Does your face always look red? Do you struggle with sensitive skin? Does your skin flush easily? If you do, you might just be one of the 415 million people in the world with this skin condition called rosacea.
What is Rosacea?
Rosacea is a chronic skin condition that results in facial redness, acne-like pimples, visible small blood vessels on the face, swelling, and/or watery, irritated eyes.
This inflammation of the face can affect the cheeks, chin, eyelids, forehead and even thicken the skin on the nose, creating a characteristic, bumpy nose appearance in severe or advanced cases.
Rosacea occurs more commonly in people with fair skin, in those over the age of 30, and affects women more so than men.
How does Rosacea occur?
Research conducted by the National Rosacea Foundation found that the leading triggers for rosacea are:
- Sun exposure
- Hot or cold weather
- Emotional stress
- Heavy exercies
- Spicy foods
- Hot baths and drinks
- Certain skincare products
Another culprit could be skin mites living around hair follicles on the face, including the eyelashes and eyelids.
The Demodex folliculorum mite is found on everyone’s face and feeds on dead skin cells and facial oils.
Rosacea patients have four times more mites than those who don’t have the skin condition. Too many mites in a follicle can cause inflammation and signs of rosacea, such as bumps and pimples.
How can I treat or manage my Rosacea?
Firstly, identify and avoid your triggers. Sun protection is also a must.
We can use oral antibiotics and topical medications to reduce the severity of the symptoms.
When the condition is stable, only topical treatments may be needed. In more severe cases, consider seeking medical help.
In my practice, I use a vascular laser like the Dual Yellow Laser to reduce redness and remove any visible blood vessels. Sylfirm, which is a pulsed radiofrequency microneedling treatment, can also help to increase the integrity of the skin barrier.
More importantly, I would recommend a gentle daily skin care routine such as Radium’s Balance Skincare Range, to help reduce the incidence of flare-ups.
It includes a very gentle and mild Honey & Oat cleanser, a toner that includes natural hot spring water to balance the skin’s pH, as well as a HA serum that combines Vitamin B5 with two hyaluronic acid molecules with different molecular weights for more effective penetration and hydration.
Rosacea can be a distressing condition but there are ways to manage it. In many cases, treatment can potentially reduce one’s discomfort and improve one’s quality of life.