The creams, foundations, powders and makeup you apply to your skin can act as a trigger for your rosacea. Sometimes referred to as acne cosmetica, this is sometimes seen as a mild form of acne pimples resulting from ingredients in cosmetics and skin care products. Areas of the skin usually affected include the hairline and scalp due to hairspray, hair gels and hairstyling products, facial areas from makeups and skin creams and the neck and upper chest from skin care creams, deodorant soaps, fragrances in soaps, cleansers and perfumes.

The chemical components of hair and skin care products cause the texture of the skin to look and feel rough with areas of pinkish bumps that are generally quite small in diameter. This type of rash does not usually appear inflamed or swollen. Cosmetic induced rosacea flares usually develop slowly and progress over a few weeks or months. Because it develops slowly over time, it may be difficult to determine the exact cause of the flare or outbreak. This can be avoided by paying close attention to the labels and using products marked non-comedogenic. Skin and hair care products that are comedgenic are structured in such a way that using them can result in the product accumulating on the skin particularly around the hair follicles causing the pores to become blocked. When this happens, the excess skin and body oils that the body produces to protect the skin, become trapped, clogging the pores, resulting in skin blemishes, whiteheads and blackheads.

Cosmetics applied to the eye area in the form of anti-wrinkle creams, gels, eye shadow, eye liners and mascara can worsen, trigger or cause symptoms of ocular rosacea. One way to reduce this risk is to replace or change your eye makeup products every couple months. And anytime you have an ocular flare, replace all eye makeup products immediately. Often times, simply replacing everything at the first sign of ocular symptoms can reduce or clear up the flare.

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