WHAT IS ROSACEA?
Rosacea is a very common vascular disorder which affects an estimated 415 million people around the world. Often characterized by severe redness in the face, there are actually four different subtypes of rosacea with different distinguishing properties: Type One, the classically recognized flushed and sensitive skin with visible blood vessels; Type Two, often confused with regular acne, displaying little pustules, acne-like breakouts, and excessive redness and blotchiness; Type Three, displaying redness and thickening of the skin, primarily in the nose, with rough texture and enlarged pores; Type Four, experienced in and around the eyes, with broken blood vessels, itchiness, and stinging. Regardless of the type, rosacea unfortunately remains without a cure. There are, however, a number of amazing products and treatments that can be used to reduce the severity of rosacea, minimize flare-ups and discomfort, and even bring the disorder into extended remission.
HOME CARE GUIDELINES
When dealing with rosacea, daily product choices are going to make an immense difference in keeping the flare-ups at bay. As a general rule, home care for rosacea should focus on diminishing inflammation and building up the skin’s protective barrier in order to keep the skin healthy and as minimally sensitized as possible. Doing so will, over time, increase the skin’s strength and health, allowing it to rebuild collagen and fight off inflammation better on its own, thus reducing flare-ups and worsening of rosacea conditions. Key mechanisms to look for are hydration to support a healthy skin barrier and skin function, potent antioxidants to reduce stress and inflammation, mild exfoliation to help the skin’s continued renewal, and above all, sun protection and SPF products to avoid triggering reactions from the rosacea. Speak with your skincare practitioner to help find the best product regimen for your skin’s particular needs.
ROSACEA TREATMENTS TO TRY
Along with a solid home care protocol, some more progressed forms of rosacea might require a stronger approach with in-office procedures. Light therapy using laser treatments or LED therapy can help provide amazing results. Laser treatments can be used to diminish the visible blood vessels that cause the overall redness as well as heal the acne-like lesions that appear. The use of a red LED, such as the one used in the HydraFacial treatments, can help diminish the inflammation and redness in the skin. Gentle facials can also offer soothing benefits for the irritation and sensitivity associated rosacea and help to keep the skin healthy and hydrated to avoid future irritation, inflammation, and thickening of the skin. Treatments typically take multiple sessions as well as a great skincare regimen to yield the best results.
WHAT TO AVOID
In order to keep rosacea flare-ups at a minimum, it is necessary to avoid anything that could trigger unwanted irritation. Common rosacea triggers include alcohol, spicy foods, and excessive heat and steam, but many people have triggers that are more personal to their own bodies. Pay close attention to your own personal triggers so you know what to stay away from. Avoid aggressive topical irritation as well to help diminish your risk of a flare-up. Harsh scrubs and abrasive treatments should be replaced with gentler acid or enzyme based exfoliant and aesthetician prescribed in-office treatments. Always let your skincare practitioner know what tends to cause exacerbated rosacea symptoms so they know what to avoid in your treatments and recommendations, and alter your protocol accordingly.