The use of topical creams to treat rosacea is one of the main treatment options. Creams not only help to moisturize the skin and prevent dryness, but also contain other beneficial ingredients. Here we will look at why topical rosacea creams help to reduce redness and which ingredients you should be looking out for.
Facial redness (erythema) is one of the most common signs of rosacea. The redness is caused by the tiny blood vessels near the surface of the skin dilating and becoming visible through the skin. The redness is often aggravated by facial flushing, another common symptom of rosacea and can come on intermittently or become permanent. Sometimes the redness can be mistaken for sunburn.
Any redness of the face is seen as inflammation and, therefore, creams containing anti-inflammatory properties are the best ones to use. Products containing Vitamin C can reduce the redness of rosacea since it contains potent anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties. Anti-oxidants protect the body from free radical production which can damage the skin. A recent study found that using Cellex-C’s patented ingredients, proved beneficial in reducing skin redness and improving skin tone. Cellex C is the leader in topical vitamin C technology and their skin firming cream is proving popular for treating rosacea.
Another possibility is niacinamide, also known as Vitamin B3, which has also been found to have anti-inflammatory properties. A recent study found that using a facial moisturizer containing niacinamide, applied twice daily, reduced inflammation and improved the skin’s moisture level. Vitamin A (retinol) and Vitamin E are popular ingredients in skin care products because of their beneficial effects on skin health.
Another vitamin which is important for skin health is vitamin B. A lack of it can lead to dry, wrinkled and inflamed skin. So, using topical creams that contain all these vitamins will certainly help to reduce the redness of skin in rosacea.
Another ingredient that has been looked into for treating rosacea is green tea. We all know it as a popular and healthy drink, but one small study found that using green tea extract in a cream significantly reduced the bumps, pustules and redness of the face. Not only does green tea have anti-ageing properties, but it’s also extremely cooling and soothing to the skin.
Rosacea can cause the skin to become extremely sensitive. So, it’s important to use creams that will not irritate the skin further. Make sure you check the ingredients carefully.
Many doctors or dermatologists do not think that creams or other medications can treat facial redness effectively and recommend avoiding possible triggers and wearing sunscreen. However, research has shown that particular ingredients, for example topical vitamins, can help reduce or clear facial redness.