The outer layer of our skin forms a natural barrier that helps prevent irritation and infection (keeps out bacteria and dirt), while retaining its moisture.
Researchers believe the skin’s protective barrier is faulty in those with rosacea. This explains why rosacea sufferers often have sensitive skin that is easily irritated (burns, stings, reddens) and tends to be dry.
A recent comparison study showed the facial skin of rosacea sufferers is in fact more sensitive to irritation and prone to dryness compared to normal facial skin.
What can you do about it?
Rosacea sufferers need to restore the protective properties of the skin barrier to minimize irritation and redness.
You can help do this through your daily skincare. See more on Cleansers, Moisturizers, Sunscreens and Make-up and concealers.