Rosacea has come out of the closet and there are celebrities you know with rosacea! If you have rosacea, you’re in good company. More than 16 million people in the United States have rosacea. Worldwide, an estimated 48 million people have it. That means, of course, that famous people have rosacea too.
Celebrities struggle publicly with rosacea.
A rosacea flare-up can be embarrassing, but it hasn't stopped celebrities from putting their rosacea-prone faces in front of the camera, and I think that's fantastic. I’m sure they get frustrated by their skin, but judging by some of their careers, rosacea hasn't stopped them. Famous people with rosacea include:
- Bill Clinton
- Cameron Diaz
- Princess Diana and Prince William
- Rosie O’Donnell
- Mariah Carey
- Renee Zellweger
What's new is that celebrities are talking about their rosacea.
This includes Emmy Award-winning Actress Cynthia Nixon from Sex and the City. She just created a really great series of rosacea public service announcements that you're bound to see. They are informative, really well done, and worth a look. Click here to take a peek, then come back and I'll tell you what advice I give to my dermatology patients with rosacea. Don’t let rosacea stop you. Learn how to manage your rosacea - control it instead of letting it control you. It is a 3-step process.
The 3 steps to control rosacea:
- Find the best skin care routine for your rosacea-prone skin.
- Figure out your rosacea triggers and avoid them.
- See a dermatologist for treatment, if you can’t control your rosacea on your own.
In my dermatology practice I help a lot of people manage their rosacea. I even have mild rosacea myself and so I get to experience its capricious and inconvenient nature on my own face.
I’ve written a number of self-care articles that outline what I've learned over the years from my patients' experience and my personal awareness, and I've got a few uncommon "tricks up my sleeve." This information can help you with your rosacea. - Dermatologist and Skin Wellness Expert Dr. Cynthia Bailey
Dermatologist's rosacea advice and information
Read my Rosacea Article Series.
My in-depth rosacea series starts with the article titled What is Rosacea?. The various articles cover rosacea symptoms, trigger factors, the rosacea skin care routine I recommend for my patients, natural treatments, and prescription treatments for rosacea.
Learn about face mites.
If you have rosacea you may well have a robust population of demodex mites in your pores and they may play a role in your rosacea. Yup, mites! They're normal, but you can have a few or a lot. In rosacea there's often quite a crowd of them. Read about it in my post titled Rosacea New Treatment Ideas and Scientific Developments.
Tackle the rosacea holy grail - clogged pores, oily skin AND rosacea.
The combination of rosacea, oily skin, and clogged pores is common and very tricky to treat. I have a very detailed post on how I approach it. You'll see some advice that isn't found elsewhere and it works; I use it all the time in my practice with great results but, it's not for everyone with rosacea. The post is titled Best Products for Rosacea, Oily Skin and Blackheads.
Get the best rosacea skin care routine that I've developed for my rosacea patients
Your skin care routine is a make-it-or-break-it habit for your rosacea. This makes me very particular about the products I recommend and they are used. You want a complete and comprehensive skin care routine that addresses each of the special needs particular to rosacea-prone complexions. I call this Complete Skin Care for rosacea. The skin care routine that I use for almost all my rosacea patients includes specific products for these key steps in a skin care routine:
- CLEANSE: It's important not to overly dry or irritate your skin with cleansers.
- CORRECT: It's important to use a product that can sooth inflammation and I've seen the best results with the combo of high-concentration green tea and caffeine.
- HYDRATE: Dry and irritated skin is prone to rosacea flare ups, so finding the right face cream is important.
- PROTECT: Sun exposure flares rosacea for many people, but sunscreens can be irritating. I recommend wearing non-irritating mineral zinc oxide sunscreen every day.
- Makeup: Flare ups of rosacea can be covered, but you need a makeup that's not irritating. This is why I recommend mineral makeup as the best choice for rosacea.
