"Skincare is like dieting. You have to invest time and effort. There is no instant miracle cure" - Karen Grant.
Rosacea (pronounced "roh-ZAY-sha") is a chronic and potentially life-disruptive disorder primarily of the facial skin, often characterized by flare-ups and remissions. Many have observed that it typically begins any time after age 30 as a redness on the cheeks, nose, chin or forehead that may come and go. Redness is also an indicator of collagen loss, which leads to thin skin density and weakened support of the capillary network. In some cases, rosacea may also occur on the neck, chest, scalp or ears. Over time, the redness tends to become ruddier and more persistent, and visible blood vessels may appear. Left untreated, bumps and pimples often develop, and in severe cases the nose may grow swollen and bumpy from excess tissue. This is the condition, called rhinophyma (pronounced "rhi-no-FY-muh") that gave the late comedian W.C. Fields his trademark bulbous nose. In many rosacea patients, the eyes are also affected, feeling irritated and appearing watery or bloodshot.
Although rosacea can affect all segments of the population, individuals with fair skin who tend to flush or blush easily are believed to be at greatest risk. The disease is more frequently diagnosed in women, but more severe symptoms tend to be seen in men - perhaps because they often delay getting help until the disorder reaches advanced stages.
Many people with rosacea have a history of frequent blushing or flushing. This facial redness may come and go, and is often the earliest sign of the disorder.
Persistent facial redness is the most common individual sign of rosacea, and may resemble a blush or sunburn that does not go away. Remember, redness is also an indicator of collagen loss, which leads to thin skin density and weakened support of the capillary network.
Bumps and Pimples
Small red solid bumps or pus-filled pimples often develop. While these may resemble acne, blackheads are absent and burning or stinging may occur.
Visible Blood Vessels
In many people with rosacea, small blood vessels become visible on the skin.
- Subtype 1 (erythematotelangiectatic rosacea), characterized by flushing and persistent redness, and may also include visible blood vessels.
- Subtype 2 (papulopustular rosacea), characterized by persistent redness with transient bumps and pimples.
- Subtype 3 (phymatous rosacea), characterized by skin thickening, often resulting in an enlargement of the nose from excess tissue.
- Subtype 4 (ocular rosacea), characterized by ocular manifestations such as dry eye, tearing and burning, swollen eyelids, recurrent styes and potential vision loss from corneal damage.
While there is currently no cure for rosacea, its symptoms can be managed quite effectively. Cellular health is very important to improving the condition. Dietary intake of essential fatty acids such as Omega 3 & 6 is also very beneficial.
The skin care products you use should be free of perfumes, preservatives, emulsifiers, mineral oils and silicones, as these substances have the ability to further aggravate a sensitive, inflamed skin condition such as rosacea. Fatty acids, ceramides and phytosterols in combination with saturated phosphatidylcholine and triglycerides, allow skin-identical physical structures and displays excellent tolerance properties. DMS base creams achieve this – hence dermaviduals is a perfect match for your skin.
Your clinical treatments
We believe in the “do no harm” philosophy always. A bespoke, customised approach to your treatment will be planned to meet your skin needs during your Clinical Skin Assessment. However treatments could include:
- LED Healite II – Low-Level Light Therapy (LLLT) with HEALITE II is a non-ablative skin surface treatment system that uses light delivered through light emitting diodes to deliver pure light in precise wavelengths for the treatment of acne, relieving pain, promoting skin rejuvenation & strengthening, anti-inflammatory & wound healing.
- A Customised Skin Solution, a level of which will be prescribed by your therapist.
- Collagen Induction Therapy (CIT) to thicken your epidermis & rebuild your collagen fibrils.