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RUDDY SKIN AND ROSACEA

Ruddy skin is often a precursor to rosacea

According to the National Rosacea Society, rosacea is a chronic inflammatory condition that usually starts with flushing and redness on the cheeks. As it progresses, the redness becomes more severe and can spread to the nose, chin, and forehead. As symptoms worsen, blood vessels can appear on the face, and red bumps and pimples.

The NRS also notes that 50 percent of rosacea sufferers can have irritated eyes that look watery or bloodshot.

Women are most likely to develop rosacea, which affects fair-skinned people the most.

The exact cause of rosacea is unknown, but specific triggers are common.

So dealing with ruddiness, the first thing is to reevaluate your skincare regime.

For example, if you use cleansers and scrubs that are too harsh, they will irritate your skin.

On the other hand, if you spend time outside, protect your skin exceptionally well; use a sunblock with an SPF 50 and apply it often.

Azelaic Acid, which is naturally occurring in grains such as wheat, may help with the acne-like symptoms of rosacea. It can leave skin feeling tingly when applied and has anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory properties. Azelaic acid can be found in creams, serums, and gels.

Being English and growing up in the tropics of Queensland, Australia, I learned this lesson very early.

I recommend using mild cleansers and gentle face moisturizers to avoid aggravating your skin with strong scrubs or products with alpha hydroxy acids. If the ruddiness persists, ask your dermatologist about a topical treatment.

Include in your makeup routine a yellow-toned foundation; this will help neutralize and cancel out the warmth in your skin tone. I find a stipple brush best as it gives me a natural blend, and I can still see my freckles; for a more formal event, I can use a little more for a slightly heavier application. 

What I love about my "No Sweat Foundation" is that it will stay on until I take it off with cleanser, so I never have to worry about the ruddiness creeping thru my makeup look.