The treatment of rosacea is complex.
Why? Because there is so much going on with the skin.
- Eye rosacea
- Thickening of the skin
Rosacea cannot be cured.
But through a combination of treatments and implementing a good skin care routine, it is possible to eliminate flare-ups and calm inflammation.
This article looks at the causes of rosacea in more detail.
TREATMENT OF ROSACEA
Not everyone responds the same to treatment, often a variety of medications is required in order to bring symptoms under control.
- Products containing sulphur or azelaic acid, are often prescribed as an alternative to antibiotics
- Pine bark extract, technically referred to as pcynogenol is a natural remedy used with good results because of its antibacterial and anti-microbial properties
- Cardiovascular medication is often prescribed, to keep severe flushing under control
- For patients with bumps and pimples, doctors often prescribe oral and topical rosacea therapy
- Eye problems are treated with oral antibiotics and ophthalmic therapy
- Antibiotics have been shown to be effective, although it is thought, that results come from their anti-inflammatory properties, rather than their bacteria-fighting capabilities
Should medication be used between flare-ups?
Rosacea is characterised by recurring flare-ups and remissions.
A six month study, found that long term medical therapy, helped to increase the rate of remissions in those suffering from rosacea.
45 % of those not using medication relapsed, compared to 25 % of those patients who continued to regularly apply topical antibiotics; therefore continued treatment of rosacea is advisable.
Laser treatment can help to counteract flare ups, remove excess tissue, redness and visible blood vessels.
It also has good results with disfigurement of the nose, a condition known as rhinophyma that causes the nose to become large and bulbous.
Left untreated, unnatural enlarging of the tissue around the nose can occur.
This article does a great job, of offering advice to those who are looking to treat rosacea both internally and externally.
TREATMENT OF ROSACEA AT HOME
Rosacea sufferers, can benefit greatly from a gentle and natural skincare routine.
Below is the home care routine I recommend to my clients with rosacea.
- Lightly wet the skin and apply a lightweight non-foaming cleanser
- A soft pad or muslin cloth, will help to prevent over stimulation
- Try not to over dry the skin
- Avoid rough sponges or washcloths
- Rinse the face with lukewarm water and blot it dry
- Use a non-alcoholic toner that has a spraying action, to avoid rubbing the skin
- Avoid the use of astringent products
- A serum is sometimes all the skin will tolerate
- Look for one that contains repairing antioxidants, to calm inflammation
- Use a lightweight moisturiser
- A formula, free of fragrance and essential oils is key
- Make sure it contains UV protection, as damaging UV rays cause inflammation
- A cooling gel based mask, will help to reduce heat in the skin
- Our activate and calm mask, will take the fire out of the itch, soothing an inflamed skin
More Useful Tips
- Never pull, scratch or tug the skin
- Avoid taking facial steams, saunas and hot baths
- Heat exposure including the sun and cold extremes, can trigger flushing
- Avoid abrasive treatments from exfoliating products, as it increases heat in the skins tissues
- If the skin does have a tendency to flare up, a cold compress will temporarily diffuse the skin
- Let your face dry naturally for a few minutes and then apply your topical medication. Let that soak in for at least 5 minutes, before applying any other products to your skin
It is important to note that too much exercise increases heat in the body, this dilates blood vessels and increases blood pressure, which can over stimulate the skin.
Rosacea sufferers are also advised, to avoid any environmental and lifestyle factors, that may potentially aggravate their condition.
From my experience, I have found my clients get better results from an integrated approach, the following products I recommend to my clients as part of their skin care routine;