Rosacea skin care treatment for men
Rosacea is a skin condition which affects both men and women. However men think there’s not much they can do to camouflage and treat their skin than women. On the contrary, there are many ways for treating and improving their condition.
In fact, it’s more important that men seek treatment as they have more of phymatous rosacea wherein they are prone to swollen and enlarged noses with rosacea. This is why this is the suggested skin care regimen for men with rosacea:
- Wash your face using a fragrance-free, gentle cleanser with your fingertips and not a washcloth. Warm and not hot water should be used and then pat the face dry with an absorbent towel.
- Always protect you skin from excessive sun exposure and sunburn wearing a sunscreen. It’s better to use a sunblock containing zinc oxide for best results.
- Applying metronidazole gel helps. Just apply it to all the affected areas and let it get absorbed into the skin for five minutes before applying other products. The gel is available on a doctor’s prescription.
- If required, your doctor may prescribe oral antibiotics in conditions where the rosacea is out of control or whenever your eyes are involved.
- As rosacea usually affects the cheeks and nose, it does not affect shaving much. Things get complicated if you suffer from folliculitis, or inflamed hair follicles which is common with men suffering from rosacea.
If this is the case, it’s better shaving using an electric razor instead of a razor with blades which get dull to aggravate your skin. If you don’t have an electric razor, at least change blades frequently.
- You however have to be careful about the shaving products you choose if you have rosacea for men. Read the labels of shaving cream, after-shave and all other related products to avoid ingredients which will aggravate rosacea like: Alcohol, clove oil, menthol, salicylic acid, witch hazel, eucalyptus oil, camphor, fragrance, mint and sodium laurel sulfate.
- Stop using any shaving cream or after-shave which burns or stings your skin and other skin products which may have irritating ingredients are toners, astringents and exfoliates, and are best avoided.
Despite following these tips, at times, the redness can look too prominent. In such cases, you can use a green-toned cover-up like Covermark and Dermablend. Besides camouflaging the redness, it’s also possible to try procedures for reducing the redness like intense pulse-light or laser treatment wherein most of the rosacea is cleared up.
With the right care and medications from your dermatologist, you can not only treat yourself of your rosacea for men condition, but also reduce your skin redness.