April marks Rosacea Awareness Month. Rosacea is an inflammatory skin condition that thousands of Irish people deal with, and it is most common in fair, sun-sensitive skin.

Michelle Ryan, Ultraceuticals National Trainer, explains: “Rosacea is an inflammatory skin condition that shows up as underlying redness, visible blood vessels and breakouts, often in the middle of the face. Redness and swelling of the nose and eye are also common. Genetics are the number one reason people get it, but it can also be triggered by UV exposure, stress, alcohol, caffeine and heat. Try to avoid these triggers as best you can, and then use topical products that will help calm, soothe and reduce the visible redness in the skin. Sun protection is a must-have in your daily routine if you suffer from this condition”

Here, Michelle shares her four essential tips for managing rosacea:

  1. Cleanse 

It’s an essential step in any skincare routine and one you want to get right. You’ll want to avoid cleansing with harsh formulas that leave your skin feeling tight and dry. My top pick from Ultraceuticals is the Ultra Calming Cleanser (RRP €45.00), a gentle, lightweight formula that uses the power of oats to cleanse the skin while keeping it calm, hydrated, and pH balanced.

  1. Correct

After a cleanse, lock in hydration to soothe and condition the skin’s natural moisturiser barrier. Ultraceuticals Ultra R.E.D Corrective Serum (RRP €102.50) has been dermatologically tested to be suitable for rosacea-prone and the most sensitive skin. Its unique combination of hydrating and calming ingredients will provide comfort while helping to reduce visible redness and comfort stressed, sensitive skin.

  1. Moisturise 

The perfect complement to your gentle cleanser and soothing serum is Ultraceuticals Ultra Calming Moisturiser Cream (RRP €59.00). This formula features a powerful blend of Ceramides, Prebiotics, and Phytosterol to help hydrate and support the skin’s protective barrier.

  1. Protect

No matter your skin type, applying broad-spectrum sunscreen to protect your skin from damaging UVA and UVB radiation is always a good idea. Remember to apply it all over your face, neck, and ears, and reapply SPF every two hours. A mineral sunscreen is best for sensitive skin, such as Ultraceuticals Ultra UV Protective Daily Mineral Defence SPF50+ (€65.00).