April is rosacea awareness month, so we’re shining a light on this hard to treat condition, that for sufferers, is the (unwanted) gift that keeps giving.
Rosacea is an inflammatory condition that can present as diffused redness, sometimes with enlarged pores and breakouts, inflammation, a stinging or burning sensation and/or flushing. More advanced forms of rosacea may also include excess fibrous tissue over the nose, known as rhinophyma, requiring medical intervention.
The good newsies, even though rosacea is notoriously hard to treat and there is no known cure (or definitive reason why it occurs), it can be managed well with the help of a highly trained skin clinician and the correct skin care plan.
to get you started, we’re sharing our tips and tricks for managing rosacea flare-ups, which typically worsen in the cooler months.
- Avoid your flare up triggers as much as possible (but you still need to live your life). These could include alcohol, spicy foods, hot showers and excess UV exposure
- Most people that suffer rosacea find the winter months the worst for flare ups due to the change in environment from indoor heating to the cold outside, try to cover up your skin with a scarf (especially if it’s windy) when heading outdoors.
- Protect your skins barrier. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! A dry or dehydrated skin when suffering from rosacea will almost always cause sensitivity and flare ups. Ensure that you moisturise religiously with the correct moisturiser, do not strip barriers with harsh cleansers that dry the skin, and go easy on the actives.
- Consider adding niacinimide to your daily routine to treat the inflammation and minimise breakouts. Be aware that not all Niacinimide’s are formulated the same. Look for formulations with a minimum 10% and a pH of around 6-ish.
- SPF. Always. No need for explanation here.
- Vitamin A can be a god-send, but only if your barrier is healthy.
In clinic Treatments
- While it’s not a cure, IPL and vascular lasers can show an improvement in the appearance your skin, reducing redness and swelling, as well as improving your skins texture.
- LED light therapy can be used to reduce inflammation and increase cell activity. the use of low-level light energy, triggers the skins natural healing process to repair the skin.
REMEMBER: Every rosacea skin is unique and may require some experimentation to work out which combination of treatments works best for you