What is Rosacea / Redness?
Noticeable redness in cheeks? Do you tend to blush easily lately? Have you noticed tiny pimple-like bumps forming on your skin? If you answered yes to either of these questions, you may be in the developing stages of a common skin condition known as rosacea (ro-zay-sha). Rosacea is an inflammation of the skin’s blood vessels that cause chronic facial redness and other visible symptoms, typically appearing on the upper cheeks. Rosacea affects an estimated 16 million people in the United States alone, and although it can strike at any age, it occurs most often in individuals 30 – 60 years old and in women with fair skin.
What are the symptoms of rosacea?
Constant facial redness and flushing are the most obvious sign of rosacea, but there are other symptoms that can help you determine whether or not you may have the condition. These facial symptoms include:
- Tiny bumps that may look like pimples
- Noticeable blood vessels (couperose)
- Burning sensation
- Itchiness and tightness
- Rough and dry skin texture
- Facial swelling
- Irritated eyes
- Elevated red areas
- Thickened and enlarged skin
Often mistaken for acne, if left undiagnosed and untreated, rosacea will gradually worsen.
What are the symptoms of rosacea?What causes rosacea?
Common signs and symptoms of a migraine headache include:
Although the exact cause of rosacea is not yet known,one theory suggests that rosacea could be a sign of irregularity in your blood vessels. It has also been proposed that microscopic mites and fungus living in the skin are the culprit. Others within the medical community believe that the condition is simply inherited through genetics.
It is important to note that rosacea is not contagious. However, there are you should be aware of that can in fact provoke the condition. Those triggers include:
- Polarizing weather conditions (extremely hot or extremely cold)
- Other environmental factors like humidity and wind
- Hormonal changes
- Fur from House Pets
- Emotional reactions, like stress
- Topical steroid creams
- Hot showers or baths
- Extreme exercising
- Ingredients in certain skin care and cosmetic products
- Eating warm and spicy foods
- Drinking warm and spicy beverages
- Drinking alcoholic beverages
How can rosacea be treated?
Rosacea has no known cure, but there are ways to dramatically reduce its appearance. Prevention is a great place to start. For example, trying your best to avoid the previously mentioned triggers will help to manage existing rosacea, or prevent it entirely before the condition becomes noticeable.
It is also important to use non-irritating and hypoallergenic skin care products, such as cleansers, lotions and cosmetics. You should attempt to avoid products containing harsh ingredients such as witch hazel, menthol, alcohol, eucalyptus oil or clove oil. When tending to the skin, be sure to blot, not rub, the areas treated. As with any medical condition, it is always a good idea to keep a symptom diary to track skin set-backs and improvements to help identify potential triggers.
Rosacea has no known cure, as it can always redevelop, but there are approaches to significantly reduce or alleviate the redness and conditions associated with rosacea. Prevention is always a key factor by avoiding the previously mentioned triggers, but once rosacea becomes noticeable, treatments are the most optimal approach for correction.
RejuvaYou’s Treatment for Rosacea
In addition to the prevention techniques mentioned above, RejuvaYou offers several treatment options to help minimize the appearance of rosacea. We can provide topical creams and serums containing retinoids and vitamin C, which are both extremely effective in reducing the appearance of rosacea. We also offer topical and oral antibiotics, which have been shown to improve rosacea. In addition to at-home care, RejuvaYou can perform facials and peels which will help to clear skin of any bacteria or build-up that may perpetuate the condition.
Finally, RejuvaYou offers exciting new laser technology that can help to correct rosacea. The FotoFacial RF, can drastically improve visible signs of rosacea by eliminating facial redness, correcting broken capillaries, improving texture irregularities, and also neutralizing the potential mites and fungus that may trigger the condition. Another benefit to the Fotofacial RF treatment is overall skin rejuvenation, with the reduction of underlying sun damage, removal of discolorations, and noticeable improvements within the overall health of the skin for more long term benefits. The Fotofacial RF utilizes a synergistic combination of Intense Pulse Light and Radio Frequency to stimulate a healing response within the upper and deeper layers of the skin. The device has built into it an active dermal monitoring system that allows for treatments to be as exact as possible for individual patients, making the treatment not only far safer than traditional IPL treatments, but also clinically proven to be 50% more effective in overall skin rejuvenation.
At RejuvaYou, we offer a Free Evaluation to examine your skin. We always perform a Visia Skin Analysis during our Free Evaluation to determine if there are any underlying conditions. Based on your skin type and severity of issues, we can determine the most effective protocols for your treatment. Just click on the link below and schedule a Free Evaluation.