While I don’t personally suffer from rosacea pronounced ‘roh-zay-sha’ I thought it would be good to talk about it because it oftentimes gets mistaken for adult acne.
More than 17 million people suffer from rosacea. The symptoms tend to be more obvious in men.
What is it?
Rosacea is where the blood vessels in the skin contract and release in response to certain triggers like: alcohol, spicy food, heat, hot flashes, embarrassment. This produces a flushed ‘blotchy’ appearance. It can progress to a permanent redness of the face along with the formation of acne lesions.
Flare-ups are common during the menstrual cycle or when going thru menopause. Some theories even suggest that rosacea could be linked to H. pylori bacteria. Interestingly enough, this is the same bacteria associated with stomach ulcers…hmmm go figure.
Just like acne, rosacea is not curable. It is best to avoid the triggers and treat the symptoms.
The most common treatment includes oral antibiotics and topical antibiotics. Other topical agents may include azelaic acid, benzoyl peroxide and sulfur.
It is best to let a dermatologist properly diagnose you with rosacea and then determine the proper regimen for your skin. If your skin is red don’t automatically assume you have rosacea.
For women, using a concealer with a slight green tint can help to reduce the appearance of the redness.
There are currently no over-the-counter medicines approved for treating rosacea. Sometimes rosacea will flare up with the use of rich emollients, glycolic acids, or astringents containing alcohol. So, rosacea suffers must be extra cautious in their selection of skin care products. Using skincare products specifically for sensitive skin can help calm the skin.
For people with mild to moderate rosacea I would suggest the Soothe Regimen by Rodan and Fields Dermatologists. Although it will not cure rosacea, it will address the red, irritated and sensitive skin associated with it.
The regimen has been clinically tested on rosacea sufferers with effective results. The gentle ingredients provide protection from environment aggressors that can trigger the inflammation process, breakouts, and aging.
If your skin continues to be acne-prone, the Unblemish regimen with the clarifying toner compliments the Soothe regimen well by targeting issues in the acne cycle.
For those with chronic rosacea and persistent redness there are some new highly effective methods for treatment using cutting-edge pulsed dye laser(PDL) and nonlaser intense pulsed light (IPL) therapies. A consultation with a dermatologist will help you determine whether either therapy is appropriate for you.
Lastly, when you are faced with a skin challenge like rosacea, getting your condition in check is your first skincare priority. If it is not addressed it can cause changes in your skin that can accelerate the appearance of aging and we don’t want that.
Healthy and radiant skin doesn’t have to be a dream…it can be your reality!
Tasha Nelson is a registered nurse and licensed esthetician who has a passion for skin care. She has struggled with acne since the age of 12 but now has it under control with lifestyle adjustments and the proper skin care regimen. She is excited to help others get the healthy and radiant skin they've always wanted regardless of skin type.