Rosacea: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatments
WHAT IS ROSACEA?
Red, ruddy, flushed skin peppered with visible blood vessels and maybe some bumps to boot. According to the National Rosacea Society, “Rosacea is a chronic disorder of the facial skin with various potential signs and symptoms, often characterized by flare-ups and remissions.” Along with an estimated 16 million Americans, our aesthetics staff sees many clients who suffer from this chronic inflammation of the skin. Read on to learn about the causes, symptoms and treatments for this all too common ailment.
WHAT CAUSES ROSACEA?
The exact causes of rosacea are not fully understood. Experts agree it may be caused by a mix of genetics and environmental factors like sun exposure. People of all ages, skin types, tones and shades can be affected.
WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF ROSACEA?
Common symptoms of rosacea include:
- Redness or flushing
- Small, visible blood vessels
- Bumps or pimples
Symptoms can vary from person to person and often overlap with other conditions like oily or dehydrated skin making it hard to tell if it’s just sensitivity, or if you actually have rosacea. A good indicator is the location of visible symptoms as rosacea tends to show up in the center of the face on the cheeks and around the nose.
“Rosacea is an ongoing relationship.”La Suite Skincare founder Rhea Souhleris Grous
While there is no “cure” for rosacea, symptoms and severity can be managed through understanding your unique triggers along with simple lifestyle changes. Common triggers include:
- Sun exposure
- Emotional Stress
- Hot weather
- Heavy exercise
- Alcohol consumption
- Hot baths
- Cold weather
- Spicy foods
With sun exposure topping the list, one of the most effective things you can do to ease rosacea is apply a physical broad spectrum SPF daily. Our Sheer Physical Sunscreen contains 14% zinc oxide which not only reflects damaging UV light, it is well tolerated by sensitive skin (zinc oxide is the main ingredient in many a diaper rash cream!).
The relationship between stress and skin is well documented. When we are stressed, our bodies release the stress hormone cortisol, which is linked to inflammation. Sleep is critically important to keep stress levels in check and is also when skin repairs and balances itself. If you’re suffering from rosacea, try including stress-reducing self-care into your day.
Research indicates the possible role of a gut-skin connection in rosacea. While further research is needed, people with rosacea may be advised on measures to support a healthy gut microbiome, including the consumption of a fiber-rich (prebiotic) diet.
THE BEST FACIALS FOR ROSACEA
Soothing, anti-inflammatory treatments and modalities help calm the skin and reduce redness. Let us help you select the best treatment for your unique needs. Call our Greenwich, CT studio at 203-861-7338.
- FaceTime 30 can be customized to exfoliate with a Cool Peel that targets inflammation, improves texture and strengthens the skin.
- Bounceback Treatment includes a soothing, sterile Bio Cellulose Hydrating Mask enhanced with red and/or blue LED light therapy to dramatically reduce inflammation.
- Oxylight is our most comprehensive approach for treating stressed skin. Constant LED light and O2 therapy support skin throughout this soothing, non-invasive 90-minute treatment.
THE BEST PRODUCTS FOR ROSACEA
These common skincare ingredients can trigger rosacea:
- lactic Acid
- sodium laurel sulfate
- niacinamide (B3)
Look for calming, anti-inflammatory formulas that help maintain a healthy microbiome.
- Environ Mild Cleansing Lotion
- Green Tea Soothing Emulsion
- Green Tea Hydrating Face Serum
- Biopelle Tensage Serum 40
- Environ Colostrum Gel
- La Suite Skincare Sheer Physical SPF 50+ Facial Sunscreen
Wondering if you have rosacea and what you can do about it? Book a Virtual Consultation with one of our expert aestheticians and we will create an at-home AM/PM treatment plan personalized for your skin’s unique needs. LEARN MORE