Those who suffer from eczema, rosacea, psoriasis, or sensitive skin know the struggle of finding skin care products to soothe and treat their ailing skin, without making it worse. From over-the-counter to prescription products, these skin conditions can be worsened or improved by what goes into your soaps, lotions, and skincare products. That’s why it’s important to find a good skincare regime that is simple and natural, based on organic and luxurious botanical oils.
Let’s briefly look at rosacea and eczema, what triggers them, and how the right skincare regime can help prevent flare-ups and soothe symptoms.
Rosacea and Eczema
Rosacea occurs primarily on the face and causes symptoms like severe blushing or flushing, hotness, redness, bumps, and swelling. The ruddy flush spreads over time to the cheeks, forehead, chin, and nose, and can spread to the eyes, ears, chest, and back. These symptoms often come and go, with periods of time when they are more severe and times when they are milder.
Like rosacea, eczema presents as redness but also brings with it severe itching. Affected areas may become discoloured, blistered, crusty or scaly, and may weep. People with eczema are at an increased risk for developing skin infections because of their open skin.
Irritants you should avoid in skincare products
Fragrances and perfumes
- The problem: Both synthetic and naturally derived fragrances can irritate sensitive skin.
- What you can do: Be wary of products labelled as “fragrance-free,” since they may contain parabens and fragrances such as benzyl alcohol that also function as preservatives. Instead, choose natural, organic skincare products that you trust in origin and process.
- The problem: Methylparaben and butylparaben are commonly used preservatives found in many skin care products and cosmetics to prevent them from spoiling or cultivating bacteria. However, they can cause inflammation in people with eczema and rosacea prone skin.
- What you can do: Choose paraben-free skincare products. See here for more details on how to spot parabens.
- The problem: Alcohol, retinoids, and alpha hydroxyl acids (AHAs) such as glycolic acid, can all promote drying of the skin and can worsen eczema and rosacea.
- What you can do: Try alcohol-free hydrating facial serums that use a gentle blend of natural and certified organic botanical oils, designed for women with sensitive skin.
- The problem: Foaming cleansers typically have high levels of sodium lauryl sulphate (SLS) and sodium laureth sulphate (SLES). These surfactants are a known skin irritant and can impair skin barrier function and allow water to escape from the skin, leading to loss of hydration.
- What you can do: Try oil based cleansers that respect your skin’s biology. They work by gently removing pore-clogging impurities without stripping away the natural oils your skin needs. The result? A revitalized complexion that feels clean, nourished, and refreshed.