In a previous Rosadyn article titled, “Top Five Sunblocks for Rosacea Reviews” we examined five cutting-edge sunblocks with high concentrations of microfine zinc oxide that are great for rosacea-sensitive skin and doubled as excellent skin protectants to external triggers such as sun, heat, cold, wind and skin care products.
It was also emphasized that topical zinc oxide heals thin rosacea skin and desensitizes hyper-reactive skin when microfine zinc oxide is used in skin protectants at a concentration of 4% to 8%. These skin protectants are not just helpful against summer sun and heat but a soothing, anti-inflammatory skin protectant can protect and heal rosacea skin year round.
Importance of skin protectants for rosacea skin
Rosacea specialists have demonstrated that the outer layer of rosacea skin, which forms a protective barrier from environmental insults, is physically abnormal, extremely thin and no longer acts as a protective barrier for most rosacea sufferers. This abnormality, combined with blood vessels that dilate easily and often, leads to hyper-sensitive skin that reacts intensely to sun exposure. Therefore, one key to rosacea treatment is to find a protective barrier cream that does not agitate the skin and trigger redness flare ups and breakouts.
Three substances have been shown in rosacea clinical studies to exert excellent skin protective actions – micronized zinc oxide, dimethicone and cyclomethicone.
Below are some important clinical findings on the beneficial actions of these three skin protectants:
- Well tolerated on rosacea skin. Skin protectants such as zinc oxide, dimethicone and cyclomethicone are usually non-irritating, non-sensitizing, non-allergenic and non-comedogenic to rosacea skin.
- Decreases heat build-up on the facial skin from UV sun rays. Because zinc oxide reflects sunlight from the facial skin, it decreases sun-induced heat build up on the skin — this is very important to rosacea skin as heating the skin often triggers flushing.
- Decreases physical damage to facial skin. Zinc oxide, dimethicone and cyclomethicone protect the skin from UV-induced free radicals that damage facial blood vessels and skin cells.
- Adds an invisible barrier to the outer layer of facial skin. These important skin protectants enhance the outer epidermal layer which increases the skin’s overall protective ability.
- Helps reduce facial redness. All three ingredients have soothing and anti-inflammatory actions which often reduce facial redness.
- Helps heal damaged/abnormally thin rosacea skin. Topical zinc oxide has significant skin healing and thickening actions.
Why we like COTZ sunlock for rosacea skin
CoTZ sunblock has been around for many years with an excellent rosacea track record. We recently found out that they made substantial changes to their formulation and developed three new sunblocks/skin protectants that were ideal for rosacea skin. One of the most important changes was the development of a dual mineral base of Microfine Zinc Oxide and Microfine Titanium Dioxide. The addition of titanium dioxide makes the overall formulation more elegant and enhances protection.
When less is more, unique quality of CoTZ Sunscreens
- 100% FREE of: Chemical Sunscreens, oils, fragrances and is PABA free
- Gentle for all skin types:
- Red Irritated Skin: Rosacea, Acne
- Medically – psoriasis, eczema, lupus/rheumatology
- Photo-Sensitive Skin: Chemotherapy, radiation, including certain prescription and OTC medications.
- Safe for children (6 mo. and older)
- Contains top rated protection against UVA-UVB rays
- Balanced mineral complex helps to prevent heat build-up which can trigger rosacea flare ups and dermal damage (even on healthy skin)
CoTZ has sunscreens for multiple skin types.
This line of sunscreens comes in 6 formulations from 100% natural, sensitive formula and child sunblocks. Their SPF’s range from 30 to the ultimate block of 58. You also have the option for slightly tinted to natural and translucent as well.
Review of our favorite CoTZ sunscreens for rosacea skin types.
- Cotz Sensitive – UVA/UVB protection SPF 40
is the only product that contains pure microfine zinc oxide at the highest level possible (20%). This product is excellent for intolerant rosacea skin and post laser procedures.Who should choose CoTZ Sensitive:If you have severe redness, inflammation, thin steroid skin and/or reactive to many external triggers, COTZ Sensitive may be the best choice of treatment.Product Description:Gentle enough for special skin types and conditions including: Laser, Cosmetic Surgery, Microdermabrasion, Acid, Peel Acne, Rosacea Psoriasis, Eczema, Lupus/Rhuematology Sun-Sensitive due to medical procedure and medicationsCoTZ is formulated with a gentle mineral complex that also helps prevent premature skin aging (fine lines, wrinkles, sagging, age spots), uneven skin tone, and other serious problems. CoTZ sits invisibly on top of the skin and functions like thousands of mirrors to deflect UVA/UVB rays before the rays can touch or penetrate the skin. The sensitive formula is also gentle for use around the eye area which most chemical based sunscreens can irritate and sting. This is great for rosacea sufferers who also have ocular rosacea who often can not use skin care products due to eye irritation.
CoTZ is 100% Free of chemical sunscreen ingredients.
• 100% Free of Oils, Chemical Sunscreens, Oils, Fragrances, Preservatives, PABA, Gluten, Phthalates • Will not irritate or sting • Contains #1 and #2 rated sun protection ingredients for UVA/UVB rays • Provides broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection • Photostable, will not breakdown when exposed to sunlight • Water Resistant (40 Minutes) • Non-Greasy • Not tested on animals
Active Ingredients:Zinc Oxide 20% (Sunscreen)
- CoTZ Pure – UVA/UVB protection SPF 30For those rosacea sufferers with mild to moderate symptoms who are looking for a lighter skin protectant that blends in to match skin tone with a sheer matte finish, this may be the best product option.Product Description:CoTZ PURE is 100% natural mineral sunscreen containing: 0% Synthetic ingredients 0% Preservatives 0% Chemical Sunscreens 0% Oils 0% Fragrances 0% PABA CoTZ Balanced Mineral Complex helps prevent heat build-up in the skin, which can damage the dermis. CoTZ helps prevent premature skin aging (fine lines, wrinkles, sagging, age spots), uneven skin tone and other serious problems. CoTZ sits invisibly on top of the skin and functions like thousands of mirrors to deflect UVA-UVB rays before the rays can touch or penetrate the skin.CoTZ is 100% Free of chemical sunscreen ingredients. Chemical sunscreens absorb UVA-UVB rays into the skin and transform the rays into heat, which can damage the dermis. • Blends to match skin tone, for a sheer matte finish • Leaves skin silky, soft & smooth • Non-Shiny, Non-Greasy • Weightless • Gentle enough for all skin types • Provides broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection • Photostable, will not breakdown when exposed to sunlight
Active Ingredients:Titanium Dioxide 4.1% (Sunscreen) & Zinc Oxide 8.4% (Sunscreen)
Make CoTZ a daily addition to your rosacea and sensitive skin care routine.
Whats great is that CoTZ is a affordable skin protectant and sunscreen product that can be used not only for your rosacea skin but is also friendly for your family to use too. CoTZ is readily available online or at your favorite drug store as well as you can purchase directly from them at www.cotzskincare.com for $19.99 a tube.
Everybody should be adding sunscreen and skin protection as part of their daily skin care routine.
All people of all skin types sunscreen and protective barriers should be a part of your daily skin care regime and this is especially true for those who suffer from rosacea, have other skin issues or are medically sensitive due to medications or treatments.
All it takes is a couple of seconds daily to apply sunscreen and skin protection which can provide you and your skin with great benefits including helping to protect you from additional harmful skin conditions related to sun damage and environmental agitations into the future.