ROSACEA & REDNESS

Rosacea & Redness

Rosacea is a common skin condition that causes redness and visible blood vessels in your face. It may also produce small, red, pus-filled bumps. These signs and symptoms may flare up for weeks to months and then go away for a while. The cause is unknown and there’s no cure, but there are treatments which can help control its symptoms.

Types of rosacea

  • Subtype one, known as erythematotelangiectatic rosacea (ETR), is associated with facial redness, flushing, and visible blood vessels.
  • Subtype two, papulopustular (or acne) rosacea, is associated with acne-like breakouts, and often affects middle-aged women.
  • Subtype three, known as rhinophyma, is a rare form associated with thickening of the skin on your nose. It usually affects men and is often accompanied by another subtype of rosacea.
  • Subtype four is known as ocular rosacea, and its symptoms are centered on the eye area.

Symptoms

  • Redness on the skin, typically on the cheeks, nose, forehead and chin
  • Redness & swelling, broken blood vessels around the eyes
  • Problems with seeing
  • Stinging and burning of your skin
  • Patches of rough, dry skin
  • A swollen, bulb-shaped nose
  • Larger pores
  • Bumps on your eyelids

CAUSES

The cause of rosacea hasn’t been determined, but there are a few factors that can play a role such as:

  • Eating spicy foods
  • Your genes – often hereditary
  • Exercise
  • Eating items that contain the compound cinnamaldehyde, such as cinnamon, chocolate, tomatoes, and citrus
  • Drinking hot coffee or tea / alcoholic beverages
  • Temperature extremes
  • Having the intestinal bacteria Helicobacter pylori
  • A skin mite called demodex and the bacterium it carries, Bacillus oleroniu
  • The presence of cathelicidin (a protein that protects the skin from infection)
  • Drugs that dilate blood vessels, including some blood pressure medications
  • Certain cosmetic products

 

Treatment

  • Topical drugs / antibiotics that reduce redness.
  • Apply moisturiser/sunscreen and only use gentle skincare products that don’t contain harsh chemicals.
  • Eat an anti-inflammatory diet
  • If rosacea has made your eyes red and irritated, clean your eyelids and apply a warm compress on your eyes
  • It’s also important to care for your emotions along with your skin problems so if you feel that if the redness is starting to affect your self-esteem, talk to your doctor.
  • Reduce redness with mineral make up.
  • Avoid extreme weathers such as heat, and incredibly cold temperatures

HOW WE CAN HELP

  • Please consult with your Savant specialist on which gentle skincare, make up and sun protection products are best suited for you.
  • We offer lasers and light treatments to help with some severe cases of rosacea
  • We also perform microdermabrasion treatments to reduce thickening skin
  • Please book a consultation to prior to doing these treatments
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