Rosacea Causes and Cures – What treatments are currently available?January 30, 2015
Everyone goes red in the face from time to time, whether you’ve sprinted to the train station just eaten a nice bowl of chicken laksa. However, if you find yourself looking tomato-faced most of the time, you may have rosacea.
So what is rosacea? Rosacea is one of the most common skin conditions and at Rejuvenation Clinics of Australia, we’re constantly seeing patients with this problem. Even Cameron Diaz, Prince William and Renee Zewellger have this problem!
Flushing is the first sign of rosacea, which leads to persistent redness. Rosacea can go undiagnosed for years, as many women tend to cover facial redness with foundation and concealer, rather than seeking professional advice. It’s also common for men, particularly as they get older.
So what’s the cause of rosacea?
The exact cause of rosacea isn’t known. Though doctors do know that there are some certain characteristics that can make people develop rosacea. For example those with fairer skin tend to develop the condition more often than those with darker complexions.
What’s interesting is that rosacea will likely develop between the ages of 35 to 50 years of age. Don’t be alarmed though, rosacea affects less than 10% of the Australian population. However, it’s more prevalent with women than men.
On a positive note, doctors are one step closer to finding the definitive cause of rosacea. It’s believed rosacea is triggered by bacteria that resides on the skin and further studies are being conducted.
Does drinking alcohol and spicy foods cause rosacea?
The short answer? No. There’s a false impression that drinking alcohol and eating spicy foods leads to rosacea, this isn’t the case. However, it may exacerbate current rosacea. The biggest culprit for rosacea? You guessed it, UV rays! So make sure you wear sunscreen at all times. At Rejuvenation Clinics of Australia, we recommend RejuvAus M1 Super Moisturising UV Lotion because it has active ingredients that can soothe the skin and reduce inflammation as well as a strong physical barrier for the sun’s UV rays.
How do I kick rosacea to the curb?
There’s currently no cure for rosacea. However, if you’re aware you’ve got rosacea or at an increased risk of developing rosacea, you can take steps to help prevent flare ups:
- Don’t take very hot showers or baths – warm water is better
- Don’t allow yourself to become overheated – dress in light clothing or layers so you can remove as needed
- Don’t expose your face to very cold or very windy weather
- Limit sun exposure – protect your skin with sunscreen, wear long sleeves shirts, pants and a hat to prevent sunburn and skin damage.
What treatments are available so I can manage rosacea?
Luckily, there are treatments available to help control and reduce the signs of rosacea. It’s best if you can come into Rejuvenation Clinics of Australia for a consultation, so we can see if you’re redness is persistent. While each person is different, one thing to avoid is skincare products with AHAs and salicylic acid. Why? AHAs and salicylic acid can cause irritation in more sensitive skin types and potentially flare up rosacea.
In saying that, here are a list of treatments which could alleviate the symptoms of rosacea:
Skincare: We’ve got over a huge range of skin products available at Rejuvenation Clinics of Australia that can alleviate the signs of redness and rosacea. These include:
- C1 Mild Cleansing Gel: This gentle cleanser aids cell turnover without causing any irritation
- S5 Super B Brightening & Hydrating Serum: Vitamin B is a natural skin soother which can help protect your skin’s natural barrier. Hyaluronic Acid is a natural humectant that holds water into your skin.
For those cases where skincare isn’t enough to manage rosacea on its own, another option is Deep Rejuvenation which can be performed with the the Laser Genesis or Fotona Laser. Both are excellent in controlling the symptoms of rosacea. The other advantage of laser treatments is that it not only helps treat rosacea, it also has great anti-aging benefits, which means a reduction of wrinkles and increasing collagen production.
If rosacea is a problem for you, contact us on 1300 88 99 35 to book a consultation with one our skin specialists.