Dermatologists Recommend These Sunscreens for People With Rosacea

I don't have a problem with flushed skin. That is, after all, the purpose of blush. A little pink or red on the apples of the cheeks, even on the tip of the nose or the temples (as is common practice when you're using the draping technique) makes the skin look lively, healthy, and youthful. What I do I have a problem with is when that flushed skin is intense, chronic, and widespread. That's called rosacea, and boy, do I have a problem with it. It's something I've struggled with since high school and have since been trying to alleviate. I drink water, avoid harsh skincare ingredients, and steer clear of certain flare-up-causing foods, but it's still always there, simmering under the surface, biding its time and waiting for an opportunity to strike. Which it often does, especially after I've spent time in the sun.

"People with rosacea are highly susceptible to UV radiation," according to dermatologist Lily Talakoub of McLean Dermatology and Skincare Center. "The vessels in the skin are very fragile in someone who has rosacea. The UV light breaks down collagen and elastin, which are the proteins that are the support structures for the vessels. When the collagen elastin breaks down, the vessels break and are visible under the skin, making the skin look more red and flushed."

Red and flushed is exactly the look I'm trying to avoid, which is why sunscreen is a must. But, as we know, all sunscreens are not created equal, and that's certainly true when it comes to rosacea.