Click the links below for more information on the specific products I recommend:
CLEANSE facial skin twice daily using a very gentle and hypoallergenic product designed for sensitive complexions. The best options include alternating a pH balanced gentle cleanser with a pyrithione zinc product using tepid water and your fingertips.
Calming Zinc® Soap is fortified with pyrithione zinc to fight rosacea in a natural base that is glycerin-rich and extremely gentle. It contains the highest amount of pyrithione zinc to help reduce the population of Pityrosporum yeast on your skin. This yeast often overgrows the pores of people with rosacea and I’ve found that treating it helps to gain control of rosacea.
Extremely Gentle Foaming Facial Cleanser is a pH balanced soap-less synthetic cleanser that gently cleanses skin without irritation.
Most rosacea patients need to use both of these cleansers because the pyrithione zinc in the Calming Zinc Soap can be drying. I have my patients start using the Calming Zinc once a day in the evening. They wash with the Extremely Gentle Cleanser in the morning.
CORRECT rosacea inflammation with Green Tea Antioxidant Skin Therapy. This is the absolute best anti-inflammatory/antioxidant product to help heal rosacea-prone skin. I think everyone with rosacea should use the product twice a day. Green Tea Antioxidant Skin Therapy contains an extremely high concentration of pharmaceutical grade green tea antioxidants together with caffeine and it is a magic combo for rosacea control. I have my patients apply it twice a day immediately after washing. They apply their prescription products on top. (One needs to clear that advice with their treating physician).
The combination of Green Tea with Calming Zinc are the two most effective skin care steps I've found for rosacea and that's why I’ve put them together in my Facial Redness Relief Kit.
HYDRATE your facial skin every day. It's important because the skin barrier is damaged when you have rosacea. It will only heal if you maintain skin moisture and lipid content by using a really good skin cream. Yep, just about everyone with rosacea needs a soothing face cream to maintain the right amount of skin moisture. Avoid products with anti-aging ingredients, fragrances or strong essential oils. These ingredients can be irritating.
Pick your moisturizer based on your skin type and apply it after your Green Tea. Two safe and healing face creams that I use to create skin care routines for my rosacea patients include:
PROTECT your facial skin from UV rays because they trigger rosacea. Use only mineral zinc oxide sunscreen because it is non-irritating to sensitive rosacea-prone complexions. You need to wear mineral broad spectrum sunscreen every day. Yep, the sun triggers rosacea and sun protection is a key step in controlling your rosacea. Pick your product based on your product preference and skin type:
This provides invisible protection.
This gives you tinted protection to help soften complexion flaws. The tinting blends into all skin tones and does NOT look like makeup. That's because the tinting technology is created with iron oxide particles that disperse evenly over skin and help block visible light that also worsens pigment skin problems. The matte base absorbs excess oil making this the top choice for oily rosacea-prone skin. This is the product I wear daily on my fair skin.
This product is entirely invisible on your skin and rubs in beautifully to hair areas. When dry, you will not feel this sunscreen on your skin. It is a men's favorite. The protection is moderately water resistant and a great choice for sweaty weather and activities. I wear this on my neck, chest, arms and hands daily. I don't worry about it coming into contact with my shirt collar or scarves. I LOVE this product!
Citrix Sunscreen is also a great product that my patients have used for many years.
What is the best rosacea skin care kit?
I put it all together for you in my Rosacea Therapy Skin Care Kit - dermatologist developed, dermatologist approved and dermatologist used herself! Yep, this does the trick.
What is the best makeup for rosacea?
Mineral Makeup is my top choice for rosacea-prone complexions. It gives you great coverage without risking skin irritation Whether your skin care routine includes makeup every day or whether you just need makeup to cover the occasional rosacea redness, mineral makeup is the best makeup for rosacea-prone skin. Not all mineral makeup covers well though, but mine does. Pick your product based on your skin type:
Loose Mineral Makeup Powder if you have really oily skin (kaolin clay in this powder absorbs oil throughout the day)