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Rosacea 101

About your skin Rosacea 101 There’s no cure for Rosacea but it can be managed with a proper regimen and by avoiding certain triggers.

INTRODUCTION TO ROSACEA

Take a Stand Against Redness and Join The REDVOLUTION

Do you have sensitive skin that often looks red or flushed beyond normal blushing? You could have Rosacea, a chronic skin condition that include a series of symptoms beginning with a redness and progressing with persistent ruddiness, visible blood vessels, and acne-like bumps. Left untreated, Rosacea can get worse, so it’s important to see a dermatologist to provide a correct diagnosis. While there’s no cure, you can manage symptoms with a proper regimen and by avoiding certain lifestyle triggers.

Read on to learn how you can fight the flush!

Is it Regular Redness or is it Rosacea?

It’s normal to have rosy cheeks after an intense workout or when you have to speak in public. But why do some complexions stay red and blotchy while others easily fade? The reason you get red in the first place is because your skin contains little blood vessels that supply it with nutrients and oxygen. Physical or emotional stressors can trigger the blood vessels to dilate quickly, causing your skin to temporarily redden or blush. In healthy skin, the blood vessels eventually return to normal. However, in cases of rosacea, this flushing occurs more frequently and lasts much longer, most likely due to a blood circulation issue or vascular hypersensitivity. Inflammation increases the flushing and heat sensation, so your skin can look blotchy all over and feels like it has a sunburn. Other symptoms eventually appear including raised red patches, called plaques, broken capillaries, and red acne-like bumps.

What Causes Rosacea?

The exact cause of rosacea is unknown, but scientist believe these factors play a role:

Inflammation

Rosacea is a chronic inflammatory disease of the skin, thought to be triggered by an overactive immune system. Blood flow circulation is three to four time higher than in normal skin, which accounts for rosacea's telltale redness.

Strained Blood Vessels

Excessive flushing takes a toll on your skin’s circulatory system. Your overworked blood vessels become weaker and less elastic, resulting in skin that appears permanently flushed.

Microscopic Skin Mites

Creepy fact, everyone's skin has microscopic organisms called Demodex mites, which inhabit hair follicle, but their numbers are significantly higher in those with rosacea. These mites carry bacteria that can damage and irritate the skin.

DO YOU HAVE ROSACEA?

How to Read the Signs

While your exact symptoms can vary, rosacea always includes at least one of the following primary signs. You may also develop a combination of other secondary symptoms.

Primary Signs

Flushing

Frequently blushing or flushing is the earliest sign of rosacea.

persistent redness

Skin looks like a blush or sunburn that doesn’t go away.

bumps and pimples

Small red solid bumps or pus-filled pimples often develop. They may resemble acne but blackheads are absent and burning or stinging.

visible blood vessels

small blood vessels become visible on the skin.

Secondary Signs

EYe irritation

Watery or bloodshot eyes (ocular rosacea) or red, swollen eyelids.

burning and stinging

Skin can feel itchy, tight and uncomfortable.

Dry appearance

Skin gets a rough and dry texture.

Plaques

Raised red patches on the cheeks.

skin thickening

More common in men, the skin can thicken and enlarge from excess tissue such as on the nose.

swelling

Edema or facial swelling can occur.

signs behind the face

Rosacea can develop on neck, chest, scalp, or ears too.

did you know?

Medical experts have identified four common patterns of rosacea signs and symptoms, known as subtypes.

What Type of Rosacea Do You Have?

Four Subtypes

Although these patterns are common, many patients have characteristics of more than one subtype at the same time, and these often may develop in succession. While rosacea may or may not evolve from one subtype to another, each individual sign or symptom may progress from mild to moderate to severe. Early diagnosis and treatment are therefore recommended.

1. Facial Redness

Persistent flushing and may include vivisble blood vessels

2. Bumps & Pimples

Flushing with red spots and whiteheads

3. Enlargement of Nose

Skin thickening from excess tissue. It's rare and more common in men

4. Eye Irritation

Dryness, tearing, burning, swollen lids, styes, and possible vision loss

did you know?

