The 411: Rosacea

Here is another great question from one of my beautiful readers... How to deal with Rosacea in your 30's and 40’s? Thanks, Becky, you asked and I found out!  

Rosacea (via rosacea.org) is:  A chronic disorder primarily of the facial skin, often characterized by flare-ups and remissions. Many have observed that it typically begins any time after age 30 as a redness on the cheeks, nose, chin or forehead that may come and go. In some cases, rosacea may also occur on the neck, chest, scalp or ears. Over time, the redness tends to become ruddier and more persistent, and visible blood vessels may appear. Left untreated, bumps and pimples often develop, and in severe cases the nose may grow swollen and bumpy from excess tissue.  Basically, rosacea is a condition that causes red patches on the skin sometimes even with dry and peeling skin on top of the redness.  If you believe you might have rosacea, I recommend a quick trip to your dermatologist.  There they will give you the right treatment to control your rosacea from flaring up.  

Now, if you have done so and still need a little more help getting your skin under control, here are some other great tips from estheticians, Tanya Apodaca and Shelby Vermillion, to keep your skin calm and hopefully help prevent flare ups . 

  • For lifestyle, try to avoid extreme heat, spices, caffeine and alcohol.  
  • Drink more water and clean eating.
  • Use calming and soothing products that contain ingredients such as chamomile, aloe vera, sea kelp or algae. These soothing ingredients can help, but curing it is extremely hard. It usually just needs to runs its course.  If you feel like you are using a product that irritates the skin, stop using it immediately.   
  • Always to avoid fragrances in your skincare, including essential oils. Keep away from ingredients that are  too stimulating like ginseng, mint or brightening agents. Use non-active skincare like Fresh Soy Cleanser, it is gentler on the skin .  The more natural and less ingredients, the better. 
  • Simplify your skin care regime.  Gentle cleanser, calming moisturizer and eye cream. 
  • Use a moisturizer daily during cold weather. This protects against the naturally drying effects of cold and wind.
  • Doctors and naturopaths have actually seen good results with LED therapy,  in particular the red light. The light waves of this non-invasive treatment penetrates the skin's top layer to break down damaged skin tissues and trigger collagen production, which helps to rapidly restore the skin. 
  • Treat yourself to a micro-derm treatment after a flare up has subsided.  This will help slosh off all the dead and dry skin.    

Hope these help, especially since we are getting in those cold months.  And don't forget always drink plenty of water and NO STRESSING.  Stress is a trigger for lots of skin conditions, so keep the stress level down.

Have more skin questions, leave me a comment. Thanks for reading!