Rosacea Skin Care
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We can’t cure your Rosacea, but it is very easy to manage so that the condition does not progress. Early diagnosis is crucial. The earlier the diagnosis, the sooner you can begin looking after your skin and avoid the triggers that set off an inflammatory attack and further damage your skin. We can help you manage the symptoms of Rosacea with a tailored treatment plan centred around skin rejuvenation treatments such as Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) Photorejuvenation; medical grade controlled LED Phototherapy; Corrective Facial Treatments; and trigger avoidance along with the application of rosacea skin care products specifically designed for treating Rosacea and sensitve reactive skin types.
What is Rosacea?
Rosacea is a common skin condition that causes redness, flushing, and sometimes pimples and pustules on your face. It’s not the same as acne, but it can make you feel embarrassed or lose confidence, particularly if it is left untreated. Rosacea isn’t contagious but there is some evidence that it may be hereditary.
Rosacea affects at least one in 20 people in Australia. And it’s not hard to see why, when climate, UV radiation and diet are amongst the common triggers. Women over 30 with fair skin are most likely to suffer from rosacea.
Rosacea is a skin condition usually characterised by facial redness, predominately around the nose and cheeks, chin and brow. But if you have a blushing problem, it could actually be a symptom of rosacea as well. Facial skin redness and itching, flushing, persistent redness, bumps and pimples are all symptoms. Other symptoms include sensitive skin, shiny skin and watery, bloodshot eyes. Those who are more severely affected may also find that the texture of their skin changes and thickens in some areas, especially around your nose, and your nose may become swollen, developing an ‘orange peel’ effect.
Who gets Rosacea?
Whilst there is no specific skin type most likely to exhibit signs of rosacea (dry skin is usually a symptom of eczema or another redness-related skin condition rather than rosacea), it is generally more apparent in fair skinned individuals of Caucasian or European descent.
What causes Rosacea?
With its ever-changing extremes, the Australian climate can definitely contribute to rosacea. The sun, heat, humidity, cold and wind can all trigger a flare-up. But there are other causes too. Spicy food and alcohol can cause flushing and redness on cheeks in many sufferers, which explains the flushed look some sufferers acquire after a few glasses of wine. Exercise, hot baths, certain medications or using the wrong skin care products which dry the skin can also aggravate rosacea.
You may try keeping a diary to help identify what triggers your symptoms. Then you’ll know what to try to avoid.
How can Rosacea be treated?
Avoiding potential irritants such as alcohol and spicy foods, is probably the best to start. Triggers that may exacerbate the condition include direct sunlight, extreme weather, hot drinks, stress and heavy physical exercise, so it’s best to steer clear of them where possible. We also recommend limiting hot showers and baths, saunas and excessive heat (including indoor heating in winter), as well as investing in cotton sheets.
Skin Care for Rosacea
A simple daily skin care routine is the most effective treatment. The products in our Rosacea Skin Care Range are;-
- Non-irritating skin care products – chirally correct and chemical free
- Gentle cleansers which restores epidermal health even if your skin feels oily and you have pimples
- Antioxidants to combat free radicals (inflammation)
- Growth Factors, peptides and stem cells for repair and hydration
- Chemical-free zinc based sunblock – for every day use
- Topical Vitamin A – irritant free and able to penetrate to the deeper layers. This treats the vascular component by thickening the dermis, making blood vessels less visible, and stimulates the production of new healthy and stronger dermal blood vessels resulting in decreased inflammation. It also reduces excess oil production which means fewer pimples
- Lifestyle choices – manage stress, ensure sufficient sleep, eat a diet without sugars and processed foods, drink lots of water, avoid stimulating substances such as caffeine and alcohol and don’t smoke.