It's important to see your doctor for early diagnosis and treatment as symptoms can progress and become permanent.

5 Rosacea Myths Debunked

Rosacea is misunderstood and underdiagnosed so it's important to separate fact from myth in order to properly manage this condition.

Myth

 

Fact

MYTH 1

Rosacea is a form of acne

 

Don't confuse the red bumps and pimples of rosacea with regular breakouts. The underlying cause and treatment is completely different than traditional acne.

MYTH 2

Rosacea is caused by poor hygiene

 

Just not true. In fact, it's not a good idea to aggressively wash this vascular and inflammatory skin condition. It will make only aggravate redness and irritation.

MYTH 3

Coffee causes flare-ups

 

While it's true that hot beverages can trigger rosacea symptoms, you can still enjoy your favorite caffeine fix — just order it on ice.

MYTH 4

Rosacea is caused by heavy drinking or eating spicy food

 

Alcohol and spicy food can also trigger redness or flushing but they aren't to blame for why it develops in the first place.

MYTH 5

Rosacea will clear up on its own

 

Rosacea progressively gets worse without treatment and cannot be cured. However, proper skin care, lasers, and dermatologist- prescribed topical solutions can reduce symptoms. Avoiding key triggers like sun exposure, alcohol and stress will minimize your redness.

MANAGE ROSACEA FLARE-UPS

Keep A 'Flare' Journal

Rosacea can flare-up from a myriad of triggers ranging from topical to dietary, hormonal to environmental. To help manage your Rosacea, avoid these common triggers.1

Top Rosacea Triggers

Harsh products

Extreme weather

Wind

Stress

Heavy exercise

Alcohol

Spicy Foods

Hot drinks

Hot baths

8 out of 10 people are unaware they have Rosacea.

How to Care for
Redness-Prone Skin

  • Be gentle

    Wash with a mild, non-abrasive cleanser, then rinse with lukewarm water and blot (don’t rub!) your face with a soft cotton towel.

  • For men

    An electric razor is less likely to trigger flare-ups than traditional razors.

  • Skip toner

    Instead, mist your skin with a thermal spring water to refresh and soothe the skin.

  • Multi-task when you moisturize

    Use creams designed to soothe and calm inflammation and redness in addition to boosting hydration.

  • Chill out

    Treat your skin to a cooling mask when it feels too warm or uncomfortable.

  • Color-correct your skin

    A green-tinted primer, day cream or foundation can help camouflage redness.

  • Embrace SPF

    A physical sunscreen SPF25 or higher with titanium dioxide or zinc oxide protects against harmful UV rays without irritating your sensitive skin.

  • See a Derm

    Treatments with lasers, intense pulsed light sources or other procedures can help with broken capillaries, while anti-inflammatory prescription creams and gels or oral antibiotics can shrink rosacea bumps.

FOR REDNESS-PRONE SKIN

Antirougeurs Collection

Antirougeurs offers a complete collection of products formulated with a synergistic combination of powerful ingredients that specifically target skin prone to Rosacea in order to reduce the appearance of flushing, support microcirculation and provide soothing relief to the skin.

Key Ingredients

Ruscus Extract

  • Known to have a vaso-constricting effect, supports microcirculation
  • Soothes skin reactivity and irritation

Hesperidin Methyl Chalcone

  • Visibly reduces the appearance of vascular capillaries

Dextran Sulfate

  • Helps minimize the appearance of swelling

Avène Thermal Spring Water

  • Soothes, calms and cools the skin
  • Reduces irritation

Antirougeurs FORT Relief Concentrate

An intensive skin care for redness-prone skin that improves microcirculation and reduces the appearance of redness and swelling.

Infrared heat imaging showing the immediate effects of soothing and refreshment after thermal exposure as against untreated.

Experiment performed at Hotel-Dieu
– Skin Research Centre.

Antirougeurs CALM Soothing Repair Mask

Ultra-soothing repair mask provides immediate comfort by cooling, calming, and restoring skin balance.