Rosacea affects 1 in 20 Americans, and it is an incurable skin condition. It is characterized by chronic inflammation in the capillaries that results in a permanent flush or blush to the skin tone.
- Rosacea is characterized by redness in the nose, cheeks, or chin, as well as pimples, swollen blood vessels, and watery eyes.
- The cause of rosacea is unknown, but it is triggered by outside environmental factors.
- Rosacea is hereditary and most common in those with lighter skin, blond hair, blue eyes, and between the ages of 30 and 50.
What Can You Do?
- Keep a diary of your rosacea flare-ups. Since rosacea can be triggered by spicy foods, heat, or sun exposure, this will help you to minimize outbreaks in your complexion.
- Treat your face carefully. Use a mild cleanser appropriate for sensitive skin, and wash with lukewarm water. Never scrub your face aggressively.
- Talk to your dermatologist about antibiotic treatments. This could potentially reduce inflammation in your skin.
- Find out more information about this skin condition at www.rosacea.org.
What to Avoid:
- Avoid sun exposure at all costs! Use a broad spectrum sunblock of SPF 30 that will protect from the UVA and UVB rays of the sun at any time of day or season. It is best if the sunscreen also contains zinc oxide, titanium dioxide, and antioxidants to soothe the skin.
- Stay away from caffeine, spicy foods, alcohol, and hot beverages to minimize inflammation in the skin.
- Avoid extreme hot and cold temperatures. It is important not to get overheated in the summer months or while exercising.
- Don't scrub your skin. Be gentle with your sensitive complexion and avoid rough exfoliants that could cause irritation.
How to Look Your Best:
- Skin Rejuvenation: Light energy is absorbed by the damaged tissue, and collagen production is stimulated, reducing fine lines and wrinkles. This will treat broken blood vessels and enlarged pores to minimize chronic inflammation in the skin with five or more treatments.