Couperose can occur for several reasons, because it has so many triggers. Here, we examine some potential causes of couperose, its symptoms and ways to soothe it.
Causes of couperose
Couperose is caused by blood vessels or capillaries that expand and dilate in response to certain triggers. These triggers can include:
Hot drinks and spicy food
Alcohol and cigarettes
Medical conditions, such as high blood pressure
Harsh or overly strong skincare products
If you have red, sensitive, irritated or dry skin, avoiding these culprits can help with your symptoms and prevent flare-ups.
Symptoms of couperose
Redness. Your reddened skin occurs as a result of dilated blood vessels. Specifically, dilated blood vessels expand and sometimes even break. They’re visible beneath the skin, creating a noticeable red flush or blush, which typically appears along the nose and cheeks. In earlier stages of couperose, the redness can come and go. However, as couperose progresses to more advanced stages, the redness can become permanent, according to dermatologists on the Skin Care Guide.
Dryness and sensitivity. In addition to redness, skin with couperose is often very delicate and thin, prone to being dry or sensitive.
What can you do if you have couperose? Create and stick to a simple skincare plan that will cleanse, soothe and protect skin without drying or irritating it. Here are some suggestions for maintaining healthy skin:
Cleanser. Look for ingredients such as rose or chamomile to “reduce inflammation, soothe delicate skin tissue, strengthen weak capillaries and reduce facial puffiness,” write Kathi Keville and Mindy Green in Aromatherapy: A Complete Guide to the Healing Art, Second Edition. Check out Murad Soothing Gel Cleanser, which contains chamomile flower oil and rose oil. It minimizes redness and moisturizes and protects the skin from dryness and irritation.
Moisturizer. Because dryness and couperose are intertwined, it’s crucial that you apply moisturizer regularly to hydrate the skin. Choose soothing cream formulas with calendula, St. John’s Wort or horse chestnut. The goal with these ingredients is to help shrink dilated blood vessels, but be patient, because it can take up to a month, write Ann Gallant, Kathy Gillott and Jackie Howard in Principles and Techniques for the Beauty Specialist, Third Edition. Try Pevonia Speciale Reactive Skin Care Cream, which contains calendula and horse chestnut and is made especially for sensitive, irritated skin.
Treatment. Special treatments designed for couperose can also decrease sensitivity, irritation and redness. BABOR Calming Sensitive Couperose Serum fortifies blood vessels and prevents rough, irritated patches. For dry, flushed, stinging skin, apply Murad Recovery Treatment Gel.
Broad-spectrum sunscreen. Sun exposure can exacerbate couperose symptoms, so apply sunscreen daily to protect against irritation, sunburn, damage and skin cancer. Opt for a light, fragrance-free formula, like B. Kamins Rosacea Moisturizer SPF 15 with antioxidants for UV defense.
Makeup. No one wants to have a red, irritated complexion. Fortunately, you can conceal flushing and redness with foundation. A terrific choice is Dermablend Smooth Indulgence, a lightweight foundation that’s also fragrance-free, allergy-tested and noncomedogenic, making it ideal for sensitive skin with couperose.
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