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Rosacea for the Esthetician: A Comprehensive Guide—Part II

Image courtesy of Cynthia Bailey, MD


By: Cynthia Bailey, MD
Posted: July 30, 2013, from the August 2013 issue of Skin Inc. magazine.

In Part I of this article, which appeared in the July 2013 issue of Skin Inc. magazine, the different types of rosacea were described and explained, and tips were provided to help skin care professionals identify rosacea versus acne, dermatitis and facial dandruff. Part II will discuss how to design a skin care program for clients with rosacea, as well as how to work with these specialized clients.

Designing a skin care program for rosacea

The first and most important step is to decide if clients are suffering from the exquisitely sensitive skin of the erythematotelangiectatic type of rosacea, or the tougher skin of papulopustular rosacea—or if they fall somewhere in between. In general, the facial skin barrier strength in rosacea is abnormal, making any irritating products or treatments—such as those for anti-aging or acne—much more aggravating to rosacea-prone skin.

What’s the best way to begin working with clients who you believe might have rosacea?

Following are the basic skin care steps that you can use to create a complete skin care routine for your rosacea clients.


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