Rosacea – we’ve all heard of it and many of us assume we don’t suffer from it.
But it’s far more common than you think. In fact, one in 10 of us have it, making it the UK’s most common skin complaint, especially among women aged 30-60.
Best known as the condition that causes the red, bulbous noses suffered by people who had enjoyed a few too many glasses of wine, rosacea also causes a reddening of the face, itchy rashes, a pimply skin surface and flushed cheeks. It can even cause itchy, stinging eyes.
And while genetics, the weather, stress and over-use of strong beauty products can cause it to flare up, there are plenty of foods and drink that have been found to trigger rosacea due to their inflammatory properties. The foods to avoid are:
- Soy sauce
- Hot drinks (let your coffee or tea cool down before drinking)
- Green and red peppers
- Alcohol, especially red wine, beer, vodka, bourbon and gin
- Spicy foods including paprika and chilli
- Fried food
If you do suffer from rosacea, you need to kind to your skin too. Skincare needs to be mild, gentle and without acids – the more natural, the better. Here are five of the best:
Best serum: Dr Weil Mega Mushroom Skin Relief Advanced Face Serum, £46 – Contains anti-irritant ingredients to soothe the skin and reduce redness.
Best moisturiser: Kiehl’s Skin Rescuer, £29.50 – Reinforces the skin’s barrier function to ward off external aggressors.
Best treatment: Eau Thermale Avene Antirougeurs Fort Relief Concentrate for Chronic Redness, £19.55 – Pop this treatment on the affected areas for an intensive hit.
Best make-up: Smashbox Photo Finish Color Correcting Primer in Adjust, £25 – It won’t cure your redness but it will cover it up without doing any further damage.
Best night cream: Ole Henriksen Nuture Me Soothing Crème, £41 – A rich, vitamin-packed cream that not only moisturisers but comforts the skin too.