What is Rosacea and What is the Best Treatment?

Good news for Rosacea suffers

Rosacea is a chronic, inflammatory skin condition, affecting adults most often between the ages of 30 and 60. The first phase it causes redness to appear on the face and as it progresses, it produces small, inflamed, pus-filled bumps or pustules. It tends to be progressive, which means it gets worse over time if left untreated, but the good news is that it is treatable. In severe cases, it may be necessary to see your doctor for rosacea treatment as antibiotic treatments have been shown to calm already inflamed skin.

WebMD states that Rosacea develops in phases. It is important to recognize it early phases so that as part of rosacea treatment, you can break or prevent the cycle of inflammation and calm your skin.

  • Pre-Rosacea – may begin as a tendency to flush or blush easily, then progress to a persistent redness in the center portion of your face, particularly the nose. Rosy cheeks or patches of red appear on the face. Skin on the face usually becomes more sensitive, reacting to skin products, such as lotions, soaps and even moisturizers not formulated for sensitive skin.
  • Vascular Rosacea – As signs and symptoms worsen, facial redness increases on the cheeks, forehead, or chin. Sudden increases of blood flowing through the blood vessels under the skin of the face cause increased flushing. Blood vessels relax and dilate more causing skin redness. In time, ongoing dilation may cause blood vessels to get larger and look like small red lines or patches onthe skin. Skin often becomes overly sensitive to triggers that cause flushing.
  • Inflammatory Rosacea – Tiny red bumps or pimples may appear on and around the area of redness, spreading across the nose, cheeks, forehead and chin. If flare-ups continue, the redness increases, and flare-ups occur more often creating a cycle of inflammation. If rosacea is untreated, the redness may become permanent.
  • The causes of Rosacea are not clear, but current research points to some combination of hereditary, lifestyle, bacteria, menopause and environmental causes. The best approach to lessening or preventing the cycle of Rosacea and extra sensitive skin is to avoid the triggers that cause the initial inflammation and to consistently use quality skin care products formulated for skin prone to flushing.

A number of factors can trigger Rosacea or make it worse due to increased blood flow to the surface of your skin. Here are the most common triggers from a study done by the National Rosacea Society:

If you have Rosacea, it is important to take the time to discover what your lifestyle and environmental triggers are so that you can effectively prevent outbreaks. Keeping a record of activities, conditions, food and weather can be an invaluable way to prevent outbreaks. Here is a link to the Rosacea Diary Form from the National Rosacea Society (NRS)

88% of Rosacea patients surveyed by the NRS with severe symptoms said the disorder had adversely affected their professional interactions and many have even taken sick days due to concern about their appearance. To prevent irritation, broken blood vessels and unsightly blemishes here are some simple tips to care for ultra-sensitive skin:

  • Watch out for ingredients that trigger irritation or inflammation like alcohol, witch hazel, menthols and eucalyptus
  • Use fragrance-free products and makeup (According to the American Academy of Dermatology, “Fragrances cause more allergic contact dermatitis than any other ingredient.”)
  • Make sure skin care products have been formulated without the use of paraben preservatives
  • Wear broad-spectrum, zinc oxide sun protection factor (SPF) of 30 or higher to protect your face from the sun. In addition to providing outstanding sunblock protection, zinc oxide promotes healing
  • Avoid irritating your skin by rubbing or touching it too much
  • Wash problem areas with a gentle cleanser – preferably formulated for sensitive skin
  • When using a moisturizer and a topical medication, apply the moisturizer after the medication has dried
  • Avoid overheating during exercise, hot weather and drinking hot beverages
  • Continue your treatment/prevention regimen after seeing results
  • Be gentle to your skin. Wash areas daily with a gentle cleanser and use oil-free, water-based skin care products

The good news for Rosacea suffers is that a consistent, gentle skin care regimen can make a significant, lasting and visible difference in managing Rosacea and extra sensitive skin, not to mention peace of mind. The development of Ocaline, which is in our Rosacea Soothing Gel, is a breakthrough for fighting skin inflammation caused by Rosacea, Acne, and Sensitive Skin. It is one of 5 products we recommend our Rosacea clients use as part of their home care regimens, which also includes a gentle Cleanser, Hydration Serum (Nano-Peptide B5 Complex), Moisturizer, and SPF 30 Solar Protection with high UVA & UVB blocking ability.

For more information about LPARs Rosacea Skin Care Line click here.