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I deal with rosacea year round, but in the summer months it is out of control. What gives?
Sun is the number one trigger of rosacea. Somewhere between 50 and 60 percent of rosacea sufferers identify sun as the biggest culprit. It causes more of the blood vessel dilation on the skin that people with rosacea are predisposed to, and, in turn, causes more flushing and redness. The sun can also thin the skin and therefore cause more of the broken capillaries. Broad-spectrum sun protection all year round is a must for rosacea sufferers, but in the summer it’s important to be more vigilant than ever. None of the traditional rosacea medications cause increased sensitivity, so don’t worry about any cross-reactions. Just focus on avoiding prolonged heat and sun as much as you can to prevent potential flare-ups.
Dr. Sapna Westley is a board-certified dermatologist based out of Mercer Street Medical in New York’s Soho neighborhood. She is focused primarily on skincare, cosmeceuticals, and cosmetic dermatology. Westley also serves as a consulting dermatologist for Kao Brands.
TAMANU OIL/ (tuh-mahn-oo oil)/ n./ 1. A thick, brown oil extracted from the nuts of the Tamanu tree, native to Southeast Asia;/ n./ 2. Tamanu oil promotes the formation of new tissue and also boasts anti-inflammatory properties that can treat everything from sunburn to skin blemishes and rosacea, e.g., “If your skin tends to veer towards the greasy side, fight oil with oil—tamanu oil, which is nature’s answer to the dreaded pizza face.”
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It’s unclear when the cult of P50 started, although we’d have to assume it was around the time that Biologique Recherche first released the wonder product, which has become the cornerstone of its 40-year-old line. With active ingredients including usnic acid, lactic acid, witch hazel, onion extract, myrrh extract, and sage extract, the toner-cum-astringent -cum-”balancing lotion” occupies a coveted space among beauty urban legends. Many have heard of its transformative powers, although why it actually works remains elusive. “It just balances your skin,” says Shyou Hung, famed New York facialist and the owner of Salon de Shyou in Soho. As one of the first aestheticians to start offering P50, Hung prescribes the tonic to all of her clients, which include a gaggle of models and please-don’t-print-their-names-in-your-article celebrities who can often be seen leaving her Prince Street digs. “It’s really unique,” she says. “It actually makes pores smaller!”—among other things. Essentially a daily exfoliant that effectively removes dead skin cells to allow for cell regeneration, P50 gently purifies, hydrates, and tones while controlling sebum and reducing any proclivity you might have toward breakouts and rosacea (editor’s note: it’s also excellent for pre- and post-shaving care). While it can take about a week to start working and the smell is not for the faint of heart (that combination of lactic acid and onion extract is pungent at best), it can be quite habit-forming. Once your skin has experienced P50, the visible difference makes it hard to go back.
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This column features weekly tips and advice from a revolving cast of industry leaders, on hand to discuss your beauty dilemmas, from blemishes to Botox. The following query was culled from a private stock, but we’ll be accepting readers’ questions soon.
How often should I visit a dermatologist? Should I be going regularly, like with the dentist?
Safety comes first, so I recommend that my patients see me once a year for skin cancer screening and then as needed for skin conditions such as acne, rosacea, aging skin, etc.
A board-certified dermatologist and dermatological surgeon based in New York City, Dr. Dennis Gross founded his own skincare line, MD Skincare, as a topical alternative to surgical procedures. His products have consistently been featured in fashion and beauty consumer magazines and his expertise has helped him become a well-known lecturer and consultant on the subject of skincare. His book,Your Future Face, focuses on a customized approach to individual problems.
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