Since Rosacea is a common skin condition that we come across weekly in the salon, I thought it would be helpful to write a short blog post on Rosacea and the treatment of this skin condition.

So, what is Rosacea?

It’s a common skin condition, which occurs on the face and predominantly affects fair-skinned individuals aged 35-60 years old. It is a chronic condition and can fluctuate from week to week. Rosacea is characterised by persistent redness usually across the nose, cheeks and forehead, which is caused by dilated blood vessels, small bumps and or spots/acne which can be cystic and very painful to touch. The area can also feel very hot and dry/flaky during a flare-up.

What causes it?

There is no specific cause of Rosacea though there are many triggers such as;

  • Being outdoors
  • Sun exposure
  • Alcohol use- particularly red wine
  • Diary/sugar/spicy foods
  • Genetics
  • Lowered Immune system
  • Stress
  • Certain topical products

It is imperative to find out the trigger to your Rosacea as everyone is different, once you know your triggers it is easier to then eliminate them.

Rosacea can cause other problems such as low mood or anxiety, if the symptoms of Rosacea are severe it can lead to low self-confidence and feelings of helplessness.

 

How does it start off?

Rosacea starts off as blushing that won’t go away, dilated blood vessels or redness and sensitivity after certain activities such as being outdoors or drinking alcohol. When the condition is more advanced, there can be frequent breakouts in the area and the skin can feel hot, sensitised and uncomfortable.

 

How is it treated?

Medical level: Your GP will likely prescribe a topical anti-inflammatory or anti-biotic cream and or oral medication if you are having a flare-up.

Dermatology: You may be referred to see a dermatologist for more in-depth treatment using a range of medication/topical creams/diet changes and skin treatments including laser therapy.

Skin Clinic: A gentle yet effective homecare system will be prescribed for you prior to any treatments. Then a course of advanced skin treatments including gentle peels and mesotherapy (micro-needling a rosacea-reducing serum into the skin), sometimes then moving on to laser therapy will begin. Results can vary but studies have shown this to be the most effective way to treat Rosacea outside of your GP’s office.

 

  • Wear SPF 50 daily- even in Winter
  • Do not rub or scrub your face with any manual exfoliants
  • No fragrance skin care
  • Moisturise daily
  • Keep a diary of flare ups and match them to specific triggers if you can
  • Trial a camouflage makeup containing green or yellow undertones to counteract the redness
  • Do not use any topical steroids
  • Keep well hydrated

 

At Flawless Beauty we have a specific Rosacea skin programme which includes the treatments previously discussed in the “skin Clinic” section. To see whether you are eligible for treatment why not book in for a free skin consultation with Tara?

You can do this via the Book Now Page on our website…

 

Thanks for reading

Tara @ Flawless x