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Do you have flushing of the cheeks, nose, chin and forehead? You may have rosacea.
Rosacea is a condition which occurs when groups of capillaries close to the surface of the skin become inflamed and dilated resulting in blotchy red areas, small bumps and eventually 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 possibly irritated eyes.
- Stage 4: all of the above worsening, inflammation of the eyes and thickening of the skin around the nose.
What causes rosacea?
The underlying causes are actually not well understood with the symptoms varying in individuals 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.
Rosacea can be set off by a number of factors, and the secret is to find what triggers yours. 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
Rosacea Management and treatments
The first step is to find your triggers and avoid them. After that, early diagnosis and beginning a simple, non-inflammatory daily skin care routine is the most effective treatment. You should use:
- non-irritating skin care products – use chirally correct and chemical free products
- a cleanser which restores epidermal health
- antioxidants to combat free radicals (inflammation)
- growth Factors, peptides and Stemcells
- 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
Recommended Skin Care Clinic products:
Whichever of the categories you fit into below there are four products I usually recommend plus the Miessence Super Foods.
CosMedix Rescue – use it straight or mix it with any moisturiser. Leave it on or use as a temporary mask. Even though it seems thick and greasy, it will solve your dryness, your breakouts and your irritability; it’s simply fantastic! It’s value is in being anti-inflammatory which is why it helps as a spot treatment for breakouts.
Osmosis MD Clear Spray – massage gently in after your serums to help them reach the deeper layers and it will calm your skin amazingly.
Osmosis MD Rescue Serum – use once a day.
In addition:- for very reactive, dry and sensitive rosacea skin with or without acne
For oily/acne (not sensitive)
Osmosis MD Boost – AM and PM after cleansing and before serums.
Osmosis MD Quench – for a night cream – AM or zinc based sunblock of your choice.
Still not sure?
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