Stop The Redness of Rosacea
Apr 15, 2012 - 9:09:00 AM
(HealthNewsDigest.com) - April is National Rosacea Awareness month and over 16 million Americans are affected, according to the National Rosacea Society, but you can take control to prevent or slow down reoccurring flare-ups.
To keep your complexion healthy and redness-free, it’s important to avoid the triggers that are key factors for you, such as sun exposure, very hot or cold weather, major stress, spicy foods, alcohol, fragrances, chemicals, steam or saunas. The skincare and cosmetics you use can also be the cause of redness and flushing. Stick with products that are gentle and developed especially for reactive skin with fewer ingredients.
Rosacea impacts women more often than men, although men can be affected as well. At first, your flushing may come and go, but with age, it can get worse and persist all the time. As you get older your skin things, so redness and broken capillaries may become even more visible. If you do not seek treatment early, what may start out as just a few tiny blood vessels can turn into bumps, pustules, and diffuse flushing that won’t go away and can make you feel very self conscious.
According to South Florida Dermatologist, Dr. Gary Marder (http://www.marderderrmatology.com), “Combating the condition of rosacea takes a long-term commitment.” He offers these vital tips:
Wash daily with a mild, detergent-free, non-irritating, non-drying facial cleanser, such as Cetaphil.
Visit your dermatologist to find out if you’re a candidate for the prescription antibiotic Doxycycline, Oracea®. Studies show that it greatly decreases redness and the presence of pustules.
Intense Pulse Light (IPL) treatments, such as Syneron Medical’s elos technology, can be very effective for rosacea. With each IPL treatment, the blood vessels and redness on your face will be greatly decreased. A series of three or four treatments will be needed for best results.
If your rosacea is coupled with breakouts, you may need extra help. ZO® Medical OILACLEANSE™ Cleanser is a dual-action cleanser that exfoliates and targets excess oil, helping to clear acne pustules. By reducing factors that contribute to skin inflammation, it can be also help keep Rosacea under control. (http://www.zoskinhealth.com). Avène’s Antirougeurs Anti-Redness Dermo-Cleansing Fluid is formulated to avoid irritating the sensitive redness-prone skin by soothing and calming as it cleanses (http://www.aveneusa.com).
As Dr. Marder says, “Rosacea prone skin needs daily UV protection. If you will be exposed to the sun for an hour or more, use SPF 30 or higher. Choose a physical sunscreen with broad spectrum protection.”
SkinCeuticals Physical UV Defense SPF 30 is ideal for sensitive skin and contains 5% transparent zinc oxide and 10% titanium dioxide, two non-irritating active ingredients for use on all skin types (http://www.skinceuticals.com). Total Block COTZ SPF58 is mineral based with ultra-micronized titanium dioxide and zinc oxide as its active sunscreen ingredients that are ideal for reactive skin and even children (http://www.skinstore.com).
Wendy Lewis is President of Wendy Lewis & Co Ltd, Global Aesthetics Consultancy, author of 11 beauty books and the Founder and Editor of BeaautyInTheBag
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