Rosacea is a skin condition that affects both men and women. However, men are more likely to develop phymatous rosacea. Phymatous rosacea causes the nose to become swollen and enlarged, making rosacea more aesthetically displeasing and even embarrassing. Men are prone to experiencing swollen and enlarged noses as a symptom of their rosacea. In fact, according to The National Rosacea Society
In a National Rosacea Society survey of 2,157 rosacea sufferers, 21 percent of the male respondents said they suffered from rhinophyma, while only 8 percent of the women who responded said they had this condition.
This makes seeking proper treatment and finding the right rosacea skin care regimen, important for men. If you have not spoken with a dermatologist already about your condition, I would recommend doing so.
Rosacea Men’s Skin Care Routine
- Wash: Use a mild cleanser, free of fragrances and allergens to wash the skin. Use your fingertips in place of a washcloth, as washing with a cloth may exacerbate the condition. Avoid hot water and use lukewarm water to rinse. Pat (do not rub), your face dry with a towel that has been washed in free and clear detergents only.
- Use Metronidazole Gel: This is a gel you can get prescribed from your physician. It works best when you compound Metronidazole with a little bit of Retin-A or a little bit of azelaic acid into the TrueLipids® lotion or cream found in the TrueLipids Redness Relief Kit. Speak with your physician about prescribing the compound. Apply it onto affected areas.
- Sunscreen: Wait 5 minutes after using your Metronidazole compounded gel before applying sunscreen. This will allow for adequate absorption into the skin’s barrier. Sunscreen is an important part of maintaining skin health. Apply daily to protect your skin from the sun’s harmful UV rays. If you experience a sunscreen sensitivity, speak with a doctor about finding a sunscreen free of known allergens.
- Take Antibiotics As Directed: Sometimes when rosacea symptoms are severe, or affecting your eyes, a doctor may prescribe oral antibiotics. take them as directed and always finish your prescription.
Shaving with Rosacea
Because rosacea mainly affects the nose and cheeks, there is less complication with shaving. However, some people experience a condition known as folliculitis. This is an inflammation of hair follicles, that some men with rosacea suffer from. It is best to use an electric razor when shaving. Read labels on shaving cream and avoid ingredients that tend to exacerbate rosacea.
Some ingredients to be aware of include:
- Salycyclic Acid
- Sodium laurel sulfate
- Clove oil
- Witch hazel
- Eucalyptus oil
By adhering to the guidelines outlined in this article, you should see a relief with redness, flushing and other symptoms associated with rosacea. If you are not able to get your condition under control, make appointment with a dermatologist to discuss other treatment options.