How to Manage Rosacea
A concern for 45 million people worldwide1, rosacea is one of the most common skin complaints seen by dermatologists. However, 80% of those exhibiting its clinical signs of redness, flushing, and discomfort don’t know the name for what they’re experiencing. More common in women, the causes of rosacea are unknown. While medical intervention may be needed, a targeted skincare plan, combined with lifestyle changes, can go a long way towards improving the sensitive skin condition and boosting skin confidence.
WHAT IS ROSACEA?
Rosacea is a chronic and progressive skin condition, primarily affecting the face, that manifests through extreme skin sensitivity. Transitory redness – which can become permanent, small dilated blood vessels, and spots on the cheeks, sides of the nose or chin are key signs, often accompanied by dry, irritated eyes. As well as these visible signs, rosacea sufferers experience discomfort in the form of stinging, hot flashes, tightness and burning sensations. As rosacea worsens with age, early treatment and management through the right skincare can be highly beneficial.
4 STAGES OF ROSACEA
If left unchecked, rosacea can progress through four distinct stages. In the pre-rosacea stage, you will experience fleeting redness and flushing. Stage 2 is characterised by diffuse redness and the appearance of small vessels on the skin’s surface. Stage 3 is inflammatory rosacea, where small spots – sometimes with white heads – emerge. In stage 4, the skin is thickened, and areas of swelling may occur. This severe form of rosacea is more common in men.
ENVIRONMENTAL & LIFESTYLE TRIGGERS
There are many environmental and lifestyle factors that contribute to rosacea flare-ups. Sun exposure, sudden temperature changes, cold winds, warm environments such as saunas and centrally heated rooms, and hot baths and showers are common triggers. Alcohol, certain foods including dairy and spicy foods, topical steroids, and physical exertion/exercise also come into play. As do stress, anxiety, and menopause. Skincare and cosmetics containing alcohol and fragrance can also be problematic.
YOUR 4-STEP ROSACEA ACTION PLAN…
Step 1: Use daily sun protection
According to a survey from the National Rosacea Society (US), sun exposure is the number one trigger for rosacea. 88% of respondents said efforts to shield their skin had some success in reducing their flare-ups2. Therefore, daily application of a high level, broad-spectrum sunscreen is the crucial first step of rosacea management. La Roche-Posay’s Anthelios range of sunscreens is specially formulated for maximum tolerance for ultra-sensitive and reactive skin, including rosacea.
Step 2: Avoid common triggers
Limiting exposure to other rosacea triggers is also important, but not always possible. Thankfully, treating the source of the sensitivity can provide immediate and long-term relief.
Step 3: Strengthen & soothe at the source
In addition to external triggers, dermatologists have discovered that excessive production of anti-microbial peptides is a key aggravating factor in rosacea skin3. Inspired by this, La Roche Posay’s rosacea solution Rosaliac AR Intense has been formulated with Ambophenol – a powerful, polyphenol-rich plant extract to help inhibit the production of peptides which can be involved in the development of redness.
The minimalist, high tolerance formula contains three powerful actives – Ambophenol, Neurosensine, and La Roche-Posay Thermal Spring Water – to soothe redness and help prevent its reappearance. Soothing and protective, Ambophenol inhibits the release of inflammatory mediators, improves micro-circulation and strengthens skin, and its antioxidant action protects cells from free radical damage. Neurosensine soothes discomfort and reduces the appearance of redness, while La Roche-Posay Thermal Spring Water acts as an antioxidant and anti-irritant.
Immediately calming for couperose-prone (prone to visible blood vessels), sensitive and fragile skin, the fresh gel formula is clinically proven to reduce redness by 21% after four weeks, and help prevent its reappearance.
Hermetically sealed to prevent contamination, Rosaliac AR Intense is an ultra-pure formula, free from preservatives, parabens, alcohol, fragrance and colourants. It should be applied morning and evening especially to problem areas, following by sun protection.
Step 4: Correct with dermatological make-up
The ideal make-up for rosacea will help balance out redness, without further triggering the condition. Therefore, hypoallergenic, non-comedogenic and non-irritating formulas are key. Toleriane Teint Fluid Foundation SPF25 delivers full and even coverage without aggravating the skin. The formula combines soothing La Roche-Posay Thermal Spring Water with redness-reducing Neurosensine for an even and comfortable complexion.
As a final step, apply the Toleriane Teint Green Corrector Pen. On the opposite side of the colour wheel to red, green helps to neutralise any unwanted rosiness in the skin.
For more information on Rosaliac AR Intense and the Toleriane Teint Cosmetics range, visit the website.
Source1: *Xponent France March 2011
Dermatology Research Global Report France March 2010 – 150 dermatologists
Source2: Rosacea Review newsletter, Spring 2012
Source3: Yamasaki & AL, 2007