.
Skin care and make-up for rosacea prone skin
The products below are those which are especially gentle and with which our customers who experience rosacea have had good success. However, we understand that it can be a minefield choosing which products might be best so please do give us a call for skin tips and advice and to discuss your individual skin in confidence and with no obligation at any point to buy. Our number is 01825 768 845.
In terms of make-up for rosacea prone skin, our coloured foundations, face powders, eye shadow and blushers are extremely gentle, offering coverage and a touch of colour without irritation. We offer small free samples of these so do get in touch.
If you are in your late 40s or 50s and are finding that your skin has become more reactive (flushing more frequently, permanent redness or sore lumps), it may be that you have rosacea. Read our blog post 'Skin behaving badly in your 50s? It could be rosacea' here.
Our beautiful cleanser for dry or mature skin.
A gentle lotion for skin prone to spots & acne & for normal-oily skin.
Our best-selling day cream. For normal, combination or dry sensitive skin.
A light, soothing gel-like cream for very dry sensitive skin. Ideal for rosacea-prone skin.
Blusher for sensitive skin to define, shade and highlight
A lovely light toner with glycerine to prevent dryness and sensitivity.
A foundation cream offering light coverage and a touch of colour for sensitive skin.
A light, non-irritating face powder