Everything You Need To Know On Rosacea & How To Help You Skin

Considering rosacea affects an estimated 415 million people worldwide, it seems like a topic that needs to be spoken about!


What Is Rosacea?


Rosacea is a common chronic skin disease and unfortunately, the exact cause is unknown and still being studied. However, many studies suggest it may a combination of an abundance of bacteria and skin mites! followed by the inflammatory response. But don't worry, both are present in all human skin it's just found in greater numbers in those with rosacea.


Rosacea is categorized by redness, swelling, broken blood vessels, stinging/burning of the skin and eye area and sometimes cystic acne. These symptoms are typically found in the center of the face starting at the nose and extend outwards on the cheeks, chin, and forehead.


Rosacea often runs in families, it tends to more common in women, people with fair skin/light eyes and usually appears or is diagnosed between 30-50 years old but not unusual to appear in the 20's.


Have You Got It?


It's recommended to see a dermatologist. Estheticians are trained to recognise and treat the symptoms of rosacea. It's common for doctors to misdiagnose rosacea for broken blood vessels and vice versa. So see a professional!


Types Of Rosacea


There are actually four different subtypes of rosacea and can manifest differently in different people.


Erythematotelagiectatic Rosacea - Visible blood vessels with redness and flushing


Papulopustular Rosacea - Cystic acne breakouts with redness and swelling.


Phymatous Rosacea - Bumpy skin texture with thickening of the skin


Ocular Rosacea - Eyelids can be swollen, eyes red and irritated and it may look like a sty.


Treatments


Depending on the severity and how much it affects a person there many different combinations and multi-treatment approaches to treating the symptoms. Sometimes short-term oral antibiotics are prescribed in combination with topical prescriptions to jump-start the treatment plan in addition to gentle consistent home care with skin care products.


Medical Treatments


The most common topical treatments are Rx strength azelaic acid and Metronidazole gel commonly known as Metro gel. For people that suffer from rosacea with acne sometimes low strengths of tretinoin cream or sulfur facial cleanser are prescribed. Intense pulsed light (IPL) or pulsed dye lasers (PDL) treatments often yield fantastic results in addition.


Skincare + Other Treatments


Topical and oral probiotics are a great addition to a rosacea treatment plan. In this study by Leonard B. Weinstock, MD suggests that in half of the rosacea study participants there is an intestinal bacterial overgrowth in the small intestines. Interesting right?


"In an Italian study, half of the patients were administered an oral probiotic supplement in addition to their standard acne and rosacea treatment. The other half of patients did not receive the probiotic supplement. The probiotic group experienced a better clearing of acne and rosacea symptoms."


So yet again, probiotics for the win! Topical probiotic skin care products also are shown to help since they deliver straight to the source. This is a favourite of many -Biossance.


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Below is a compiled and handy list of "yes" and "no" ingredients, types of skin care products and good habits that have been shown to help treat the symptoms of rosacea. Since everyone has their own unique skin and body chemistry, treatment approaches will be individual and working with a dermatologist is a great idea.


"YES" List


Azelaic acid

Gentle enzymes are the best exfoliation method for rosacea

Green tea extract

Aloe vera

Hemp seed oil and/or CBD oil

Sulfur

Zinc

Resveratrol - antioxidant

Chamomile

Niacinamide

Ice rollers


Use minimal products and stay consistent with the products that work for you.


After cleansing, pat dry (instead of rubbing) with a clean cotton towel


SUNSCREEN - since sun exposure is the #1 trigger for rosacea flare-ups, W E A R I T. Mineral sunscreens are best for rosacea that contains zinc oxide, titanium dioxide, or both.


Green primers or color correctors balance out redness before foundation.


Mineral based makeup is best for rosacea.


Topical and oral probiotics


"NO" List


Physical exfoliating scrubs/polishes

No microdermabrasion

Simple alcohols

Anything with charcoal

Sodium lauryl sulfate - found in most cleansers, shampoos and toothpastes

Foaming cleansers - can be too drying/harsh

Witch hazel

Synthetic fragrance

Synthetic dyes

Urea

Topical steroids like hydrocortisone cream

AHA and BHA

Hydroquinone (skin lightener)

Peppermint, menthol, camphor and/or eucalyptus essential oils


Avoid hot baths/showers, saunas and steam rooms


Avoid washing your face with hot water - luke warm is best!


Little to no steam during a facial and request your esthetician to cool the hot towels to slightly warm before using them on your face.


Triggers


We know this is not what anyone wants to hear but there are food, weather and lifestyle triggers for rosacea. If you are newly diagnosed I recommend keeping a journal on personal triggers to truly find out what affects you individually.


Weather Triggers


Sun (The #1 trigger!)

Wind

Humidity

Extremely hot or cold weather


Lifestyle Triggers


Steam rooms or saunas

Hot tubs

Hot showers/baths

Stress and anxiety


Food/Beverage Triggers


Alcohol - especially red wine, beer, bourbon, gin, vodka or champagne (alcohol dilates blood vessels.)

Thermally hot drinks - hot drinks heat the back of the throat and produce facial flushing

Spicy Foods

Yogurt

Sour cream

Cheese (except cottage cheese)

Chocolate

Vanilla

Soy sauce

Yeast extract (bread is OK)

Vinegar

Eggplant

Avocados

Spinach

Beans- lima, navy or pea

Citrus fruits, tomatoes, bananas,

red plums, raisins and figs


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