A downhole rotary seal assembly is provided that includes a primary rotary seal, a barrier seal, and a seal carrier. The seal carrier includes an inner surface, an outer surface, and a first groove dimensioned to receive the primary rotary seal at the inner surface. The seal carrier also includes a second groove dimensioned to receive the barrier seal at the inner surface. An aperture is defined on the inner surface between the first groove and the second groove. A relief port is positioned between the first groove and the second groove, the relief port being positioned to fluidly couple the aperture and the outer surface. A valve provided in the relief port. The valve includes a check valve having a predefined crack pressure.