Rosacea and couperose

How to differentiate them and minimize their impact

3% to 10%. That’s the number of adult Canadians affected by rosacea and couperose, a skin problem that touches people of every age, but is most common in women aged 30 to 50. So, how do you prevent it from occurring or manage it to reduce its symptoms? Read on and find out!

ROSACEA AND COUPEROSE – A QUICK OVERVIEW

Rosacea is a progressive disease that manifests as flare-ups and can take different forms. In early stages, it might only appear as redness in the middle of the face. Over time, small, dilated blood vessels appear along with more significant, permanent redness. That’s what is typically known as couperose.

People affected by rosacea often feel the sensation of heat, burning or itching of the skin. In more advanced stages, raised patchy areas appear, resembling acne; or thickening of the skin occurs, known as rhinophyma.

Rosacea or couperose?

Rosacea is more common in people with pale skin and light eyes. And a number of factors can trigger or aggravate its symptoms: rapid changes in temperature, exposure to the sun, stress, eating spicy or very hot foods and alcohol or tobacco use.

The solution to reducing or improving symptoms often lies in changing certain lifestyle habits and choosing appropriate care.

CARING FOR AFFECTED SKIN

Rosacea and couperose can affect both the appearance and the health of your skin, beginning with increased skin sensitivity. In terms of a beauty routine, certain rules should be followed: avoid abrasive formulas like lotion or cream scrubs, protect your skin from the effects of the sun, and add gentle, soothing products to your skin-care routine.

Cleansers

Choose an unscented, soap- and alcohol-free product. Apply it with your fingertips and avoid any excess rubbing. Because the limestone in tap water can irritate sensitive skin, a no-rinse formula, such as micellar water, is a good option. If you do use water, carefully monitor the temperature. Too much heat dilates blood vessels and promotes redness. It’s also important to dry your face by dabbing gently, avoiding any friction.

Cleansers
Antirougeurs Clean Redness-Relief Refreshing Cleansing Lotion, 200 ml
Avène

Antirougeurs Clean Redness-Relief Refreshing Cleansing Lotion, 200 ml

Daily cleansing and make-up removal for sensitive redness-prone skin.

Thermal water

Sourced from mountain springs rich in minerals and trace elements, thermal water helps regenerate your skin while making it soft and supple. To maximize hydration, spritz some on your face after cleansing. Slip a spritzer into your bag so you can relieve any tugging, discomfort or inflammation throughout the day.

Thermal Water, 300 ml
Uriage

Thermal Water, 300 ml

Uriage thermal water is a skincare water for daily use, a powerful treatment formulated with trace elements and mineral salts, a source of radiance for your skin. Packaged directly at the source, Uriage thermal water is extracted in a pure environment, protected from pollution.

Thermal Spring Water Spray, 300 ml
Avène

Thermal Spring Water Spray, 300 ml

MOISTURIZER

Because rosacea can dry your skin, using a moisturizer both morning and evening is crucial. Use creams or non-irritating lotions, preferably water-based, to keep your skin well hydrated and prevent the dilation of blood vessels.

Roséliane CC Cream 30, 40 ml
Uriage

Roséliane CC Cream 30, 40 ml

A rich and non-greasy cream that provides the optimal combination of skincare and makeup coverage for rapid application and a perfectly sheer finish. It reduces redness, evens out skin tone and adds radiance to the complexion. Upon application, comfort is immediately restored to skin, leaving it soft, perfectly moisturized and soothed.

Anti-Redness Soothing Care, 40 ml
Reversa

Anti-Redness Soothing Care, 40 ml

Soothes and hydrates.

TARGETED PRODUCTS

Some brands offer specially formulated products for skin that’s prone to rosacea or couperose. Created to stimulate microcirculation and reduce localized redness, these protective and moisturizing products are great additions to your daily skin care.

Antirougeurs Fort Relief Concentrate for Chronic Redness, 30 ml
Avène

Antirougeurs Fort Relief Concentrate for Chronic Redness, 30 ml

Reduces localized redness and small visible veins. Paraben free.

Rosaliac AR Intense Localized Redness Intensive Serum, 40 ml
La Roche-Posay

Rosaliac AR Intense Localized Redness Intensive Serum, 40 ml
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Rosacea and couperose

Rosacea and couperose affect between 3 and 10% of the adult population in Canada, with fair-skinned individuals being particularly vulnerable. Although these two skin conditions are similar (they both cause chronic redness of the face), they shouldn’t be confused. Learn how to tell them apart and reduce their appearance while improving the comfort of your skin.
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