As aestheticians, we see women regularly with Rosacea. It is a very common condition, but often misdiagnosed. Rosacea symptoms include redness on the cheeks, nose, chin and/ or forehead; increased skin temperature (not unlike blushing or hot flashes); pimples and papules; dilated capillaries; rough textured skin on nose and chin; and watery or irritated eyes. It is easy to confuse other conditions such as blushing, overheating or even sunburn with rosacea. So how do you tell the difference? It is usually best to get a clear diagnosis from a dermatologist. Rosacea is not blushing or hot flashes. It is a more constant redness in the face that is exasperated by changes in temperature. Broken capillaries on the cheeks and nose are a tell-tale sign.
What to do? Proper skincare and trigger avoidance are paramount with rosacea. A consistent gentle routine can help control rosacea. Use a mild non-abrasive cleanser and rinse with lukewarm (not hot) water and blot the face with a cotton towel – no rubbing. Dermatologists often treat rosacea as they would acne, with antibiotics, since acne often accompanies rosacea. But this may not be necessary if a good skincare routine and trigger avoidance keep it under control. Triggers can include sun exposure, hot weather, cold weather, drinking alcohol (especially red wine), exercise, hot baths, hot drinks, spicy food, and stress.
A Natural Difference has a wonderful Rosacea Care Home Kit: Rosa-Derm Cleanser, P.P.E Nutritional Solution, Rosa Derm Solution (great for calming down the redness), EGF Select telomere protection and Rosa Derm Creme. Retail: $110 Available at Lasting Looks.
For more information, visit Rosacea.org.
Contributed by: Laura Berry @ Lasting Looks