Clear Skin Ahead
Get Out of the Red
HIIT classes do amazing things for your body, but they can leave you red in the face. This can be an early sign of rosacea, especially if the redness is accompanied by burning or stinging. "Exercise is one of the most common triggers for rosacea," says Joshua Zeichner, MD, the director of cosmetic and clinical research in dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. "The increase in your body temperature causes blood vessels in your skin to dilate more than they should." Initially the flushing may be temporary, but over time it can become permanent if untreated.
Because skipping the gym isn't an option, Dr. Zeichner suggests avoiding other triggers, including hot beverages, spicy foods, alcohol and extreme temperatures (like those you would encounter in a hot yoga class). To keep blushing at bay, suck on an ice cube before your next workout. "The cold may prevent blood vessels from dilating," he explains.
If you're seeing red, don't ignore it. In the a.m., wash with a gentle cleanser, such as CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser ($12, drugstores). Then apply a lightweight fragrance-free moisturizer with anti-redness ingredients, such as caffeine and vitamin Cg (aka vitamin C with glucose). Try La Roche-Posay Rosaliac Anti-Redness Moisturizer ($38, laroche-posay.us); it has a green tint to help counteract redness. Finish with an SPF 30 or higher because UV damage can make rosacea worse. Dr. Zeichner recommends physical blockers over chemical formulas, which can be irritating. We're loving sweat-resistant Radical Skincare SPF 30 Skin Perfecting Screen ($55, radicalskincare.com) with illuminators to make your skin glow. Mask redness with a green-tinted primer, like L'Oreal Paris Studio Secrets Professional Color Correcting Anti-Redness Primer ($13, drugstores). At night, wash again with the cleanser and apply your redness-reducing moisturizer to help put the fire out while you sleep.
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