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Posts made in April 2018

How to Choose a Sunscreen for Acne-Prone Skin

Girl enjoying time in the sun on a lakeIf you have sensitive, acne-prone skin, the thought of slathering on thick, heavy sunscreen could be less than appealing. However, sunscreen should be an incredibly important part of your skin-care routine to ensure your face is protected against skin cancer, premature aging, and hyperpigmentation. When you have skin that is prone to breakouts, below are some tips on choosing a sunscreen that will protect your skin and leave your face feeling great all day.

  • Look for oil-free and noncomedogenic products: For daily use, you want a sunscreen that is oil-free. You should also look for the word “noncomedogenic” on the packaging. This means the product does not contain ingredients that will clog pores. Never use sunscreen formulated for your body on your face, as it is much too thick and greasy.
  • Opt for fluids, gels, and sprays: Sunscreen lotions are fine for normal to dry skin, but if you have oily skin, you want a product that can be absorbed quickly. A sunscreen gel can be excellent for oily skin, as they are very lightweight and will absorb into your skin without a trace. Sprays can also be a lightweight option for your face, but you want to make sure you are spraying enough on to protect your skin.
  • Choose SPF 30 or higher: To adequately protect your face, you want your sunscreen to have at least 30 SPF. This will blog around 97% of UV rays you are exposed to, ensuring your face is protected.

Once you find the right product, be sure to apply daily, even on cloudy or rainy days to ensure your face is protected year-round. If you are having difficulty selecting a product, reach out to our Colorado dermatology specialists by calling (303) 740-4883.

Foods that can Trigger Rosacea Flare-Ups

Denver skin clinicIf you have rosacea you know how frustrating and sometimes embarrassing it can be. Even when you haven’t been exercising, or out in the sun, your face can still take on an unpleasant shade of scarlet. If you aren’t already aware, there are likely key triggers that are causing the flair-ups, while other times it appears to happen for no reason at all.

The cause of rosacea is unknown, but is not caused by poor hygiene. A number of factors can trigger or aggravate rosacea by increasing blood flow to the surface of your skin. Some of these factors include:

Hot Food and Drink: Hot temperature food may aggravate rosacea. Waiting for your food to cool down instead of eating it piping hot from the oven or limiting the cups of hot coffee that you drink may make a big difference.

Alcohol: Alcohol, especially beer and wine, are very high in histamine, which causes rosacea symptoms.

Spicy Foods: You should avoid any food that contains trigger spices, such as white, black or red pepper, cayenne, curry powder or paprika.

Dairy: Chocolate and vanilla have also been found to provoke rosacea. Yogurt and sour cream are also common triggers.

Foods Containing Vinegar: Ketchup, mayonnaise, pickles, pickled beets, chili sauce, olives and relishes are all high in histamine and can cause rosacea flare-ups.

Experts don’t have a clear understanding of exactly what causes this chronic skin condition, but they do know that it’s hereditary. Besides avoiding triggers that may cause it to flair, a Denver skin clinic dermatologist can prescribe medications, applied directly to the skin, which can help control rosacea symptoms and progression.

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