Often consumers wonder why expensive moisturizers for rosacea burn and irritate skin. Usually this can be caused by the synthetic fragrance that is added to many department store and drugstore over-the-counter creams. When looking at the ingredients, one will usually see the word “fragrance” or “parfum” on the product label, which represents an undisclosed mixture of various scent chemicals used to make the product smell good. This is a great marketing technique, as consumers enjoy the fragrant smell and purchase the product because of it.
Some product labels state they are “dermatologist, allergy tested” and “100 percent fragrance-free.” While it may be true that these products underwent testing and are fragrance-free, that doesn’t necessarily mean they are safe for one’s skin. These skin cream products could also contain other widely used potential skin irritants, such as cyclopentasiloxane (silicone), butylene glycol (preservative, gives product a whipped appearance) and polyethylene glycol (emulsifier).
A majority of a manufacturer’s budget is spent on a product’s look, smell and feel. But just because a beautifully packaged product looks and smells scrumptious, that doesn’t mean it’s good for one’s skin. Checking the ingredients is important. Some creams contain the active ingredient hydrocortisone 0.5%. This is fine for short-term flare-up of rosacea (seven days), but hydrocortisone is not to be used long term and can cause thinning of the skin, blotchiness, increased redness and more.
Plant-based lotions are the best approach to treating one’s skin. Lotions specifically using indigo naturalis, a plant known in the medical community for its safe positive effect on redness and irritation, is often a great choice.
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