Having sensitive skin is not the same as having Rosacea, sensitive skin is not a disease whereas Rosacea is a chronic inflammatory disease of the skin. However, people with rosacea typically have sensitive skin and can’t tolerate a variety of skin products or treatments including for example, chemical peels and microdermabrasion. Rosacea often worsens with sun exposure or cold weather as well as emotional stress and certain foods and drinks, such as red wine , coffee or spicy foods. I have also been told by dermatologists that a microscopic organism called Demodex mite appear to inhabit in larger numbers in rosacea skin.
I have suffered this skin disease for years now and while I was told by a head dermatologist at the Royal Free Hospital in London that rosacea can’t be cured and that even laser won’t guarantee permanent results, there are things you can do and products you can use that will help you manage symptoms and reduce flares.
Avoid products that contain alcohol, fragrance or oils as this will cause a flare up and look for products that are paraben-free and noncomedogenic. Recently, I tried 3 creams by Bioderma which my skin loved. I’m recommending them as they are suitable for people with Rosacea as well as people with sensitive skin and perfect for the summer weather.
Bioderma Sensibio AR Anti-Redness care
This cream is suitable for people with sensitive skin prone to rosacea, it is very soothing upon application and it reduced the feeling of ‘overheated’ skin we rosacea sufferers experience. It is a non-oily cream so perfect to use as a make-up base too. As it has no SPF, I also use this moisturiser at night-time to get a softer feeling in my face.
Bioderma Sensibio AR SPF30 (Tinted moisturiser)
What I loved the most about this tinted moisturiser was the texture and that it instantly unified my skin’s tone giving my face a velvety touch. The cream also helped with the inflammation and lack of moisture particularly on those days when the hormones are wild and the rosacea feels itchy.
It also protects from UV rays as it contains a sun protection factor 30 which is perfect to curb the redness caused by extreme weather conditions.I took the below photos of my skin the day I attended an event -before lockdown -I used the Bioderma Sensibio as a make up base and the Sensible AR tinted moisturiser as my foundation. It worked great.
Bioderma Photoderm AR SPF50+ Tinted Cream
Bioderma Photoderm AR SPF 50+ is a sunscreen with a high protection factor designed for sensitive and reddened skin . It is perfect for the summer and to take on holiday as it has an SPF50 which offers extra protection against UVA and UVB rays, also being a tinted cream it will even out any complexion for a natural finish. There are days when you feel like covering up all the redness so it is possible to do this without wearing make-up, just your regular moisturiser!
What I liked the most about the Bioderma creams I tested was the soothing feeling and the light texture . They also didn’t make my skin itchy even if I applied them when having breakouts , days when the skin is extra sensitive and even water can irritate the face. These were the only 3 products I tried by Bioderma but check their website here if you are looking for something a bit more specific to your skin. If like me you suffer from rosacea and are wondering which cream out of the three I recommend the most, that would be the Bioderma Sensibio AR SPF30 (Tinted moisturiser).