In honor of National Rosacea month, I wanted to dive into rosacea and how you can reduce your symptoms. What better time than this month to do this, right? Rosacea (pronounced “roh-ZAY-sha”) is a chronic but treatable condition that usually affects the face. It usually starts around age 30 in most adults. Rosacea presents as flushing or redness on the cheeks, nose, chin or forehead that comes and goes. Patients may also experience irritation around their eyes and watery eyes. They may also have bloodshot eyes regularly as a result of rosacea. Left untreated, rosacea can cause blood vessels to appear, inflammation, bumps, pimples, redness of the eyes and in severe cases thickening of the skin around the nose.
If you’re someone with fair skin then you have a greater risk of developing rosacea, and if you’re a woman you’re more likely to get it. Rosacea may also run in your family, especially if you’re from northern or eastern Europe.
How Do I Know If I Have Rosacea?
Rosacea looks different on everyone. But these are the common symptoms of rosacea:
- Persistent redness that appears as a sunburn or blush that won’t go away
- Skin thickening from excess tissue, especially around your nose
When you have any of the major signs of rosacea, then you may be diagnosed with the condition. Here are the major signs of rosacea:
- Flushing or blushing
- Bumps and pimples
- Visible blood vessels on the cheeks, nasal bridge and other areas of the face
- Eye irritation, especially when your eyelids become red and swollen
What Can and Will Aggravate Your Rosacea
You can aggravate your rosacea with extreme heat or cold, topical products that cause sensitivity, hot drinks, steam, hot water, alcohol, and spicy food. These items can make rosacea worse by themselves or when combined and will often cause flushing, blushing or heat in the face.
Why Do I Have Rosacea?
Facial redness has been seen in different studies to be caused by an inflammatory continuum initiated by a combination of neurovascular dysregulation and the innate immune system. Research has shown that this involves a marked increase in mast cells, located at the interface between the nervous system and vascular system. This is a common link in the presentation of rosacea.
You may have rosacea because of the presence of a microscopic mite called Demodex Folliculorum. This mite is usually on our faces and skin but is more abundant in the facial skin of rosacea patients. There’s also research that shows that two genetic variants of the human genome may be associated with the disorder. Rosacea is also shown in studies to be an outcome of systemic inflammation.
How Can I Treat My Rosacea?
You can start to treat your rosacea by avoiding stressors such as spicy foods, hot drinks, hot showers and alcohol. You can also use topical products which can help to reduce the symptoms. If you’re in need of more, you can also treat your rosacea by getting a facial or a laser treatment.
Products that I carry that can help your rosacea:
- Yonka Sensitive Masque
- Yonka Sensitive Creme Anti-Rougeurs
- Yonka Sensitive Creme Peaux Sensibles
- Yonka Phyto 58
- Yonka Lait Nettoyant
- Yonka Creme Nettoyant
- Circadia Vitamin Veil
- Circadia Amandola Milk Cleanser
- Circadia Night Time Repair
- Circadia Aloe and Calendula Calming Mist
- Circadia Chrono-calm
- Circadia Tranquili Cream
- Circadia Rose Ease Relief Cream
Services that I recommend to help treat rosacea:
- Sensitive Skin Facial
- Coco Enzyme Facial Exfoliation
- Oxygen Facial
- Custom Facial
I’m happy to recommend what might work best or to do a consultation with you. I can go over the symptoms you’re experiencing to come up with the right treatment plan for you. If you have any further questions about rosacea, I’m happy to talk with you about any questions you may have… or you can speak with your dermatologist.