What is it?
Rosacea is a chronic and incurable disorder which causes redness described as flare ups and can spread from your cheeks to your nose, chin and forehead. If left untreated, bumps and pimples begin to develop. In more severe cases, some develop Rhinophyma, a skin disorder characterized as a large, red, bumpy or bulbous nose.
Due to some of the symptoms, many mistake this disorder for acne, but blackheads are absent. The symptoms are usually categorized in 4 Subtypes.
FACIAL REDNESS (erythematotelangiectatic rosacea)
Persistent redness and flushing that mimic blush or sunburns. This includes visible blood vessels.
BUMPS & PIMPLES (papulopustular rosacea)
Persistent redness with transient bumps and pimples.
SKIN THICKENING (phymatous rosacea)
Skin thickening that often results in an enlargement of the nose from excess tissue. This excess tissue forms on most severe and untreated cases.
EYE IRRITATION (ocular rosacea)
Dry eyes, tearing and burning, swollen eyelids, recurrent styes and in some severe cases, potential vision loss from corneal damage.
Many may experience more than one of these subtypes and each sign or symptom can progress from mild to moderate to severe. If treated early on, there is a higher chance of someone learning how to manage flare ups and outbreaks. Rosacea to some can be potentially a life disruptive disorder. It can cause some to become completely insecure when flare ups are bad, but there is a treatment for rosacea that can help and lessen these flare ups.
Now the beginning of treatment may be very time consuming, but it is all worth it. You will spend majority of your time figuring out your ‘triggers’ and finding out what products you should or shouldn’t use.
Diagnosis: The first thing that you want to do is get diagnosed by a professional dermatologist. This will better assess the problems that are being caused by the rosacea. Each individual case is different. Dermatologist often prescribe oral and topical therapy on top of long term topical therapy to help maintain remission. The wrong treatment can irritate the already sensitive skin.
Lifestyle Management: It is recommended that you create a Rosacea Diary to determine what your triggers are. Some common triggers are alcohol, sun exposure, emotional stress, hot weather, heavy exercise, spicy foods, certain cosmetics and skin-care products and many other things.
Skin-Care and Makeup Tips: You want to use gentle/fragrance free cleansers and skin-care products. In studies done by the National Rosacea Society, alcohol, witch hazel and fragrance were the top three irritants for patients with rosacea. So with that being said, always always always test your products in peripheral areas such as your neck. Wearing a mineral SPF is even more so important for patients with this disorder since sun exposure is one of the main triggers. You want to lean towards mineral makeup that include SPF as well. Liquid makeup can clog your pores and may lead to a flare up episode. Green followed by yellow toned concealers (preferably mineral based) can help cancel out the redness. It is best to reduce the number of items you use on your skin, and that can be done by choosing products with multiple functions.
Revata Medspa and Laser Center offers treatments that help rosacea. The most common treatment is called IPL, Intense Pulsed Light, which reduces the visible blood vessels, reduces extensive redness and can also correct the disfigurement of the nose.
PCA Skin has a Dual Action Redness Relief Serum which improves the skin's barrier function while reducing sensitivity and redness. It is one of our top sellers and is also used following lunchtime treatments. Don’t let this disorder run your life! Come in and let us help you regain the confidence that you feel you may have lost. Schedule now for a free consultation!