Early diagnosis is the key to successful management of Rosacea
Do you have flushing of the cheeks, nose, chin and forehead? You may have Rosacea.
Rosacea occurs when groups of capillaries close to the surface of the skin become inflamed and dilated resulting in blotchy red areas, small bumps and sometimes pimples. The neck, chest, scalp and ears may also be affected. Your eyes may feel irritated and appear watery and bloodshot.
The condition is a progressive chronic skin disorder that can come and go, but it has the potential to become permanent if not attended to in the early stages. Using the right skin care products and ensuring a healthy gut biome has a strong potential to reverse the symptoms and remove the condition over time.
Early diagnosis is the key to successful management. Diagnosis is made clinically and symptoms develop gradually in stages.
- Stage 1: frequent flushing, and the development of sensitive skin – products may cause burning, stinging and redness.
- Stage 2: flushing is more constant and blood vessels are visible on the cheeks.
- Stage 3: deeper more permanent flushing, increased visible blood vessels, acne, swollen cheeks and possible irritated eyes.
- Stage 4: all of the above worsening, inflammation of the eyes and thickening of the skin around the nose.
Rosacea – the causes?
The underlying causes are actually not well understood and the symptoms can vary greatly. It usually begins over the age of 30 and affects females more than males. People of English or Irish ancestry are often more prone to developing rosacea, but even if you don’t have these genes it still has the potential to surface.
If men get it, it is usually more severe and they can also get rhinophyma. This occurs when the oil glands and blood vessels on the nose enlarge so much that it becomes bulbous in appearance like W.C. Fields.
– triggers and flare-ups?
Rosacea can be set off by a number of factors, and the secret is to find what triggers yours because every person is different. A good start is to avoid:
- spicy foods, alcohol, caffeine and hot drinks, which all dilate blood vessels
- extremes in temperature – inside and out
- irritating skin care products including those that involve scrubbing and massaging the face
- exercising in a warm or hot room
– available treatments?
The first step is to find your triggers and avoid them. After that, early diagnosis and beginning a simple daily skin care routine is the most effective treatment. You should use:
- non-irritating skin care products – chirally correct and chemical free
- a gentle cleanser which restores epidermal health even if your skin feels oily and you have pimples
- antioxidants to combat free radicals (inflammation)
- growth Factors, peptides and stemcells for repair and hydration
- a chemical-free zinc based sunblock – every day
- 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 it 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.
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