Do you flush more easily compared to most people although you don’t consider yourself extremely shy by nature? Does the redness spread to the neck and chest with a weird sensation of heat although you are not known to be easily agitated? Are you persistently red in the face like you have a perpetual sunburn or look intoxicated all the time? Is your skin blotchy and riddled with tiny blood vessels or broken capillaries?
If your answer is yes to most of the above questions, then you might be suffering from Rosacea— It’s pronounced as row-ZAY-shuh.
A National Rosacea Society study done in America shows that as many as 16 million people are affected by this skin condition and yet three out of four Americans have never heard about it. So if you’re currently dealing with the frustrating condition that causes a flushed, often ruddy look to the skin, you’re not alone. Rosacea is most often characterized by redness, blushing, prominent blood vessels and in some cases, pimples, thickened skin and a disfiguring bulbous nose. No matter what symptoms you have, the bottom line is that rosacea is a frustrating and often embarrassing skin condition to live with. Famous faces reportedly affected by rosacea include the late Princess Di, Bill Clinton, Cameron Diaz, Renee Zellweger, Rosie O’Donnell and Cynthia Nixon just to name a few. Since make-up can only cover so much, there must be ways to correct rosacea effectively. Let RSB share with you some red hot tips to get your complexion smooth, clear and red-carpet ready without the actual glare of ‘Red’, that’s it.
Shun the Sun
Everyone should avoid too much sun, but people with rosacea are particularly sensitive. Sun exposure not only brings on the flushing but is known to aggravate it further. Minimize your direct exposure to the sun as much as possible, particularly between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. and wear protective clothing, including a wide brimmed hat. Always apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen, one that offers protection against both UVA and UVB rays, to your face and neck before heading out. Your sunscreen should have an SPF (sun protection factor) of at least 30 and be sure to re-apply at regular interval if you are remaining under the sun for a longer period of time (which you shouldn’t be!) One word of caution is that skin affected by rosacea is very sensitive to chemicals so use a quality sun block that doesn’t irritate the skin. The Sloane Inc Sunblock SPF 70 is a great product that offers maximum sun protection while remaining non irritating, non comedogenic and hypoallergenic with its 100% chemical and fragrance free formulation. For good cosmetic coverage of the redness and other blemishes, you can pair this with either the Sloane Inc. Anti Acne BB Cream or the Sloane Inc. Anti Pigment BB Cream depending on each individual’s need.
Certain lifestyle factors can make rosacea symptoms worse but these factors differ from person to person. While one person may experience a flare-up as the result of eating a spicy meal, someone else suffering from rosacea might be able to eat a huge bowl of hot Tom Yum soup without any effect on their skin. Once you identify what triggers your rosacea, you should work to avoid your exposure to them. Another common culprit is alcohol consumption. Alcohol per se doesn’t cause rosacea but it does dilate blood vessels on the face, making them more visible and the rosacea worse.
The cause of this disfiguring skin condition remains largely unknown but its association with acne outbreaks at times had led some to believe that there’s an infective component to it. The first-line medical treatment is thus antibiotics therapy. Doctors usually start by prescribing topical metronidazole in cream or gel form. Other topical antibiotics may be used as well and oral antibiotics such as tetracycline or minocycline may bring about some improvement for selected patients although oral medications are not without their own adverse effects; especially when consumed for prolonged periods of time.
Laser to the Rescue
To remove visible blood vessels or reduce the extensive redness associated with rosacea, lasers are by far the safest and most reliable and effective. The most effective laser for treatment of rosacea and facial capillaries is the pulse dye laser of which the VBeam is the most advanced. Broken capillaries can be improved and eradicated anywhere on the face including cheeks, nose, and the chin. The VBeam laser is designed so that pulses of energy from it get selectively absorbed by the targeted broken capillaries underneath the skin resulting in their disappearance. Heat from the laser’s energy builds in the treated vessels, causing them to disintegrate without affecting surrounding healthy tissues. Generally speaking, at least four to six treatments are required depending on the severity of redness or visible blood vessels, but the skin saving results speak for themselves.
“Redness and flushing, which are probably the most prominent and annoying features of rosacea, are, in my opinion, best treated with lasers,” confirms Dr. Chua Han Boon, senior medical consultant with The Sloane Clinic. “Most patients see a significant improvement in their symptoms following one laser session and up to 80 percent who received laser treatment for rosacea said they would do it again either for clearance or maintenance purposes.”