In detail, what is Rosacea?
Rosacea means ‘red as a rose’. It is a chronic condition characterized by inflammation of the skin on the face, causing reddening and flushing. Rosacea sufferers have good days and bad days, given that flare-ups are erratic.
If left untreated, rosacea can worsen. Medical science distinguishes 4 stages of rosacea:
- The first is known as couperose, where small red veins appear on the face. During this stage redness is usually intermittent.
- The second stage is when the redness persists on the forehead, nose, cheeks or chin.
- In the third stage small red bumps appear on the face, along with thin red lines caused by small dilated blood vessels.
- The fourth stage causes permanent bumps and eventually thickened skin around the nose.
- Rosacea can make one feel embarrassed, as it clearly blemishes your face. Many people suffer from this skin condition in silence, as they’re not aware that the symptoms can be treated successfully.
What triggers Rosacea?
What causes rosacea?
The causes of rosacea are still not fully understood and are the subject of ongoing research although there several different theories and possible explanations that have been proposed by scientists. Increasingly, dermatologists are of the view that rosacea may have more than one cause, these include: Genetics, faulty blood vessels, Demodex Folliculorum, Helicobacter Pylori, Cathelicidin.
What triggers rosacea?
Once the underlying skin disorder is present, rosacea is mainly triggered by external factors. Triggers can be different for everyone but some common ones include:
Weather conditions are known to be a culprit. If you have rosacea you should try to avoid hot or cold weather extremes
Another trigger can come from your diet. Foods and beverages to avoid include:
- hot drinks and soup
- tea and coffee
- spicy food
Certain medicines – like the ones used to enlarge blood vessels or lower cholesterol – can cause flare-ups. Cosmetics containing alcohol or perfume irritate the skin and aggravate rosacea.
Stress is also a common trigger of rosacea. Additionally, intense workouts in the gym or other excessive exercise overheat the body and increase redness.
Who has Rosacea?
Rosacea is a rather common skin condition: 10% of the world's population suffers from it. Around one in 600 people is diagnosed in the UK every year.
Rocasea is most common among people over 30 who have fair skin. It normally starts around the age of 30 and affects three times more women than men. It rarely affects children .
How to treat Rosacea?
Rosacea cannot be cured, but it can be managed successfully. We advise treating rosacea at an early stage - not only to relieve the symptoms, but also to prevent the condition from getting worse.
The first step is to identify the triggers of your rosacea and avoid them. Sun exposure is a common trigger of rosacea, for instance, so daily sun protection for your skin is vital.
The next thing you can do is care for your skin properly, using gentle products for rosacea-prone skin.
The third way to treat rosacea is through the use of topical creams. These primarily reduce the inflammation and redness.
Your doctor may prescribe antibiotics to tackle the inflammation. These can be topical (applied directly to the skin) or taken in pill form.
Laser therapy and cosmetic surgery
Laser therapy reduces the incidence of visible red blood vessels. In severe cases cosmetic surgery may be used to reduce thickening of the nose.
A word on steroid treatments
While steroids (primarily hydrocortisone) can be used temporarily to ease the symptoms of psoriasis and eczema, they should not be used to treat rosacea. In fact, they can aggravate rosacea, as they cause similar effects. They can cause couperose, pustules and reddening of the skin on the face - a condition known as steroid rosacea. If you have any questions about how to treat rosacea speak to your doctor or pharmacist.
How to prevent rosacea
There’s no foolproof method to prevent rosacea symptoms, but you can avoid the things that trigger flare-ups, like spicy food, hot drinks, stress and intense exercise. Make sure to use daily sun protection, as exposure to the sun is a common triggers of rosacea.
Rosacea is a dry skin condition, so we strongly advise that you use an appropriate moisturising cream on your face. Avoid cosmetic products that contain alcohol or perfumes, and use soaps and shower gels that don’t dehydrate your skin.
You can use make-up to help cover any patches of persistently red skin. If your condition is more severe, it is best to consult your Doctor or Pharmacist.
As with all skin conditions, a healthy diet, enough sleep and regular gentle exercise can help improve the symptoms of rosacea.
Dermalex Rosacea is for the treatment of rosacea symptoms . It does not contain steroids, which are contraindicated , or antibiotics.
It works through a unique technology that provides a triple action:
- It creates a moisturising micro-shield on the skin that calms and soothes.
The loss of ceramides results in a thinner top layer of the skin (the so-called epidermis). This makes the skin more vulnerable to external irritants that cause flushing. Our product protects the skin with an invisible film containing UVA and UVB filters.
- Repairs the skin barrier function
The ceramides in the cream help to restore the weakened skin barrier. This is important to prevent further moisture loss and to keep external threats from entering and causing new flare-ups.
- Relieves the symptoms
Dermalex Rosacea reduces redness, dryness and visibility of spider veins. It protects and soothes the skin.
This product is a medical device.
Dermalex proved to be effective in clinical tests .
Dermalex Rosacea with 95% of the test participants noticing a reduction in redness. 80% of participants also saw more even skin tone after using Dermalex Rosacea. Moreover, the tolerability was judged good to excellent by 100% of the test subjects.
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