Her battle with rosacea
Lipowski Milan/Shutterstock Kristin Chenoweth is a super famous, super talented Grammy- and Tony-award winning actress and singer and her face has graced the covers of magazines, billboards, and everything in between. But what most people don’t know about the bubbly blonde bombshell with the petite stature and powerhouse voice is that she’s spent the better part of her adult years battling a pesky skin condition known as rosacea. “It’s a red, itchy, apparent, slightly embarrassing thing, it’s usually on the face, and people who have it just hate it,” Chenoweth told RD. “It doesn’t matter if you’re on camera or not—who wants to have another ‘thing’ to deal with?”
Finding rosacea meds that work
fizkes/Shutterstock Until she was about 25, Chenoweth had never dealt with skin problems, so when she started experiencing bumpy, itchy redness on her face, she treated it with over-the-counter meds. “I tried all the wrong things, of course Cortisone, oils, you name it—anything over the counter I tried it.” When she finally saw a dermatologist several years later, she received an instant diagnosis: rosacea. Since then she’s tried almost every remedy out there to keep her inflammation at bay, recently settling on a solution that just gained FDA approval, RHOFADE, for which Chenoweth is now the celebrity ambassador. “My redness has gone way down along with the bumps, itchiness, and this has been week four. I use it right after my moisturizer and it keeps my redness in check all day long.”
But RHOFADE is not her only defense against rosacea. “I’ve never been a big drinker, but I try to avoid alcohol as well as caffeine and extreme temperatures.” While the list of potential rosacea triggers are endless, we sat down with Chenoweth’s celebrity dermatologist, Dendy Engelman, MD, as well as dermatologist Sejal Shah, MD, to find out the top red-causing contenders.