Rosacea: Causes + Treatments

Rosacea: Causes + Treatments

Rosacea is one of the most common inflammatory skin conditions that we see here at Body+Beauty Lab. It’s also one of the most misunderstood. Let’s start with the basics: 
What is rosacea? (Pronounced roh-ZAY-sha) is a chronic, inflammatory skin condition that affects about 16 million Americans. To say that it’s common is an understatement! 
What does rosacea look like? Rosacea generally presents as a red or rosy rash on the central parts of the face: nose, cheeks, forehead and chin. It can include acne-like breakouts and red, raised patches known as plaques. Clients will sometimes notice flairs of rosacea after temperature changes such as skiing in the winter or hanging at the beach in the summer. 
Why does rosacea occur? The cause of rosacea is still unclear but there is growing evidence that an over abundance of mites that live on our skin may trigger an immune response in people with rosacea. Another possibility is that the inflammation may be triggers by an overgrowth of bacteria in the gut. 
Who does rosacea affect? Rosacea can occur in anyone but it most commonly affects middle-aged women who have fair skin. There is evidence that rosacea may run in families and is most commonly seen in individuals of Celtic and Northern European descent. Although rosacea is more common in women, it tends to be more severe in men. 
How do you treat rosacea? We’ve seen great success in controlling rosacea symptoms with the following treatments: 
Sensi Peel: There is a myth that people with rosacea can’t get chemical peels. The Sensi Peel is specifically formulated for clients with sensitive and reactive skin types. It provides anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial action, making it a gentle, effective choice to calm rosacea symptoms almost immediately.
IPL: IPL stands for “intense pulsed light” and is also known as a photo facial. In studies, patients saw up to an 80% reduction of redness and 78% improved skin texture and reduced flushing. 3 to 6 treatments spaced out every 4 weeks are generally recommended.
What about at-home care? Rosacea flairs can be triggered by using products that are too harsh or abrasive. Using the right sunscreen is especially important when controlling rosacea symptoms. Physical sunscreens with zinc oxide and titanium dioxide tend to be a soothing and effective option for rosacea sufferers. Our Sunshield Physical Sunscreen is a client favorite for sensitive skin. Cleansers should be gentle and non-stripping. Our Anti-oxidant Cleanser is formulated to thoroughly remove dirt and makeup without irritating delicate skin. 
Because there’s no “one size fits all” when it comes to skincare, we recommend coming in and having a Visia skin analysis done by one of our highly trained and experienced estheticians. They can formulate a unique plan for you based on your specific skin concerns and start you on your journey towards looking and feeling better. 
Author:  Leigh-Ann Dolan, Esthetician