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Redness and Rosacea | Help and Advice

Skin redness and rosacea are quite common amongst teenagers. They can impact self-esteem and effect day to day living. Here we offer practical advice to help navigate these issues.

Understanding Skin Redness and Rosacea

Skin redness in teenagers can be caused by many things, including hormonal changes, environmental triggers and lifestyle habits. Rosacea, on the other hand, is a skin condition characterised by redness, pimples, swelling and dilated blood vessels, often concentrated on the face.

The majority of people with Rosacea have fair skin and the condition is three times more common in women than men. The exact cause of rosacea is still largely unknown.

Tips for Managing Teen Skin Redness

Gentle Skincare

Opt for gentle skincare products appropriate for your age and skin type. Avoid scrubs as they can aggravate skin redness and rosacea.

Sun Protection

UV exposure can both exacerbate redness and trigger rosacea flare-ups. Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher, even on cloudy days.

Avoid Triggers

Common triggers include extreme temperatures, hot showers, alcohol, exercise, spicy meals, citrus fruits, tomatoes, caffeine and emotional stress.

Keeping a diary to identify personal triggers can be helpful in managing symptoms.

Moisturise Regularly

A good moisturiser can help strengthen the skin's barrier, reducing redness and sensitivity. Choose formulations designed for sensitive skin and make sure products do not contain anything you have identified as sensitive to your skin.

Managing Rosacea in Teenagers

Medical Consultation

Early identification is important. If rosacea is suspected, consult a dermatologist for a bespoke treatment plan.  This may include topical or oral medications to reduce inflammation and redness.

Laser Therapy

For persistent redness or visible blood vessels, laser therapy can be an effective treatment option. This should be discussed with a dermatologist as it's important to tailor treatment to the individual’s specific condition and skin type

Lifestyle Modifications

Similar to managing general skin redness, lifestyle changes can significantly impact rosacea management. This includes minimising exposure to known triggers and adopting a simple and gentle skincare routine.

Emotional Support and Education

Understanding that rosacea can be managed will alleviate some of the psychological stress associated with it. Support groups and educational resources can provide additional support and information.  I have included some useful resources at the end of this article. 

Realistic Expectations

It’s important to have realistic expectations regarding the management of skin redness and rosacea. While these conditions can often be controlled and symptoms significantly reduced, patience and consistency with treatment are key.

Remember

What works for one person may not work for another and managing these conditions is often about finding the right balance of skincare, medical treatments and lifestyle adjustments.

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