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Rosacea

What Products Should You Use

It is important to use products that are appropriate to your skin type, have a look at our What Products to Choose: Quick Reference Guide to find products suitable for you. Introduce as advised for Sensitive Skin.

If you have any concerns or are unsure, please don't hesitate to contact us.
Rosacea should not be confused with acne, although it can co-exist with acne.

What is Rosacea?

It is a condition that occurs mainly in women and causes the skin on the face (and occasionally on the body) to flush or redden. Over time broken capillaries as well as red bumps or papules may appear. Many rosacea sufferers also experience dry, gritty eyes. Nose growth and redness occurs most often in men.

The causes

There is no definitive answer relating to the causes of Rosacea, although the flushing of the face does appear to link the problem to blood vessels. It occurs often but not exclusively in fair-skinned people and susceptibility is quite often hereditary.

One theory is that a bacterial overgrowth in the small intestine triggers a series of events that lead to sensory neurons becoming hypersensitive and factors like some foodstuffs, exercise, alcohol etc causes neurogenic inflammation associated with the flushing, redness and dilation of blood vessels on the face.

Another theory is that there is a connection between rosacea and hyper-acidosis. Acidity may be due to congenital susceptibility and or lifestyle, in particular the consumption of too much acid forming food (flesh, fowl, fish, cereals, grains, and dried legumes) as well as foods that lead to excessive fermentation (sugar and starch mixtures). Excess acidity in the gut leads to blood, cell and tissue acidity that apparently causes lesions in the skin and ruptured capillaries. Those tissues with high blood circulation are most affected, and in terms of the skin, sensitive areas of the body exposed to cold, such as the cheeks and nose, are often the focus of early rosacea outbreaks. This theory suggests that alkalising the body by avoiding acid-forming foods including alcohol and emphasising alkaline foods such as fresh fruits, salad and vegetables, will reduce the damage. Antioxidants and bioflavonoids are suggested, with the latter strengthening the capillary walls.

Treatments

  • Avoiding the triggers is one obvious way of dealing with rosacea, but may not deal entirely with the problem.
  • Protection from the sun is important, physical blockers (titanium dioxide and zinc oxide) as opposed to UV absorbers may be less irritating as they remain on the surface of the skin, and are not absorbed (there is some question about nanoparticles being absorbed, so stick to those that are definitely not).
  • Doctors and dermatologists prescribe different treatments depending on the severity and subtype.
  • The skin is incredibly sensitive and therefore any skin care products must be gentle and used with caution. We recommend using the approach outlined in our article on sensitive skin. We are also of the view that whilst antibiotics may treat the problem effectively, diet and lifestyle may also go a long way to achieving remission.
What products should you use?

Look at What Products to Choose: Quick Reference Guide to find products appropriate for your skin type and introduce in the manner suggested in Sensitive Skin. It may take a while, but it's well worth it if it means avoid a reaction.

If you have any concerns or questions, please do not hesitate to contact us for further assistance.