Tips for Tackling Rosacea
By Annie Brown
Many people throughout the UK suffer with Rosacea, a condition which is often confused with acne, mild sensitivity and even sunburn. Those who spend a lot of time outside all year round, are more prone to developing this condition; ever heard of farmers ruddy cheeks?
It is important to recognise the early signs of Rosacea and what you can do to help to control it. Rosacea generally affects the face, although it can appear on the scalp, neck, chest and back. The most common symptoms are facial flushing, persistent redness, and spots. This is due to the small blood vessels in the skin becoming more visible and in very severe cases, skin around the nose can become thick and enlarged.
Who Does it Affect?
Statistically, twice as many women than men are affected by rosacea, however the symptoms are generally more severe in males. Individuals between the ages of 30-50 years, with fair skin, blue eyes and from Northern Europe tend to be most at risk. Experts estimated that around 2-5% of people have symptoms of rosacea.
As we have mentioned above, there are a number of signs to look out for when identifying rosacea. The earliest sign is often the facial flushing, many sufferers have a history of frequent blushing or flushing and it’s this facial redness, which can be sporadic and may resemble a blush or sunburn which does not go away. With many rosacea sufferers, small blood vessels become visible on the skin, while in some cases, the eyes may be irritated and appear watery or bloodshot. This is a condition known as ocular rosacea.
More extreme symptoms include small red solid bumps or pus-filled pimples which can resemble acne, however there are no blackheads. In some cases, the individual will experience a sensation of burning or a feeling of tightness. Raised red patches, known as plaques may develop without changes in the surrounding skin. The skin may thicken and enlarge from excess tissue, most commonly on the nose. This condition, known as rhinophyma, affects more men than women.
Severe cases can result in corneal damage and vision loss where medical intervention isn’t sought. Doctors can diagnose rosacea in patients, although there is no specific test for it. In extreme conditions, topical and/or oral medications may be prescribed.
Whilst there is no cure for rosacea, there are ways to prevent and minimise the effects of the condition. It is really important to identify and then void the lifestyle and environmental factors that trigger individual rosacea flare-ups. These can include:
- Sun/wind exposure
- Hot/cold weather
- Strenuous exercise
- Alcohol - especially red wine
- Hot beverages and foods
- Spicy foods
- Medical Conditions i.e. Menopause, frequent flushing, chronic cough
There are also products and ingredients to avoid when it comes to skincare. These may exacerbate the condition and includes; alcohol, mineral oil, lanolin, synthetic fragrance and isopropyl myristate, to name but a few.
Ingredients That May Help
Powerful natural ingredients known to help rosacea include, Green Tea which is healing and antibacterial, Chamomile which has a calming and destressing effect on the skin and French Rose essential oil, which has a light, natural fragrance and calms redness and reduces stress of the individual.
Specific Rosacea Products
Using products formulated to improve a condition such as rosacea is essential. Pevonia’s RS2 line is specifically designed to treat rosacea and acne rosacea along with symptoms of vascular skin.
For the best results, products within Pevonia’s RS2 line should be used together, morning and evening. With regular use of the products and treatments, the symptoms can be controlled and dramatically improved. Each product contains the main ingredients of Green Tea to heal and desensitise the skin, antibacterial Olibanum (Frankincense) to soothe, and calming French Rose Essential Oil for its natural fragrance.
The line comprises:
The Pevonia Rosacea Facial is incredibly popular with those suffering with the condition. Featuring an alleviating thermal clay mask, it provides soothing relief and visible results to dilated capillaries, congestion, blotchiness, and irritability. Comforting and healing ingredients, such as: Rose, Green Tea, Chamomile and Liquorice, combine to decongest and calm skin for an even, healthy appearance.