Rosacea

Identification

Rosacea is a very common, but often misunderstood and misdiagnosed skin condition. The effects of rosacea are mostly redness and swelling of the face. Rosacea can also appear on the back, chest, neck, and scalp, even of the eyes. Awareness of rosacea is crucial as its red, splotchy, rash-like symptoms can easily be confused with other skin conditions such as acne. Rosacea can get worse, progressing to persistent redness, facial burning or itching, pimples, bumps, and visible blood vessels. If left untreated for too long, treatments for rosacea can become less effective. That’s why identifying rosacea and starting an early rosacea treatment plan is critical.

“Rosacea is a very common, but often misunderstood and misdiagnosed skin condition.”

Being better aware of rosacea might mean that the localized rash that you’re experiencing doesn’t become a big problem later on. The exact cause of Rosacea is unclear. Researchers do know that Rosacea contains a hereditary element. People that are of fair skin and are of Northwestern European ancestry have a much greater genetic predisposition to developing rosacea. In fact, those in Ireland often refer to it as the “curse of the Celts”.

Prevention

While, not necessarily a direct cause of rosacea, triggers that cause flushing and blushing play a part in its devolvement:
  • Exposure to extreme temperatures
  • anxiety
  • stress
  • exercise
  • alcohol
  • spicy foods
  • even a cool breeze
Avoiding these triggers might delay the onset of rosacea, but if it’s in your genes then you’re basically a walking rosacea time bomb. A dermatologist can help you identify substances or activities that cause flushing and trigger rosacea flare-ups. Keeping a symptom diary may also help to identify patterns and reveal triggers that make your rosacea worse. The best prevention is to avoid triggers. If you find that you are sensitive to…
  • sun exposure,
  • specific skin care products,
  • foods,
  • drinks,
  • alcohol,
  • tobacco products,
  • stressful situations,
  • temperature extremes,
  • or strenuous exercise,
…do your best to avoid them. Your dermatologist may recommend a regimen that includes…
  • using mild cleansers or warm compresses
  • provide prescriptions for various acne products
  • medications that inhibit immune reactions
  • antibiotics
  • anti-inflammatory medications
  • or cell-growth inhibitors
…all based on your needs.

Treatment

Chemical Peels have proven valuable for treating even the worst cases of rosacea. The chemical peel works to remove the unwanted tissue caused by rosacea. Other treatments for rosacea include Laser Skin Resurfacing, IPL Photofacial, and Microdermabrasion. Antibiotics have also shown to have a positive effect on rosacea, but light-based procedures are by far the most successful.

Chemical Peel Treatment

Lactic Acid is the best product for achieving results treating Rosacea.”

While some customers with Rosacea have experienced great results with our products, the line is intended to clear mild to moderate acne. Yes, Skin Laboratory products are effective in the treatment of “Folliculitis” (a condition where small pimples form on hair follicles). Lactic Acid is the best product for achieving results treating Rosacea. We highly recommend starting with the Lactic/35 or Lactic/50 before trying the much stronger Lactic/70. Whether or not AHAs would be beneficial to a patient who has Rosacea depends on the sensitivity of the individual’s skin. If you have a sensitive skin, you may find that AHAs are not appropriate for your skin as they may increase your redness and/or cause stinging. However, many Rosacea patients actually have oily, tougher skin and can tolerate the use of these products. In that case, they can be beneficial for both oil reduction and pore cleansing, as well as providing their usual rejuvenation benefits. Anytime you are suffering from a specific skin disorder such as Rosacea, be sure to check with your prescribing physician. While, not necessarily a direct cause of rosacea, triggers that cause flushing and blushing play a part in its devolvement:
  • Exposure to extreme temperatures
  • Anxiety
  • Stress
  • Exercise
  • Alcohol
  • Spicy foods
  • Even a cool breeze
Avoiding these triggers might delay the onset of rosacea, but if it’s in your genes then you’re basically a walking rosacea time bomb.

Laser Skin Resurfacing

CO2 lasers have proven valuable for treating even the worst cases of rosacea. The CO2 laser works almost like a scalpel to dissect or vaporize the unwanted tissue caused by rosacea. Lower level laser light therapies have also proven useful.

IPL Photofacial

Photofacial for rosacea could be the best treatment available, particularly for clearing up redness of the skin. Intense pulsed light get deep into the skin to target the capillaries. These reddened veins heat up and die, causing them to be harmlessly absorbed back into the body.