Rosacea is a chronic and often embarrassing disorder that generally affects the central region of the face. It can occur in any skin type but fair-skinned people over the age of thirty are most likely to develop it and its been given the nickname … the “Curse of the Celts” because in this country we are a predominantly fair skinned! In addition, current research indicates that women are three times more likely than men to develop it.

What is it?
Rosacea is the name commonly given to describe a form of redness on the skin. In all cases, the inflammation characteristic of this disorder indicates poor skin barrier health.

It typically first appears as redness or flushing on the cheeks, nose, chin or forehead that may come and go. Over time, the redness tends to become ruddier and more persistent, and visible blood vessels may appear. Left untreated, bumps and pimples may develop, and in severe cases, particularly in men, the nose may grow swollen and bumpy from excess tissue. In many people, the eyes are also affected, feeling irritated and appearing watery or bloodshot.

The cause is not yet fully known but research has found it is normally a predisposition within your skin but it can flare up with triggers in your life style.

Can I cure it?

Unfortunately, there has been no cure found for Rosacea, but you can control it and help prevent unnecessary flare ups. At the Skin health Clinic, we will help to strengthen your skin so your flare ups will be less frequent and less aggressive. Over a period of time the flare ups will not be as often, will not last as long and will not be as severe. What we have also found is prevention is the most important step in this skin condition once you start to see the early signs don’t ignore them and seek help to prevent them becoming worse.

How do Dermaviduals Products help to improve it?

New scientific research is showing us that by looking after and repairing the top layer of the skin (the Stratum Corneum), the lower layers (where the inflammation is) will be able to repair themselves.

Dermaviduals is a new type of skin care that has been developed with this principle (Corneotherapy) in mind. “Treat the outer layer of the skin and the inner layers can repair themselves.” This is due to the manufacturing process and Phosphatidylcholine, which combined, give us a cream that is physiologically similar to the skin. We call these Derma Membrane Structure (DMS) creams. The customisation and blending of bio-identical moisturisers and anti-inflammatory serums, help fortify and strengthen the barrier system leading to a reduction in redness, dryness, pustules and papules.

Like many inflammatory skin conditions the pathology of rosacea is complex and what works for one person may not for another. According to the National Rosacea Society the most common triggers of rosacea include:

• Sun exposure
• Hot weather
• Wind
• Hot baths
• Indoor heat
• Spicy foods
• Hot beverages
• Medications
• Certain fruits
• Marinated meats
• Emotional stress
• Cold weather/ Humidity
• Heavy exercise
• Alcohol consumption
• Inappropriate skin care products/cosmetics
• Medical conditions (menopause)
• Certain vegetables
• Dairy products

Avoiding these triggers and using appropriate skin care products and habits is a key strategy in the management of rosacea. Speak with one of our skin experts who can help you on your way to healthier skin.