Rosacea Revealed
Loni
March 23, 2024

When it comes to Rosacea, you might be surprised to know that statistically approximately 1 in 10 people have it and don’t even know it! 

The most important thing to know about Rosacea, is there is no available scientific data pinpointing the exact reasons why people get Rosacea, it’s only known that there are a variety of contributing factors which may be combination of genetic, environmental, and vascular factors – no direct cause has been identified, so there is no way to prevent it from happening and it affects all skin types. Rosacea more commonly first appears in adults between the ages of 30-50 – however rare, it can also affect teenagers.

 

There are 5 types of Rosacea

Erythematotelangiectatic Rosacea: persistent facial redness, visible blood vessels, flushing, sensitivity, burning and stinging.

Papulopustular Rosacea: resembles acne, with red bumps and pus-filled lesions (pustules) appearing on the central face. This subtype may also involve facial redness and flushing, similar to erythematotelangiectatic rosacea.

Phymatous Rosacea: thickened, bumpy skin and enlargement of the nose (rhinophyma), though it can also affect other areas of the face such as the chin, forehead, and ears. This subtype is more common in men and may develop gradually over time.

Ocular Rosacea: Ocular rosacea affects the eyes, causing symptoms such as redness, dryness, burning, itching, sensitivity to light (photophobia), and blurred vision. 

Granulomatous Rosacea: is characterized by firm, yellow-brown nodules or granulomas on the face, particularly around the mouth. 

It’s important to note that rosacea can vary widely among individuals, and not everyone fits neatly into these categories.  Some individuals may experience a combination of symptoms from different subtypes, making classification more complex. 

Rosacea – Self Discovery & when to seek professional help

Often Rosacea may be undiagnosed for years, due to the likeness to other seemingly familiar skin irritations that come and go such as active acne eruptions, dry stressed skin. Things such as hot, irritated or flushed skin might present as a hot flash, or might feel like a hormonal reaction when in fact it’s a Rosacea symptom. It’s important to document the frequency of the events to determine if there may be an underlying chronic condition for the reactions seen. As skin experts, we can provide a proper diagnosis and a personalized Rosacea treatment plan for our clients based on an individual’s specific symptoms and needs.

Rosacea Treatments & Rosacea Management

Once diagnosed, it gets easier to manage. This is where your personalized Rosacea treatment plan comes into play. There are a variety of effective treatments to help with the symptoms and comfort of Rosacea flare ups. The most common of the Rosacea types is Erythematotelangiectatic Rosacea, which is the most evident due to the flushing, vessels, dryness and irritation and Papulopustular Rosacea which resembles acne, with red bumps and pus-filled lesions (pustules) appearing on the central face. 

Treatment plans that include IPL therapy for visible vessel reversal are super effective in correcting Rosacea damage and managing flare ups. IPL works by delivering specific wavelengths of light into the skin, targeting blood vessels and areas of redness without damaging the surrounding tissue, this is a method using photothermolysis, which reduces the appearance of redness on the skin’s surface by minimizing the dilation of blood vessels. Usually if the vessels are very prominent, it may take up to 4 treatments to remove the coloration from the visible vessels.

Chemical Peels & Facials are among the other treatments for long term care that help to support the skin’s skin barrier and help to manage trigger symptoms such as acne, dryness and skin irritations. These Rosacea treatments are highly favoured for the comfort and the rehydration properties as well as for the acne relief they can provide.

Effective home skin care regimes are essential to the personal plan and management of Rosacea skin. This is where the skin balancing, skin barrier support, comfort and ongoing treatment will help to calm skin during Rosacea flare-ups and maintain skin health. 

*A professional assessment is required here to be sure that you are giving your skin what it needs without further irritation or skin damage due to incompatible ingredients.

What triggers Rosacea flare-ups?

The very definition of a Rosacea trigger or triggers, indicates something that provokes the skin to react and or makes it worse. It may be slightly different for each person, but the basis of the stressors remains the same and by understanding personal triggers as the present themselves, you will be able to effectively manage the severity and length of any Rosacea flare-up. Some of the most common types are triggers that come from extreme environmental circumstances and lifestyle. Here are a few examples of known Rosacea triggers that can be managed.

  • Hot drinks
  • Spicy foods
  • Alcohol
  • Sun exposure
  • Extreme temperatures
  • Stress
  • Certain skincare products

 

Summarization for Rosacea Care

It’s important to know that early intervention can help manage symptoms and prevent the progression of the condition. If you have been monitoring a skin condition that may be worsening with any of the triggers listed above, it is advisable to seek professional skin experts help for diagnosis and an effective treatment plan curated for you.