Rosacea (pronounced rose-ay-sha) is an inflammatory skin condition which primarily affects the face. Although there are a few different subtypes, it is most commonly seen as flushing or redness on the cheeks, nose, chin or forehead.
With Rosacea being a complex condition, it should be treated as soon as possible. If left untreated, it will become progressively worse with bumps and pimple-like lesions, skin thickening and eye irritation which is also common symptom of rosacea. The best approach is a multifaceted one.
Below is a list to work through to help minimise and manage your rosacea with 4 out of 5 being things you can do from the comfort of your home:
1. AVOID TRIGGERS WHERE POSSIBLE
Common culprits that flare the skin are the sun, alcohol, hot showers, certain foods, emotional upset/stress, some medications and cosmetics. This can have more of an impact than you realise. We recommend keeping a food and daily activities journal in order to track and easily identify these contributing factors.
2. LIMIT SUN EXPOSURE
We have known for a long time that UV light exacerbates rosacea, not to mention leading to premature ageing, therefore we suggest you try to limit any unprotected exposure and adopt a daily sun protection habit.
3. AUDIT YOUR CURRENT SKINCARE
Repair the skins protective barrier by auditing your current skin care. Ingredients such as sulphates (sodium lauryl sulphate), astringents, alcohols, artificial colours and fragrances can irritate our outer layer and impair our barrier. To combat the redness, sensitivity and dryness often associated with an impaired barrier it is important to nourish and protect using ingredients and products that support and strengthen this function.
4. TOPICAL OR ORAL MEDICINE
Depending on the presentation and severity of your skin, topical or oral medicines may be initially required to get a flare up under control. Once controlled, the skin should be able to be maintained with appropriate specialty skin care – The Calmwise range from Medik8 is a great starting point for this. Click here to see what we recommend.
5. IN-CLINIC TREATMENTS
In-clinic procedures are then recommended to complement your at-home regime. Often starting with a course of HEALITE LED THERAPY. LED is perfect for calming inflammation and stimulating the skin to function better. Lasers can also play a role in improving the appearance of rosacea by removing or lightening the visible redness and blood vessels. Because rosacea requires long term management, my favourite treatment is LASER SKIN REJUVENATION. It is my go-to ‘skin fit’ treatment. With accumulative effects, much like exercise, you will see over time a rebuilding of the integrity of the skin and a remodelling of the damaged connective tissue (collagen) caused by the inflammatory aspect of rosacea. This results in a softer, smoother, more youthful looking skin.
TOP 3 PRODUCTS For managing redness, sensitivity and rosacea Skins
It’s important to consult a dermal therapist and have your skin individually assessed to customise a skincare and treatment program for you however the Medik8 Calmwise range has been designed specifically with the most sensitive of skin types in mind. They are also suitable post procedure to support optimal recovery.
Calmwise Colour Correct
Calmwise Colour Correct is a multi-action topical product containing niacinamide, aloe vera, chamomile and a mineral green pigment that provides immediate restorative relief and redness cover up. Use light, upward strokes to blend and allow to absorb.
Calmwise Soothing Cleanser
Soothing Cleanser helps to gently clean the skin and reduce surface irritation by improving skin barrier function. Pump a small amount onto fingertips and gently massage into a moistened face and neck. Remove with tepid water and pat dry.
Calmwise Anti-Redness Serum
Anti-Redness Serum soothes irritated skin, boosts hydration and improves the skins resilience. After cleansing in the morning and evening, massage a few drops into skin. Leave to absorb before applying Colour Correct.