What is Rosacea?
Rosacea is a chronic inflammatory skin condition that appears first as intermittent redness, then as permanent redness on the central area of the face (cheeks, nose, lower forehead and chin). This condition is caused by an abundance of small dilated blood vessels and it affects more than 3.6 million people in Canada. Some of the common triggers are stress, exercise, hot baths and saunas, hot beverages, menopause. There are 5 different stages of Rosacea and although it has no cure there are ways to alleviate, control and treat the condition. Click on treatment title to learn more.
Rosacea can be treated with IPL, even though the skin can feel hot and red immediately after. The light helps constrict capillaries directly under the skin, which are often the cause of the redness.
One of the main causes of redness in rosacea is blood vessels that don’t quite work properly. The intense energy of Laser Genesis helps to seal off the problematic blood vessels, which in turn lessens the red appearance of your skin. Laser Genesis triggers your skin to begin producing new skin cells and stimulates your body’s natural healing processes.
Red light therapy is the foundation of light therapy for rosacea treatment. It is often recommended as a starting point. Red light helps to reduce redness, swelling, itching, the dry/tight feeling, the burning feeling, and even the little pimple-like bumps seen in the second rosacea subtype.
The onset of rosacea, more common in women, is a phenomenon that can be triggered or aggravated by the following factors:
Hereditary factors are good indicators for determining whether a person will or will not be affected by rosacea during his or her lifetime. Skin colour (people with lighter skin are more affected) and family history of rosacea and are important factors.
Exposure to UV rays can aggravate the symptoms of rosacea. It is recommended to apply sunscreen with SPF 30 or more during summer and winter. Limit sun exposure by wearing clothes that cover the skin, by wearing a hat and sunglasses. This practice will help to limit flare ups of the condition.
Take care of your skin by using gentle cleansers to wash the face, use moisturizing products regularly such as the Eminence Organics Skincare calm product line.
The use of cosmetic products
As soon as the first symptoms appear, it is important to pay attention to the products used on the face. In order not to make the situation worse, cosmetics containing perfume, alcohol, abrasives or other irritating ingredients should be avoided; gentle products are preferred. Our clean, jane iredale skincare cosmetic line would be a good choice.
Several other factors may influence the onset or aggravation of rosacea – exposure to extreme temperatures, intense physical exertion, stress and drug use (specifically, prescription Cortisone creams and topical acne treatments), and also tobacco use.Limit some types of food and beverages. Avoid, or at least decrease, the consumption of food and beverages that contribute to the dilation of blood vessels such as coffee, alcohol, hot beverages and spicy foods.Take care of your skin by using gentle cleansers to wash the face. Use moisturizing products regularly and avoid overly greasy cosmetics and oil-based foundations.