Rosacea begins as small red spots on the nose, chin and cheeks. These spots gradually merge leaving behind a red blotch. Over time if left untreated numerous blotches combine, eventually leading to an embarrassing redness in the center of the face.
Once it begins the severity of Rosacea outbreaks can fluctuate and last for many years. Typical symptoms of rosacea are flushing easily, especially going from a cold to a warm atmosphere. Facial redness can be accompanied by the appearance of tiny broken blood vessels called telangiectasias. Often Rosacea is accompanied by acne. Though it resembles teenage acne the two conditions are unrelated. An unfortunate complication of Rosacea is Rhinophyma. Although it occurs rarely Rhinophyma is a very emotionally distressing condition as it causes an overgrowth of the oil glands of the nose giving it a thick, enlarged appearance.
Although Rosacea is not classified as an infection of the skin Rosacea spots respond well to antibiotic treatment, perhaps because many antibiotics also contain anti inflammatories. Avoiding potential triggers such as hot drinks, large hot meals, spicy foods and alcohol is also important.
Skin care treatments can make a visible difference in the appearance of the skin. Redness will gradually fade once the inflammation is under contol. Products containing anti-inflammatories and anti-oxidants that are noted as appropriate for sensitive skin are your best option.
Avoid products that are formulated with parabens, sodium lauryl sulfates, phthalates, artificial dyes or synthetic fragrances. Instead of soap use a gentle corrective cleanser containing Licorice Root Extract - an antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant and Grape Seed Extract - known for their highly potent anti-oxidants.
Balance and calm your skin after cleansing with a toner containing Willow Bark extract, used for its anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and anti-redness benefits. A natural alternative to hydrocortisone Willow Bark soothes and heals wounds.
A serum with active ingredients Totarol and Licorice Root Extract used nightly reduce irriation and redness particularly associated with acne rosacea. This will help to create a comfortable complexion. Totarol comes from the Totara Tree in New Zealand and is a poten anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory. It is a very gentle alternative to Benzoyl Peroxide.
A good moisturizer with a strong moisture barrier is a must for helping to keep out environmental aggravations and prevent irritating sensitive skin. A moisturizer with an SPF and active ingredients titanium dioxide and/or zinc oxide, along with healing ingredients such as antioxidants are your best choice.
For those people dealing with telangiectasias, IPL Laser is very effective to treat the broken blood vessels. IPL is Intense Pulsed Light and a great choice for rosacea. You may need several treatments spaced about a month apart to see an improvement, but you will get gratifying results.