After an autumn walk or glass of wine: everyone has a blush on their cheeks. But when this colour is permanent, you suffer from couperose. What exactly is couperose, how do you prevent it and can you treat it?
What is couperose?
In couperose, small blood vessels under the skin expand, resulting in red spots on the face. They often have lines or star-shaped spots and usually occur on the cheeks, forehead, chin and nose. Couperose is unfortunately permanent but works in gusts: sometimes the red spots are a bit less noticeable, other times a bit more. If it is colder outside, the skin is more irritated, and you will see more spots. If the capillaries start to ignite, couperose grows into rosacea, which looks a bit like acne. According to one estimate, about 10% of all Dutch people would suffer from couperose. By the way, did you know that some celebrities like Cameron Diaz, Renée Zellweger and Sam Smith also suffer from this?
What causes couperose?
The real cause is unknown, although there are strong indications that your genes are playing a part. If your (grand) mother suffers from this skin problem, there is a good chance that you will have it too. Also, some things make couperose worse:
- Cold, cold. In autumn and winter, the skin is more irritated, and you get more red spots. But even in summer, you can get redder skin because the sun accelerates your skin’s microcirculation and creates a red colour.
- It’s. The first signs of couperose usually only occur between the time you are 25and 30. You reach a peak when you are about 45 years old.
- Unhealthy food. Especially alcohol, coffee and spicy food.
What to do about couperose?
Couperose is a very harmless skin problem, but the skin can often feel unpleasantly tight and sensitive. If it bothers you a lot, it is wise to make an appointment with a dermatologist. You can try the products below to reduce and/or camouflage the redness in the face.
- A custom day cream. Redness Solutions Daily Relief Cream from Clinique provides comfort and is suitable for sensitive and responsive skin that suffers from redness.
- A sedative mask. Facial Mask with Linden blossom sensitive skin by Sisley is an exceptionally mild cream mask that soothes even the most sensitive skin. Use it once a week on well-cleansed skin.
- A corrective primer. Magic Fix Colour Correcting Primer ‘1 Green’ by BE Creative Makeup equalizes the skin tone and eliminates redness. It also contains aloe vera that is calming.
- A covering foundation. Double Wear Maximum Cover Camouflage Makeup by Estée Lauder is a calming cream phosphate that thoroughly camouflages unevenness and redness. Developed in collaboration with skin doctors and dermatologists.
- A nourishing facial oil. Santal Face Treatment Oil from Clarins is made for dry to dehydrated skin that quickly turns red and becomes irritated. The oil softens and soothes the skin naturally: with 100% pure plant extracts.